29 April 2010

Democratic Socialists of America?

Many people think I am crazy when I tell you that our president is a socialist. I think that it is because it is too unimaginable to believe that a United States president could ever stand for something that would ultimately ruin our country. We have a unique beginning, based on life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. We understand that individual freedom is what made our country great. People have flocked to this country with the hope of doing something with their lives that they could not do anywhere else. The reason we are different was based on our Christian beliefs, which were greater here than anywhere else in the world. Back then we had Faith, Hope, and Charity.

Move into the future 200 years, and we find ourselves in a mess. Integrity and honesty are things of the past, and because of that the large corporations are interested in nothing but profits. Whether they come honestly or not doesn't seem to matter. You can not have hope if you do not have truth. Truth is what gives us hope, when people steal, cheat, and lie, they give us false hope.

Churches are becoming empty, people are taught evolutionary beliefs at the ripe old age of 5, and they begin to doubt God's word. If the Earth is really billions of years old, then Genesis is a lie, and if Genesis is a lie, then the foundation of the whole Bible is shot. Too bad people do not realize that in order to date rocks correctly, you need to know how much of the isotope was in the rock to start with, how can anyone know that information. Just recently rocks from the lava at Mt. St. Helens were dated to be billions of years old, the problem is that we know when that volcano erupted... 1980. We have lost our faith, especially in God’s word.

When there is a great disaster, the United States is usually the first to respond, which shows that we are a country that cares. But it seems that we only care for people we do not know. What I mean by this is that there is no charity between people here in the country. We are divided by politics, color of our skin, denominations, etc. People are so rude to each other that sometimes it shocks me. Even within our own churches there is a lack of caring and respect, especially when there is a difference of opinion. We are lacking in charity.

This situation sets us up for Socialism; we see so much injustice out there that we think there is nothing else we can do but change things so people will be treated better. That is why all we hear about lately is Social Justice, and Economic Justice just to name a few. Our country became the greatest because of individual rights. With our religious upbringing, and reliance on God we had morals. The government didn’t need to regulate us because we could be trusted to do the right thing. Now it is different, and the government steps in to stop all the corruption, but in the process takes away our individual rights. We all get punished for the crimes of some, instead of punishing the people responsible. The government believes that no one can be trusted to do the right thing, so they will do it for us. The problem is that we are forced to do what the government thinks is right, but what if they are wrong.

This type of thinking has been going on for a while, at least 100 or more years, and now finally the socialists have a chance to radically change things, with the help of our president and congress. What did Obama mean by change? There were some of us who had no clue, or believed that he was just using that as a slogan for his campaign. We were wrong. He had ideas in mind…. Some of these ideas came from a democratic socialist agenda which is why I am writing this in the first place. Following this paragraph is a statement taken from the web page of the Democratic Socialists of America. See if you can spot some of the policies which have been implemented or have been talked about.
While recognizing the critical limitations of the Obama candidacy and the American political system, DSA believes that the possible election of Senator Obama to the presidency in November represents a potential opening for social and labor movements to generate the critical political momentum necessary to implement a progressive political agenda. We know that a proactive and progressive government can come only on the heels of a broad coalition for social justice united against a reactionary Republicanism as well as a Democratic neoliberalism. Such a movement will also have to fight for a public finance system that can limit the power of corporate fundraising and lobbyists over both major political parties.

Thus, DSA offers its Economic Justice Agenda and its "four pillars" as a framework for such a progressive policy agenda. This program calls for:

1. Restoring progressive taxation to the levels before the Reagan administration and enacting massive cuts in wasteful defense spending;

2. Enacting single-payer universal health insurance and expanding public initiatives in child care, elder care and pension security;

3. Passing the Employee Free Choice Act as part of a broader effort to rebuild a powerful labor movement capable of achieving equity in the labor market; and

4. Implementing a U.S. foreign policy that promotes global institutions that advance labor, environmental, and human rights and regulate transnational corporations.

True democracy is not about one woman or man promising change for the American public. That takes consistent pressure from below. Who holds the presidency does matter, if only as a more accessible target for pressure. A Democratic presidency and Congress would also create popular expectations that rising inequality and injustice will be curbed. If the Democrats frustrate those hopes (as they did in the early 1960s), mass mobilization is likely to grow rather than subside.

Nor should the Left be so involved in the national presidential campaign that it ignores the fall primaries and general election races for the U.S. House and Senate. We need more progressives in Congress as well as increased Democratic majorities.

The November election can’t be the end of a fight, but its beginning, and connections made on a local and national level leading up to November can position the Left to play a role in struggles to come.

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What are we going to do, just sit here and let them continually pass bills that turn our country into the Democratic Socialists of America? We need to educate ourselves, join the political parties that promote the constitution, and pray to our God that he will reform America, and bring it back to where it all started. It is obvious that the Socialists won’t stop until they get what they want, but neither should we. Remember it all starts with Faith, Hope, and Charity.