A surprising number of people today are seeking a socialist government because they have a hope that a nanny state will improve their lives. Many of these people, group one, are of modest income, brought about by modest education, and some early life mistakes. Let’s not confuse these folks with those who want socialism because it gives them control of how we should all live, group two. Group two is the alpha group with generally higher education and income levels. This posting is targeted to those who are of modest means in group one. There are three types of people: those who don’t know and know they don’t know; those who know and know they know; and those who don’t know and think they know – these are the dangerous ones and a bulk of these people fall into group two. You will find a lot of these folks in Hollywood and in the Capitol Building.
Group one was provided an education in our schools run by controlling far left educators – group two. The educators in their wisdom most likely dismissed the in depth teaching of U.S. and world history. Group one simply does not realize exactly what they are seeking. They have been sold a Utopian view by the far left of the Democratic Party, members of group two, with nary an explanation that all previous attempts at beneficial socialism worldwide have been abject failures. China’s people are benefiting from improved prosperity and some limited advances in personal freedom, but these advances and improved prosperity are only brought about by shifts toward capitalism. I cannot think of one nation that has adopted socialism and has seen economic prosperity and experienced widespread individual freedoms for its people through socialism. The populace of these nations have no incentive to become wealthy and are generally regulated to death. The socialist movement deflates any opportunity for a “rags to riches” rise.
Rather than use one of an unending list of failed socialist foreign nations as an example, I thought I would highlight one of our fifty states that entered into the socialism track years ago. It is a state that has passed law after law impinging qualified personal freedom to the limit of our U.S. Constitution and has tried to be the most prolific nanny state that it can be. It is a state where no one is held personally accountable. I point out that personal freedom is qualified because their definition of freedom is unique to the rest of the country. Smoking pot is good, but the rules on personal business expansion and prosperity are onerous. It is a state that is suffering through and sharing the current U.S. and world severe recession, but is also suffering a self imposed economic collapse as a direct result of its attempt to be a nanny state. It is a state that during a recession, where millions are suffering due to unemployment and rising costs, has decided it is good to increase taxes. It has chosen to increase a regressive tax, the sales tax, to help solve the budget problem. This is almost incredulous since they are raising taxes disproportionately on the people who have been weaned to depend on the nanny state. How brilliant is that?
If you have not guessed as yet, it is the State is California. This very liberal experiment in creating a nanny state, which included onerous rules on businesses and outrageously high taxes, is tanking faster than a falling meteoroid. This State is suffering years of debt taken on to achieve the very liberal social programs that are the underpinning of the “nanny state”. I hope the millions who are seeking the Nanny States of America take a moment to see what will become of the United States of America, if we continue on this path to a national socialistic nanny state. One look at California and the multi-tentacled sink hole it has become should be enough to demonstrate to those of modest means, that in the long run the nanny state will only bring them abject misery.
This post is not targeted to group two socialism control freaks who truly believe that they know better how we should live and what our culture should look like – these are just misdirected fools and there is nothing you can tell or show them that will change their minds, since it is all about control to them. They have no problem with constantly repeating history but with an expectation of a different result. Fortunately for the conservatives and moderates who populate this nation, they cannot accomplish this trek to socialism on their own. They need the votes of those with modest means. They try to obtain these votes by promising stuff, lots of stuff. They get these votes by pounding into these folks just how badly they have it and how dastardly corrupt business types are.
All we need to do is to point out California in detail to these modest means folks over and over again, and maybe we can wakeup some of these folks to the reality that their invitation from group two that says “we would like to have you for dinner” really means that they are the dinner.