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Bill Burnette

Hendersonville NC

The tenets of Socialism 

To the editor:
 For some reason, those who support the tenets of socialism always refer to how happy and prosperous socialistic countries are in Europe and, as such, I have to assume these individuals have spent an inordinate amount of time in these countries. How else could they make such statements? Attendant to these statements is always comments on how awful our way of life is in the U.S.

First of all, I doubt those who espouse the socialistic way of life have ever lived in these countries. Sure, we have former citizens of these countries who now live in the U.S., but why? Could it be our capitalistic way of life offers much more than the socialism from which they came?

In a speech to British ambassadors, Tony Blair, former prime minister of Britain, said this about the U.S.: “I sometimes think it is a good rule of thumb to ask of a country, are people trying to get in or trying to get out of it? It’s not a bad guide to what sort of country it is.”

And that other great British statesman, Winston Churchill, said, “Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.” 

Bill Burnette