Wednesday, September 19, 2012

It Really is All About Joe: Reprise

"Joe the Plummer" tried to engage us in 2008, but the MSM threw water (you know, the buckets they carried for BHO) on the flame. And now "Mother Jones" thinks they've scored BIG - ratting out Mr. Romney for the capitalist (you know: evil, selfish, grasping) that he is. I say it's about d#$% TIME that we have this conversation. Thus, I "reprise" my 10-27-08 post: "It Really Is All About Joe." 

I ran into, by accident, another blogger who posted a piece about socialism. She waxes eloquent about the societal improvements that have evolved throughout the 19th & 20th centuries, which she attributes to socialist principles. About each advancement, she says, “If you like --- having your weekends off, not stepping over sick homeless people, etc. ---, you can thank a socialist.” Being fair, in some regard she may have a point. However, on balance, I think we’ve got it licked:
If you like early detection & treatment of breast, uterine & cervical cancers, you can thank a capitalist.

If you’ve needed an emergency C-section (as I have three times), & had medical equipment on hand for the job, you can thank a capitalist.

If you’re relieved because of the advances in dental sciences, you can thank a capitalist.

If you’re thankful that vaccinations are available to keep your children safe from horrible, tragic diseases, you can thank a capitalist…

If you have the chance to save for your own rainy day? To provide for your family with enough to spare, you can thank a capitalist…

If you even know there’s something called a ‘Gamma Knife’ for exquisitely delicate brain tumor surgery…

If you like your computer for the blogging that’s so easily accessible to your fingertips…

If you’re glad you have contact lenses…

If you’re thankful for car seats that keep your children safe…

If you’re thankful for the car you drive…

If you’ve ever considered the advancement of home electricity, refrigeration, heating/cooling, indoor plumbing…

…you can thank people like Joe – yes, the Plumber – a capitalist.

Human nature doesn’t go out of its way to innovate, engineer, produce, improve, advance, compete - without incentive. Folks like Dr. Phil call it “secondary gain.” It’s the ‘what’s in it for me?’ factor that drives human nature forward. It compels productivity. Innovation & invention is the fruit of its toil.

Face it. We are selfish creatures. We want ours; & we want it better. Voila the capitalist society: teeming with advancements, opportunity for personal wealth; a place where the rising tide really does – eventually – lift all boats. (There are holes in this analysis; I agree. That’s for another post. I’ve got so much to say – you’d run ‘screaming into the night’ if I tried to fold it all in now.)

Is it perfect? No. It’s a human enterprise. There are bad apples in every barrel. On this point alone, some urge that the answer is socialism: an even-playing-field-utopia. I argue that socialism removes the playing field, changes the rules & kills the game.

You may say, “Look at the Swedes. They’re socialist & they’ve got Volvo.” Yeah, they’ve got Volvo. Just Volvo; & they bring it over here to make it really sing.
I also argue that socialism would neuter American innovation. Punishing success by revoking ‘profit’ (by confiscatory taxation, or punitive regulation) from those who strive to compete freely. It would dis-incentivize innovation, suffocate ingenuity, squelch productivity, & strangle the American dream. Look at history. Do you see any society advance by leaps & bounds like ours, as a result of socialist principles?

If you look for capitalist ills, you’ll find them in spades. (Heck, we’ve seen the whole deck in the past month.) Slow down, though… We’ve also seen the malignancy grown by forcing ‘socialist principles’ on the free market, too. Can anyone say Community Reinvestment Act of 1977? Can you say government-forcing-banks-to-supply-Sub-prime-loans-since-then to those who couldn’t shoulder them?

If you think it’s time to throw the baby out with the bathwater because of AIG, Lehman Bros., etc. you must first confront this: why do people from all over the world risk their lives to come here? Why do people cross deserts, swim across oceans on the strength of their own arms & legs, to wash up on our shore? Ask them & I guarantee you’ll hear something like this, “Freedom from tyrannical government, a chance to make it…opportunity.”

If you think it’s time to chuck it all & head for that utopian playing field, I ask you to ponder: what innovations will we miss? What advances will we thwart by tossing a system that “capitalizes” on some of the most ingenious qualities of the human mind & spirit? What greater good will we stunt: autism treatments? Cancer advances? Alzheimer’s therapies? Energy development? Scientific progress?

We are that “shining city upon a hill,” whether we realize it/want to admit it or not; & it’s not because we’ve followed Karl Marx. We are a hero to the world (a fallen one, for the moment, but a hero nonetheless), and the world is drawn to heroes. That’s why they come. The world needs a hero.

Be thankful. For the moment, the world still has one.

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4 comments:

Duta said...

You may also add now Iphone 5 to your list...

Sweden is indeed considered (along with her neighboring sisters Norway, Finland, Denmark) a successful country. But this is not because of socialism or capitalism. NO.
This is because it has a more or less homogenous population of a distinct north-european quality. In a country like this, anything can work fine: socialism, communism, capitalism,liberalism, you name it.

Unfortunately, during the last two decades Europe has been 'invaded' by foreign ethnicities , mainly from what is called the third world. This "invasion" has been made possible by the rich looking for cheap workers, and supported by the so called "humanitarians" who wish to save the world and at the same time are destroying their own world. Sweden's fate is not going to be better than that of the other european countries.

The world is now in an unsolvable mess. It will destroy itself sooner than one can imagine. (Perhaps if and when Obama will be re-elected). How sad!

Casey said...

Of course, you know that I love reading everything you write. Amen to every word. I've just been wondering how you feel about Mitt Romney? I mean, coming from someone of a different faith. Does his religion concern you? I keep hearing so many things about people who won't vote for him because of his religion and not to mention all of the "specials" the media has been putting together on Mormons - where they have done their typical job of not getting all the facts right. Since I respect your thoughts and views I was just wondering your feelings on the subject.

Susannah said...

Welcome ladies! So glad you both stopped by!

Duta~ iPhone - yeah! Though I don't have one & don't really want it -- too much to learn! :)

As for 'invasion' of Europe, I can't disagree there. It surely seems that UK & France/Spain have their share of jihadist/sharia problems. God help them. I will have to beg a difference that "anything can work fine" regardless of what governing system it is. I firmly believe that socialism, communism, marxism defeats the human spirit & gives rise to tyranny. Wherever these systems have been tried, they've failed, b/c humanity has a God-given right to be free.

It certainly seems that the mess is unsolvable. Hopefully, we'll not add to it by re-electing the thug-in-chief Obama. Heaven, hear my prayer...

Susannah said...

Hi Casey! Thanks for the kuddos. I haven't written much here lately - just can't stomach it sometimes...

I so appreciate your question re: Romney's faith. You don't know this, but I have dear, precious friends from High School who are Mormon, & I still keep up w/ them - precious people. So I learend a LOT about the theological underpinnings years ago. I have absolutely no problem, whatsoever, voting for Romney. Mormon or no, Presbyterian or no, Catholic or no...That's so NOT the issue, imo.

While we could have a lengthy theological discussion, suffice to say that I trust God. I know in my heart that he who loves Jesus, loves Jesus. Period. I have to let the Lord figure out the rest...

I would ask those who "won't vote for him b/c of his religion": Would you rather have a Muslim in sheep's clothing? At least we know who Romney is!!

Give 'em that, baby, & see what they say...

I love you, dear Casey. I'm so glad we were able to get to know one another in your short time here, & I welcome further discussion at any time. Thank you for trusting me. :)