Suffering and sacrifice

During the past hundred years progressives have insidiously gained control of our public institutions and the minds of many who came in contact leading to visions of utopian society where no pain or poverty exists. Not content with the natural evolution of social improvements in this former free, prosperous country, progressives have pushed hard left to force-fit their ideology on us—through our education, legislative, regulatory and court systems.

For example, markets that work best with individual plans have been distorted by central planners. Decisions made that add more benefits than costs—making us all better off—are now made largely with costs that exceed benefits—making us all worse off. Government agents have threatened, coerced and paid off business people leading to ingrained crony capitalism. Politicians and central bankers control our economy creating economic “bubbles” resulting in self-inflicted financial crises.

This has been accepted or ignored by most people with the resigned attitude, “it is what it is.” Unsuspecting and uninterested citizens, ignorant of behind-the-curtain manipulations, weren’t mindful of the threat of bigger government. Didn’t we have a powerful entrepreneurial spirit; relatively free enterprise opportunities and a massive economy with unending wealth?

Everyone enjoyed the good life—even our “poor” are vastly materially better off than those anywhere else on earth. We tolerated increasingly higher tax burdens and regulation of our lives because we believed we could always overcome them by working harder and smarter for higher positions and pay—few people realized any personal negative impact.

I believe that is all changing under national socialists’ rapid attempts to destroy the “American Dream”—the very cultural fabric of these still somewhat united States. It appears that even some of our usually oblivious—and often ill-informed—young people recognize what’s happening. They will be most hurt in the future by a socialized society.

In recent years wages have become stagnant; unemployment is historically and persistently high, except for energy production work in some states (and government jobs); unusually large numbers of people are promised welfare benefits; national debt is unsustainable; federal spending is out-of-control; and the so-called “middle class” is not “getting ahead.” The entrenched political-class in Washington continues to separate itself from most Americans and digs deeper holes for us with excessive and bad laws.

The most recent dramatic example of the predictably bad consequences of national socialism in America is the health assurance scheme called “ObamaCare”—passed into federal law by one political party, none of whom even read the thousands of pages mandating changes throughout our entire insurance-based healthcare system. Socialist ideologues, dreaming of this utopian plan for decades, crafted the bill and “useful idiots” in Congress passed it as their sacrosanct “law of the land”—requiring that every citizen must have health insurance operated through nationalized bureaucracies and intimidated companies.

The old frog-in-a-pot analogy applies here: put a frog in a pot of hot water and he will quickly try to jump out; put one in cool water, then gradually raise the heat and he won’t notice until the temperature is lethal. Most people have been unaware that the federal government has for decades been raising the economic heat on us. National socialists have just turned the dial to high.

Younger, healthier people who previously chose not to buy health insurance must now purchase expensive by design policies or pay increasingly higher annual fines through the IRS. It’s a “spread-the-wealth” scheme to pay for expensive services to older, sicker people. Ponzi would be excited about this one.

Worse, millions of workers in the private sector are losing their existing affordable policies because they don’t meet the politically corrected services decided by social justice planners. Some favored groups, such as many public employees and government-sponsored enterprises, will be exempt or heavily subsidized by taxpayers under the jokingly titled, “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.”

Socialists persist in their utopian dreams of forced “equality”—demanding that everyone sacrifice for the presumed suffering of a few. Abundant historical evidence shows that under their plans the quality of life for everyone—except for a few in their elite-class—will be lower. Under socialism, by definition, everyone must be equally miserable.

It is written: all of us must sacrifice and suffer so progressives can feel better about their destructive works to achieve social justice. Maybe Americans needed this wake-up-call to tune in on history and keep watch on government social schemes. They always result in most of us sacrificing, while utopian visionaries hope we will buy their impossible dream that they can end human suffering.

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About R. E. Smith Jr.

Mr. Smith writes essays and commentary on politics, American history, environment, higher education and culture. He's been published in print media and at blog sites for about 25 years. Smith's formal education includes B.S. and M.S. degrees from the State University of New York and Syracuse University. He has earned a 21-credit hour Certificate in Professional Writing from the University of North Carolina-Wilmington. Training/work experience: NYS Ranger School; U. S. Army, Corp of Engineers; soil scientist and forester with USDA; Assoc. Professor at SUNY; real estate agent; small business owner.
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