Reading a multitude of articles all over the Internet about the 2012 elections, there are many comments from readers that align Democrats as socialists. Of course, we all know who are the critics and accusers.
But what many people may not understand is that Socialism is as American as apple pie. Yes, the infamous political movement that all freedom lovers disdain is actually an integral part of America. Socialism is what makes America works.
An American worker is a laborer of a socialist environment found in virtually all American Business's. If a worker believes that he or she has democratic rights in a business, then the business is probably being mismanaged.
Case and Points:
- Business's are not bound by any laws to give their employees the right to free speech,
- Business's are not bound by any law to give their employees the right to vote in or vote out the leadership or management
- Business's are not bound by any law to give their employee's more than the minimal wage.
- Business's are not bound by any law to give their employee's privacy on the computer and on the telephone.
- Business's are not bound by any law to give their employee's time off to go an vote for elections.
- Business's are not bound by any law to share their earnings or profits with the laborer's.
- Business's are not bound by any law to hire laborer's that are smokers, child abusers, expectant mothers, unskilled workers, uneducated workers, etc.... (Business's however, are forced to abide by the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and other limited rulings. However, discrimination continues regardless of the Act and very difficult to prove in most cases.)
And lets not forget about the working environment's of our city, state and federal offices. Many, if not all of the above attributes for private business are applicable to our own American Democratic Governmental office's as well.
The bottom line is that while business's and our governments function inside a democratic system, its employees do not work inside a democratic environment. In fact, employer can fire employee's for exercising their democratic rights during their work hours. And some employees have contracts that restrict some of their rights when they are not on company grounds.
Of course, once the worker clocks out, then he / she is immersed back into a democracy. And if the worker is unhappy about the degree of socialism found in their working environment, then he / she can look for a new job on their free time. But basically, the worker is just replacing one socialized environment with another with a differing degree of socialism.
Therefore, while there are many that love to charge Democrats with being liberals and socialists, I think its fair to say that since Republicans are pro business, then they are pro socialistic business environments.
Ironically, Republicans like to call the wealthy business owners as "Job Creators". But are they not in fact, perpetrators of socialism? Wouldn't the wealthy business owners and corporation's love to have multitudes of socialistic environments with cheap labor in order to generate wealth for the owners - some of which is channeled back to their political parties? Of course they would!
Perhaps, charging the Democratic Party as pro socialism is due to the desire of socializing the American health care system. The accusers obviously don't know that America already has a successful socialize medical system known as the VA medical system.
It is socialized health-care for military veterans and the best thing that could ever happen for a segment of Americans. And if it works for military vets and their families, why shouldn't socialize medicine benefit all Americans. Socialized medicine seems to work great for Englanders. They are happy and healthy and are not going bankrupt by paying out of control health care costs.
Perhaps, if all Americans can't have socialized health-care because they were not patriots by enlisting in the military to serve at least one term of duty for their country, then maybe the next best thing is the Obama health care plan. While there is much protest about having the federal government forcing people to have health insurance, lets not forget or marginalize the states that force people to have car insurance.
Not to go off topic, but if citizens do not have mandated car insurance in certain states, then they can go to jail, pay fines, license suspensions and have their personal property, eg car, impounded. And the state doesn't care if your car is needed for your survival and employment. The state forces its citizens to patronize the insurance industry or face the wrath of the government. Isn't this socialism?
In any case, as embarrassing as it may be, socialism is an integral part of America. Personally, I don't support a socialist party and many Americans do not. But their is a hypocrisy in America.
In conclusion, socialism does work or has worked in America. It is as American as the company that makes apple pies and the systems that supports it.
Here is an interesting paradox - People think that the government should be managed like a business because democracy, ie, bickering and debating and favoritism for the rich, is stifling the America.