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If You Give a Socialist Mouse a Cookie…

November 5, 2009


“Democracy is the road to socialism.” – Karl Marx

The concept of socialism and its path to communism reminds me of the story If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. In that delightful children’s story, the moral is that even if you give an inch, expect to give a mile. If you start accepting socialism, communism is just one cookie away.

For such a totalitarian system, socialism has been gaining quite a bit of street cred lately, thanks in no small part to emotional appeals toward a “moralistic” system of government-mandated “fairness”: limiting executive pay, demonizing the business class and rationing health care for the greater good.

Of course in all these instances the dreaded S word is never used. And those who advocate these policies will staunchly ridicule opponents who bring it up.

I can’t help but be amused when people define socialism as something that has to affect EVERYONE at once. In this estimation, somehow a socialist health care program isn’t really socialist until it’s renamed StalinCare.

Socialism can be defined as the precursor to communism, and a system which uses democracy and capitalism to eventually destroy the free thought-based systems themselves.

According to Princeton’s WordNet, socialism can also be defined as “a political theory advocating state ownership of industry” and “an economic system based on state ownership of capital.”

On Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report” on Tuesday,  alleged “conservative” English commentator and Atlantic writer Andrew Sullivan spoke to host Stephen Colbert on the issue of health care reform.

Sullivan pointed to the push for health care reform as a way to get working health insurance for “poor people” who currently do not enjoy it. “For some reason… he’s [President Obama] actually on the verge of [succeeding in] health reform,” Sullivan said. Interestingly, Sullivan pointed to the figure of five percent, which he estimates to be the actual number of Americans who would be shuffled into a public option system. To him, five percent of Americans being forced into a government-run health care system is not enough to constitute socialism, since it’s for (you guessed it) that “greater good.”

Accepting any degree of socialism means validating an inherently flawed idea. Socialism has no defined threshold value and is the means to an end, no matter how few individuals are immediately affected. Socialism simply needs an authoritarian center of control to oversee production (bureaucrats peering over the shoulders of doctors) and a way to allocate resources to citizens.

It’s time to stop accepting the argument that just a little socialism is alright, that a little bit of evil is alright. It’s time to stop giving the Maoist mice their cookies.

  1. November 5, 2009 3:26 pm

    So you think we should do away with Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, the Postal Service, the public roads, public libraries, public trash pickup…

    • In the Know permalink
      November 5, 2009 3:34 pm


      We should do away with the federal government also. Your oversimplification is absurd.

    • P-Diddle permalink
      November 5, 2009 5:08 pm

      The public roads, public libraries, and public trash pickup you speak of mainly is the responsibility of local governments, not the federal government. You’re pretty absurd for bringing that up, but distortion is what liberals do best.

      The Feds should downsize everything they touch. It is obvious how inept they are. Compare federal roads conditions to local ones. Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, the Postal Service, etc., all things the feds touch, is broken beyond fixing — mainly because they don’t want to fix them for political reasons. This is all fairly common sense, but when I read your posts, it is clear you have uncommon nonsensical view of the world.

    • November 6, 2009 9:18 am

      “So you think we should do away with Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, the Postal Service, the public roads, public libraries, public trash pickup…”



      • The Inquisitor permalink
        November 6, 2009 11:46 am

        Right on Russ. Of course we should. What possible argument could anyone have against it?

        • November 6, 2009 12:37 pm

          Utopia. That’s the argument behind every liberal statist policy. Somehow, someway, defying all logic, reason and rationality, stealing from one person to give to another will cure all of society’s ills and create Heaven on Earth.


    • The Inquisitor permalink
      November 6, 2009 11:36 am

      Why not?

  2. Elaine B permalink
    November 5, 2009 5:35 pm

    As usual, the queston comes down to this. What Constitutional authority does Congress have to force people to buy health insurance and to be in the business of health insurance at all?

    The Constitution clearly limits the role of the federal government and yet Congress and presidents have been usurping these limits for decades. It is time they stop.

  3. Swemson permalink
    November 5, 2009 8:09 pm

    I’m willing leave them one crumb…

    A Federal commission on Interstate highways. However all work involved in building and maintaining them must be put out on bid to private companies, with the Fed merely fulfilling a watchdog position… sort of like building inspectors …

    Wouldn’t it be refreshing, if the big news of the day was a contractor caught cheating on a project to the tune of of a mere $1,500,000 ?

  4. MMM permalink
    November 6, 2009 7:45 am

    Your approach, using If You Give A Mouse, is timely. Fifty-eight percent of Viriginia women voted for McDonnell — someone the WH had chosen to vilify over a college paper that, to the WH mind, put women in a subservient role. BUT, women, arguably the household budgeters, broke for McDonnell in a BIG way.

    Women understand what all of these new taxes, intrusive healthcare policies, and destruction of our economic system means to their families, and they are voting their pocketbook.

  5. Samuel permalink
    November 6, 2009 10:35 am

    “Accepting any degree of socialism means validating an inherently flawed idea.”

    Absolutely! Thank you Susannah….one has to wonder, does every generation have to learn this the hard way?


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