Monday, October 27, 2008

Definitions

It is no secret that I've become engrossed by the news coverage of the presidential election. Each day I sit, flaberghasted, by the endless twists and turns that are playing out in the media. Despite taking in all these details, I remain a big picture person. To that end, here are some key definitions that we seem to have lost sight of:

cap⋅i⋅tal⋅ism [kap-i-tl-iz-uhm]

–noun an economic system in which investment in and ownership of the means of production, distribution, and exchange of wealth is made and maintained chiefly by private individuals or corporations, esp. as contrasted to cooperatively or state-owned means of wealth.

free press  –noun a body of book publishers, news media, etc., not controlled or restricted by government censorship in political or ideological matters.

welfare state  –noun a state in which the welfare of the people in such matters as social security, health and education, housing, and working conditions is the responsibility of the government.

so⋅cial⋅ism [soh-shuh-liz-uhm]

–noun 1. 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.
2. procedure or practice in accordance with this theory.
3. (in Marxist theory) the stage following capitalism in the transition of a society to communism, characterized by the imperfect implementation of collectivist principles.

Do I think Obama is a socialist? Not in the traditional sense, however, there is no question that he is for the redistribution of wealth. For me, it still comes down to this - why have the government do something for you that you can do for yourself? I don't care if it is a Republican or Democratic government, it is a bureacracy regardless.

The emotion is running high. When you vote - will you vote on emotion or will you vote for the preservation of the American dream?

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