4-28 Below is part of an article I gleaned from The Plain Dealer, specifically an article written by Harold Meyerson. Perhaps you've heard the results of Rassmussen's new poll, but in case you haven't, here it is in Meyerson's words.
37%: Percentage of Americans under the age of 30 who prefer capitalism.
33%: Percentage of Americans under the age of 30 who prefer socialism.
30%: Percentage of Americans under the age of 30 who are undecided.
53%: Percentage of all Americans who prefer capitalism.
20%: Percentage of all Americans who prefer socialism.
27%: Percentage of all Americans who are undecided.
Harold Meyerson concludes that young Americans have rejected Wall Street and capitalism for what he calls "social capitalism." He doesn't even think socialism exists anymore! He says, "The end of Soviet communism has meant that the United States no longer has a major adversary that professes to be socialist."
I interpret the results above differently. I think it indicates a huge failure of our educational system to teach children what capitalism, democracy, and socialism really are! In fact, Meyerson seems confused as to what capitalism is. He also twists the chaos on Wall Street to mean that capitalism has failed. The government got involved in Wall Street and that's what caused the mess we're in! Obama's socialism caused our current dilemma, not capitalism!
I apologize for all the exclamation points, but I can't yell the truth loud enough. The fact that 30% of people under 30 don't know whether they prefer capitalism or socialism tells me that they don't know what these systems really do.
In a poll I heard about today, 23% of people like what President Obama is doing with the auto industry. His approval rating, however, is at 69%. People see socialism at work and don't like it, but they can't seem to connect the dots to the one(s) responsible!
As another example, this poll states that 53% of Americans prefer capitalism and only 20% prefer socialism, yet Obama won the election. If Obama had been defined as a socialist and McCain as a capitalist (although that's a stretch in McCain's case), McCain should have easily won the election.
Nationalizing the banks, nationalizing the auto industry, and nationalizing the health care industry are all signs of socialism. The America we know, land of the free and the brave, is quickly becoming the land of the enslaved and the fearful.
I'm just secretly hoping that the Swine Flu wipes out most of Congress with the resulting possibility of getting some sanity back into our government. If we wait until the next election, we may not have the chance to vote for sanity.