To the editor:
Freedom is our most important American value. It has been since the beginning when our founding fathers risked death by putting their signatures on the “Declaration of Independence.”
During the presidential campaign cycle we are all likely to be bombarded by discussions about socialism, medical care, capitalism, immigration, foreign policy and many others. In my view, central to all of this, is the continuation of our sacred democratic process. The U.S. has been and will continue to be a representative democracy whose economic engine has been regulated capitalism to support social needs.
Despite the distortions, which are sure to rain down on us, there isn’t one Democratic candidate who wishes to eliminate our reliance on regulated capitalism. Since its inception, the U.S. has used the economy to improve the lives of millions by increasing the involvement of citizens in the voting process. The inclusion of minorities and women in our electoral process has moved our country forward to become one of the most diverse and inclusive in the world. We are all better off because of unions, Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, unemployment insurance, etc., as well as many other organizations dedicated to helping the disadvantaged among us.
The debate about healthcare is bound to include screams of “socialism” from opponents. Definitions are easily distorted, so it can be helpful to refresh your mind about the meanings of these words. A government administered healthcare program is no more socialistic than our government-run military. Both are designed to benefit citizens. Removing the fear of bankruptcy by making robust health insurance available to everyone is simply American.
The real threat to our country is dictatorship. Some come in the form of kings, such as Saudi Arabia; some come in the form of theocracies, such as Iran; others are fascists, such as Russia and China. The tragedy of Venezuela is not that it is socialistic but that it is a fascist dictatorship.
So, when casting your vote remember that dictatorships are the real threat to our freedom. It is not robust health insurance.