Per the dictionary:
Socialism: “a political and economic theory of social organization which advocates that the means of production, distribution, and exchange should be owned or regulated by the community as a whole.”
Capitalism: “an economic and political system in which a country’s trade and industry are controlled by private owners for profit, rather than by the state.”
Per the Declaration of Independence:
“We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness….”
The vast majority of citizens oppose a purely socialist form of government, while recognizing that society had, and still has, since the objective has not been fully attained, an obligation to atone for past wrongdoings such as slavery. Further most citizens, having a judeo/christian background, believe in helping the truly needy and misfortuned among us.
The argument today is about whether we have done enough, even though all the problems are not reconciled. In answering that question it seems fair to me ask whether we truly provided sufficient tools and resources in order to overcome are past wrongdoings. There is no real answer but is worthwhile looking at how are government is organized. Herein lies the problem.
We have a government that allocates and disburses resources to address issues and problems. However, unlike the private sector, we have no system in place to monitor and implement changes, as deemed necessary, when we ascertain what was implemented is not working.
Those on the left want to keep spending without making any adjustments. Those on the right say stop the spending it is not working. In the private sector the organization is continuously monitoring results and making adjustments where necessary to bring about the change desired. If a solution cannot be found the program is stopped and reevaluated.
Citizens United and gerrymandering has exasperated the problem. The big money donors have their own agenda that is not necessarily aligned with what is best for the country and its voting citizens. Citizens United needs to be repealed. We are no longer a country where “one man, one vote” matters.
This needs changing.