The Scourge of Socialism

By Greg Hill

The time has come, friends, to unmask the monster that lurks in the shadows of institutions across our great country. For, even in the face of the ever-widening gap between political parties, there is one foe so vile, so revolting that we, as morally decent Americans must stand up, link arms, and shout it down. That foe is SOCIALISM.

When did this disease first infect our country? It’s been around longer than Obamacare, that’s for sure. Let’s go back to the 1930’s, when FDR used the Great Depression as an excuse to cram the New Deal down our throats. For over 80 years, Roosevelt’s package of socialist reforms has been infecting our country with the spidery tendrils of social security, food stamps, and all manner of government handouts to those who lack the discipline and work ethic to take care of their own families.

But I would argue that socialism-in-America began long before Roosevelt, even before America was America. I’m no historian, and so I’m plucking examples out of my undependable memory, but the year 1736 is worthy of mention. That’s the year that a drunken sex-fiend named Benjamin Franklin co-founded the Union Fire Company, the country’s first volunteer fire department. Seems like a worthwhile idea, right? But consider this quote from the 1884 book, The History of Philadelphia: “The Union Fire Company was an association for mutual assistance.” What’s more socialist than “an association for mutual assistance”? (NOTE: I’m ashamed to say that I found this quote at Wikipedia, a socialist institution.)

But Mr. Franklin wasn’t done yet. In 1751, he created something called the Philadelphia Contributionship, America’s first fire insurance company. First, he drafts volunteers to put out fires, and then he asks people to cooperatively pool their money to help cover their neighbors’ expenses in the event of a fire. Which of course leads in a direct line to such wealth-redistribution scams as car insurance (which we are required to buy, even if we don’t want it), health insurance (which, thanks to the 2017 Tax Bill, we are no longer mandated to buy into), and crop insurance.

I’m especially troubled by crop insurance. First of all, if I put money into crop insurance and my crops don’t suffer any hail damage, then that money should be refunded to me at the end of the year. But no, those insurance companies keep that money and re-distribute my wealth to people I may not even know. Disgraceful!

But socialism existed even before Ben Franklin. Plucking another example out of my undependable memory, I would argue that it was a swarthy liberal from Nazareth who started all this nonsense. Here, from this man’s biography, is but one example of His divine wealth-redistribution plan:

“The Son of Man will put the sheep [the good people] on his right and the goats [the bad people] on his left. “Then the king will say to those good people on his right, ‘Come and get the kingdom God promised you. You can have this kingdom, because I was hungry and you gave me food to eat. I was thirsty, and you gave me something to drink…I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you came to visit me.’ “Then the good people will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and give you food? When did we see you thirsty and give you something to drink?…When did we see you sick or in prison and care for you?’ “Then the king will answer, ‘I tell you the truth. Anything you did for any of my people here, you also did for me.'”

Irresponsible teachings of this sort have led directly to such reprehensible ideas as Medicare For All.

Given how deeply ensconced socialism has become, I suggest that, before we focus on the latest batch of upstart commie Democrats, we need to tear down any existing program, government-based or otherwise, that takes money and labor from hardworking Americans and applies it to some bureaucrat’s idea of “the public good.” A few obvious examples: Libraries, schools, the Highway Department, the Center for Disease Control, crop subsidies, social security, retirement benefits, welfare, Cory Gardner’s salary, anything called a “co-op,” and, the biggest socialist scam of all-time: the U.S. Military.

Rip ’em it down and replace them with…what?

Something less Christian, I guess.

Hill grew up on the family farm in southwestern Yuma County and is a Liberty School graduate. He is the author of three published novels and has moved back to the family farm with his wife, Maureen. He can be contacted at civility@eastofdenver.com.