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democratic socialism is wrong for america

september 7th, 2018

many Democrats running for state and national elections in November are running on a Democratic Socialism platform.

These candidates are following the model pushed by (lowlife dirtbag, subhuman shitscum, lying commie punk, piece of filth) presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (who needs killing, IMO).

The candidates offer free health insurance to all Americans, free college tuition, higher taxes on those who contribute most to the economy and government control of many markets. Many Millennials may agree.

How Millennials view socialism was the basis of a study released last November by the research firm YouGov and the Washington DC-based Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation.

The judges who said we don't need to stand-up for our National Anthem, expect us to stand-up when they enter the courtroom. What do you suppose would happen if the Judge came into the courtroom and everyone "took a knee"?

The study concluded that about half of all Millennials said they would rather live in a socialist or communist country rather than a capitalistic democracy like in the US.

While scholars will factually argue that the US is really a Republic and not a Democracy, the reality is that the US has a Democratic government system. This means the majority of the voters regularly decide on leaders.

The study also revealed that most Millennials don’t seem to understand the definitions of the economic systems. Briefly and without considering the implications, the definitions are relatively simple.

In Communism, there is government ownership of all means of production and most property, and government control of markets. The government also controls the distribution of income.

In Socialism, there is private ownership of the means of production and property. The markets and the distribution of income under government control. In Capitalism the means of production and property are almost exclusively owned privately. The markets and distribution of income are set by market forces with almost no interference by the government.

Millennials seem to embrace the concept of government control. They appear to do so because they feel more secure. They say that in many Socialist countries like Denmark, citizens tend to be the happiest in the world. Denmark’s brand of Socialism provides free healthcare and free college for every citizen.

Denmark also has a $25 per hour minimum wage and people work about 35 hours per week. And the average household pays more than 60% of their income to taxes.

According to studies, people living in Denmark, as well as the other Scandinavian countries, tend to be happier than people living in Capitalistic countries.

Happiness is measured based on the GDP per capita, life expectancy, freedom to make choices, generosity, and perception of corruption. Factors not applied to the GDP are the corruption level, ability to keep what an individual has earned, and the ability to seek self-esteem and self-actualization.

In that study, individual success is not a measure of happiness.

Nonetheless, studies rank the US 14th in happiness with Norway, Denmark, Iceland, Switzerland and Finland occupying the top five spots.

The US was founded as a separate country in 1776. The primary reason was that people had a strong desire for more freedom. They also sought governance by officials who were freely elected by the majority of the people.

The goal was to end taxation without representation.

The Declaration of Independence stated Americans could pursue the goals of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That meant individuals had to take on more responsibility for their welfare instead of having the government control their welfare. The emphasis was on individual responsibility and less on social responsibility, at least for those who can care for themselves.

There are many definitions of “American exceptionalism.” Scholar Ian Tyrell says that the term “refers to the special character of the United States as a uniquely free nation based on democratic ideals and personal liberty.”

Tyrell notes that the term was originally coined by Marxists who tried to explain why the U.S. bypassed the rise of socialism and Marxism. The obvious reason was that socialism and Marxism are inconsistent with the American character, so under normal times, neither could thrive in the U.S.

Under the Obama administration, which vowed to fundamentally change America, federal legislation, policy, and regulation attacked and undermined the foundations of American exceptionalism. Presumably, the well-intentioned policy increased the number of Americans dependent on the government.

Obama’s policies restricted freedom and personal liberty to appear to add a sense of security. Excessive regulation over a business in the marketplace is inconsistent with “a uniquely free nation based on democratic ideals.”

The benefits of American exceptionalism are obvious: The U.S. has the world’s largest and strongest economy, the most powerful military, and a free society that is the envy of the world. Americans generally have more opportunity and a higher quality of life than most of the rest of the world.

Millennials are misguided by the promise of security and equality. Prior to the election of President Trump, the US economy had not seen an annual economic growth of at least 3% since 2005. That means Millennials have never seen the benefits of a strong, growing, free-market oriented economy that provides an opportunity for all Americans.

It is no wonder that Millennials now favor an economic system which is un-American and runs counter to the principles of American exceptionalism. That’s why removing the unnecessary regulations, lowering tax rates for all Americans and shifting the country back from the fundamental transformation of the last eight years, is so important.

It is truly time to make America exceptionally great again. Trump’s policies are doing just that.

© Aug 11, 2018 by Michael Busler, Townhall.

A Day In The Life.

Up at 4:30a on Friday, I made coffee, oatmeal and left for my Dr's office 7:30a app't at Apple Hill Medical Center in South York, PA, as the rain started. It was simply my usual monthly medical follow-up check-up. I have some appointments and another Endoscopy procedure next month at PSU-Hershey. The traffic volume began building and was soon was huge, as people took Friday off or left at noon, to head south to the shore, or other points. I ducked and dodged the bulk of the traffic by using side roads, got my errands done, and drove to Dad's condo to help Becky begin the clean-out. He was living there for a mere 8 weeks, but there is a lot of "stuff" to go thru. He'd hardly unpacked his office stuff, and there's a small mountain of things down in the full-sized basement.

The rain started in earnest around 2p, and by 4p, we'd gotten almost 4½", with ***FLOOD ALERT WARNING*** all over the Net, CATV, cellphones etc. With all the sirens, police cars, tow trucks, ambulances and fire trucks occupying much of the roads, I decided to stay put and not add to the confusion and volume on the roads, by emergency vehicles. So many intersections were closed due to flooding, I had bills to pay and lots of other paperwork to do, to get my new filing cabinet ready to accept hundreds of files from boxes, so after making small dent in that, I spent the rest of the afternoon and evening, watching some of the recent 13 Seasons of Ancient Aliens. A superbly-produced series, or I wouldn't bother watching it.

I'm still going thru all the cables and wires underneath my kitchen's computer table, so that next Tuesday when Dan (Comcast) and Ryley (Spartan) arrive, we can get the remaining pieces torn down, and set-up the whole rig again in the sunroom's new office. My GC (General Contractor) now tells me that he and his crews now won't be ready-to-go to work on my place until mid-to-late September, instead of this week. Shit. This place is torn apart, waiting for them to get in here and get started. Well, it is what it is. I pulled the plug around 11:30p, since I have to be at Dad's condo around 10a,to go thru the dresser and closets. It's a difficult job, cleaning out your late Father's belongings and keeping memories of him, while donating, giving away or putting the rest up for sale and/or auction.

On Friday, I was notified by my new ISP (Internet Service Provider) that my website – www.http://www.johnshelleysjournal.com.com – and the entire server that houses my 3 domains – only this "Journal" domain is active anymore; the other two are just "parked" there – has been and is under severe attack from "bots" full of malware and viruses. We're going to be changing entry passwords and security keys, on Wednesday. It's been much, much worse in the past – especially when I got all the death threats for years – when I was far more political, wrote my own stuff, instead of reprinting (and attributing) others' work, but it's now time to change the barbed/razor wire and add-in a few more M-18 Claymore Mines for those would-be cyber intruders.

By 10a, I was over at Dad's condo helping Becky pack-up things, for keeping or disposal, and she felt sick, so we called it a day. I locked-up and left. I had some chores at my place, and wound-up watching "Velocity TV" all afternoon, and several hours of qualifying for the Portland Verizon IndyCar GP, tomorrow at 2:30p. I took my evening Rx pills, and called it quits at 11p.

Dad's Obituary was in The York Sunday News, the Etzweiler Funeral Home's Website, and in Sunday's York Dispatch Newspaper's Website, and in the print edition, on Sunday.

I slept-in until 8 on Sunday morning, made coffee, had some OJ and took a 20mg Rx Oxy for stomach pain. Pretty much killed my appetite for the day. The F-1 Italian Grand Prix from Monza, Italy, was on at 9a, and I did a few loads of laundry. The IndyCar Portland Grand Prix was on later in the afternoon, so after watching those two races, I was tired of it. I worked until 9p, packing and carrying boxes and pictures down to the basement, so when the painters finally show-up, things'll go faster. Real tired, I crashed around 9:30p. Lots to do at Dad's tomorrow.

After a good night's sleep, I got up at 9a on Monday – BTW, Happy Labor Day! – had coffee and 3 Ensure® Protein Shakes, while scanning the weather and news. Becky called and asked me to come over to Dad's to help her pack-up the downstairs bedroom and bathroom. We lasted about 1½hrs, and now need to take bags of clothes etc, which we didn't want to keep, to The Salvation Army or Goodwill Industries. There were a number of Dad's things which we both were sentimental about, and we kept those. We've barely made a dent in the first floor, and still have the 1st floor to finish, and the 2nd floor and basement to work on, too. This will take a few months, at our pace, but we'll keep at it until it's completed. Then, the condo gets put on the market for sale. I paid some bills, watched CATV until 11p, and then crashed. I have Ryley and Dan coming here at 11a, to help me get the computer and peripherals moved, hooked-up and working in the new sunroom office. It's going to be hectic here tomorrow.

"Stormy Day" Vinyl Plank

Dan's call at 7:15a woke me, as I was planning to sleep until 9:30-10a since he and Ryley supposedly weren't coming until 11. I got dressed, made coffee, moved the Jeep out of the driveway so Dan and Ryley and their equipment could come right on in. Karen, one of my cleaning ladies, called to say she'd be by Friday at 9:30a, to do some cleaning on white formica cube tables, white bedroom furniture and other areas. Dan showed-up at 9:15, and by 11:15a, the room was done. I was exhausted by 12noon, having stomach pain, took a 20mg Rx Oxy, along with some 81mg aspirin. I drove over to Essis Carpeting & Flooring to meet w/ Ed on the Vinyl Plank flooring cost for the entire downstairs level, of the same we used in the sunroom, "Hilltop Trail Multi-Width Plank – Stormy Day". Then Jeff Stock (no website!), the GC (General Contractor) stopped by and we reviewed what was to be done throughout the condo, inch-by-inch.

By 4p, I was feeling real sick, threw-up several times, and went upstairs to lay down. It felt like a GI Flu, or it could have been a Pancreatic Attack; who knows? Too much happening too quickly, and I'm pushing my sick physical self beyond my limits. 94°F outside and that was also making me feel sick, too, everytime I went out for a smoke. I crashed at 7:45p, and was up every 25-30mins throwing-up, until 1a, when I finally went to sleep. It feels like a massive case of GI Flu; hopefully it wasn't a major Pancreatic Attack.

Up at 7a on Wednesday, I made coffee, had a smoke and got ready to meet Becky at Essis Flooring, with Big Karen coming around 11a or so, to help out with some projects. Nick from Spartan Computer showed-up at 9:30a, to change my server FTP password. It appears that left-wing "bots" are still trying to take down my website. They have been since the late-90s. The "message" is getting out, although it isn't sinking-in.

I packed-up some clothes, meds, towels, shaving gear, Ensure Protein Shake, OJ etc and headed over to Dad's condo around 7:15p, where I'll be spending the next 3-5 nights while the painters get the upstairs master bedroom, bathroom done, dressing room and it has proper drying time. By 9p, I'd taken my evening meds, was alseep, and needed to get up at 5a, to be at my condo by 6:45-7a when the crews start arriving at 7a.

Up at 5a on Thursday, I took my meds, left at 5:45a in the dark for Rutter's to get a large coffee, Rutter's Egg, Sausage & Bacon on a Croissant (awful!), and drive the 15mins to my condo. I counted 5 other vehicles on the road. It was eerie. Forecast calls for temps to be near 100°F, with "Real Feel" temps of 110-115°F. 4 painted from Jeff's showed-up, got a briefing from Jeff and myself, and went to work. My Mastrer Carpenter friend came to pick-up 2 large butcher block tables, after we'd removed the stainless steel pedestal legs, to refinish. He's got 3 other projects here to work on.

My upstairs 2 bedrooms, bath and loft look like a war zone. I stressed-out and going over to Dad's condo, take my meds and go to sleep, and get back up at 5a. This is going to go on for 6-8 weeks, and I'm seriously stressed.

Fake Liberal Media BS

The most insidious power of the corrupt, criminal liberal media, is the power to ignore the truth.

Here, have some fun. Something stinks within America's newsrooms. It's the stench of liberal bias permeating the so-called mainstream media. From lies and deceit to distortions and character assassinations, the liberal media dish out leftist BS to drive their radical agenda.

Chris Plante, host of The Chris Plante Show on WMAL (DC) from 9-12, weekdays, said, "The most insidious power the media has, if the power to ignore." Think about what that really means and you can readily see what an evil force the corrupt, criminal, liberal-demokkkRAT-controlled, butt-kissing, fawning circlefest media assholes, are.

Think you can detect it? Take this test and find out just how much BS the liberal media are dishing out. Wear your hip-waders; the bullshit is deep!

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