The conservatives have been very adamant about their belief that Pres. Obama is trying to change America into a “socialist” society. I frequently appear on political radio programs and I have heard the term be used repeatedly, by people that I am quite sure have no knowledge of the word truly. Furthermore, the rhetoric trickles down into the minds of the younger conservatives, some of whom have yet to take Philosophy 101 and have no clue whatsoever who or what Karl Marx was. I am often said to be idealistic when asking what they presume should have been done to make the drastic changes needed to repair and restore America’s economy – but rarely do I receive an answer. Making it very clear that it wouldn’t matter to most if the president’s initiatives worked or not, they just do not want to give credit where credit is due.
In The Communist Manifesto Marx states that socialism is the stage between capitalism and communism. America while it may have been founded on capitalism has over the past few decades exported less and imported more, therefore making us dependent on other nations that are not built on capitalism. The result being that we were not able to sustain our industries nor could we compete on in a global market as technology advanced and our manufacturers did not. These “socialist” changes that the president is enacting are in an attempt to regain America’s autonomy within this hemisphere. Partisan politics at play once again, turn on any conservative radio or television program and just listen. You’d think that those most vocal against the stimulus spending actually made enough money to be effected, laughable to say the least. Perhaps it’s wishful thinking on their part, to become part of the 1% of Americans in the higher tax bracket by the end of this year before they have to do their taxes again? Otherwise why would you allow party lines to because you be against initiatives that would put more money into your pocket?
If in fact Marx was correct in his philosophy than we were never going to be able to remain a capitalistic society, and once the playing field has been leveled somewhat, we will then evolve into a communist society. Those that wish to remain as such (capitalist) should have been as adamant about creating products that the world wanted to use, much less the average American. Some of those critics should research the studies about how preventative medicine reduces medical costs overall in the long run when screenings for hereditary diseases are done regularly. Or just look at their children and explain to them why they don’t believe that they deserve to live in a country that will educate them to truly “be whatever they want to be” as we tell American children, instilling the arrogance that we are the greatest nation in the world, but not arming them with the tools that prove it to be true.
I find myself at a loss trying to understand the opposition to opportunities being given to our own citizens, while they (the conservatives) promote going around the world influencing other nations. Nations that despite their religious and/or philosophical differences about social issues – consistently produce students that are leading the industries that we created in most cases. As numbers of Americans find themselves jobless, homeless, and discouraged what could truly be so wrong with Americans helping Americans when we need it the most? Is it socialism that the conservatives are against or is it possible that they are so petty that they’d deny our future generations the chance to not live under such circumstances so not to be considered weak to their base? Have we become so infected with distain for one another that we can’t see that we are all sinking into the same hole and if our country is not saved from itself that we will all lose these freedoms that allow us to be so irreverent to one another in the first place?
Though I in no way consider myself an economist, I do know that our economy is in the condition that it is in as a result of the decisions made by administrations prior to that of Obama-Biden. The thought that he’d have been able to restore it overnight was asinine. The thought that we could continue to go about business as usual in the manner that we had been has already proven to be impossible with the collapse of the financial institutions, automobile manufacturers, and housing market. I’d be able to give their argument more consideration if alternative solutions to problems that effect Republicans and Democrats alike were brought to the table. Maybe even if the use of the terminology was accurate, but it’s not, and the result is the further spreading of hatred in the most unpatriotic of ways from a party that claims to believe in “country first”. Last time I checked whether you voted for him or not, once the oath of office is taken than your allegiance is supposed to be to your president. Anything else is treason, now how about that for a term to describe the actions of the opposition?