Kernos wrote:DJ Droood wrote:Aitrus wrote:Forgive us foolish conservative Americans, but we just can't understand why socialism is a good idea.
This has puzzled me. The conservative Americans, esp the far right wingers, are largely Christians, but against socialism. Would not Jesus have been a socialist? Should not Xtians want to take care of others especially the poor and unfortunate?
They do want to help, but they don't agree with being forced to without their agreement. They feel as if they should be free to help whomever they choose, and judge for themselves whether or not the person is worthy of their assistance, and the kind of assistance they give. Government involvement takes away those choices and imposes a severely imperfect system to determine who gets the assistance and how each person contributes (in the form of taxes). Socialism forces everybody to help those in need, whether they want to or not, and the taxes collected for that purpose are often not used for the stated purpose or are sucked up by corrupt politicians.
Many conservative Americans feel that aid to the poor and unfortunate should be in the form of personal donations and time spent doing community service, Church food drives, shelters operated by volunteers, random acts of kindness, volunteering, etc.