The recently uncovered tape of Obama addressing students at Loyola University in 1998 has produced an uproar. In the tape, Obama expressed his admiration for redistributive government programs and advocated for free-market delivery systems to guarantee the extent of similar programs:
“I think the trick is figuring out how do we structure government systems that pool resources and hence facilitate some redistribution, because I actually believe in redistribution, at least at a certain level to make sure that everybody’s got a shot. How do we pool resources at the same time as we decentralize delivery systems in ways that foster competition, can work in the marketplace, and can foster innovation at the local level and can be tailored to particular communities?”
If elected, his 1998 proposition will be reality in the next four years in my opinion.
When he proposed to redistribute wealth, he meant that the system has to find a “trick” way to transform your wealth into government’s hands who will then distribute to others at its choosing.
Your work and your wealth will belong to the government and “in the name of society”; it belongs to the collective society. In fact, your work and your wealth will belong to the elite of the government who will decide who and what is given your money.
This is what “redistribution of wealth” means in Obama’s philosophy.
To my knowledge, you could not define a difference between this proposal and the basic principle of communism.
Almost half of my life I lived in communist Romania. I lived the other half in the free land, America. Believe me – I know what Obama and many liberal politicians like him are talking about and advocating for America.
You can read my background in more detail on my personal websites at www.vplegal.com or www.virginiaprodan.net. Please see my video on YouTube titled “Virginia Prodan’s Fight for Freedom and Escape from Romanian Communism.”
When a government claims the “right” to “redistribute” the wealth produced by others, it claims the “right” to treat human beings as slaves of the government – not free people anymore. This is communism.
The meaning of the “redistribution” of wealth is official government stealing. Wealth redistribution is the end of your freedom. It is the beginning of your forced sacrifices for your leader, your government, and your society. This is the collectivism mentality.
This leads to a permanent realignment of power in society as has been seen in Europe, or it may lead to anarchy and the rise of a dictator as has been seen in communist society.
The results of such drastic actions are building a communist society by the following:
1. Replacing private property to collective property.
The right to individual private ownership of property is sacred in America. American Society is based on a person’s right to the fruit of their labors including their ancestor’s labor. Therefore, the government has no right to take it away.
Under redistribution of wealth philosophy imposed by government – and the communism system – you have no personal right to your work, property, or inheritance.
2. Destroying the initiative and creativity of people as part of America’s freedom and free market.
America’s wealth and prosperity were created by individuals with great desire and creativity offered by a free society. Many Americans started at a lower income and with no prior wealth. Andrew Carnegie, Henry Ford, Bill Gates, Steve Job, etc. started with essentially nothing and built huge enterprises.
Creativity and working hard were emphasized by many successful Americans during their lives and even in death.
Andrew Carnegie felt so strongly that each generation should make its own way he left the bulk of his estate to charity.
Eliminating from society individual power and desire eliminates a drive for success. Success builds the contribution of the successful by these “wealthy” people to create growth and opportunities for other Americans and more success and wealth for the American society as a whole.
A government does not create wealth. It is the private sector where new businesses are started and flourish allowing opportunity and wealth to expand. The private sector is responsible for economic growth.
As America’s successful become wealthy, they are able to give more and support others including research projects; schools, and the arts. Throughout history it has been the wealthy who have commissioned fine art, musical compositions, museums and other monuments of civilization.
3. Increasing the poverty of all depend on government for basic needs.
Government redistribution will not help the poor. History has shown redistribution of wealth makes all poor, and overall poverty is one of the results of living in a government that controls wealth production.
In the communist societies like China, Russia, Romania, etc., there was and there is no equality of classes. In communist societies, there were and are millions of poor people. There is a small elite group of communist rich who never care about helping poor people.
History has reflected communist systems that have collapsed, because it made promises like equality and justice and failed to deliver them. But, it took millions of people’s lives and many generations to realized the lies and fight against the communist system to collapse it once it was in place.
American society is well known for its compassion and helping the poor. Many programs, both private and public, are in place to help the poor and seeking to overcome poverty. Yes, many in society believe we should be doing even more. Poor people are part of our society who needs to be helped but not enabled.
We must not be stopped by political correctness pressure to acknowledge many people have greater abilities than others – abilities in artistic or musical skills, abilities in mathematics or science, abilities in leadership, abilities in business skills, and so forth. Therefore, as people are different in abilities and effort, fairness of reward requires such differences. This is in fact the true “fair shake” we hear so much about today in political.
I had seen the sign that is the photo for this article professing “Communism for our future!” at several occupies movement events in America.
Make no mistake, this November, 2012 election is one of what we want our future as a country to be. We have to decide if we want to elect a president whom will bring us back to the American values of free market and free opportunities to pursue the American dream, or if we want to elect a president who will take us into socialism and communism – end of our freedom and where the government or its leader controls, dictates and owns us.
I believe, from my past experience and background, we will be choosing if we are going to live as the free people our founding fathers put forth in the U.S. Constitution or as enslaved people which is always the result of a collective society philosophy.
Please understand from someone who experienced it – Redistribution of wealth means no equality, no fairness, and no justice. It means a lack of freedom, increased poverty for all, and slavery to the government.
Would free American people choose to be enslaved? I hope not. Do those Americans who think the thought of “redistribution of wealth” is wonderful and will make their lives easier really understand its world history and true consequences? Freedom is precious to those who don’t have it.