Letter: How would United States function without socialism?

Editor,

In response to “Electing Democrats will lead to the ruin of country:” Socialism, according to Britannica.com, is “social and economic doctrine that calls for public rather than private ownership or control of property and natural resources. Everything that people produce is in some sense a social product and everyone who contributes to the production of a good is entitled to a share in it.”

There are some who believe socialism is akin to communism. It isn’t. Neither is it Republican nor Democrat nor independent. It is of, from, and for the people.

How would this country work without public roads, highways and bridges, libraries, public schools, public and national parks, police/sheriff, firefighters, waste management, military and jails/prisons/courts — not perfect but better than China’s and Russia’s? These, and more, are all “socialist systems” utilized here in the U.S. – created and paid for through the collection and distribution of our taxes.

Yes, Social Security and Medicare can be considered socialist systems, but they are paid for by the workers and their employers. Look at your payroll stubs, if you doubt me.

The U.S. government only administers them — unless a Republican administration, i.e. Reagan and George W. Bush decided to “borrow” our Social Security contributions to pay for wars citizens never voted for. Please note, “our” government has never repaid the billions it “borrowed.”

It is true the contenders hoping to oppose the current occupant of the White House are advocating various improved versions of health insurance to provide expanded coverage.

Health insurance doesn’t appear to be a concern of the Republican party, other than repealing and eliminating the one that currently exists.

Democrat contenders are concerned with out-of-control assault weapons and mega-magazines and people having access who shouldn’t. Democrats have this strange notion that people and children should be secure in their homes and schools and shopping centers.

The Republicans have to check with their owner, the NRA, first, which inevitably results in excuses but no actions.

I am not concerned that the election of more Democrats may include more programs that will serve our nation, feed its children. I am concerned the current Republican party and its leaders may remove even more of this country’s humanity, compassion, honesty, integrity, and willingness to fulfill its pledge to “liberty and justice for all.”

Rusty Gagnon

Oak Harbor

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