Letters to the Editor

Is socialism such a terrible thing?

Public education. Public health agencies. School lunch programs.

Social Security. Student loans. Medicare.

Temporary Assistance to Needy Families. Public libraries. Medicaid. Food stamp program.

Head Start. Farm subsidies. Farm price supports. Unemployment compensation. Work-related injury insurance. HUD.

These are some of the existing “socialized” programs in the U.S. today. Perhaps those folks who are set against “socialism” should choose not to benefit from these programs.

The Netherlands. Sweden. Germany. Austria. Switzerland. France. The United Kingdom. Canada. Italy. Denmark.

These are some of the “socialized democracies” of the world. They seem to be doing OK, all things considered, in the current world economic environment.

Socialism” is not communism, nor is it Marxism.

It is the result of a government focusing on the the needs of its population.

Unfortunately, in the past few decades the focus of government has only been to serve itself and big business.

Without a dedicated move away from the federal government’s self-serving history and toward more service to the people, the U.S. can only expect to fail.

The U.S. is undergoing a huge political and social upheaval brought on by years of greed and arrogance. Something must give, must capitulate to keep our nation growing.

The breech of faith, the absence of accountability, the billions spent in support of that greed and arrogance cannot continue.

We may beat our breasts and cry about the pain of change. We may throw tantrums in the name of “founding fathers,” but change is upon us whether we like it or not.

We can’t keep going back in history, bemoaning this isn’t what the founding fathers intended.

Quite frankly, the founding fathers probably knew growth would be fluid and dynamic and that they could only bring about a beginning.

Their intellect and devotion to a common cause gave us the beginning. Yet we now have folks who fight against this same intellectualism and dedication, interpreting their own fears.

The time for rogues and mavericks is over. The land has been tamed.

Time is upon us for re-dedication to discourse, enlightenment and equity.

Or we fail, one and all.


Port Orchard

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