The Growth Of Socialism In The United States
Before starting this hub, I must explain my stance on political issues in the United States of America.
In my opinion, I am not a staunch conservative nor am I a flaming liberal.
Some may say that I walk the fence between the two. I really don't see that as the correct definition of my views either. I don't like to walk fences, because as Dad used to tell me, "If you walk a fence, you are bound to fall off and bust your &@(($.
I feel that our government had become overloaded with lawyers, lobbyists, and full time politicians. I really do not believe our founding fathers planned it the way it has become.
I think we need to toss the works in the bonfire and start all over. I know that is nearly impossible, but it is ok to dream.
I believe we need to start over with a complete volunteer government where no member gets any pay. States would primarily call the shots for the State and the Federal government would handle all items that are not State based.
We would not build any more debts, but would pay off all outstanding debt freeing ourselves from all financial burdens.
I could go on and on, but that would turn this hub into a book; probably a boring book at that.
I believe you probably see my stance; I'm a dreamer, hoping for what seems an impossible dream, but miracles do happen.
Ok, on with the hub.
Like Fire Ants
What Is Socialism
If you take a look at the picture at the right, you will see the perfect definition of Socialism.
Fire-ants live in a colony. they have one main leader...the queen. Everything from food to other essentials the colony needs to survive are part of the colony. One ant, or several cannot horde food they have killed. It is split between the colony.
When a fire ant is sickly, the others will sting it to death and eat it.
The definitions for Socialism in Merriam-Websters are:
"a way of organizing a society in which major industries are owned and controlled by the government rather than by individual people and companies"
"any of various economic and political theories advocating collective or governmental ownership and administration of the means of production and distribution of goods"
"a system of society or group living in which there is no private property"
"a system or condition of society in which the means of production are owned and controlled by the state"
"a stage of society in Marxist theory transitional between capitalism and communism and distinguished by unequal distribution of goods and pay according to work done"
Now let us take a look at Countries that are Socialist now.
Current Socialist Countries
Before I take you on a tour of the countries that are ruled by Socialist standards, I must make some clear statements.
There are many countries that have a strong Socialist party that wins many elections, but the government itself of that particular country is not necessarily considered a Socialist country. A great example would be Sweden.
There are also two types of Socialist governments and ruling parties. The Marxist-Leninist form of Socialism has probably the "purest" form of Socialism. They are on the brink of being Communist, and many do say they are. Communism and Socialism are closely tied together.
The other form of Socialism is considered a Democratic form. It does not have a clear definition, but there Constitutions claim they are, and many of their laws and customs are Socialist based.
Below are two tables showing first, the Marxist-Leninist Socialist Countries, and second, the Democratic Socialist Countries.
Marxist-Leninist Socialism Countries
Head of State
Head of the Government
Communist Party of China
Communist Party of Cuba
Lao People's Revolutionary Party
Communist Party of Vietnam
Truong Tan Sang
Nguyen Tan Dung
Statement In Constitution
"Further pledging that it shall be a fundamental aim of the State to realise through the democratic process, a socialist society free from exploitation, a society in which the rule of law, fundamental human rights and freedoms, equality and justice, political, economic and social, will be secured for all citizens;"
"Convinced that the organisation of the State and society on socialist principles is the only means of ensuring social and economic justice for all of the people of Guyana; and, therefore, being motivated and guided by the principles of socialism"
"We, the people of India, having solemnly resolved to constitute India into a one Sovereign Socialist Secular Democratic Republic and to secure to all its citizens:"
"The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea is the socialist motherland of Juche, which has applied the idea and leadership of the great leader Comrade Kim Il-Sung."
"The Constituent Assembly affirms the Portuguese people’s decision to [...] ensure the primacy of a democratic state based on the rule of law and open up a path towards a socialist society,"
Aníbal Cavaco Silva
"[...] to constitute Sri Lanka into a democratic socialist republic whilst ratifying the immutable republican principles of representative democracy, and assuring to all peoples freedom, equality, justice, fundamental human rights and the independence of the judiciary"
"The United Republic is a democratic, secular and socialist state which adheres to multi-party democracy"
Those Who Want A Socialist America
United Socialist States of America...U.S.S.A.
I will be the first to admit that Socialism in small ways has been building in the United States for some time. With the welfare system we have, it is evident.
The Social Security system is somewhat of a Socialist system.
The fact has been though that for the most part, the United States is a Capitalistic Country.
I am very careful of ever saying Democratic, because in reality there is no Country that is truly Democratic.
It was running in such a way though that if you worked hard and built your wealth, essentially, no one could take that wealth from you. I believe that is about to change if President Obama has his way. Don't get me wrong though, I think there are Republicans who also want this. they are just hiding in the closet.
So what makes me assume this? Let me explain...
The Testing Ground
Through much research and study, I have found that for many years the United States has used Puerto Rico as a testing ground.
I have a blog I regularly post on that is about Puerto Rico. Many of you know that I live here and I have learned many things about this beautiful Caribbean country over the last couple of years.
I just posted an article about the many tests that the United States has performed here. You can find a link to that post at the right.
I truly believe there is a test going on here as I write this hub. It is a test of how the powers can force Socialism on the people. It is a test to see if people will accept it, or if they will up rise in protest and dissension. I believe this test has been going on for well over 1 year. I also believe that the test results has President Obama grinning from ear to ear.
What I have seen is an "in your face" form of Socialism.
The electricity and the water of Puerto Rico are run by monopolies. Only one company for each and it sure seems the Government has strong ties in these companies.
Through interviewing people it has become clear that those who live in affluent neighborhoods pay much higher rates for their water and electricity. It isn't a usage scale, but a "how rich are you scale." If you travel to lower income areas, you will find average water rates of around $20 a month. Go to higher class areas and you will find rates at $200-300+. They get these rates even if they weren't in the home the entire month. It works similar on electricity.
Yes, some of the people are yelling slightly about it, but it isn't at the point of protest. They just pay the bill and keep on, keeping on.
Yes, Socialism is winning.
Soon to be in your neighborhood Miami, Dallas, New York, Chicago, Butte, Salt Lake City, Los Angeles. and the rest of the mainland United States.
Why, you ask?
Because Puerto Rican people will protest much quicker than apathetic Americans.
Did that offend you?
GOOD! It was meant to.
So You Want To Be Socialist
How about we look at the stability of these Socialist Countries.
I am sure many of you are familiar with China. Economically, yes, they are strong, but how are the living conditions in China? See the video.
There is a lot of corruption in Cuba. The government owns the places where you are able to buy food. There is a lot of propaganda that all is well in Cuba, but watch the video and listen to the people who live there.
Those are two in the Marxist-Leninist form of Socialism. What about the Democratic Socialism?
Many of the citizens live in mud huts with no plumbing. The economic stability is terrible. It is a difficult place to live. There is a lot of beauty in Guyana, but when you look closely how the Government is run, you will see pure ugliness. The country is broke and the President has a lot of stress on his shoulders. Just what the U.S.A. needs huh?
Yea, that is what we want. Let's all be like North Korea. We can have a crazy nut leading us. He will try to build nuclear weapons and test them under the ground just below our homes. He will order us to work for 18 hours a day and eat a dog food sandwich with a smile on our faces. Yes, let's be Socialist like North Korea. I don't think I need to show you a video of their wonderful living conditions, because your mouth will be watering to be just like them.
It is very clear that Socialism just does not work.
In a Socialist regime, you will have a few that have everything they could ever hope for and more. All the rest will be eating the dirt from between the toes of those elite.
Sure, some paint a different picture, but go live in a Socialist country for 1 year and tell me it is good.
I believe that since President Obama is so "honked" on having the United States be a Socialist Country, how about we send him and his family to Tanzania for 1 year? We supply him with $1000 to make it for that year. I wonder how he and his family would feel about Socialism then. Oh, would he rather go to Guyana? Maybe North Korea?
The studies have all showed that Socialism is a bad move.
Step up people of the United States and don't allow this to happen to you,
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© 2014 Greg Boudonck
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