But that was 2008 and this is 2015. The difference of now from then is that, during his six years in office, President Obama has accelerated this country’s slow drift into socialism up to the speed of fast-forward. He has hooked “the masses” on the “opiate” of “free stuff,” for which they have traded their votes and turned over the upkeep of themselves to the government – exactly like the entitlement addicts of Greece. He has accomplished the objective of his mission statement – to “fundamentally change America” – with such unopposed ease that many who previously hid their political preference for socialism are now gladly “outing” themselves as “comrades” and “fellow travelers.” There is no doubt about it, President Barack Obama has made socialism “fashionable” in America.
The socialism that Obama envisions for the United States is not the “soft socialism” of Denmark, Norway or Sweden, but rather, the sweeping, draconian socialism of Vladimir Lenin or Joseph Stalin. The president’s objective today is the same as was theirs back in the days of the 1917 Russian Revolution, which is to inflict the finality of death upon “competitive capitalism” and empower government to enforce the new social order of “cooperative collectivism.”
Over the years, I have defended the founding principles of our Constitution, individualism and self-responsibility, against socialist collectivism and its insistence that it is the societal obligation of every citizen to be his fellow-citizen’s “keeper.” The indictment I bring to bear against that concept is the evidence of history which shows that wherever it was enforced, sooner or later, the population thereof was reduced to the status of serfs and subjected to a grueling lifetime of forced labor. In that regard, you will recall Vladimir Lenin and Joseph Stalin, masters of “the masses,” were infamous for driving the peasants of Russia like beasts of burden.
Bernie Sanders is a rabid progressive Democrat, running to be tyrant of the United States of America come 2016. Sanders is so far “left” that only Karl Marx could be to the left of him. In a revealing moment, one of his admirers explained her support for him as follows, “I just believe people are more open to helping each other out.” Mind you, we are not talking here about the niceties of neighborly concern or voluntary assistance. The subject here, of “…helping each other out,” is about the forced obligation of man to be his “brother’s keeper.”
The socialist concept of man as his “brother’s keeper” is NOT about “compassion.” It is a façade of caring, beneath which lurks the malevolent concept of the ownership of man by man – the ownership of man by government, as it were. Inevitably, in the final manifestation of its evolvement, socialism always materializes as a chain gang society in which “we the people” are shackled – one to the other – in a collectivist “brotherhood” of coerced interdependence.
From totally enclosed,
To totally exposed,
Then severed from plural to one.
When ends the umbilical attachment,
Responsibility for self is born.