The steps are small, the walk is slow, but the progression moves along a path under the guise of liberalism. Sometimes the movement takes on a different label such as progressive thinking but the path is the same. So where are we going, is it where we want to be?
The defining event of the last century was a massive World War that devastated countries, found strange allies and ultimately altered world history. In the end allies suddenly found themselves to be adversaries with different philosophies of government and individual freedom.
The Soviet Union was under the leadership of Premier Nikita Krushchev with his vision of the United States summed up in a prediction of our future. “We can’t expect the American people to jump from capitalism to communism, but we can assist their elected leaders in giving them small doses of socialism, until they awaken one day to find that they have communism,” said Krushchev. He had a path in mind for our leaders to walk.
At no time since World War II have we heard political leaders talk more about “classes” of people and less about our citizens as one people, as citizens of the United States. Today we hear more about “taxing the rich” and “redistribution of wealth” than ever before. The negative image of wealth in political advertising is not merely an attack on a candidate it is a small step down a planned path. Such talk brings to mind the words of Roger Baldwin, the co-founder of the American Civil Liberties Union when he said, “I seek social ownership of property, the abolition of the properties class, and sole control of those who produce wealth. Communism is the goal.”
Today we await a Supreme Court decision on a proposal designed for a major change in health care that would mandate insurance that has been called a government takeover of healthcare. Proudly there are leaders in Washington calling themselves progressive liberals in supporting this move. While at the same time opposition labels the step as one more move in the direction of Socialism.
This year we will hear from Presidential candidates about the path we should take to our future. Sometimes as a nation we have lost focus, or had our attention diverted to other issues far away from the true issue of our future. One Presidential candidate from the past, Norman Thomas 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 knowing how it happened.” Mr. Thomas was the Socialist Party Presidential Candidate in 1940, 1944 and 1948.
Are we walking on a path away from the foundation of government that was provided by our founding fathers? Is our national path to the future the best path for future generations? Each of us will have a point of view about the direction of our country. Each of us will have an opportunity to have our voice heard by voting this November for the candidate you want to follow along the path to our future.