Letter to the editor: As creeping socialists prepare to sprint, what is their plan?


To the editor:

The upcoming presidential election is a referendum on the very core of America, with the voting population split four ways rather that the usual two or occasionally three ways. The far left follows Bernie Sanders. The moderate left wants Hillary. The far right admires Ted Cruz, while the moderates look to Marco Rubio or others.

What is really at stake is where America is heading, back to a strict adherence to the U.S. Constitution or to socialism. Some on the left argue they are moving towards a “democratic socialism,” but that is a matter of semantics.

In the last two elections, we were promised a “fundamental transformation.” This term is purposely vague, as socialism was the target. No one in the press ever bothered to ask what was to be transformed. After all, if you have a possession you love, wouldn’t it be good to know how someone promises to “fundamentally transform” it?

Two hundred and forty years ago, the founding fathers laid out a brilliant and very specific plan around which to build a country that was free from all persecutions prominent in other parts of the world. These brilliant men pledged their lives, fortunes and sacred honor to build a free America.

The resulting Constitution was crafted word by word, with each phrase chosen carefully after lengthy and heated debate. It truly is a document, based in Christian principle, that is unique in the world. It stands today as a firewall against which any and all new laws should be tested.

However brilliant this document may be, it cannot stand against those within our own government who refuse to follow it. Claiming they know better, they are determined to transform this document, which limits the power of the government and empowers the individual, into something that limits the power of the individual and gives all power to the government.

We have been slowly going down this road for more than 100 years, starting with Woodrow Wilson. There are no examples of government programs that have succeeded. These programs are broken, abused by the populace and patched together by vote-chasing politicians.

No one has the nerve to say that they are unworkable and need to be changed or replaced.

The real mystery is where these socialist changes are to end. Where is the plan from the left that will replace our Constitution? The changes come to us incrementally, which stings less and keeps anyone from asking too many questions.

But if we are now being asked to elect an admitted socialist as president of our great country, it is time to ask: What exactly is the delineated plan for a Socialist Democracy?

At least in 1776 the Constitution was ratified by the states before becoming our sacred guide. Everyone had an opportunity to see what direction our country was headed. Before we throw that out for free tuition, health care and government largess, let us see the whole plan.

Steve Rooney
Naples, Fla.


  1. Dude, the US Constitution wasn’t written and ratified until 1789. Methinks Jesus had nothing to do with it. Of course, I must be looking at Republican Jesus. He looks suspiciously more like a Norwegian hippie in this rendition instead of a more swarthy, shorter and Semitic looking man from 2,000 years ago. I’m surprised he doesn’t have 9mm Glock strapped on his tunic. I notice Ronald Reagan appearing here as well as Lincoln, Washington and some others. Where’s Nixon?

  2. Christianity in the U.S. Constitution? Where is that written? I do recall reading Amendment #1 in the Bill of Rights, about establishing NO state religion, which includes Christianity.

    Mr. Rooney may have forgotten the Preamble of the Constitution, where it states, “Establish Justice,” maybe including economic justice. “Insure Domestic Tranquility,” there are a lot of unhappy people in our country today mainly due to economic hardships and lack of educational opportunity. “Provide for the Common Defense,” “Promote General Welfare,” which can include healthcare for the ill, food for the hungry, education for the impoverished and the list can go on. Democratic Socialism means that the economy and society should be run democratically to meet public needs, not to make profits for just a few. Bernie Sanders points these issues out very well.

    The mantra for the Republican Party is to cut taxes. They never say what programs will be cut, like Social Security, healthcare, aid to schools, school lunches or food stamps. Just cut taxes. That will help everyone. Remember the “trickle down theory” or “a rising tide floats all boats”? These ideas are ways to cut taxes for wealthy Republican Donors. Cut taxes, spend, and borrow — look at Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush’s economic history — skyrocketed national debt.

    What have the Republicans done for the common man that has “Promoted the General Welfare” and helped “Establish Justice”? There is a long list of Democratic Party-sponsored programs that have: Social Security, healthcare, the GI Bill of Rights, Americans With Disabilities Act, Family Health Care Act and so on and so forth.

  3. The U.S. Constitution establishes a form of government. The government (of the people) decides the laws and programs. If the majority of people want tax-funded programs, then so be it. What (socialistic) tax-funded programs do we want to do without: roads, schools, fire and police protection? With all the tax-breaks, subsidies, loop-holes, etc., we do not have a truly free-trade, capitalistic system anyway.


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