I haven't done this in a while. And now that everyone has seen my mushy gooey side I figure I should go ahead and throw this out there. It's all Mr. Sepulchre's fault. In fact, I blame all of my evil opinions on him.
It kind of gives me a twinge when I see bumper stickers that say stuff like, "Tired of Socialism? Vote Republican". Were Republicans really that much better? Were they any better?
But, the bigger question is: Is Socialism really that bad? If you had 100% faith and confidence in your government and that confidence was just and deserved, I'd argue that Socialism would be a pretty nice place to live as long as you didn't have any freeloaders.
Definition of socialism from dictionary.com:
a theory or system of social organization that advocates the vesting of the ownership and control of the means of production and distribution, of capital, land, etc., in the community as a whole.For the geeks out there, peer to peer file sharing could be argued as socialistic in nature. It allows you to share your stuff with the community. Of course, some people share more than others and some people don't share at all, but you can always not share with someone until they've shared with you. But the ownership of the distribution of the capital lies in the community. Much to RIAA's chagrin.
I think that calling what the government is doing now "socialism" is not being fair to socialism. It would be better to say, "My government can't do anything right and after years of being pooped on, I don't trust them anymore, so I certainly don't want them going down the road to socialism. It's better they just come into work and lay their head on the desk for 8 hours (or however long their 'work' day is)."