LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Democratic Socialism dangerous to our way of life

As we move closer to the November mid-term elections and the Democrats, including Carper, back more and more social Democrats, we need to take an honest look at what the Democratic Party is really trying to sell the American public.

When one researches the terms “socialism” and “democratic socialism,” aside from the long-winded language used to differentiate the two philosophies, you’d realize that the Democratic Socialists want the exact type of economic model defined by Socialists, but under the guise of a Democratic form of Socialistic government. The Democrats use the term “progressive” because once you truly understand the real meaning of Democratic Socialism you’ll realize it’s an oxymoron.

Articles have been appearing in the paper supporting the idea of Democratic Socialism and how much it has helped, and will continue to help, this country. Unfortunately, the authors have fallen into the terminology trap, championed by social Democrats running for office, which distorts and masks the true desires of Democratic Socialists.

What do Democratic Socialists really want? The following definitions outline the true meaning of the Democratic Socialistic platform:

“We are committed to the transformation of capitalism through the creation of a Democratic Socialist society based on compassion, empathy, and respect as well as the development of new social structures. Socialism will establish a new social and economic order in which workers and community members will take responsibility for and control of their interpersonal relationships, their neighborhoods, their local government and the production and distribution of all goods and services.”

“As Socialists, Democratic Socialists believe that the systemic issues of capitalism can only be solved by replacing the capitalist system with a socialist system — i.e. by replacing private ownership with social ownership of the means of production.”

“As Democratic Socialists we are committed to ensuring that any market is the servant of the public good and not its master. Liberty, equality and solidarity will require not only democratic control over economic life, but also a progressively financed, decentralized, and quality public sector. Free markets or private charity cannot provide adequate public goods and services.”

If you read the platform statements of the Democratic Socialists very, very closely, you’ll notice that their basic premise is the destruction of capitalism, replaced by the “social ownership of the means of production.” That is a frightening concept; however, how are the Democratic Socialists selling their plan to destroy capitalism?

Again, look closely at their platform words, and the words used by the current candidates. Their platform is based on compassion, empathy and respect for all. Unfortunately, to them, getting to those lofty aspirations means destroying the way of life as we currently know it. You cannot dictate empathy, compassion or respect. They come from within the individual.

If the Democratic Socialists win, here’s what will happen to the stock market and your 401K/IRA. With social ownership of the means of production, the stock market can’t exist because the market is based on capitalism. Therefore, your 401K/IRA can’t exist because there is no stock market or publicly traded companies. So, do you want to live in a society where individual personal ambition and drive is subverted to the concept that everyone’s energy is designed for the good of the collective?

I read in this paper that the Socialistic programs of Social Security and Medicare are good for this country. Let’s review both.

Social Security was initiated by a progressive Democrat, Franklin Roosevelt. On its face, probably a good idea — you pay into a system for x number of years and are guaranteed a monthly annuity, at a certain age, for the remainder of your life. Unfortunately, our elected representatives saw the enormous amount of money available for the taking, and took it.

Forget that it was your hard-earned money set aside for a future payment, Congress chose to drain the Social Security trust fund to further “social” programs. The result of Congresses’ raid on the Social Security trust fund means without more of your hard-earned dollars, it cannot function as planned. The cost of a social program constantly increases, but the money to fund a social program is finite.

Medicare has never been fully funded because its creators, Congress, knew it would eventually break the budget. To help alleviate that problem, we pay into a system based on income that is constantly in the red. Whatever happened to the Democratic Socialistic ideal of equality for all? Projections indicate that, even with millions paying into the system, it will eventually become too expensive to be viable.

What do we do then? It’s called a single-payer system that will be forced to allocate scarce resources. And, the only way to allocate scarce resources is to determine, at what age, and with what illness, does it become too expensive to treat a patient? That decision will be made by a bureaucrat, who will not care about your quality of life, or how much longer you might live, but rather, how much does it cost to keep treating this patient.

Capitalism is not perfect. However, it allows an individual who is willing to put in the hard work to get ahead and become prosperous. If you read and understand the Democratic Socialistic platform, the concept of making a better life for yourself doesn’t exist because everything is a cooperative and as previously stated, everyone’s energy is designed for the good of the collective, not the individual.

When you enter the voting both in November, and see Carper’s (he self identifies as a progressive) name on the ballot, ask yourself a simple question. Do I want the Democratic Socialistic way of life for myself and family, or do I want to keep capitalism and give myself a chance at a better life? A vote for Carper is a vote for living in a collective society where no one has the opportunity to forge a better life for themselves or their family because the only thing that matters is the collective. Think about it.

Frank Daniels
Col. (Ret.), USAR

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