Saturday, January 31, 2009

Contradictions

A letter to the editor, from my Father.

It is generally agreed that Franklin Roosevelt’s "New Deal" did not end the "Great Depression". While massive deficit spending failed, the beginnings of democrat-sponsored socialism emerged. During that decade, the perceptions by Fascist as well as Communist socialists that democratic capitalism was on its last legs emboldened both. The Fascists tried first to exploit this perceived weakness when Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor was immediately followed by Germany’s own declaration of war on the United States. Thus galvanized by war, the citizens of the United States succeeded in marshaling the latent power of democratic capitalism under God that not only crushed the thousand year reign fascist powers envisioned but ended the ‘Great Depression" as well. Even Joseph Stalin credited American manufacturing with determining the outcome of the war. Unfortunately, he couldn’t bring himself to acknowledge that the Source of American economic power rested in the God-given rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness that entailed cultivating virtue and the right to private property. If he had, another forty-five years of misery, ruin, and death in his own country could have been avoided as the Soviet Union immediately took its shot at the United States in WWIII also known as "The Cold War". His unbelief perpetrated by his successors calamitously affected/infected the rest of the world as well. It is now astonishing that the United States is embracing the very essence of our past enemies’ economic policies and religious beliefs. The current so-called stimulus plan is based on the idea that the reason the "New Deal" didn’t work was due to not spending enough taxpayer money fast enough. Socialist thinking is the greedy, envious enemy of free enterprise’s unique, wealth-producing power. A socialist government becomes an all-powerful intimidator of the individual entrepreneur there-bye depressing the standard of living of all economic classes. The rich are not the enemy of the poor or the middle class. Indeed, the greed of a government consisting of a socialist elite trumps the occasional, greedy, individual capitalist simply because of the power it is able to wield over everybody’s property. Serfdom looms as the engine of wealth creation, the risk-taking businessman, is driven from the economy. The current economic crisis is due to the socialist virus in our own government suppressing energy production of both nuclear and fossil fuels while forcing banks, for over twenty years, to make bad loans to people who did not meet sound financial standards. Because of the government’s intimidation of banks — make the loans or feel its full wrath — the world now knows how long it takes to generate such a crisis. Today’s government personifies the schoolyard bully’s demand "give your lunch money or else" and is hardly the noble political body the founders as well as Adam Smith envisioned as the protector of private property, life, and liberty. The current proposals appear to be a lemming-like rush to utter catastrophe. The premise seems to be that if enough lemmings rush into the water fast enough, the dead bodies, that is, the impoverished, will pile up sufficiently to eventually enable the few remaining lemmings to reach the other side, that is, prosperity. How utterly gruesome and foolhardy! How typically socialist! Make no mistake, just as in the Thirties, the enemies of this country are watching intently and calculating when to make their move to fill the power vacuum they believe the United States is creating. William M. Yavelak

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