The political parties (aside socialism) here have degraded into a struggle for who’s popular instead of who’s right, and the concern for the citizen is overwhelmingly petite. In almost every incentive that any nominee between local district representatives to the Presidential nominees seem almost like rehearsed rhetoric and have ulterior motives.
When a party dedicates their actions to ensuring the president doesn’t have another term in office because he doesn’t have an elephant on his pin, instead of being bad for the country… it signals to me a time for a political makeover. But that will not be possible, as people who wish to reform the government are marked as terrorists or anarchists, instead of being heard in an open forum.
I am really, really starting to dislike how North America is throwing around the word “socialist/ism” as a curse word. I am of the opinion that having a social party mixed in with the dems and reps on Capitol Hill would be beneficial for many. I think the reason a lot of people are not keen on a socialist being in any seat of power is because:
1) Socialism, when a total power, is compared to China and other countries that run as a socialist nation, and,
2) Many people inaccurately believe socialism and communism are the same. This is not the case.
Socialism, when run in a partial party, can effect many good changes. There are many, many nations which have a socialist party in their lawmaking process, but are not a socialist country. Examples include Sweden, Norway, Germany, and many other nations who belong to the Party of European Socialists.
These countries have a higher tax rate (especially Norway, whose tax rate is near or over 30%) but these nations also provide for near-free college, healthcare and other amenities. It’s because people want to ensure their nation thrives as a whole, not as a collection of individuals (there is a difference).
What’s the most prosperous country in the world? Norway. What’s it got that the rest of the world doesn’t? The biggest bump comes from having the world’s highest per capita GDP of $53,000 a year. Norwegians have the second-highest level of satisfaction with their standards of living: 95% say they are satisfied with the freedom to choose the direction of their lives; an unparalleled 74% say other people can be trusted.
The results of socialist influence are varied, but often times result in many good items that are often not centric to the American way of thinking, which is often, “I don’t care for my neighbor, only for my family and myself.” This way of non-global thinking often leads to, “If it doesn’t affect my pocketbook, I don’t care” and has led to an alarming low of non-voters in the United States– only 58%.
So what is my point? In the 2009 parliamentary elections, 76% of Norwegians voted. Germans have had a turnout of at least 70% since 1949. The trend continues the same way in many other countries whom have a partial Socialist party.
I strongly link the two together. Socialism is not a bad thing when executed properly. Stop marking it as such.
It is possible to effect political reform legally. What disappoints me about the Occupy protests is that people are on the streets and angry, but nothing else is happening. People are not using the numbers they have en masse to effect change quickly. If you gather thousands of people in single locations and you’re upset about how something is being run, you have power as a citizen to get petitions going. And what better way to do it than to run around and have people who are registered to vote sign it for you en masse?
Not enough people realize that they have the power to pull people out of office, and put people in there that will listen. People need to stop pointing at what the officials are doing wrong, and redact their powers as the citizens have been empowered to.
Point of section: Don’t get mad, get even.