I will not vote for a Democrat! Part 3

This is the third in a stream of posts outlining why I will not and cannot vote for a Democrat. In this piece, we will examine the trend toward socialism, which has rolled across the USA in recent years and months. This trend constitutes another grave reason not to vote for any Democrat, no matter where they stand on other issues—our freedoms, liberties, and our way of life is at stake.

I hope you find this post meaningful,

Thomas Johnson


ENCROACHING SOCIALISM

If one looks around the globe, it is not difficult to discern that we in the United States (along with many nations in the West) live free and comfortable lives (though, many freedoms were reduced or taken during the coronavirus pandemic). We are a strange lot because we have short memories. History is replete with nations and governments who have enslaved their people, and who have kept their populations in poverty. Yet, many people today are considering governmental systems historically known to bring near slave-like conditions. These are not theories or guesses—they are historical truths.  

There are many examples of the horror’s governments have brought upon its citizens (though the cases are too numerous to cite in this limited space). Today, we are witnessing an increasing number of citizens citing “Socialism” as a possible path for the USA. This is a shocking development considering the realities of life during the twentieth century with two World Wars and a Cold War teaching us the dangers of Socialism and Communism. In a short span, we have forgotten history.

Nations implementing a socialist government have attempted to make the system look appealing, almost preferable, to other forms of government. However, we know from a rational look at those nations that in the end, under socialism, it is the people who suffer, who have their freedoms taken away, who often scrounge for simple basic needs (food, shelter, etc.). To those suffering under that system, authentic freedom is nothing but a dream.

It takes little research to learn about the damage and death systems based on socialism bring to the world. In current times, many people are adopting a sympathetic view of socialism—which is a sign of a lack of knowledge of real history. It must be made clear that freedom and liberty cannot coexist under systems such as socialism. Some may object by stating that the USA already has social programs in place, which is undeniably true; however, social programs do not equate to socialism. Let us consider a [1]definition from Meriam Webster:

1: any of various economic and political theories advocating collective or governmental ownership and administration of the means of production and distribution of goods

2  a: a system of society or group living in which there is no 
         private property
     b: a system or condition of society in which the means of
         production are owned and controlled by the state

3: a stage of society in Marxist theory transitional between capitalism and communism and distinguished by unequal distribution of goods and pay according to work done.

                     [Bolding added for emphasis]

Before proceeding, re-read those definitions. Do we truly desire governmental control and ownership of the distribution of our created goods? Do want to ban all private property, which would essentially mean everyone would lose ownership of their homes? Do we want to insert such massive changes to our form of government, that we would then be simply a stage that transitions in communism?

The fact that we are having this conversation, in the United States, is shocking. We have long held fast to our freedoms and liberties, are we now prepared to give that all away? Are we prepared for the poverty socialism brings (precious few jobs, precious few choices, food lines, etc.)?

Do you believe socialism can never take root in the USA? Place this discussion in the context of the coronavirus pandemic—our state governments shut us down. They mandated so-called social distancing, they have often mandated face mask-wearing, they have threatened citizens with criminal charges when they do not comply, they have forced our churches and temples to close, they have forced people to have no choice but to pray and worship at home, they have had people turning citizens into authorities for breaking rules, they have had hundreds of people stuffed in lines waiting to purchase food, having no ability at times to acquire the necessities of life, they have controlled what medications can be used during the crisis, they have shuttered all businesses, they have told business owners that they will face charges if they reopen before approved. Yes, the vast majority of these actions were made worse by Democratic leaders who crushed their states with deeply draconian measures and rules, yet can anyone with a fair mind deny this list is true, and that it proves the government of the USA has done what it wants to its citizens? How can anyone doubt that if in this so-called free country, such oppressive measures could be taken against free citizens, that a step to oppressive and permanent socialism can easily be taken?

The United States was born from the deeply held desire of our founders to live a free life, to make their own choices. Yet, our system of government is tenuous at best. If we do not strive to hold our liberty, it will be lost. [2]Consider these statements from the Catholic Catechism and an encyclical by Pope Pius XI (these statements are important for non-Catholics, as well as Catholics):

2425 The Church has rejected the totalitarian and atheistic ideologies associated in modem times with “communism” or “socialism.”…
[Go HERE for the catechism source – italics added]

If Socialism, like all errors, contains some truth (which, moreover, the supreme pontiffs have never denied), it is based nevertheless on a theory of human society peculiar to itself and irreconcilable with true Christianity. Religious socialism, Christian socialism, are contradictory terms; no one can be at the same time a good Catholic and a true socialist [Pius XI’s Quadragesimo Anno, 120 – italics added]

To my fellow Catholics: Socialism cannot be approved or supported. Consider this statement: 

We make this pronouncement: Whether considered as a doctrine, or an historical fact, or a movement, Socialism, if it remains truly Socialism, even after it has yielded to truth and justice on the points which we have mentioned, cannot be reconciled with the teachings of the Catholic Church because its concept of society itself is utterly foreign to Christian truth. [Pius XI’s Quadragesimo Anno, 117) – emphasis and italics added]

Freedom and liberty are God-given, yet many times in history, humans have been enslaved and oppressed by systems that lead to such horrors. Ultimately, the system we have in the USA is far from perfect—it has its issues and problems, we must strive to make our system work for all citizens. However, we are free people with the ability to choose the path our lives will take. Our system continues to reward hard work and ambition.

Perhaps, we have enjoyed our liberty for so long that we have begun to take it for granted. Let us renew our knowledge of history—and let us not shy away from the lessons we learn from the horrors we see in those studies. Our founders shed much blood, and life, to create a system under which we enjoy our freedoms. Let us never forget that we must work to maintain liberty, for what we hold (regarding personal freedom) is unique in history, it can easily be lost if we do not hold tight to that most precious gift.

Some might argue that they want “the good form of socialism,” yet there is no such system. It is easy to think that socialism can be modified to be this perfect, utopian ideal, yet that simply never happens. Nations choosing socialism (even a step-in approach) inevitably move toward their governments controlling their economy, goods, and services, etc. It simply does not work.


THESE Are the Most Telling Failures of Socialism
Go
HERE to read an important article.


Are you one of the growing number who believe socialism is superior to capitalism? Go HERE to watch a short video regarding this topic.


As for the upcoming election, the choice is clear regarding this topic. The left, Democrats, have a deep desire to push the USA toward a truly socialist system. We have seen the new politicians in congress pushing for and supporting socialism. Such talk used to reside on the fringes of political conversations in the USA, yet today, a push for socialism has become real and it is a serious issue. If you want to retain your freedoms and liberties, if you want to be able to worship how you see fit, if you want to own a home, if you want to live and work where you desire, if you want all those things for following generations, then you have no choice—you must vote for President Trump and all GOP candidates down-ticket.

My choice is easy. Capitalism is far from perfect (it can, at times, become quite messy), yet under our system, a person who works hard and has ambition is often rewarded for their labors, and most importantly, free citizens can worship the Lord without interference from the state. I choose freedom.

In future parts, I will discuss other important reasons why I will not, and cannot vote for Democrats.

 

 

 

 

[1] https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/socialism

[2] Catechism of the Catholic Church.

Pope Pius XI: http://w2.vatican.va/content/pius-xi/en/encyclicals/documents/hf_p-xi_enc_19310515_quadragesimo-anno.html

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