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It's Americanism vs. Socialism on November 4th

By Frank Salvato
web posted October 20, 2008

At a recent campaign rally, along what is called "the rope line," Senator Barack Obama was asked a question by a young prospective business owner about taxes and how Obama's economic plan would affect him, his family and his business. Obama's response – his unscripted, from the heart, authentic, no-spin, off-the-teleprompter response – was something that would have made Karl Marx proud. Make no mistake, "my friends," this election is about Americanism vs. Socialism, and little else.

Barack Obama and Wurzelbacher
Barack Obama and Joe Wurzelbacher on October 12

As Barack Obama was making his way through the crowd in Toledo, Ohio, a young plumber, Joe Wurzelbacher, situated at the rope line (the pathway candidates take to-and-from the venue stage) asked Sen. Obama a pretty straight forward question:

"Senator Obama, I'm going to have a business that makes $280,000 a year. You want to tax me. Why do you want to do that?"

And Obama gave him a pretty straight-forward, albeit chilling response:

"It's not that I want to punish your success. I just want to make sure that everybody who is behind you, that they've got a chance at success too. I think that when you spread the wealth around it's good for everybody."

"I think that when you spread the wealth around it's good for everybody." There is so much wrong with not only this statement but this ideology it's hard to know where to begin, but I'll start with this: Senator Obama...it's not your money to give!

Wealth redistribution is one of the core tenets of Socialism: "From each according to his ability, to each according to his need." Expressing a desire to "spread the wealth around," indicates that Sen. Obama favors the Socialist dogma of income or wealth redistribution. This means he favors social/economic engineering; where those who possess less are afforded more at the demise of those who dedicated themselves to earning more.

Milton Friedman, the American Nobel Laureate economist, famously and successfully argued that this code of belief, "From each according to his ability, to each according to his need," turns ability into a liability, and need into an asset. It rewards those who simply exist and punishes those that produce, with all due respect to Mr. Obama's declaration that he doesn't want to "penalize" that Ohio plumber.

Simply put, it is naïve to believe that giving someone something for nothing – or something simply because he doesn't have it – instills a desire to strive for attaining anything. In fact, it demonstrates to him that he will be taken care of – by his fellow citizens through taxation and the subsequent redistribution of wealth – even if he contributes nothing to society; especially if he contributes nothing to society.

Additionally, taking something away from someone after they have worked to acquire it – especially when it is given to someone who did nothing to earn it – diminishes the desire to be productive. Eventually you are left with an apathetic populace constantly looking to feed from the public trough; you end up with a situation where government must provide for all because those who earn have ceased to exist. This is the sad, albeit prophetic irony of Ayn Rand's work Atlas Shrugged.

This end game – socially engineering a society to create dependency under the guise of "giving those ‘without' a chance at success" – feeds directly into Mr. Obama's vision of what government should be; the provider. It creates a power-base more potent than any military force the world has ever known. It succeeds by killing the strength of independence and the Right of the individual, and eradicating the American entrepreneurial spirit while placing government at the center of society, as the mother, the father, the provider.

Make no mistake, "my friends," the ideology of the Progressive-Left is rooted in Socialism and right now their candidate, Barack Obama, is slightly ahead in the polls.

Our nation stands just inside the beginning of a Second Civil War, one taking place on the ideological battlefield. Should we lose this election Progressive-Left Socialists will control the Executive Branch and the Legislative Branch of our government. Our nation, our Constitution and especially our Capitalist system will be damaged, very possibly beyond repair.

We the People cannot afford to lose this battle. Government of the people, by the people and for the people hangs in the balance this election. ESR

Frank Salvato is the Executive Director and Director of Terrorism Research for BasicsProject.org a non-profit, non-partisan, 501(c)(3) research and education initiative. His writing has been recognized by the US House International Relations Committee and the Japan Center for Conflict Prevention. His organization, BasicsProject.org, partnered in producing the original national symposium series addressing the root causes of radical Islamist terrorism. He also serves as the managing editor for The New Media Journal. Mr. Salvato has appeared on The O'Reilly Factor on FOX News Channel and is a regular guest on talk radio including on The Right Balance with Greg Allen on the Accent Radio Network and on The Captain's America Radio Show catering to the US Armed Forces around the world. His opinion-editorials have been published by The American Enterprise Institute, The Washington Times & Human Events and are syndicated nationally. He is occasionally quoted in The Federalist. Mr. Salvato is available for public speaking engagements. He can be contacted at newmediajournal@comcast.net.





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