By Linda Sargent
THE SOCIALIST AGENDA
Before Daniel Boone set out in 1767 to explore west of the Appalachian Mountains, even before the 1773 Boston Tea Party, even before the 1st Continental Congress met in 1774, The War of Independence (1775-1783), the 1776 Declaration of Independence, or the 1787 US Constitution Convention, a group of brave, hard working settlers learned a valuable lesson—SOCIALISM DOES NOT WORK.
The Plymouth Colony Pilgrims left Europe in 1620 bound by an agreement that once they reached the New World all would share equally in the labor and profits of each other. According to the 1647 chronicles of Governor William Bradford, Of Plymouth Plantation, during the first seven years “all profits and benefits that are got by trade, working, fishing, or any other means of any person, remain still in the common stock until the division.”
At the end of the seven years, the profits were to be equally divided.
However, it did not take more than two years before the settlers learned that in communal living some worked hard while others slacked off knowing that both would share the same reward. After many complaints from both the men and women, Governor Bradford realized the socialist experiment failed. It made ambitious men lazy and took away their motivation. It was time for a change in favor of a free market. Governor Bradford “assigned to every family a parcel of land, according to the proportion of their number…[and] had very good success, for it made all hands very industrious, so as much more corn was planted than otherwise would have been by any means… and gave far better content
NOW: This free enterprise principle embraced the notion that when one was given the freedom to act on his own self interest, society as a whole benefitted. Individuals were able to own property and keep the fruit of their own labor: thus the beginning of capitalism.
That pioneer spirit and work ethic remained alive for over 200 years. People all across the country got up each day and went to work to earn a living. Those who did not were considered lazy bums and freeloaders. Remember?
Then, something happened. Politicians began to invent programs that supposedly “helped” the less fortunate and needy, and maybe at first they did. But, as more and more Americans realized how easy it was to get government aid, more and more Americans signed up for it: food stamps, vouchers, disability income, subsidized housing; the list is endless. Eventually the aid that once was supposed to be a temporary fix became an “entitlement.” Presently, the number of Americans dependent on state or federal government is at a historic high, partly due to the depression and slow recovery, but also because of the rampant expansion of government entitlement programs.
49% of Americans live in a household that receives some type of government benefits, up 32% since 2009.
45% of all healthcare spending comes from the government.
1 out of every 7 Americans is on food stamps, an increase of over $14 million since 2009 and an all-time high.
32 states are currently insolvent, and the US Treasury is funding their unemployment.
The federal budget that President Obama sent to Congress in February 2012 projected a national debt hitting $16.3 trillion in 2012, $17.5 trillion in 2013, and $25.9 trillion in 2022.
Many voices have strongly suggested that President Obama is pushing a socialist agenda. He is endorsed by the Chicago Branch of the Democratic Socialist of America (DSA), the Communist Party of the United States, and Senator Bernie Sanders, the first self-described socialist to be elected to the US Senate.
In 2009, the Obama Administration nationalized two of the nation’s Big Three automobile companies, without Congressional approval, and imposed an unprecedented wage ceiling on employees at banks that took federal bailout money. In 2010, the administration succeeded in nationalizing a healthcare system.
President Obama’s own words to an Ohio plumber reflect his views: “When you spread the wealth around,
it’s good for everybody.” This echoes the core principle of socialism.
Romney: believes in free enterprise, capitalism, limited government, and federalism.
Does the Socialist Agenda Threaten America?
The national debt (almost $16 trillion) rose more in the last three years than any other time in the nation’s history. Foreigners now hold more than half of the Treasury bond market and half of the corporate debt market. America is losing her economic independence and free falling toward a European style socialist system. She is heading backwards and becoming a colony of her creditors: China, the Federal Reserve, and the global economy.
William Bradford and the Pilgrims who built the foundations of this nation relied on their own entrepreneurial talents and hard work to eat and literally survive. Their experience was the prototype for a successful, strong, and fiscally sound America. They did not have the benefit of all of the technology and wealth America enjoys today. They had only their brains, two hands, and the initiative to succeed. They quickly learned that socialism does not work and does not inspire one to reach his or her potential.
Although Americans today have not officially denounced a free-market style of capitalism, they must at the very least acknowledge the increasing role of government in the economy. Ironically, polls show that while Americans do not trust or want big government, they do want what big government provides. As America faces a revolution against an intrusive and overbearing government that old adage, “those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it” rings true. This nation cannot continue on a path of borrowing and spending to address a crisis created by too much borrowing and spending.
Do any of the candidates have the ability to lead and restore America to her original values and greatness? Don’t hold your breath.