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The other evening, in the USA, the NRA talked about “Socialism” specifically referring to Europe and how socialist nations have less freedom and give away far more control to a central government. This was of course negative criticism and an attack on a lifestyle deemed evil and detrimental to freedom and democracy. It was of course a means to associate the Democratic party and attach it to key individuals as well as Hollywood personalities. That is how socialist based European countries were depicted and, in many ways, reflects the incredible divide of ideologies, philosophies and world views.
Socialism-A political and economic theory of social organization that advocates that the means of production, distribution, and exchange should be owned or regulated by the community as a whole.
In reference to the above, I ask the following:
How would you, or rather anyone, especially Americans, describe the USA Post Office, the military, any governmental body such as a city government, mayor, other governmental employees, the rules and regulations of most companies, the legal codes and rules of constructing buildings, stop signs and signal lights on the streets of most countries, the Police force, the Fire Department, the family structure of a mother and father, the teacher in the classroom that must follow the rules and edicts of the Board of Education, the shipping lanes throughout the seas and oceans in the world, the bank policies you bank at, how garbage is collected ? Just some examples and so what would you call those organizations, relationships, policies and procedures if not concepts consisting of socialized elements? Does government not own public land? Does government not install national and state park regulations? Does a state not collect toll money when driving on many roads and highways and are tolls not collected when you sometimes cross a bridge?
Every sense of relationships, community building and every interaction between human beings and even in many ways, to animals all have a sense of socialist components as an element or aspect of their makeup.
The NRA has such a process as an aspect of its organizational structure. Any good writer can write something, anything and slant it, redefine things, brainwash anyone in every way possible, which does not mean that their truth is a worldly truth that is logical and holds up. There may indeed be degrees of socialist principles that can be applied but that is the real conversation that should take place rather than the standard attack that is intended to divide, create havoc and support a situation that is cloudy, unstable and vulnerable, especially to gun tragedies that are emotional and so deeply hurtful. Any military person knows that if you are able to fool the enemy, create weakness and act out tactics that surprise the enemy you can win a battle with fewer manpower resources, force the enemy to make a mistake and take advantage of those weaknesses and vulnerabilities. In political terms, you force people to continually shift their positions, hesitate and not act. It is a standard ruse and at the same time, fools many on their own side of the issue to support them. What is good for the many helps everyone to stay alive, even the opposition. As a teacher, I would rather work an hour more if it helps more students than to work an hour less and in the long run, not serve those students well. So yes, sometimes you have to give a little something away for the better of all. And if that socialist aspect of life is deemed evil then so be it. The theory that if you give one right way, in time, you give all rights away is nonsense and another way to manipulate and brainwash and control people.
If you have an open, independent mind, are smart enough to think and decide for yourself what is right and what is wrong, what is best for those you love, are responsible for or voice your opinion for the good of the community, then there should never be a fear in saying yes or no to one thing because that does not mean that you are forced to say yes, to another thing or everything. That is a ploy.
You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time.
Abraham Lincoln, (attributed)
16th president of US (1809 - 1865)
16th president of US (1809 - 1865)