We are hearing the phrase, Social Justice, more and more frequently. The term pre-dates the 1800’s in the Federalist Papers and the History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. Social Justice, as a concept, describes a movement towards a “just” world. The concept embraces human rights & equality and “involves a greater degree of economic egalitarianism through progressive taxation, income redistribution, and even property redistribution.” I guess you can see where I am heading!!!
In an attempt to try to grasp what seems to be happening in America, I did a little research on Marxism, Socialism, and Communism. Briefly, it seems that Marxism strives to eliminate class distinctions; in socialism, profit is not the primary objective and class distinctions disappear; and Communism seems to be Socialism on steroids.
All of these political philosophies tend to advocate societies that are largely classless where property is commonly controlled. Marxism, Socialism, & Communism depend on something similar to a “single party political system.” The single party could be Stalin, Mao, Hussein, Chavez, or any state/country/culture controlled by a small group! In that respect, the current situation in America is a “single party political system” in that the Democrats (more accurately the progressive left) control the Presidency and both houses of Congress. The Obama administration is in position to push through any agenda with control of the Senate and House. The only fly in the ointment is the 41 Republicans in the Senate….and only if the Republicans unite and exercise the filibuster option to halt unpopular or progressive legislation.
Like many, I underestimated the resolve of Obama’s left. After the Scott Brown win in Massachusetts, I thought healthcare takeover was dead. But, the strategy of passing a bill in the Senate BEFORE Christmas and the Masssachusetts election set in place the option to pass the Senate bill in the House even though it did not contain the “public option.” Bart (Simpson??) Stupak is the person to praise or blame (depending on your point of view) for the passage of the Senate bill in the House. He wilted and turned tail under the intense pressure of Obama paving the way for passage of the takeover. And, while this bill doesn’t contain a “public option,” it is a giant step towards a “single-payer” system in the future.
Sure there are some positive features in the bill Obama has signed; but, the negatives include increased taxes, healthcare mandates, and budget deficits since there is no way that $500 Billion will be cut from Medicare and there is no way taxation on so-called “Cadillac” plans will take place. Furthermore, the “doctor fix,” which is an integral part of healthcare, was not included in the legislation….another $250 Billion unaccounted for.
So, how is this “social justice?” Yes, churches preach the spirit of charity towards our fellow-man. But that charity is an individual, voluntary choice, not mandated or forced. The progressive’s “social justice” is nothing more than redistribution of wealth for what they might see as a “moral imperative!” They make it sound so good…but, if fact, it is akin to Communism, Socialism, & Marxism. And these political philosophies are the antithesis of the Capitalist foundation of American society.
When will the American public wake from their complacent slumber and make a course correction? I hope it will happen in November 2010! But, in the meantime, we must fight off immigration reform (that will add $10-30 Billion to the cost of healthcare) and “cap-and-trade” which is just another form of redistribution of wealth & resources!
Social Justice…..a phrase that has become the mantra of the progressive left! The chant grows louder each day! It’s time to silence the noise!
2010….Withoubt Doubt, Vote Them Out!!