Do We Really Want Socialism?

FeaturedDo We Really Want Socialism?

Monday through Friday I deal with different subjects in this blog. I also post my blog to my Facebook page at RFrederickRiddlesWorld. Monday’s I try to focus on issues. This week I am taking a look at Do We Really Want Socialism?
In recent years the Democratic Party has made a hard left in their vision for the future of America. There is little left of the party of Roosevelt and Kennedy. Now the Democrats are increasingly faced with a choice between a Hillary Clinton or a Bernie Sanders. In fact, although Hillary beat out Bernie (apparently with a little trickery) Bernie’s influence seems to be greater than Hillary’s. More and more the party is talking socialistic solutions or outright socialism.
BUT DO WE WANT SOCIALISM?
Since the election of Trump we have seen what the economy can do when unleashed from burdensome regulations. In fact, the mere promise of relief from these regulations spurred the beginnings of the current thriving economy. It is almost as those industry leaders were biting at the bit hoping against hope that Trump would be elected. Shortly after his election the economy began showing signs of coming to life.
Those regulations were put in place by the Obama Administration and were essentially socialistic solutions.
SO WHAT IS SOCIALISM?
According to the Simple English Wikipedia: Socialism is an economic system where the ways of making a living (factories, offices, etc.) are owned by a society as a whole, meaning the value made belongs to everyone in that society, instead of a group of private owners. People who agree with this type of system are called socialists.
To put it simply, that means if you own a mom and pop store and manage after a lot of hard work to make a profit that profit must be shared with the community. Or perhaps you are a factory worker putting in 8, 10, or 12 hours of work, maybe including weekends yet your income will be shared by your neighbor who could be but isn’t working anywhere. After all, everyone is supposed to be equal.
In other words, there is no reward or incentive for work.
WHAT ABOUT HEALTHCARE?
Oh, they make that sound good. Universal coverage! But the question is who pays for it. They will tell you the rich, but the ugly truth is that eventually you pay for it. That payment could come in the form of unemployment, higher taxes, and higher costs. It could also cost in the way your health is managed. Forget having any personal control, nor your doctor having the final say. It will be some board or individual, a stranger that has no more interest in you than in any statistic.
BUT WON’T THAT REDUCE MEDICAL COSTS?
Did ObamaCare reduce costs? No. In fact by the time the Trump Administration had taken office ObamaCare was already suffering because of increased premiums, especially upon younger people. While ObamaCare still exists the Trump Administration has been able to tweak it here and there. One such tweak was to eliminate the ACA Individual Mandate beginning in 2019. It is true the Congressional Budget Office estimates a rise in costs, but take a closer look at this supposedly nonpartisan entity. First, is it even possible to be nonpartisan? That is doubtful, at best. Second, the CBO tends to exam submissions by expectations that the Left provides. I think the CBO would be more honest if their critiques were based on expectations of the entity submitting the material to be analyzed. Or perhaps in the spirit of transparency they provide dual analysis by comparing the costs in the expected economies that the Democratic and the Republican parties assume.
SOCIALIST MEDICAL CARE IS BAD FOR OUR HEALTH.
While there are some glowing positives (in Canada for example) there are major problems. In Canada not everything is covered. Doctor and hospital visits are covered, but that is not so for prescription drugs, dentistry, vision care, rehabilitative service and home health care. While this is similar to the U.S. Canadians have the added problem of long wait times for non-emergency, specialty procedures like knee and hip replacements and non-urgent advanced imaginghigher than those in America. And, for those of us getting older, long wait times can be a major problem!
SOCIALISM IS REPRESSIVE.
Socialism is repressive. It was a major part of Communism. There have been reports that in China (a Communist country) whenever they have relaxed the rules and allowed some capitalism the economy has benefited. The problem with capitalism is that it thrives in a free country where everyone has the opportunity to succeed whether it’s a little girl selling lemonade or a multimillionaire investing money. Socialism is against both. By the way, children selling lemonade, etc. have been forced out of business by cities with overreaching socialistic governments.
It could be argued that the little capitalism that was allowed in the old Soviet Union contributed to its downfall. The desire for freedom can never be fully suppressed. Humans are willing to make big sacrifices just to be free. Our own founding fathers risked and in many cases lost their wealth and health, and in some cased lost family members and their own lives. All to be free.
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In Memory Of

In Memory Of

Normally I write on issues affecting Christian Service, but today I want to take the opportunity to speak on the subject of Memorial Day.

All too often people confuse Memorial Day with Veterans Day. Veterans Day honors ALL who have SERVED in the military since the founding of our nation. Speaking as a veteran, this is an important day when we honor the living and the dead who have served this nation.

But Memorial Day is not only important but it has special significance. This day honors ALL who have MADE THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE – they gave their lives! So as you enjoy this day, perhaps picnicking or some other family affair, remember the dead that have fallen.

I recently read of a black lady who was angry and would not even honor the Declaration of Independence because it was written by white men, some of whom owned slaves. This is a case of judging the past by today’s morals – always a mistake. But her greater error is that the very freedom that she has to honor or dishonor men and women of the past was gained by the sacrifices – in many cases the sacrifice of life – of white men. Everyone of us owes a debt to the men and women who sacrificed their lives for freedom.

The understanding of what that freedom really means has evolved over time. Sometimes that understanding required violence, as in the case of the Civil War. While the primary cause of the war was States Rights highlighted by the issue of slavery, the end result was the freedom of all slaves. And it came at a huge cost to mostly white men.

Even that has changed. Now we can celebrate our freedoms because white, black, yellow, and red men and women have given their lives in its defense. And on Memorial Day we need to pause and remember the terrific cost that protecting our nation has exacted.

Although Memorial Day is a National Holiday, I, as a Christian, also remember the men and women of all races and nationalities who have lost their lives because they were Christians. This is still occurring today with no end in sight. Not in the United States to a large degree, although that may be changing, but throughout the world.

But nationally we need to remember that Memorial Day is not just another holiday. The greatness of this country was paid for by the blood of those who have fallen in its defense. It should cause us to reflect on the values, yes the moral values, which they died for!

Moral values that we are losing almost daily. More and more we see people, including our leaders, calling that which is good “evil” and that which is evil “good.” (See Isa. 5:20.) Many have lost faith in our political system. This has been fanned by unscrupulous politicians who are still upset by the election results of 2016. If this continues Americans of every political stripe will suffer.

But we have a God Who can right all wrongs. As Christians we need to follow II Chronicles 7:14: “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”

So take time to enjoy this day. But don’t forget those who paid in blood the price of that freedom. And if you are a Christian, don’t forget the One Who paid with His blood for our greatest gift – the freedom to approach our God as our Father!

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R Frederick Riddle is the author of several books. For more information on him visit his Amazon Authors Page. He is also co-founder and Vice President of T&R Independent Books where his books are featured. To reply to any blog you have the option of commenting on a blog and/or sending an email to marketing@tr-indbkstore.com.

IN MEMORY OF

Normally I write on issues affecting writing, but today I want to take the opportunity to speak on the subject of Memorial Day.

All to often people confuse Memorial Day with Veterans Day. Veterans Day honors ALL who have SERVED in the military since the founding of our nation. Speaking as a veteran, this is an important day when we honor the living and the dead who have served this nation.

But Memorial Day is not only important but it has special significance. This day honors ALL who have MADE THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE – they gave their lives! So as you enjoy this day, perhaps picnicking or some other family affair, remember the dead that have fallen.

I recently read of a black lady who was angry and would not even honor the Declaration of Independence because it was written by white men, some of whom owned slaves. This is a case of judging the past by today’s morals – always a mistake. But her greater error is that the very freedom that she has to honor or dishonor men and women of the past was gained by the sacrifices – in many cases the sacrifice of life – of white men. Everyone of us owes a debt to the men and women who sacrificed their lives for freedom.

The understanding of what that freedom really means has evolved over time. Sometimes that understanding required violence, as in the case of the Civil War. While it was not fought over the issue of slaves as some believe, it resulted in the freeing of all slaves and redefined freedom as being for all men and women. And it came at a huge cost to mostly white men.

Even that has changed. Now we can celebrate our freedoms because white, black, yellow, and red men and women have given their lives in its defense. And on Memorial Day we need to pause and remember the terrific cost that protecting our nation has exacted.

Although Memorial Day is a National Holiday, I, as a Christian, also remember the men and women of all races and nationalities who have lost their lives because they were Christians. This is still occurring today with no end in sight. Not in the United States to a large degree, although that may be changing, but throughout the world.

But nationally we need to remember that Memorial Day is not just another holiday. The greatness of this country was paid for by the blood of those who have fallen. It should cause us to reflect on the values, yes moral values, that they died for! Moral values that we are losing almost daily. More and more we see people, including our leaders, calling that which is good “evil” and that which is evil “good.” (See Isa. 5:20.)

But we have a God Who can right all wrongs. As Christians we need to follow II Chronicles 7:14: “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”


R. Frederick Riddle is the author of several Christian fiction novels plus other books. He is also co-founder and Vice President of TR Independent Books. He can be reached at information@rfrederickriddle.com.