When I first learned about our system of government in the USA, when I was a child, I pondered to the adults around me, “what would stop everyone
from voting themselves each an income from the government, along with everything else they could ever want or need?” (I was about 8 years old at
The adults replied, “1. The country would go bankrupt in no time and 2. People are moral and ethical and everyone knows they need to do their part.
Only a silly child would consider such a preposterous idea. You need to grow up and work hard to earn what you have. Once you have done that you
have earned the right to vote.” True story.
I took that at face value as it made good logical sense and continued to follow the path that leads to the American Dream.
In college I was once again faced with this question when I thought it would be a great idea to join a hippie commune for a while one summer. Peace,
Love, and Happiness as everyone chipped in their part to make a community of 2000 people a utopian society. “Gosh, why can’t the rest of the
world be this awesome?!”, I remember thinking.
Soon I started noticing that some people just got high all day and did nothing. Others took their leadership roles and continually expanded them
until they were dictating every facet of life around camp. It didn’t take long for me to realize that this system only can work if EVERY SINGLE
PERSON pitches in a fair share and those who were community organizers didn’t get power hungry. Well it was all fun and hip for a while, but
totally impractical long term. (My parents, 60’s hippies, tried this too about 20 years before me…and came to the same conclusion.)
After that experience I spent some time studying more history and politics. I diligently finished college earning a masters degree in engineering
and getting a job and am proud to say living the American Dream, with one exception… I have to watch our society devolve around me driven by people
who have a utopian view of socialism. Maybe you should all go form a little commune together and demonstrate to the rest of us “evil” and
“selfish” capitalists and freedom lovers how great it works and we can join you when it becomes a wild success. Duh!
Socialism is a political/social viewpoint that I think everyone should have gotten out of their system while very young and naive or at the latest
while getting stoned in college. Wake up folks! This is the REAL world, not Woodstock, not Jonestown, not an Amish community in which everyone is
indoctrinated at birth to build their neighbors houses and if they don’t participate will promptly get ejected or socially stigmatized.
I have heard this quote before, “If you’re 20 and not a liberal you have no heart, if you’re 40 and still a liberal, you have no brain.”
Ok. So everyone is going to have to work in your utopian social order. 40 million people are on food stamps right now. Are you saying that because
an American like you or I built a company from a small business and is now enjoying the fruits of his labor, that it keeps YOU from working and
contributing to society?
Do you know what happens to people who don’t contribute in some societies, they don’t eat. From a young age they learn, no work = no food.
That’ll get your butt out of bed in the morning when the tribe doesn’t let you eat with them! So how is that different than today where people
like me believe that if you don’t contribute (when you are physically able), then you better get you butt up and work! Meanwhile, the rest of us
who do put in the effort will get to keep more of our money and contribute it to society in the way of charity…. you know, like JESUS!
By the way, I still take my annual retreat to the hippie communes for about a week each year. I *SNIP*, run around naked, play music, do community
projects, share food, plant trees, do my community chores, etc. I am a neo-pagan. The difference now is, I don’t delude myself into believing
that the real world can work this way for very long.
The old fat chicks never sign up for any work chores, neither do the guys who are young and fit but think they are above doing work. They *SNIP*
all day…why not some other good natured person will fix them dinner. It won’t work long term.
Government taking the money and redistributing it by force won’t work either or you have to give up liberty, which I find an abhorrent idea. If
everyone just did their best to work and make the best lives for themselves and their family that they possibly can, their would be plenty resources
to take care of those who truly can not take care of themselves in the most generous country on the planet Earth.
Please wake up. I beg you. Every time I read a thread like this it finally answers the question of why throughout history people willingly gave up
their freedom for the promise of utopia which is and always will be a HUGE LIE!
It has failed before and it will fail again. Open a damn history book PLEASE! Experience it for yourself PLEASE! Start your own society if you
don’t believe me. You have 40 million others out of work to join you, see how it goes, and let me know. Good luck with that!
edit on 13-10-2010 by JonInMichigan because: typo