We’ve all been Socialists once, and will likely all be Socialists again. When we were growing up, we had to depend on our parents to survive. They redistributed their wealth to care for us helpless kids. Therefore, it’s with great dismay when I see kids and teenagers disrespecting their parents. Without them, they’d be nowhere. Kids need to listen to their parents, thank them for all they’ve done and give back when they can.
When we retire, we depend on government through Medicare and dependable Social Security to take care of us since we likely haven’t saved or invested enough to care for our own. You’d think it would be rational to save a good percentage of your money every year, so that after 30 years you’ll have millions of dollars, but example after example says otherwise. The government redistributes wealth from the richer working population who likely won’t need Medicare and Social Security and funnels their income to you. Therefore, it also dismays me when people who receive support from the government debase the rich for not paying their fair share. They are paying for you as money doesn’t come out of thin air.
WE’RE ALL EQUAL AND DESERVE THE SAME LIBERTIES
There’s nothing wrong with being a Socialist and believing in the ideals of Socialism so long as we’re the ones benefiting. It’s only logical to want to promote Socialism if you don’t have the constant drive to outperform. Not everybody is Superman, and nor should they be. Socialism provides a comfort that we will always be taken care of, no matter how little we try. Imagine getting 60 months of unemployment through my Shock & Awe Yeah program instead of only 99 weeks, how much better work would be. By eliminating the constant stress of competition and survival, we become happier as we focus our attention on more important things such as family, friends, and living the good life. Comparing ourselves to others and always trying to surpass the Jones is a straight route to unhappiness.
Socialism is why Universal Healthcare, also known as Obamacare in the US is critical to the promotion of a better America. Genetic diseases do not discriminate between the poor or rich. Getting wealthy is easy with effort. However, no matter how healthy you eat and how often you work out, if you are genetically destined to get cancer, you will get it, and may likely die. You shouldn’t be denied health-care just because you are poor and cannot afford it. You shouldn’t have to go bankrupt just because of an illness. In a country as rich as ours, every US citizen deserves a health-care safety net.
It’s easy to shoot down Socialism because of the belief that it breeds laziness. Why should I work hard if someone else doesn’t and gets paid the same? Socialism isn’t about that, it’s about making sure everybody has a minimal standard quality of living. The below story is something to ponder.
A Parable About Socialism
A young woman was about to finish her first year of college. Like so many her age, she considered herself to be a very liberal Democrat and very much in favor of higher taxes to redistribute wealth to support more government programs that help others such as herself.
She was deeply ashamed of her staunch Republican father, a feeling she openly expressed. Based on the lectures that she had participated in, and the occasional chat with a professor, she felt that her father had for years harbored an evil, selfish desire to keep what he thought should be his and not share it with the rest of society.
One day she was challenging her father on his opposition to higher taxes on the rich and the need for more government programs. He responded by asking how she was doing in school.
Taken aback, she answered rather haughtily that she had a 4.0 GPA, and let him know that it was tough to maintain, insisting that she was taking a very difficult course load and was constantly studying, which left her no time to go out and party like other people she knew. She didn’t even have time for a boyfriend, and didn’t really have many college friends because she spent all her time studying.
Her father listened and then asked, ‘How is your friend Audrey doing?’ She replied, ‘Audrey is barely getting by. All she takes are easy classes, she never studies, and she barely has a 2.0 GPA. She is so popular on campus; college for her is a blast. She’s always invited to all the parties and lots of times she doesn’t even show up for classes because she’s too hung over.’
Her selfish father asked his daughter, ‘Why don’t you go to the Dean’s office and ask him to deduct 1.0 off your GPA and give it to your friend who only has a 2.0. That way you will both have a 3.0 GPA and certainly that would be a fair and equal distribution of GPA.’
The daughter, visibly shocked by her father’s suggestion, angrily fired back, ‘That’s a crazy idea, how would that be fair! I’ve worked really hard for my grades! I’ve invested a lot of time, and a lot of hard work! Audrey has done next to nothing toward her degree. She played while I worked my tail off!’
The father slowly smiled, winked and said gently, ‘Welcome to the conservative’s philosophy.’
THERE WILL BE WAR WITHOUT SOCIALISM
We all know that grades don’t matter in school because we are all special. Hard work is for those who aren’t smart enough to work smarter. What matters is that we eliminate the classes by narrowing the ever increasing gap between the rich and poor. It’s unbelievable how wealthy some have become over the past couple decades, while the middle to lower income people continually get squeezed. It’s not right, and I know everybody knows this.
You may have that random hoodlum in the subway who gives you grief like I experienced this past week when my golf clubs were taking up too much space. When they call you curse words you take out your driver, wield it with a crazy look in your eye and ask, “What the fuck is your problem punk?!“. You have to stand up for yourself and fight back in this world of Capitalism. You might get beat up, or they might cower away, apologize and ask you to forget about it like they did after I was about to start swinging.
In Socialist society, the punk kid who probably didn’t study very hard in school, works a minimum wage job, and still lives at home with his parents wouldn’t have the anxiety and rage to lash out against someone who was minding their own business on the subway. All his fears about living a low class life forever would melt away because he knew he’d be guaranteed a good standard of living under Socialism. With Capitalism, there’s immediate tension thanks to class warfare. There’s resentment against anybody, whether true or false who might have it better than you. That’s no good.
ACCEPT & EMBRACE
We need to embrace Socialism for the foreseeable future. This is where our society is heading and there’s no point fighting it. Keep your head down and do not brag about your successes. Always try and keep as low a profile as you can. We are in this economic fight together. Let’s help out our comrades today.
Readers, why don’t more people see the good in Socialism? Is the redistribution of wealth so bad if we can prevent class warfare and increase the standard of living for more people? Can you name some countries that have employed Socialism to lift the standard of living for its people?
Congrats to François Hollande for being the new President of France!