I experienced an awakening following the 2008 Presidential election. Heading up to Election Day, I followed the candidates closely, taking in every debate, interview and news report that I could. I surfed the web, watched all the commercials…even surfed the web while watching TV. I probably watched more television during that period than at any other time in my life. And I was terrified by what I saw.
From the moment he entered the national scene, I knew that Barack Obama was a dangerous man. He made no secret of his plans for the nation. He made no excuses for his point of view. He laid it all out for the country to see. What shocked me most of all is that people (a LOT of people) bought into his socialist dream, never really stopping to consider what socialism has ever done for a society. They didn’t really consider whether his ideas were realistic. They just believed that it was what they wanted. And he promised to give it to them.
Now, BO has critics on all sides. Some will claim that he was dishonest and they didn’t realize what they were voting for when they elected him President. Others will claim that he isn’t socialist enough and compromises too much. I, however, have not been surprised by anything that BO has done. I believe that he has pretty much done what he promised to do all along the campaign trail. I don’t know if others weren’t paying attention. Or if they were too distracted by his charisma. Or if they were just too enthralled at the thought of having a black man as President of the United States of America. What I do know is that he has started us down a treacherous path and I fear where our country may be headed if we do not stop him from carrying out the rest of the plans he promised us prior to being elected to office.
One of the biggest surprises I had following the election was the number of people I encountered who were self-proclaimed “socialists,” including an ex of mine (from college) that I had run into on Facebook (“Did I really date you? No wonder we broke up!”). They touted socialism as some sort of ideal that we should all be striving for. As if they had somehow reached some higher level of reasoning that the rest of us could only hope to someday understand. Somehow, forcing people to bend to their will is considered the moral high ground.
Socialism?? Really??? Are we from the same planet? (more…)