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Losing the Bigger Ideological Struggle With Socialism
-by Scott Rohter, November 2011
The United States won the Cold War and the competition with the Soviet Union, but we are losing the bigger ideological struggle with Socialism. Out of 183 countries in the world today, only a handful of them are not socialist to one degree or another. Only a few countries follow the principles of limited government and individual liberty as set forth in our Constitution, and only a few countries actually have free and open markets. These are the political and economic principles that built America into a great and flourishing nation.
Whatever strategy the United States is employing, it is not working very well at convincing other countries around the world to follow our example. In fact, we don't even follow our own example, so why should anyone else? We have forsaken our first love of a truly limited Federal government with specific and enumerated powers that are defined by our Constitution, and we have traded it in for a government without any limits, that knows no bounds, that tramples on the rights of its citizens to live freely which rights are enshrined in our Constitution and in the Bill of Rights. It is a government that tramples on the powers that are reserved to the States as well or to the people.Our rugged American individualism that was present in the beginning at our nation's founding, and the spirit of liberty and self-sufficiency that once made us prosperous, have given way to social welfare programs and government entitlements which have made our people weak and dependent upon government instead of strong and free! This has been due in large part to the fantastic success of the Industrial Revolution, and now to the amazing advances of the electronic revolution. Basically we are victims of our own stunning success. This is remarkably reminiscent of what happened to the ancient Romans.
Capitalism defeated Communism in the 1980s, but Communism's despicable stepchild, Socialism is defeating individualism and free markets right here in our own country, and right now in the 21st Century. If we can't even convince our own citizens to enthusiastically embrace the principles of the Founding Fathers, then why should other countries put any credence in them? And if this is the case, then why should our American military be stationed all over the world to defend these other countries. Let them defend their own people if that is indeed the case. Our Nation's young men and women don't need to be risking their lives for their citizens.
If you think that whatever is wrong with America today can be fixed with just a simple little tweaking around the edges, then it really doesn't matter if you vote, or who you vote for because most of the candidates are basically regurgitating the same old garbage. However if you instinctively know in your heart that the only thing that will save our country is nothing less than a complete Constitutional revival, and a return to the principles of limited Constitutional government, then you must look for that little needle in the proverbial haystack. You must look for that one good Constitutional conservative candidate who is on the ballot in your State, because he or she is the only candidate who will do more than just re-apply the brakes on progressivism. A candidate like this would actually grab hold of the wheel of our beleagured ship of state, and help turn our country around in the right direction again. This is the kind of candidate who would actually feed a little gas to the engine of capitalism and free markets instead of worrying about our carbon footprint and global warming. They could begin to move our country back in the right direction once again, back to our traditional roots and to the ideals enshrined in the Constitution of personal responsibility and limited government.
"The truth, the political truth, and nothing but the political truth.
A journalist has no better friend than the truth." - Scott Rohter