The Conservative pundits like to refer to anyone who doesn’t agree with them as socialist or communist but they have no real idea what those concepts mean. The time has come to educate them. The Occupy protests got close to proffering this solution, but they couldn’t quite bring themselves to suggest it and unify behind it, so dirty and evil has that word and that concept become. It’s time to proudly reclaim some terms as out own.
Liberal is a badge honor, not a swear word and not something to shy away from or to be ashamed of. Gandhi was a liberal. Jesus was a Liberal. Mother Teresa was a liberal. Martin Luther King was a liberal. Abraham Lincoln was a liberal. Thomas Jefferson was a liberal. Even George Washington was a liberal. You can be in no better company than in the company of a liberal.
These are people who fought for our freedom and the freedom of mankind. They fought the status quo, the establishment. They believed in the power of freedom and that so long as any of us are oppressed by tyranny and tyrants none of us can truly be free. Capitalism, in its current form, has become tyrannical an unyielding. Conservative is the curse word. Conservatives are the oppressors. Conservatives want to conserve freedom for themselves and enslavement for you. They don’t even see that by sponsoring legislation and actions that limit the freedoms of others, those same laws will be used against them when the tides change and pendulum swings back - as it always does.
Pure, unregulated capitalism is unhealthy to society. Without social constraints the wealthy and powerful become ever more so. The very nature of capitalism is to seek the maximum personal or corporate reward, regardless of the community, environmental or societal costs. This is not a fault of capitalism, but of those who tell you the answer to everything is to allow it to run amuck. Capitalism is a soulless economic construct. It cares not if you or your children live or die, if roads get built, if sewers get cleaned, if schools get built, if books get written, the hungry get fed, or the sick get cared for. In fact, a pure capitalist society, without any checks or balances, would actively seek to starve or slay anyone that doesn’t add one more penny to your bottom line.
Government and social welfare functions were never meant to be handled by the for profit sector as their missions are intrinsically incompatible. When you are looking to cut costs and maximize profit, the best way to do so is to deny services or eliminate those needing the services.
Whether you realize it or not, you life is filled with regulations that allow you to live and thrive. We all need water to live but we must also regulate the amount of water we take in and where we take it in. If we allow water to go wherever it wants and it enters our lungs we drown. If we drink too little water we die of thirst. If we drink too much we get water poisoning and can even explode.
The next time someone tells you all regulations need to be eliminated and you believe them, try a little experiment for me. Take a water hose and put it in your mouth. Turn it on and drink. Don’t stop. Ever. Trust me. It will be for the best.