Saturday, July 3, 2010

Obama-Socialist or Capitalist?

Is Obama more of a socialist or a capitalist?

Think about that. That I, an American, would ask that of my President. And, of course, not only am I asking that, but millions of other Americans too. And not as a rhetorical question, but legitimately concerned that President Obama wants to destroy our capitalist system.

Our victory over the Soviet Union was a triumph of capitalism vs socialism. As Ayn Rand states:

The moral justification of capitalism does not lie in the altruist claim that it represents the best way to achieve 'the common good'. It is true that capitalism does--if that catch-phrase has any meaning--but this is merely a secondary consequence. The moral justification for capitalism lies in the fact that it is the only system consonant with man's rational nature, that it protects man's survival qua man, and that its ruling principle is: justice.

So if capitalism is the most just form for running society, what does that say about socialism? Socialism is sharing the means of production. At least in theory anyway. As we've learned in the past, the State own the means of production and the people own nothing. The State has the power, and the People are beholden to the State. A capitalist system is the opposite--the State has little power, and the People have more power.

To even ask in today's time, after all the world has been through, which is better, capitalism or socialism, begs for common sense. Time and time again, when countries move toward a free market system (Poland), peoples lives benefit, they get richer. When states move toward a state controlled economy, IE socialism, peoples lives may benefit in the short run, but in the long term, they will become poorer with less freedoms (Venezuela).

It's only a matter of common sense. If I decide to get up at 4 in the morning to deliver papers and make $5, that is money I earned, to be saved or spent as I see fit. If the State usurps its power to take most of my money and to give it to someone that chooses to stay in bed and not work, its pretty simple to see what eventually will happen.

From Karl Marx, the father of communism: "From each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs". That is the basis of communism. Taking from him who has to give to him who has not.

Sadly, many Americans prefer socialism over capitalism. A vote for the Democratic party is a vote for socialism. In fact capitalism is a word that is not heard very much of today. It's a dirty word. It connotes selfishness, greed and immorality. But the reality is, capitalism is the opposite.

These are troubling times for America and the world. Obama has nationalized the car industry and health care. He desires to take more money that the average American earns, to distribute it as he sees best. Because of that, there's becoming less and less incentive for hard work. We are becoming a weaker nation.

Obama was a parishioner in Jeremiah Wright's church for many years. Hearing hate filled invectives like "God damn America" exposes what Obama's beliefs are. We have a man who is president of the greatest country ever, said that he wants to "fundamentally change America", and that's what he is doing.

And he's destroying this great nation like no other person has been able to in the past.

Does Obama hate America? I think so. If not, he's naive at best.

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