LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Guaranteed government jobs have dire consequences

Sen. Bernie Sanders recently promoted the idea of a guaranteed government job for every person in America who wants one.

A followup poll claimed that 40 percent of young and middle aged Americans agreed. While I generally take polls with a grain of salt because questions can be cleverly designed to insure the desired response, I found this to be frightening. It is a clear indication of the ignorance of almost half of the population.

World history, Western civilization, civics and American history courses have been sorely neglected and are either revised or no longer required in our public schools and universities. Such a scheme as Sen. Sanders advocates is as old as time itself and would reduce this nation, or any other, to feudalism — a system of government in which an aristocratic few rise to the governing top, be it a king and his nobles, a dictator and supporters, a collective, or some other elitist group to provide employment for the majority.

In a feudal society, the king and his nobles provided the common people (serfs or peasants) with work. The people owned no property, had mostly low-level jobs and their labor largely benefited the ruling class and others of their choosing. In turn, the people were promised protection from invaders and were mostly left alone provided they did as they were told. If someone chose to do something different or “go off the reservation” the penalty was harsh, imprisonment and death. What the government provides, the government can take away. It doesn’t take an Einstein to figure this out.

Most Americans of my generation, who grew up during the Great Depression and World War II, know that the “progressive, socialist, communist, fascist” ideology is fruit of a poisoned tree. Those few of us who are left will remember pictures of elderly Soviet women shoveling snow from Moscow sidewalks in the late 1940s.

These unfortunate souls had guaranteed government jobs. It has been said that it only takes two, possibly three, generations to completely change a culture. We are witnessing this today. Our youth have been taught that human beings are all basically “good,” that science will solve our problems with the help of an ever present governing state, that God and creation are fiction, that humans will become better and better if taught correctly, and that there is no such thing as evil or “human nature” with its inherent tendencies for lust, power, greed, vanity, envy, etc.

Socialism, in all of its many forms, always leads to tyranny. Socialism, communism, and fascism, now redefined as “progressivism,” all share basic philosophies. First is the desire for a utopian society through governance by a totally secular state. That state may be governed by a group of selected or elected officials, a theocracy, or a collective. All are subject to the state (its ruling elite) resulting in a loss of freedom. When people finally recognize that personal freedom is being compromised, they rebel. And the result is chaos, division and hatred.

There are those in Washington and perhaps in Dover who believe that our Declaration, Constitution and its Bill of Rights are archaic and need to be replaced to fit modern needs. All too many of our current legislators in every political party subscribe to Hegelian/Marxist philosophies. It sounds “good” and “fair.” Although some of these ideas are ancient, a more recent proponent is Karl Marx (1818-1883) who wrote that: “all private property should be abolished; industries and banks should be managed by the State along with railroads and public works; wage earners should have all profits; there should be equal distribution of earnings; capital is the most terrible scourge of humanity and religion is the opiate of the people” Sound familiar?

Further, inherent in Marxism is the belief that the current system must be overthrown because it exploits the poor and benefits the rich. This philosophy can also be adapted to mean that certain privileged classes of people or gender exploit all other classes, etc. Many of our youth believe this rot.

Fast forward to the last century and to Chicago professor, communist and community organizer, Saul Alinsky, (1909-1972). He wrote a book, “Rules for Radicals,” and outlined 13 “rules” that explain how to accomplish cultural change and fulfill the tenants of Marxism. These “rules” are clearly operational in our present society and are in the process of destroying our culture in order to replace it with another.

This poison has infiltrated our schools, universities, elected officials, and those ignorant of our unique American history and its founding principles. As Marx correctly said, “Take away the heritage of a people and they are easily destroyed.”

Marjorie C. Davis
Ellendale

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