Our Socialist Founding Fathers

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    Our Socialist Founding Fathers

    Actually, it doesn’t. Here’s a shock. Many of our Founding Fathers were socialists. They believed that “essential” services should be provided by government to the public at large for little or no remuneration. The costs of these services would be shared by the whole. This, by most modern accounts, is socialism.

    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, and John Adams — among others — all signed this document. They agreed that the new national government would facilitate communication and defense through taxation. They agreed that these essential services would not have to be purchased on the open market. They agreed that these services would not be limited to those who could pay fair market value.
    But it was not long before the Founders’ sons and daughters, grandsons and granddaughters, discovered the benefits of extending socialism beyond communication, transportation and national defense. Libraries, fire protection, police protection and education were all socialized to some extent in the nineteenth century. None of these developments replaced private enterprise—they merely insured that more Americans reaped the benefits.
    All we know is they wrote nothing into the Constitution to prohibit socialized medicine.

    History teaches us that the Framers were not averse to socialism. They authorized, and sometimes embraced, governmental programs that offered essential services to the masses at low or no cost. Communication, transportation, and defense were what the Founders deemed essential at the end of the eighteenth century. That was their time. They did not call it socialism. They called it good government.

    http://jurist.law.pitt.edu/forumy/2009/ ... athers.php



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    Sure Michael Moore didn't write that? As he claimed the above in his capitalism: a love story film.
     
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    Unfortunately the term "Socialism" has come to mean solely the practices by Marx and Lenin, when in fact "socialist" programs in the modern world hardly resemble those, including in America. They are quite simply exactly as you have defined above.
     

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