Well they have done it! The Socialists have finally gotten a openly avowed Socialist elected to an office here in the Northwest.
Kshama Sawant squeaked out a win against a long time incumbent (also a socialist, but in Democrat's clothes) to win a seat on the Seattle City Council.
We have had devout socialists on the council before, in fact her opponent was about as far left as you could go. What bothers me about this election is that people actually voted for a person waiving the Socialist banner.
The Red Scare in the 1950's was not about stomping out the competition. It was about stopping a menace that convinces people (wrongly) that they can have everything if they just give up capitalism. I won't go into why Socialism/Communism is bad, if you are reading this, you already know why and if you don't there is probably no hope for you anyway.
What I would like to explore is the mindset of those that believe Socialism/Communism is workable.
I believe that leftists are cowards. I believe they are lazy. They have no ambition, they do not believe they can compete, nor do they care to find out.
They have no faith in their own ability to survive.
So they seek to level the playing field, to make the outcomes equal. They force hiring quotas, they demand free lunches for the poor. They seek to increase the minimum wage so that the uneducated, unambitious can live like they are someone they are not. They seek price fixing, and controls over production.
They increase the welfare roles; which accomplishes two things, it gives free stuff to those that don't produce and make the recipients dependent on the left for continuing the flow of the freebies (this is why the National Park Service asks that you not feed animals in the wild).
You may have noticed the absence of lefties in the rural areas. You may also have noticed the abundance of leftists (along with homelessness and crime) in the concrete jungles. Why do you suppose that is? The answer is simple, in the concrete jungle there are ample ways to make money without actually having to work hard.
I don't mean to marginalize lawyers, administrators and other office workers, but ask yourself this question: If you could choose between filing papers in an air conditioned office and digging a ditch in the cold rain, which would you choose?
Communism is much the same, they seek to convince people that they can have their cake and eat it too.
This I fear may mark a turning point in American politics, the point at which America began to die.