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The Downfall of American Values

Updated on November 4, 2011
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Steve Miller a dynamic online writer and video editor who has many years of online experience. Building suspense and informing the public...

American Morals In Despair

Well, the times are unprecedented in today's American society. While the world moves into a new Socialist role, America is the one lagging behind. Right now we see more and more anger and dissidence from the modern day Americans, who refuse to see the light of a new world order. We have moved into a stalemate with the rest of the Socialized first world nations. America is in a rut. A rut that will stall us out while we fall apart. Americans are now turning on each other. I was talking to someone the other day on the Internet, when out of the clear blue the man went ballistic. It would seem that this disconnect between most American citizens is coming to a head. Respect has been lost. It is a commodity that is on its way out, here in American society.

When I was checking out a forum the other day, I witnessed several people tear apart a young women asking if it would be a good idea to move out of her house and look for public housing. As she had a young child. These people instead of sticking to the rules of this forum, which was only to give advice. They instead proceeded to rip her apart. Calling her every name one can even fathom. From a welfare whore, to white trash, to a government mooch sucking the penis of the American government. I was utterly shocked and appalled to see how Americans now treat the people who are down on their luck. They feel bad enough, and are having a hard enough time dealing with their current situation. Now to deal with these blatant aggressive allegations is almost enough to drive a civil person to the edge of suicide. As well, the other day I was posting a question on a website I often use. The question was have you ever used foodstamps. Well, I will say all the answers to this but two were honest and well thought out. However, these two were pretty radical. The first statement was a common one we hear, and part of the problem here in America. The user stated "No, I have never used food stamps. I do not think people who have Internet, cell phones and cable TV should be allowed to get them though. These are luxuries. People who have paid taxes in the past should be the only people who receive them." Well this is the problem with Americans today, they feel entitled to the poor and middle classes money. However, any entitlements for the people struggling should be stripped from them immediately. Here is the problem, and this is the problem that the people with this claim do not even care about or consider. As I gave the user a chance to change their stance on this, after I explained this story. I went on to explain my story about a women. This women was in a car crash at a very young age, and in this horrible crash her family died. She was left paralyzed for life. She could not work due to the brain damage she received in the crash. As well, because her family died, her few remaining relatives despised her, wondering why a baby would live when the adults died. She lived her life in a home for the disabled, and she witnessed atrocities in this home. At the age of 19 she used government assistance to leave the home, as she wanted to be independent. She cannot go look for a job, and actually she fills her life with the computer and television. She explained to me when hearing of the people who have this position about her, and her so called "luxuries". Without them she would shrivel away to nothing. These so called "luxuries" are her only means to the outside world. While she does have social workers helping her on some days. The most part of her life is watching T.V and looking at things on her computer. She has not paid a dollar in taxes in her entire life. Now, some say she does not deserve to eat because of this. Anyone in their right mind will agree with me, and that she lives in America, and in America we pride ourselves of being the most powerful country in the world. So our citizens should be entitled to such things, especially when due to such a tragedy, right? Well the whole reason I brought this example about here is because someone else said wrong. The next person claims they have had it up to here with the way things are going here in America. After hearing this tragic story that person finally unleashed this sad truth. As this is what this person had to say regarding this situation and I quote. "I would sooner starve than to make a deal with the devil. For people who know how to survive and are taught lessons of self preservation there should be no reason to accept anything from the EVIL government." I know there is a chance that this poor women could read such a response, and it makes me sad. Sad to think how some Americans are treating people in who they view they are better than. Now I have come to the point. The downfall of American Values is directly related to the class system here in America. A system that tell the middle classes that they are better than the lower classes, and the higher classes that they are better than the middle classes. This is the problem with America, and it is what the rich are now using to really divide us so they can finally fulfil their ultimate agenda.

American Verbal Assaults & Slurs

This system was ultimately created to make people strive to get the most out of life, as they possibly can. A truly fascinating way to make competition, and for the individual to strive for excellence. However, like many things it can be exploited, and today has been exploited with a vengeance. What has now happened is the rich have gone so high they have the ability to cut off this competition. It is a common saying in sociology that one cannot achieve the status of the upper upper class, as this class is old money. This was the beginning of the end. When you are able to keep people out of the ability to attain a higher class, you have undermined the system entirely. So now we see the problem. This is why America refuses to follow the worlds example by moving to a equal opportunity socialist state. These are the principals that America was founded on. The constitution even states that "all men are created equal"

So, where have the American values gone? It is all to often that we see this total disregard for respect. Unprecedented things are happening in America right now. We have saw guns taken to the presidents speeches. We have saw signs comparing him to Hitler, and we have saw signs that call him a niggar. One has to realize this did not start with the president. It started when people started disrespecting each other without even a thought. A few weeks ago, I asked a question here on hubpages. The question was about what does a good hub score get you, and if there was any good traffic here on hubpages. Basically what are the benefits of it. The response I got was. "That's a dumb-ass question" we have become the most ignorant intolerant society since the Germans of the 1920's through the 1940's. As well, I asked a question about how is it right for Florida to not allow a vote to ban offshore drilling, when the people overwhelmingly support a vote. Again there is always the guy who refuses to even answer the question. Instead they show their true ignorance. As he stated "you sound like a child with your crybaby/i want everything for free/ poor me/ expect everyone to be a slave/ live off the backs of people like me/ communist/ ranting / lunatic attitude. Now when I ask a question about a vote for offshore drilling, and I get a response like this, it is obvious we have a problem with American Values. Some have had it up to here, as they state, and I guess these people have had it with supporting the truth. These are the radicals that America should be very concerned with. All one has to do is look at a YouTube video, and look at the comments to see the disconnect between some Americans right now. I was looking at a racist video talking about WWII. This video was about a German soldier who racked up 300 kills of innocent people, in 6 months. When looking at the comments of this page, I saw one posted by a man who is serving in Americas armed forces. He was with a group called Black water. He bragged about beating this German soldier in kills by the age of 22 years. Now, when you look it is the Americans who support this. The rest of the world is sitting back in fear at what we are truly capable of. As for me, I cannot blame them.

Corporate Fear Trickling Down To The Public

The downfall of American values seems to directly correlate with the class system, as I stated before. I was doing a study of family members, when I came to the realization of just how bad this problem really is. When you realize that each family in America has these views where they simply strive to be better than the next person. It is a plague. It is one thing to simply strive to be better than the person beside you. However, when you start ranting on them, as I have showed above, this is where the problem presents it's ugly head. Americans now are not content with just being better than the next. They are now only content with mocking them, putting them down, and harassing them. If there is one thing I learned from my study of WWII and how Hitler created a society of cold blooded killers, this is the commonality. Soon the slurs, rants, and harassing is no longer good enough. It is then that the citizens will move on to more radical ways of getting their point across. In Germany, it resulted in the killing of over 10 million Jewish people. As well, another 15 million handicapped, poor, native peoples, and anyone they deemed inferior. I ask you, are we not Germany in 1929? Hitler began the slurs of their citizens. We have one thing going for us right now. We do not have a Hitler. However, what will happen in 2012, or 2016. Which as of right now, will directly relate to the starting of the killing of the Jews in 1941. We are there, and we need to turn back, and regain the understanding of the 1960,s. When Americans understood freedom "for all" not just the rich.

The bigotry is all around us. Recently a man on FOX news stated that we need to do away with the civil rights. For more information check out my latest article here on hubpages Fear Mongering By The Conservative Right This is the problem here in America right now. We are seeing more and more Americans boosting their own ego's at the expense of others. This is why America fears socialism. The fear is related in the fear of truly being equal to your neighbor. Now if your neighbor is a women with 5 kids by 4 different men, you agree right. How are you expected to live by such a person, if that is equality then I do not want it either. Did you just agree with me? Well if you did I have just proved my entire point. We strive to be better than our neighbor. The far right call themselves "Conservative Christians", but they go directly against Jesus' teachings. I often hear the excuse, oh "that is impossible to live in such a way. So we need to just keep doing what we are, and not live in a fantasy world." Well if that is your argument then you are no Christian. You are a pretender. You are an Atheist, or have been brainwashed. What we see in America right now is precisely what the corporate conglomerates want. They want us divided, and the class system has always been the system to do that. I assure you Jesus would annihilate it immediately upon return. We are fighting amongst ourselves right now in such a disrespectful way, it is almost hard to fathom. Just go to a Tea Party rally and check out the signs. Then compare them to the signs of the 1960's. The sad part is in some cases these are the same people. So I ask you, what is going on here? The way people like Glenn Beck talk about how the president of the United States, as he quoted " This president I think has exposed himself as a guy over and over and over again who has a deep seeded hatred for white people or the white culture" What is going on here?Why would they allow this to be played out on national television? Well, it all boils down to the key behind the Downfall Of American Values.

Greed, lies at the heart of this entire situation. I often hear the republican party talking about the trickle down effect. Something former Bush Senior called "Voodoo economics." We have seen that the only thing that seems to trickle down is American greed. The mentality of greed and corruption that runs so prevalent in American society. The corporations have saw Socialism cover the world like a nice warm blanket. Now as it creeps upon America, they have a deep seeded fear. This fear is now trickling down onto the American citizens. Now these corporate conglomerates are attempting to use the Tea Party to make sure America does not follow the worlds lead into a Socialist state. They are turning the Tea Party into a bigotry movement of racism, and no understanding for the underprivileged. Check out Racism In The Tea Party. It would appear that the next big war will be just like Germany, as Germany had a small alliance and chose to take on the world. It would appear that if the rich do not get their way, they will not hesitate to take America to war with the entire world as well. American values are on the decline.

American infrastructure is on the decline, and this directly correlates with our values. Our values are shifting to a mentality that we must build a billion dollar fence to keep out illegal immigrants. Rather than fixing the dams that are failing all across America. Recently, another dam failed in Iowa, but the Americans are too busy in overturning and dealing with the Arizona gestapo laws. While we sit here and complain on each other, dams are failing, bridges are crumpling, roads are turning back into the grass they were built on, and the ghettos are expanding. However, we are fighting to keep the Bush tax cuts for the rich. This is sheer ignorance. We are allowing our entire country to fall apart, just so we can allow the wealthiest 2 percent of the population to make more money. They have had these tax cuts in place however have yet to lift a finger to help with American Infrastructure. I always thought the deal was if we give them what they want they will help America. However, we are seeing the great lie, fed to Americans everywhere. It is the government that is so focused on making the rich happy, while at the expense of the entire Nation. Now neither are lifting a finger to help this crumbling Nation. It is not until these radicals fight for something that makes a difference and not for their own greed, and ego. It is not until then we will have success, and as of right now I do not see it in our future. Instead, what we are hearing is people like Sharron Angle telling Americans to use their second amendment rights to kill the liberals. This is not how we are going to fix America. People like this also want to dismantle social security. This is not going to help us in the end. In Germany they retire rich, and happy. However, in the most powerful nation in the world, I constantly have to answer questions on how to make another buck to support their retirement. So what is better, our system or the Socialist Germans? As well, the worker in Germany has more say over what goes on in the company. If this was the case then the BP disaster would have never even happened in the first place. So I ask you again what is better our system or Socialist Germany? In Germany no one fears a rising cost of health care, or losing their retirement benefits. I challenge you to buy and read this book by Thomas Geoghegan "Were You Born On The Wrong Continent" I have it posted for a cheap price on Amazon over to your right hand side. This book goes on to explain what real Socialism is to get Americans away from the fears of the fear mongering, that the right as claimed about European Socialism.

America At The Crossroads

America is at a crossroads right now. On one side, we see Americans who do not listen, instead they fight, curse, and close there ears to anything proposed by anyone whom they consider inferior to them. On the other side, we see a great vision of human beings, where people are not judged they are equal. No matter what the allegation or insult they stand with their head up. Even at the face of fierce bigotry and insult they stand their ground. History has shown time and time again, these are the people who shall prevail. However rough it may get, and I see it being a very rough road. They stand their ground, they will recant their belief systems to no man. For they stand for what is right. They stand for the message that many good men have died for. Men like Jesus Christ, Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr, John F. Kennedy, even Bob Marley. These men have all been killed by this attitude which is sweeping through our country right now, in movements like the Tea Party. Just remember no matter how hard it gets, no matter the slander, no matter they hatred these people put upon your shoulders, you are right. As in the end good will prevail, and good shall not stand in a greedy intolerant society. it will come to a head in one way or another. I see a new world emerging from the ruin. A new Socialist world were everyone is equal, and everyone will get a fair shake in society. If you chose to be poor you will be supported. Some people just do not get it, look at the Amish. They are often criticized because of their beliefs, however they only get stronger. When the class system goes then we will truly be free. When the battle to boost ones ego is a thing of the past, a new world shall emerge. A world of tolerance and goodness.

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      Steven Miller 3 years ago from Ohio Great City of Dayton

      Amen. Money is the root of all problems. I would have no issue walking away from money today. As I have none, some might say I am a lucky one. I am not a slave to the dollar. By the grace of God!

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      5 years ago

      What do all failed societies have in common? They all used money. Do away with money which is an utterly useless man-made concoction and you will see peace. Greed will disappear because there would be no incentive to gain. There would be nothing to gain or hoard. Almost every problem in a society is caused by money and/or lack of resources (because of money).

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      Steven Miller 6 years ago from Ohio Great City of Dayton

      Thank you very much. I understand what you are saying if we could find some sort of middle ground it would be nice, however the radical right is really preventing us from doing that thus far, and I believe that they will continue to lead to the downfall of American and our values.

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      Monkey-_ 6 years ago from Thanet Island

      I agree with a lot of what you are saying, but my belief is that the answer should be some sort of half way point between Capitalism and Socialism.

      Socialism brings all the well meaning, good natured and thoughtful aspects, while Capitalism provides a way of encouraging people to produce and innovate.

      Basically, we need a system that allows people to build their fortunes but does not let the people at the bottom suffer for it.

      The sad thing is, it's probably not that difficult to arrange, but there are so many ignorant people stopping it from happening.

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      Steven Miller 7 years ago from Ohio Great City of Dayton

      You are right. I always say mankind just repeats over and over again. From the Babylonians, Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans.

      Right now we are near the end of the ride. The end of a great age / cycle, and the beginning of a new age / cycle. This generation is on a roller coaster. Coasting up that first big hill, we are almost to the top able to look at the beauty and attain the knowledge. However right when we can see over the edge we quickly roll over the hill, and down to the bottom. That is the world right now. We are almost able to see the light, however when we do it will be short lived. For soon after we will quickly decline.

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      xres55rummerxr 7 years ago

      Wow, 50/50 split between socialism and capitalism. I was NOT expecting that! I seems like you could kind of say the same things in even generation though couldn't you? As a nation it always seems like our values have been going down the drain, not just recently.

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      Steven Miller 7 years ago from Ohio Great City of Dayton

      Well that is good, you must be a good man. However the problem is like my hub says here. American values are out the window. Just look at comments on issues and you will see. People are hateful, intolerant, and rude. Just because you would do the right thing, does not mean the next guy would. He may work his men to death, and then steal the dead mens wives. Then work the dead mans children, as his children are more important. That was a rant, however the point is clear. There are billions of people on this planet, and we are all getting sick and tired of each other. Something is going to give, I would say sooner rather than later.

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      James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

      I had 150 employees and I paid the top wages in my industry because that is the only way to get and keep the best people. Any good businessman knows that.

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      Steven Miller 7 years ago from Ohio Great City of Dayton

      Okay I respect your views. I have read Karl Marx. I think there is a misconception on interpretation. I will have to agree to disagree on this one. Do you think business would pay, and treat workers fair if there "were No unions?" That would be my question. Perhaps right now they would. However how about 100 years 200 years down the road. We would eventually have to reestablish the union because of the greed of people. A horrid human trait.

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      James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

      Unions would have saved my business? Surely thou dost jest. Unions protect inept workers by the millions. Unions drove all the manufacturing out of America. The very idea of a union is Marxist. Karl Marx said "Unionism is the first step to Communism." If you have any desire to know the truth about unions, go here:

      The reasons my business went bankrupt are too complicated to get into here, but to simplify, the gas crunch in 2007 (jet fuel prices rose 100%) was followed by the credit crunch of 2008 (our credit lines disappeared). Then the use of private aircraft dropped by 50%. And we had locked ourselves into to too much long term debt.

      If we banned unions America would be strong again in no time. If we unionize every job we are going down, and fast.

      I never used government money for my business.

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      Steven Miller 7 years ago from Ohio Great City of Dayton

      I am proud of you James. Very few men can live off the land so to speak. If your business only had a union perhaps this could have been avoided. FDR created the environment of the Union so businesses could not work children to death. As well so the business had to pay you, as well they had to pay overtime. Now American businesses are running over seas where there are no Unions. So they can work children to death for 5 cents a day. Trade zones Clinton helped create. These are basically deunionized zones. That is why I think people who hate unions are rather pretensions. For the Union saved America. The greed that the leaders of the union is what trickled down to him from the businesses CEO's. For this is Regan economics. America is America because of the Union. America has the safest work environment in the world, as well America has the best paying jobs in the world for now. That is why America needs to unionize everything, then the president needs to input a law that makes it so no business can move over seas.

      James your business went bankrupt because one way or the other there was no union. This is happening all over the US right now. Greedy businesses wanting to work children for penny's a day are moving where it is legal to do so. That is sick huh. Our suppliers are moving out, or the people we supply are moving out. Crippling businesses all over the US. In an attempt to discredit the Union. If America got rid of the Union we would be set back 200 years.

      James I do wonder why you find it okay to use government money for your business and other things, however to help you out you are not using government money?

      I know many entitled people as of late who do the whole. I own my own home business and take vacations and write them off, and go for holidays and write it off. Using the government to pick up the tab. However at the same time mocking people who legitimately need help. Hypocritical if you ask me. Jesus would be disgusted. The entitlement of the Middle class and the rich these days is simply disgusting.

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      James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

      When my business went bankrupt, I lost all of my life's work and earnings, my home is in foreclosure. I lived off of my IRA, which I cashed in. For the last year, I have had no income save HubPages; and no "pretty pennies" either. My credit is ruined, I have received no government assistance. I should have saved for a rainy day, and lived humbly—but I didn't.

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      Steven Miller 7 years ago from Ohio Great City of Dayton

      Well James I hope you will see I am right. Having no job you must be sitting on a pretty penny in order to survive. I want you to come back and tell me what you think when you income runs out. As well Sharron Angle Bachmann Boehner all say that you are lazy, and mooching off of the government. Any comments on that.

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      James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

      Thank you for the fine riposte. For the record: I do not have a job. My business went bankfrupt last year after 14 years.

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      Steven Miller 7 years ago from Ohio Great City of Dayton

      Okay I guess I missed a few of those other point you mentioned above. I take it you understand the rest of what I was saying. As for socialism and Hitler. Yes I know what NAZI stands for. You fail to understand that they were dictators. The state made no decisions Hitler did, as did Lenin, Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot. These people are considered dictators. As they had absolute power the state had no power, the state did what the dictator wanted. If you were right Socialized Europe would be in ruins. Why is it not, they are a DEMOCRATIC Socialist country. This just goes to show your and Americans misunderstanding of Socialism and Dictators and Militant States.

      As for the poor in America living better than most, that is funny when you consider the stagnation of upward mobility in the Middle class over the last 10 years. So you are living in a mythical illusion, not to put you down. Actually this is something that Americans "with jobs" need to hear. As they are so disconnected from the people without jobs right now, it is not even funny. This is why I wrote this hub James, because the people with are suddenly mocking the people without. This is undermining our entire society right now. It all stems from misunderstanding and intolerance.

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      James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

      The word Nazi means national socialist—just for the record. Hitler was a socialist—he placed all power and means of production in the hands of the state; that is what socialism does.

      Lenin, Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot were all self-described socialists. And between them they murdered 80 million people. This is where your system leads by its very nature.

      The U.S. is actually 24th in murder rate among nations. America has always had elements of violence but this is unrelated to free enterprise. It is related to our past as pioneers, and to the blending of many cultures and ethnicities.

      You think people live longer and fuller lives in North Korea? They are starving because of socialism. Would you rather live there or in South Korea?

      I am opposed to the drug war and I believe drugs should be legalized.

      The Bible never tells people to lose all sense of good judgment. That is quoting out of context. The Bible in fact teaches that each of us should discern good from evil and call good good and evil evil.

      Atheists have been the most productive murderers of all human history. I do not believe Islamic terrorists represent true Islam.

      Even the poor in America live better than most all people on earth today, or who have ever lived on earth. The poorest of people lived under socialism. Just ask those who escaped from behind the Iron Curtain. I know some of them personally and they would think you are nuts.

      Intolerant of what?

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      Steven Miller 7 years ago from Ohio Great City of Dayton

      James A Watkins you are wrong when it comes to the class system. While yes upward mobility is great in America. Even America has the upper upper class. As sociologist know this class is refereed to as old money. Modern day aristocrats. Old Money means they have been wealthy for a very long time, even Bill Gates cannot in his life time reach the Upper Upper class. Perhaps his great great grandchildren will. As for calling a true socialist state a atheist state is flawed as well. As Socialism is not a religion. As well obviously the "Separation Of Church and State" If our founding fathers knew anything it was oppression from the "Church" so they made absolutely positively no debate about the Separation Of Church and State. As well Hitler used socialism as a trap for his citizens in order to gain power. If you call Hitler a Socialist it just shows your ignorance in actual history. Hitler was a Dictator.

      For the debate I will simply state America's Murder rate is the highest in the world. Actually it is higher than all known civilizations put together. As well the socialist states you refer to has a mortality rate higher than Americas. So people live longer and fuller lives in Socialist countries. Crime is almost obsolete, which if no one was happy and it is as bad as you say it is over there. How then can you explain a non existent crime rate? America has a drug war, while the smartest of Nations have actually created almost Utopian society when compared with America. They are not judgmental like the Bible says people should not be. So actually if they are Atheist they sure are close with GOD, a lot closer to GOD than people here in America. As even drug addiction is combated a lot better than here in America. They go out of their way to help even the lowest of their society. If we did separate church and state perhaps we would be a lot farther in America right now. See the liberal does believe in GOD. The liberal just is not religious. Which religious people are the ones responsible for 911, and the downfall of the Native Americas, as well as all of the other man made disasters of this world. So explain that to me, it seems the only thing trickling down here in America, is greed and intolerance.

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      James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

      The world is not moving toward Socialism. Quite the opposite, the old European social liberals are now faced with bankrupt nations. The world is moving to greater capitalism, e.g., China et al.

      It is absolutely false that you cannot move into the upper classes from the very bottom. No where in the world or in world history has any country had such social mobility as in the United States. The top and bottom quintile change every year. Very few people stay at the top or the bottom.

      No socialist state is equal opportunity. True socialism makes virtual slaves out of 95% of the people, while 5% run the country and live high on the hog—the experts. The standard of living goes down in very case. If you think socialism works, study the case of North Korea vs South Korea or East Germany vs West Germany. From 1917 to 1989 the USSR implemented your system while the USA stayed with free enterprise. Which country created a higher standard of living?

      All Men are Created Equal means they are equal before the God and the law—not that all men will have equal possessions or incomes. Socialism is opposed to all of the ideas of our Founding Fathers. Socialism is opposed to the Rule of Law (in its true meaning) and opposed to God. A truly Socialist state is an Athestic state. The State becomes God.

      Hitler was a Socialist par excellence. Socialists, in the end, murder their own people on their way to totalitarianism. American Values include self-reliance, small government, and a right to keep your own property. No small government has ever brutalized its own people. This is the problem with an all-powerful government: it always leads to corruption and rule by terror.

      You mention the teachings of Jesus. Jesus never told us to give all of our possessions to the government. He told you and me to care for the poor in our own midst—private charity. Jesus was no Socialist.

      You go on to call sealing our border Gestapo Laws? I might suggest you first understand what the Gestapo was. Any country has a right to a secure border and to select the immigrants who might make the country better and stronger. The Gestapo had nothing to do with immigration.

      I attended one Tea Party movement and there was absolutely nothing racist about it. There was no hatred there either.

      Socialism appeals to people with the political understanding of a five year old. If such a kid has been taught to share, when asked "Wouldn't it be great if everybody in the world had the exact same things?" Of course, to the mind of a child the answer is "Yes!" But that is not how the world works. If everybody gets the same regardless of how hard they try, learn, work, save, behave, etc.—they stop virtue and sink into vice. People stop trying; they stop working.

      If I gave my two sons each one acre on which to grow food, and one worked from dawn to dusk every day, and saved for the best seeds and the newest plough, and had a huge harvest; while the other lay in the shade all day every day doing nothing and had no harvest while blowing his money on hookers and booze, according to you I should take half of son # 1's harvest and give it to son # 2. If I do—NEITHER of them will work hard next year. If I don't, they probably BOTH will.

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      Steven Miller 7 years ago from Ohio Great City of Dayton

      Well I am just waiting for AmericanTiger. He wants to add his two sense on all of my hubs lately. Tiger was the one who stated "to a government mooch sucking the penis of the American government." Tiger is quite a character. Mr. Tiger first came into my life here on Hubpages when he stated that he wanted to "Beat my wife, and rape my daughter" As you see I have a picture of my daughter here on my comment post. The hub of mine Got him all wound up.

      So Tiger went way to far, he is a sick twisted soul. Steer clear from the Tiger. He is a radical extremist, and admitted that our troops need not be supported. Because our liberal president sent them to fight, and they followed the orders. So take it out on your local GI's spit in their faces he states. Having served I find what he said brutally appalling. Thanks all good luck and GOD bless.


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