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For Better or For Worse

Discussion in 'Uncategorized Threads' started by bigdogtx, Oct 30, 2008.

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  1. bigdogtx

    bigdogtx Well-Known Member

    Aug 5, 2006
    Got this in an email from a buddy of mine. This is an essay from a 16 year old son of a freind of his. This young man has a better handle than some of the dimwits on here and that are going to vote this year. It is a shame that voters have not taken the time and given the amount of thought that this young man has.

    For better or for worse

    Our country is at a critical crossroads. The election next week will have a major impact in the direction our country takes in the coming years. In this year of 2008, the people of our country have a great advantage. In our attempt to decide our choice of candidate for the presidency, we can look back in world history and observe instances where a national leader has enacted a government policy that parallels one planned by a candidate in this election.
    Senator Obama is proposing a change in our governments policies that will send our country in a new direction. But will it be for the better? A brief look back at men of history who shared similar convictions with Obama, and the result of their actions, will provide a concrete answer.
    In the 19th century, the world was swept by an influx of ideas about government, religion, nature, and life in general. At the forefront of many of these was a German atheist named Karl Marx. In a German newspaper in 1848, he published a 10-point system describing what he believed to be a successful form of government. Mostly due to these ten statements, Marx is generally considered to be the founder of modern socialism.
    A close look at the changes in our government that Obama is proposing will reveal a remarkable similarity to Marx’s plan. The essence of Marx’s thinking was this-the government would provide services such as healthcare, finance, industry, and education exclusively. In return, the populace would provide funds for these programs through taxes, which would be increased proportionately to the yearly income of an individual. Taking even a cursory look at the proposals of Senator Obama, a remarkable symmetry is observed.
    Examples include the proposed universal healthcare program, additional federal control over financial companies, state growth and transportation funds, and federal administration of education.
    The facts one must realize at this point in our history is that the majority of the young generation in our country are unaware of the dangers of this form of government, which will be discussed shortly. In addition, the recent immigrants to our country are, for the most part, filled with a longing for a chance to create, through perseverance and hard work, their own version of the American dream. Those who are voting are faced with a choice of governmental views, and the form of government proposed by Obama seems, at first glance, to be the answer. And this is, in reality, the crux of the crossroads that our country has reached. After all, people are wondering, what is wrong with this system of socialism? Shouldn’t our government provide healthcare and education for every American, as well as overseeing and running our transportation, finance, and industry? We live in the most prosperous nation on earth. Quoting Senator Obama,”everyone should try to realize their full potential”, why shouldn’t we give an opportunity to everyone by spreading the wealth around?
    Here is where it is critical to look back in history and realize the actual long-term results of this type of government. I would submit three examples.
    The first of these is the Soviet Union. Led by Vladimir Lenin, the socialist bolshevik, later named communist, party seized control of the Russian government in 1917. Alarmingly similar to this country today, they promised a society with equality for all classes and government provision of services. For a few years, all went well. But beginning in 1928, the nation, as well as the entire USSR, began a decline in standards of education, transportation, healthcare, and living in general that reached intolerable levels by the 1950’s. The one notable exception was the military, which received the majority of the government’s attention. By the 1970’s, communism was having the opposite effect of the ‘classless’ culture originally intended, as wealth was awarded for allegiance to the party. Communism finally began to decline with the 1985 election of Mikhail Gorbachev, who realized the massive slide the country had taken. The USSR broke up in the early 1990’s, and Russia is still struggling to reverse the horrible effects of socialism.
    The second example concerns the African nation of Tanzania. In 1964, Julius Nyerere became president and installed a socialist government. During his 21-year presidency, Tanzania became the third poorest country in Africa. What is even more remarkable is that during that same period, Tanzania received more foreign aid than any other African country. In addition Tanzania swung from being the largest African exporter of agricultural products to the largest importer. Even Nyerere said, during his resignation speech,”I failed.”
    The third lesson from history concerns our own country. This example shows the huge problems that result from socialism in perhaps the most easily understood way of all. In 1928, Herbert Hoover was elected president. Soon after he took office, the stock market crashed and the great depression began. While this was not entirely his fault, Hoover tried to use government programs based on socialism to rectify the situation. There were too many to discuss here, but the end result worsened the depression by a huge amount. The statistics are staggering. In Hoover’s four years as president, the National debt doubled in relation to the Gross National Product. Unemployment rose to 25%, more than quadruple the current rate. In an attempt to pay for these programs, The Revenue Act of 1932 was enacted.
    This raised the income tax on higher-income families from 25 to 63 percent, doubled the estate tax, and raised corporate taxes to nearly 15 percent. The people of America finally realized the mess they were in, and Hoover was defeated in the 1932 election by the largest popular vote margin ever.
    In reality, socialism is not a viable government form simply because it mitigates the very idea it is trying to promote. The idea that even the poorest individual will have a chance to succeed is a reasonable one, but if a person grabs that chance and puts their whole heart into creating prosperity for themselves and their families, their prosperity will eventually trap them in an vicious circle of mediocrity, because they will have more and more taken from them as their financial position rises.
    Consider this analogy. Tom and Billy go to school together. An important test is upcoming. Tom studies hard and receives an “A” on the test. Billy, however, goofs off and gets an “F”. The school decides that ‘every student should have an equal oppurtunity to get a good grade’, so they take Tom’s “A” grade and give some of the score to Billy. As a result, both students receive a “C”.
    In addition, the idea that government should control and/or have a monopoly in education, communication, transportation, and other services is anti-american in every sense. The very reason men founded this country was a desire to live, work, worship, and teach in their own way.
    At the present time, socialism has taken over our country far more than we perhaps actually realize or desire. It is up to us to prevent any farther sliding down the slope. However, some government-controlled elements of our country are envied around the world, such as our postal service. In fact this brings us to another key issue. In contrast to one under socialism, our postal service competes with commercial entities. This competition obligates it to constantly increase the level of quality in every aspect of its operation. The same is true in any service.
    To summarize, we have observed, through history, the true definition of socialism and the problems it brings. We see that Obama’s plan for government carries strong similarities to socialist governments used in the past. We have seen that when socialism is used as government, problems arise for all, whether rich or poor.
    Senator Obama’s plan will change this country. But will it be for better or for worse? History strongly indicates that the latter is likely. This country does need change, but not from Obama.
    My name is Kaden Andre. I am 16 years old. I believe we should not guess at our future, or go with ‘something different’ without thought, but look back in history and use what we learn from others’ successes and mistakes while making decisions for the future.
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