Letter to the Editor: We are not on the path to socialism


There are policies of the Obama administration that Americans, including progressives, can take legitimate issue with, but the bogus charge that we are on the path to socialism isn’t one of them. There is not one shred of evidence to support such nonsense.

Socialism is a system of government in which the production and distribution of goods are owned by and controlled by the state. In socialized medicine, for instance, the facilities are owned and operated by the government and the providers are government employees. That is a far cry from the Affordable Care Act in which, like Medicare, those services are provided by the private sector and are subject to regulation in order that all Americans have access to affordable health care.

Progressives do not like big government and high taxes any more than conservatives do. Let me be perfectly clear. Until something better come along, capitalism is the best form of government but it must be capitalism with a social conscience in order to ensure that the wealth of the nation is not limited to a small number of people at the top of the economic pyramid and that no one falls through the safety net. That’s why progressives support programs like a graduated income tax, Social Security, mandated universal health care and regulations of institutions to guarantee fair and equal opportunity in wealth creation for all.

Pope Francis had it right when he said that “we shalt not have an economy of exclusion and inequality. Today everything comes under the laws of competition and the survival of the fittest where the powerful feed upon the powerless.”

To those who rant and rave over big government, know that in a liberal democracy the size of government is up to the people. It’s been said that if all men were angels there would be no need for government. A wise man once said that we should not do to others that which we do not want done to us. Today there is a large gap between saying and doing in that regard. The smaller the gap, the smaller the government.

Gene Rigelon, Front Royal