A new right to equality in income? “Occupy Oakland” protesters rail against ‘inequalities’ between investors and salaried workers – I guess. Where’s the beef?
One supposes this mob of angry people decries its collective status, as though seeing themselves in the role of serf. In 1917 Russian serfs revolted against opressive government and economic disadvantage where the common people were destined a life of poverty. How does Russian serfdom compare to contemporary America?
Unlike pre-revolution 1917 Russia, our society denies no citizen opportunity to excel. Indeed, excellence is the hallmark of American industry. Furthermore, our contemporary artificial definition of poverty, officially established by the government-mandated “poverty line”, unreasonably labels those whose annual income falls below this imaginary line as poor. “Rags to riches” stories abound in the land of the free and the home of the brave. The wealthiest among us were not born with silver spoons in their mouths – they worked for all they have, using creative problem-solving tactics to serve mankind. So, what’s at play here?
Marxism – pure and simple. A new generation, ignorant of history and out of touch with reality, buys into the notion of economic redistribution. And so it is, we find a “long march” from liberty to socialism, led today by a president who pledged to “fundamentally change” our way of life. To be sure: if we fail to unseat this socialist Democrat party in 2012, America will forever be lost. What should be our response?
A wise person said, “Don’t run so hard from socialism that you run into fascism.” We don’t have to fall into a fascist society and we can avoid this by returning America to its foundations as declared in the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the Bill of Rights and the Word of God – the last most important of all.
We are not without hope.