To begin, let's get some definitions straight. In the current political atmosphere, a lot of big words are being thrown around in order to sway public perception. McCain has been calling Obama a socialist, because Obama believes that the tax structure needs some work. Regardless of the details, the intention here has nothing to do with taxes. McCain's strategists know that the average, misinformed American doesn't know what words like socialism mean. This is an attempt to paint Obama as anti-American, because the public associates the word "socialist" with regimes such as the Union of Soviet Socialist Repulics, or (heaven forbid) the French! From there, it is not much of a stretch, in the misinformed mind to the word communism. So let's just get this all straight, shall we?
Socialism is not Communism, just like Communism is not Totalitarianism!
Totalitarian governments arise for a great many reasons world wide. Some are assumed by ancestral lineage. Some are created by military coup. The ones that America has been most concerned with since WWII have been born under the guise of Communism, which is usually forced upon the ruled by shows of military strength. "Communism", as a word, has largely been a misnomer. The modern world has never seen an honest attempt to create such a government, although it was commonly practiced by pre-historic cultures on a very small scale.
This word "communism" is based upon the ideals of ,François-Noël Babeuf who was an advocate for the French Revolution. The word was coined by Karl Marx in his "Manifesto". Communism is an extreme form of socialism, wherein the government abolishes all social classes and assumes control of any and all markets. A communist government is still based upon the opinions and needs of all its citizens by abolishing the class system, and distributing wealth evenly among all citizens.
Socialism was a result of the perceived unequal distribution of power and wealth among social classes due to the industrial revolution...Thus, the existence of labor unions. Socialism is communism light. It recognizes the fact that social classes will always exist, so regulations upon them are necessary.
Both communism and socialism, not to mention capitalism are supposed to rely on an elected government to implement their principles. This means that there is nothing to fear as long as the public votes...right???
NO!! The voting public is often deceived in many ways, and in America they have stopped even trying to educate themselves. Most people pick an issue and vote according to which candidate wants to keep Teri Schiavo alive, or which candidate takes his religion more seriously. In short, Americans have not been paying attention to anything beyond the 10:00 news on their local TV stations, or what their pastor says on Sunday morning. They are force-fed media talking points, and call it being informed. That is not to say that people should stop watching the news, but they should try to find other sources and other opinions on the same issues. That is why our government is supposed to provide education to all citizens...so that we are smart enough not to be fooled by our own government!!!
The USSR controlled public opinions with news propaganda, forced endorsements, exploitation of mistakes in previous administrations (who were also totalitarian), and after the communists gained power; their government was able to infiltrate the educational system to further convince new generations of citizens of the need for such a regime. The same was true of Nazi Germany, although they never claimed to be anything but a totalitarian government. In America, disinformation is spread by all of the above, but we (so far) have maintained the idea that we are still a republic...
WE ARE NOT a republic any longer!!! Nearly 30% of eligible voters don't even register; and those who do register may not even show up to the polls depending upon, among many other factors, the weather! Our government has begun to buy pieces of the "free market" under a REPUBLICAN REGIME!!!! For those who have forgotten, the Republican party is supposed to believe that the markets (and the people vested in them) transcend governmental intervention. They are to ebb and flow depending on their own needs, thus taking care of the "marketable" corporations; while eliminating those that have become laden with debt. THIS IS NOT YOUR GRANDFATHER'S AMERICA!!!! We have become a socialist country, virtually overnight...and without the blessing of the voting public. The word that best describes our current regime is: Totalitarian! Get off your asses voters!
The voting public has proven itself inept! It is time to WAKE UP!!! We have to start paying attention, and start being responsible for ourselves. These past eight years have put us in a nearly irreversible hole! America has jeopardized its place in the world, and we can't possibly recover without looking for answers within ourselves. We have no one else to blame!
It is time to start paying our own way! If you can't get a loan for the house you want, then SUCK IT UP! Accept your station in life until you have the MEANS to change it! We have become a nation of fat, wallowing, babies who constantly cry for more milk! GET OVER YOURSELVES!!! No one deserves to own a $50000 car! No one deserves to have anything they didn't pay for of their own volition! As a person who pays his own way, I am disgusted at the state that we now find ourselves in!
In the words of H.L. Mencken:
"Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard."
No politician can save us from ourselves. It is time for America's people to start worrying about themselves, instead of what someone else may have! If you want something, then you will just have to work for it!!!!