Why do socialists stay in America?

December 23, 2003

So, here's what I constantly wonder about Democrats, Greens and other socialists in the United States: Why do you want to fight the uphill battle of instituting a socialist government in the U.S. when you could simply move to a country that already has the type of government you swoon over? Delta's ready when you are. Seriously, if you spin your globe and throw a dart at it (and you hit land), you will almost certainly strike a country with an authoritarian government. The U.S. Constitution must be such a thorn in your side. Why not flee to someplace "better"? Cuba's nearby, and the weather's great! Why wouldn't you want to live there?

I think I know why. For one thing, liberals are little pussies that would never put their money where their mouth is. They wouldn't dream of giving up their $5 lattés and performance art in exchange for the splendor socialism has achieved in other countries. That's not the heart of the problem, though.

There's an unspoken (and false) assumption about socialism in the United States that misdirects the motivations of both the limousine liberals, and the "workers" they claim to care about. I don't even think they're conscious of it, but the belief seems to be that "it can work here because there's plenty of money to go around". The very things that liberals hate - individual liberty and capitalism - are the only reasons for the wealth of the United States. If you replace our system with a socialist system, all that money you're planning to save the world with is going to be gone. Guess what... People don't provide health care or employ thousands of people because it's good for society. They do it to fatten their own wallets. If you remove "fattening wallets" as an option on the table, no one is going to try to invent new life-saving drugs or make safer cars. Essentially, if you people get your way, we're all fucked. Could you please go "fix" some other country? Perhaps one that is already 95% down the path you would have the U.S. follow? I'm begging you.

I'm not the first person to feel this way...

"If you love wealth better than liberty, the tranquillity of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen." — Samuel Adams

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