Socialism: How Fair is "Fair"?

Socialism: How Fair is "Fair"?

Because everyone needs to know what socialism will do to our strong country.

Socialism is the means of complete control over industries, and both production and distribution of goods. Socialism is an economic system that still exists in other countries. But do we, as free people of the United States, want this control? Socialism will slowly kill our country and it will affect many factors that allow our country to grow.

Socialism was introduced before 1948, but was popularized by Karl Marx, a philosopher and socialist, in his book "The Communist Manifesto," co-written by Friedrich Engels who was also a German philosopher. According to Karl Marx, socialism is the pathway to communism. To him, socialism is an economic development that replaces capitalism, since he repudiated capitalism.

“A rising tide lifts all boats,” former U.S. President John F. Kennedy once said, referring to the continuous and strong economic growth of the United States. Economic growth is important to our country, just like it is to any other country, and it plays an important role in the world of economics. Strong economic growth assembles jobs, jobs are filled by people and people produce goods. It's a system that's eliminated due to rebuking success and praising failure. This is shown today by our government, because it gives people with low-income money that hard-working Americans earn by inflicting high taxes. I can understand if the government provides for people who are unable to get a job due to disabilities in order for them to live, but I don't understand why the government gives free money to people who are perfectly capable of getting a job and provide for themselves and/or their family but “don’t want to work”. What do hard working Americans get in return? They get their income taxed at a high rate and they pay thousands of dollars for other people. When people are given free money, they are rewarded for failure and encouraged to not work or pursue an education. The ultimate goal is to make everyone equal: to make everyone the same so our country can be “fair.” This is an infinite cycle that will not stop unless something within the system changes.

Because socialism is complete governmental control, freedom will not survive in a socialist economy. If people were allowed freedom of speech, distribution of goods and ideas, socialism will then cease. With this being said, you may understand by now that if socialism continues, people will have no control and no freedom. They will be completely dependent upon the government for survival. We do not want socialism in our country because our ancestors worked hard and even died fighting to make this country have the freedom no other country contains. Our country stands strong, and if we allow socialism to control us further, we will crash and become one of the weakest governments on this earth. We are not only individual people with rights, but we are a whole with freedom. Because we are a whole, we should fight for our freedom together. Modern socialism seems “fair” and it “meets everyone’s needs,” and because that's so, it's dangerous to believe and trust socialists.

Those two points, economic growth and freedom of the people, are important to discuss when socialism is the subject. It's important to understand what socialists will do in our government if they have the control.

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17 Empowering Bible Verses For Women

You go, girl.

We all have those days where we let the negative thoughts that we're "not good enough," "not pretty enough" or "not smart enough" invade our minds. It's easy to lose hope in these situations and to feel like it would be easier to just give up. However, the Bible reminds us that these things that we tell ourselves are not true and it gives us the affirmations that we need. Let these verses give you the power and motivation that you're lacking.

1. Proverbs 31:25

"She is clothed with strength and dignity and she laughs without fear of the future."

2. Psalm 46:5

"God is within her, she will not fall."

3. Luke 1:45

"Blessed is she who believed that the Lord would fulfill His promises to her."

4. Proverbs 31:17

"She is energetic and strong, a hard worker."

5. Psalm 28:7

"The Lord is my strength and my shield."

6. Proverbs 11:16

"A gracious woman gains respect, but ruthless men gain only wealth."

7. Joshua 1:9

"Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go."

8. Proverbs 31:30

"Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised."

9. 1 Corinthians 15:10

"By the grace of God, I am what I am."

10. Proverbs 31:26

"When she speaks, her words are wise, and she gives instructions with kindness."

11. Psalm 139:14

"I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made."

12. 1 Peter 3:3-4

"Don't be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God."

13. Colossians 2:10

"And in Christ you have been brought to fullness."

14. 2 Timothy 1:7

"For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline."

15. Jeremiah 29:11

"'For I know the plans I have for you,' says the Lord. 'They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.'"

16. Exodus 14:14

"The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm."

17. Song of Songs 4:7

"You are altogether beautiful, my darling, beautiful in every way."

Next time you're feeling discouraged or weak, come back to these verses and use them to give you the strength and power that you need to conquer your battles.

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The Disrespectful Nature Of My Generation Needs To Stop

Why choosing phone games over a Holocaust survivor was my breaking point.


While many students that attended Holocaust survivor Hershel Greenblat's talk were rightfully attentive, I noticed, out of the corner of my eye, a few outlier students tapping away on their phones. They were minute movements, but inappropriate nonetheless.

Immediately I became infuriated. How, I thought, fuming, did my generation become so blithely unaware to the point where we could not proffer basic respect to a survivor of one of the most horrific events in human history?

Perhaps the students were just texting their parents, telling them that the event would run a bit long. 10 minutes later, my eyes diverted from Greenblat back to the students. They were still on their phones. This time, I could see the screens being held horizontally—indicating a game or a show was being played. I wanted to get up, smack the distractions out of their hands, and ask them why they thought what they were doing was more important than a Holocaust speaker.

I will not waste any more time writing about the disrespectful few. Because they could not give Greenblat the time of their day, I will not give them mine. Instead, I want to focus on a massive trend my generation has mistakenly indulged ourselves in.

The Greenblat incident is only an example of this phenomenon I find so confusing. From young, it was instilled in me, probably via Chinese tradition, that elders should be respected. It is a title only revoked when unacceptable behavior allows it to be, and is otherwise maintained. I understand that not everybody comes from a background where respect is automatically granted to people. And I see that side of the story.

Why does age automatically warrant respect? It is the fact that they have made it this far, and have interesting stories to tell. There are exceptions, perhaps more than there are inclusions.

But this fact can be determined by the simple act of offering an elderly person your seat on public transportation. Sure, it can be for their health, but within that simple act is a meaningful sacrifice for somebody who has experienced more than you.

Age aside, at Greenblat's talk, majority of the disrespect shown might not have been agist. Instead, it could have been the behavior students just there for the check-in check-out extra credit that multiple classes and clubs were offering. While my teachers who advertised the event stressed the importance of attendance not just for the academic boost, but for the experience, I knew that some of the more distracted students there must have been those selfish, ignorant, solely academic driven cockalorums.

I stay hopeful because majority of my classmates were attentive. We knew to put aside our Chromebooks, regardless of note-taking, and simply listen to what Greenblat had to offer.

It would be wrong to label my generation as entitled— that's a misnomer for the generation before. We are still wavering between the line of automatic respect and earned respect, but we need to set a line for people whom we know the stories of. Especially a Holocaust survivor.

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