“What’s in a name? that which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet”
The above text is from a play by Billy Shakespeare called Romeo and Juliet. What does this over 400 year old poem have to do with reemergence of Conservatism? I’ll break it down for all of the non English Lit majors. Shakespeare is saying: it doesn’t matter what we call something, what matters is what it actually is. This thought works well with the word “Socialism.” Yes, that dirty little word politicians avoid is actually what they are making our federal government.
Socialism is briefly defined as “a broad set of economic theories of social organization advocating public or state ownership and administration of the means of production and distribution of goods, and a society characterized by equal opportunities for all individuals, with a fair or egalitarian method of compensation” (Thanks Wikipedia). Let’s translate that too: you work, and the government decides where your money is best spent. This should scare the pants off all of us (and not merely Conservatives). Why? Because, it’s happening in our country. For what we have seen over the past 6 months or so, beginning with the Bailout of the Financials and the Auto Industry and recently with the Trillion Dollar “Stimulus” Package (or Economic Recovery Plan or whatever we’re calling it these days . . . there we go with the “names” again), we are becoming socialist. A friend lamented recently that he missed the Cold War because at least back then the Socialists were mainly outside our borders and we knew who they were and how to fight them. Now it seems that the Socialists are not only within our borders but have infiltrated every level of government from local municipalities to the head man himself.
But let’s go back to the definition Socialism and examine alongside Congress. Congress has demanded that the auto industry report back to them with a plan as to how they will operate their businesses. Of course these plans must meet Congressional approval if they want further funds. Sounds like “state ownership and administration of production to me.”
Next we have “fair and equal opportunities for all individuals”. You probably remember that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac forced bankers to give loans to people who could not afford a house. So that’s two out of two for those of you keeping score at home. But, what about the “egalitarian method of compensation” you ask? Fear not, our Dear Leader (aka POTUS) has mandated that each bank accepting federal funds must cap Executive pay. That’s right, the feds are now telling private businesses what they will and will not be allowed to pay their employees. So we are three for three in the “Are We Becoming Socialists Sweepstakes.” While 3 for 3 is a great day for those that follow the Nation’s Pastime it is harbinger of doom for those that wish to see our nation thrive.
The circle is complete. We can now call it whatever we want from, Economic Recovery Plans to Stimulus Packages, but the truth of the matter is we are now neck-deep in Socialist policies. The politicians who voted for these programs should stop calling themselves Democrats (and Republicans –yes we’re talking to you Senator Graham, who believes the nationalization of banks is a valid option) and should refer to themselves as what they are: Socialists. While a rose by any other name would smell as sweet, a Socialist by any other name does not have quite as pleasant of a smell. We should ask our grandfathers what it was like to smell that acrid odor, they fought it on foreign shores throughout the world. Now, we must fight it within our own.