Note: This is a speech in response to opposition of a resolution supporting the Constitution of the United States at a city council meeting in Temecula, California.
Socialism is not American
By Bonnie Parsley
I was disturbed by speeches against a resolution supporting the Constitution two weeks ago. I don’t doubt that many of the speakers were sincere in their support of socialism. However, I believe that most of them do not understand what happens to a country when it goes down this road. What I find especially sad is that a history professor does not understand that you cannot have socialism without control and you cannot have control without coercion.
The United States of America was founded on an idea. The idea that all men are created equal. Socialists misunderstand this idea. This does not mean that government is to create economic equality or impose policies that would redistribute wealth any more than they could redistribute talent or make everyone equally beautiful.
There is not one socialist nation that has not evolved into tyranny. Socialism erodes personal responsibility, pride in achievement, individualism and imagination. It destroys incentive, ambition and the work ethic that has led to invention. It offers no joy and will shatter our unity as patriotic Americans. In fact, it will kill everything that has made America the beacon of freedom and hope around the world.
Socialism is contrary to human nature and will result in black markets, crime and fear. The speakers from two weeks ago stated that we already have socialist programs such as Medicare, and social security. How are these programs working out for us? Both of these programs will run out of money soon.
Socialists think they can create a greater future by taking from the rich and giving to the poor. They are naive if they think rich people and businesses will stay in the country once their taxes reach 70% or more of their income. At that point, socialists will have to take from the middle class and soon there will be only the poor along with an elite government class who will skim off the top whatever they want. Lessons from socialist and communist nations teach us this.
Socialists like to frame their ideas in moral language. They will even quote the Bible, and the U.S. Constitution, but we must not fall for their deception. Once they gain power, they will destroy both religion and the Constitution. President Reagan said, “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected and handed on for them to do the same.”
Bonnie Parsley is a former schoolteacher. She has been active in Republican political organizations for the past 15 years. She has written many published articles which she compiled into a book titled “Restoring American Exceptionalism.” She is also the author of a booklet contrasting political parties, their philosophies, their goals and the consequences of each for America.