Social Services v. Socialism

Former President Bill Clinton infamously answered a grand jury during the Clinton-Lewinsky scandal, “It depends on what your definition of is, is.” His lawyerly conjugation of the American English verb be continues to evoke a smile between my ears!

One online dictionary features thirteen definitions for this word be, both as a verb and as an auxiliary verb.

Personal to democratic socialists Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, you and the Constitution do not share the same definition of the word welfare. This word, as used in the Constitution does not mean what you think it means.

To the democratic socialists, the word welfare means assistance given by government to those in need; public relief. To the constitutional conservative, the word welfare means the health, happiness, and prosperity; well-being of all citizens, whether rich or poor.

The phrase general welfare used in the preamble and in Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution, in the context of the enumerated (limited) powers of the federal government, applies to public services available to all citizens, not a select few. Examples: armed national defense, customs and immigration authority, interstate highway systems.

Social services support the general welfare of our citizens and are not Marxist socialism.

Democratic socialists, in my opinion, do not appreciate the general standard of living in our country. So, you insist on facts?

  • Census Bureau, 1 Jul 2018: 138,537,100 total housing units in the U.S.
  • Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), 30 Jan 2020: “71,395,465 individuals were enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP in the 51 states [my flag has only 50 stars] that reported enrollment data for October 2019″
  • The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD): Total budget for fiscal year 2021 is $47,900,000,000 — FIFTY BILLION DOLLARS — “that expands resources to prevent/end homelessness; invests record funding to reduce lead and other home health and safety hazards; and preserves rental assistance to HUD-assisted households
  • The Department of Transportation (DOT) Overview: “The U.S. Department of Transportation system includes 3.9 million miles of public roads and 2 million miles of oil and natural gas pipelines. There are networks consisting of 120,000 miles of major railroads, more than 250,000 miles of commercially navigable waterways and more than 5,000 public-use airports.”

Government social service programs tend to lean toward socialism during democrat administrations. What happens in January 2021 will either spell the end of American liberty or a revival of the spirit of 1776.

The number one reason millions of people around the world yearn to live in the United States of America is they are eager to participate in our general welfare, a country where poverty and homelessness are largely a choice.

The history of socialism is impoverishment, premature deaths, homelessness, and hunger. Winston Churchill succinctly explained naked socialism desired by the democratic socialists.

“Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.”

Winston Churchill, 28 May 1948

John White
Rockwall, Texas

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