To those against socialism: Social programs are there to help people who cannot help themselves. This is a BASIC EMPATHY for others. If your religious or moral beliefs don’t include helping others as a basic tenet, you are a cruel person. Period. Cruel and inhumane. Social programs are NOT fascist, are NOT communist, and will NOT turn our government into Cuba, Russia, or whatever other government you want to point to as an example of Socialism turned Fascist.
Opponents of this idea claim that no government is needed for these services. That private corporations can do it better, and churches take care of the charity. How well do private corporations take care of our health care costs? How about our prisoners? Great profit, sure… but where’s the human element? And what about the poor and elderly that aren’t a member of any church? Are they not worth charity? Private giving can only go so far. People fell through the cracks in the past. That’s what a government program is designed to alleviate. Sure, it’s not perfect. No system is. But it is better than what we had in the past.
The worst example of any governmental philosophy has one thing in common – human greed. When the greedy get power and the checks in place to prevent it are eroded, NO government is safe from abuse. Not republics, not democracy, not socialism, not monarchy. History has proved this again and again.
Fantastic cartoon by Chris Britt: