I have heard someone say that since America is the richest country in the world, we can afford (insert socialist program here). This attitude is typical of extreme liberals/socialists. It does, however, show a basic lack of how America became the richest country. America did not spawn the greatest technological advancement in the history of civilization by taxing our way there. The statement above could be rewritten ‘From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs’. Although the statement is attributed to Karl Marx, a communist, it has its roots with August Becker in 1844, also a communist, and to Etienne-Gabriel Morelly a French socialist utopian in 1755. But to get the full effect of that statement, you must read the entire statement.
“In a higher phase of communist society, after the enslaving subordination of the individual to the division of labor, and therewith also the antithesis between mental and physical labor, has vanished; after labor has become not only a means of life but life’s prime want; after the productive forces have also increased with the all-around development of the individual, and all the springs of co-operative wealth flow more abundantly—only then can the narrow horizon of bourgeois right be crossed in its entirety and society inscribe on its banners: From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs!”
There, you can see to true evil nature of socialism/communism. For the communist society to work, the individual is enslaved by the government. The government creates a situation where government labor becomes the means of life, or the individual is reliant upon the government for his/her very existance.
True freedom comes when the individual is free to keep the fruits of his labor. The individual is free to try and make a better life for himself and his family but it also means he risks failing. The Constitution of the United States of America sets up a set of rules for government interaction with the individual, not the other way around. A communist society steals away the individuals incentive to reach his or her potential. America became the society of innovation because the individual was free to innovate AND KEEP WHAT HE EARNED. America is great because the individual is free to try which means he risks failing. But if the government can enslave the individual by making him or her reliant upon government, then that individual is in a situation where the government has become that individuals means of life. Bam, instant communist society. The more individuals that rely on government, the more powerful government is.
Freedom can not coexist with communism. A communist society snuffs out freedom to exist. Any individual that believes that ‘America can afford to give …..’ is exposing themself as a friend of communism and enemy of the Constitution.