As I’ve become older and (hopefully) wiser, I’ve begun to notice a few more things about politics, and some of the policies that the government has control over. Some of the policies are fantastic ideas (albeit a very few amount), but there are some that are concerning. The two increasing occurrences that have caused me to raise an eyebrow are the growing powers of the government, and redistribution of wealth – which in turn falls under the expanding government. I’ll talk briefly about the redistribution of wealth. People think of wealth redistribution as a “Robin Hood” like fairy tale, and in an ideal world it would be. But this isn’t an ideal world. Wealthy people aren’t always the bad guy, and the poor folks that Robin Hood helped out are usually far from the ones that deserve it. So if that’s the case, then why does it seem that everything nowadays is heading towards borderline socialism? Socialism is defined as “a theory of social organization that advocates the vesting of ownership of the controls and means of production of capital, land, etc, in the community as a whole.” (Dictionary.reference.com) A great point in check is the universal healthcare bill President Obama has been pushing. Wouldn’t that be a quintessential case of socialism in action?
Which brings me to my next point – the point that the American government’s power is becoming too much. If you take a look at the third definition of socialism as explained by dictionary.reference.com, you will see that it is defined as “the stage following capitalism in the transition of a society to communism.” Isn’t it agreeable that the power of the federal government is increasing exponentially, or at least arguable that the powers that be are encroaching on personal freedom? My favorite and most recent example of the central government becoming too strong is the example of the new Arizona immigration law. I don’t necessarily agree with Arizona’s decision of their immigration laws, but the fact that the national government is suing the Arizona government over the law running against the grain of the Tenth Amendment? The Tenth Amendment clearly states that “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited to it by the states, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.” (U.S. Constitution) Seems to me like the federal government is throwing around its weight against Arizona, and the steps are starting to head in the direction of communism as radical as that sounds. And with all that in mind, is it too soon to point out the fact that Americans have fought multiple wars all in an effort to stop communism?
-A Concerned Citizen
*Disclaimer* — For those who didn’t get the chance to read my descriptive overview, I just want it to be known that this assignment was ONLY used for a class project and nothing else. I just thought some readers might be interested as to what a college kid’s cheesy Public Administration class project (PADM 3000) would look like.