Thursday, March 25, 2010

Josh Carples: Will conservatives stand against socialism?

  With the passage of the new health care bill now complete with the president’s signature, the rhetoric has continued to escalate, complete with ominous predictions of the downfall of America as it travels down the road to socialism.

  While fear-mongering seems to have become the norm in recent years – with terrorists, WMD, yellowcake uranium, mushroom clouds, Muslim, death panels, rationing and communism replacing the older ones such as gay Teletubbies – the one that appears to have gained the most traction is “socialism.”

  While the definition of socialism (from - a theory or system of social organization that advocates the vesting of the ownership and control of the means of production and distribution, of capital, land, etc., in the community as a whole) deeply involves a control of, well, everything, the health care bill would mandate the purchase of private insurance.

  If government did control health care via socialism, why would you have to purchase "private" insurance? Ask your Canadian friends about this. It appears the modernized use of the word "socialism" involves arguments about tax incentives and wealth redistribution.

  So how do we end this path to socialism in America? As a conservative, here are some steps you can take to fight socialism:

  1.  Tell your parents and grandparents (and friends and family who may be seniors or disabled) to get off Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security immediately. Send those government checks back to Uncle Sam. And let's not use the old "they paid into it" excuse for keeping it. It doesn't magically become "socialism" when it does not personally benefit you.

  2.  Do not call the police, the fire department or 9-1-1 in case of emergency. All of those services are funded through everyone’s tax dollars whether they are utilized or not.

  3.  Avoid libraries. We all pitch in whether you read books or not.

  4.  If the new health care bill allows you to get coverage now, when previously you were denied for a preexisting condition (like pregnancy or asthma), turn it down. Show them that you don’t want the help of this socialist law.

  5.  If you get really sick, and your insurance company is no longer allowed to drop you or cancel your policy, it is now up to you to cancel it for them. Show them you don’t want any help from this new law.

  About the author: Josh Carples is the managing editor of the Capital City Free Press.

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