The 2008 Presidential election is approaching fast. This year’s theme seems to be about change; Americans want change. Before you vote, please look at Barack Obama’s Blueprint for America at www.barackobama.com. It’s a 60 page pdf full of his proposed change for America. After you read it, please contrast it with this definition of Socialism below.

“Socialism is defined as following Lord Keynsian economic ideas whereupon government operates and runs the important means of production such as health care, banks, utilities, transportation, and other social services that are important to the country. The European community, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Singapore and many other countries have a socialist parliament government without campaign financing by special interest who buy the govt. and the party delegates. This is socialism and practiced in Canada our closest neighbor. Free enterprise exists but not in an industry which is vital to the country. Social welfare and employees benefits are generous in providing the consumer with money and jobs to stimulate the economy by spending and circulating the money to the retailers to stay in business by having consumer spending and working.” Source, Socialist National Committee, Socialist Party USA Campaign Clearinghouse.

In my opinion if you look at Barack Obama’s Blueprint for America it isn’t clear that he isn’t running for the Socialist Party. He espouses every one of the ideas listed above. If you know economics, Keynesians believe that fiscal policy should be directed towards the lower-income segment of the population, because that segment is more likely to spend the money, contributing to demand, than to save it. In my opinion this promotes financial irresponsibility, which I believe is the cause of the mortgage meltdown which has had such devastating effects on the economy.

Now, most of you reading this will think I am a crazy, ignorant, ultra-right fool who thinks all democrats are socialists. I have alienated many a friend this year with my seemingly unpopular belief that life isn’t meant to be fair. That it isn’t the government’s responsibility to make sure everyone succeeds. That health and wealth is a personal responsibility not a national responsibility. That no matter how much we try to get the government to intercede there will always be homeless, hungry, people who live in poverty. Foremost, I believe people and companies should be allowed to fail.

Norman Mattoon Thomas, six-time presidential candidate for the Socialist Party of America said “The American people will never knowingly adopt socialism, but under the name of liberalism, they will adopt every fragment of the socialist program until one day America will be a socialist nation without ever knowing how it happened.”

If you love freedom in this country as I do, please think about whom you’re going to vote for. Please do not vote based on the last president’s administration or policies. Please don’t vote based on the performance of the democrats under the Clinton years. I would point out, that for every Clinton there is a Carter, and for every George W. Bush there is a Reagan. Perceived success can come from presidents under any political party. Please evaluate the choices you have and decide who is best not just for your personal situation today, but for the future of the country we love.

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