The Obama Administration has done far more than any of its predecessors to create an entitlement mindset and promote it. We see articles touting how, over the past few decades, the rich have gotten richer and the bottom 30% have become poorer. We are not shown the hidden details; e.g., that many people have given up on working and have boarded the entitlement train, subsisting totally on government assistance programs. Maybe that is why the poor have gotten poorer lately. When a government pursues a socialist agenda, there is nothing that spells progress like an ever-increasing number of people who are poorer and dependent on the government for their needs. Dependency equates to control, and socialists love it.
The word socialist was once both well understood and despised by the vast majority of Americans. Somewhere along the way, we quit teaching our children about the Socialist philosophy of governance and its ills. It took a while, but eventually the Socialists among us crawled out of the woodwork and began to attack our system of capitalism via almost every aspect of our lives, from education to religion. This struggle has never been more evident than it is today. Sadly, our young people and much of the minority segment of the U.S. population are manipulated by the media and politicians on a daily basis, but remain completely unaware that they are. Socialism is very insidious in the way that it erodes the fabric of the culture and debilitates those who grab at its promise of a Utopia--a fairyland based on equality and fairness. They never see the potential dangers of Socialism’s continuing expansion.
If we examine the issues and conflicts going on about us today, there is a single thread running throughout all of it and that thread is progressive socialism. Dividing up the populace by race, wealth, pay, education, religion, and sexual preference is driven by the desire of the socialists who want nothing less than to destroy the capitalist system upon which this nation was founded. The American heritage speaks of individual liberty and opportunity; the freedom to follow your dreams, earn your own success, and enjoy the fruits of your labor has always been the reason that America is the place where dreams come true. Yes, we have a central government, but our government is not the “center” of our lives—at least that used to be the case. As the socialists push evermore to divide us, the government will move more and more to take center stage as the arbiter in what will and won’t be; what is fair or not fair; and who is entitled to what, whether they have earned it or not. Unfortunately, for a growing number of our population, that sounds like a good idea—they like socialism and all its empty promises.
Let us look at one example of how the “socialist mindset” capitalizes on ignorance in our society and uses it to its advantage. It is no secret that Sam Walton and his family turned a small retail business into the largest big-box retailing operation in the world. Those of a socialist ilk would have you believe that Sam Walton was rotten to the core, exhibiting a vile disdain for his fellow man from day one, and that his total intent in growing his retail business was to abuse and cheat others to support his greed. Using the ignorance of those who look upon Walmart with envy plays well for the socialists bent on the destruction of the American success story. They point to the Walton family assets and cry GREED! They stir up stories about the company’s lack of compassion for associates, their below average pay levels, and their marginal benefits. These points come together to underscore the notion that Walmart owes somebody something. They should be “sharing the wealth,” and if they won’t do it, it should be taken from them and shared by the government. Once again we see the socialist agenda—the government moving to the center of our life as a “referee of equality.”
There are a few ironies in the Walmart example. In the first place, Sam Walton grew his business for many, many decades in small towns, putting up stores in locations that other retailers would not even consider. Walton stayed out of the major markets until his base was mature throughout much of America. In doing so, he brought jobs to small communities and, in some cases, jobs that had better pay and benefits than any other jobs to be had in the towns. In effect, Sam Walton raised the bar rather than lowered it. He brought good pricing to the local retail market which, of course, became a two-edge sword: people enjoyed more affordable prices but some local businesses closed when they could not compete with Walmart. Even though Sam Walton set the bar in terms of pricing, his company walked a tight rope of low margins, just as it does today. The behemoth Walmart’s net recovery annually is actually slightly over 3% of its annual sales dollars—a tight space for a retailer.
With just a 3% net profit, anyone with any business savvy would understand that across-the-board wage increases coupled with better benefits would quickly erode any potential profit for this operation. Survival and operation beyond red ink losses would dictate increased prices to the consumer. But for so many who remain incurious about the facts, Walmart just looks like a big, greedy, operation that refuses to share the wealth. The irony, of course, is the very people who literally despise this retailer haunt its aisles every week looking for bargains with their weekly paycheck. No one is holding a gun to their head and making them go there, but they persist. They like the prices and flock there as if the circus has come to town, yet they are more than willing to march in protest and hold up signs calling for the government to do something about Walmart. And whom do you suppose plants those seeds of unrest? Is that unrest a product of behind-the-scenes “community organizer” types only interested in stirring the pot and generating discontent with the status quo? I think that would be a good guess.
Look beyond Walmart at all the other divisive issues in America today and you just might notice some similarities which will beg the question just who is pulling the strings here? Our system is under attack and, to some degree, parts of it are already laying in the rubble of destruction. How much further do we allow it to go before we all wise up and call it for what it really is—we are falling for a never-ending string of socialists’ lies?
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