Late last summer, before the midterm election, I wrote a letter with the first part repeating negative things I have heard about socialism and the second part paraphrasing and comparing socialism to clauses within the U.S. Constitution. Since then President Trump has doubled down on his verbal assault on socialism. From his position of ill-gotten power and wealth, from the logical fallacy of authority that wealth brings, he has many people believing things that are untrue. Through propaganda techniques of repeating hate of socialism, favoring a greedy neo-capitalist ideology over and over until it becomes “truth” in their minds; Trump has a significant percentage of our population cashing their Social Security checks while hating socialism as if it’s a Satanic plague.

Socialism is a diverse set of beliefs, meaning various things to various people. According to Merriam-Webster’s dictionary, socialism: “Refers to a system of social organization in which private property and the distribution of income are subject to social control, but the conception of that control has varied, and the term has been interpreted in widely diverging ways...” Now here is Google’s definition of 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.” So like it or not, we now have somewhat of an idea of what socialism actually means.

Let’s compare actual articles, sections and clauses of the U.S. Constitution to the definition of socialism. Article 1, Section 8, describes the duties, the authority of the United States Congress, things it is responsible for. Article 1, Section 9 describes actions that Congress is forbidden to take, giving our government power yet restraining the government from becoming totalitarian. Through this combination of authority and restraint, we the people’s government is to act in our collective (everyone’s) best interests.

Section 8: “1: The Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes, duties, imposts and excises, to pay the debts and provide for the common Defense and general Welfare of the United States . . . ,” so Trump’s elite corporate tax evading policies violate the U.S. Constitution.

“3: To regulate commerce with foreign nations, and among the several states . . . ,” so the government is supposed to be an authority over business not the other way around.

“5: To coin money, regulate the value thereof, and of foreign coin . . . ,” so a privately owned bank disbursing money to the government based on debt, which the Federal Reserve is and does, is unconstitutional.

Now on to Section 9: Clause 8: “No title of nobility shall be granted by the United States: And no person holding any office . . . shall . . . accept of any present, emolument, office, or title, of any kind whatever, from any king, prince, or foreign state.” So in fact, “socialism” is quite synonymous with “Constitutionalism.”

When Trump does our business from his golf courses he’s not only in violation of our established social moral norms he is in obvious direct violation of our Constitution.

Ken Driessen


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