First of all Jon, I would like to thank you for responding to my comment. Second, I would like to state that I don't appreciate the fact that some of the people who don't agree with your politics are attacking you personally instead of fully explaining what it is they're getting at. I do respect you as a human being, and I admire your technical abilities as an artist. And I think its cool that you paint for what you believe in, I think more people should do that. I'm not out to prove you wrong, but to provoke thought and dialogue. Its the only way you or I, a Conservative or a Liberal , can truly explore and validate our own convictions.
I appreciate the kind of debate you are offering. This is why I am taking the time to respond to you, because you seem open-minded.
To answer your first question, I don't think that people always literally use the name of capitalism in their conquest of land, resources, freedom, or commerce - but I do think that the type of Capitalism we see today does in fact provoke violent relationships, and maintain imbalances of power.
The kind of capitalism we see today is in fact evil. It is called “crony capitalism.” [Special interest groups making backroom deals to gain power in
.] This has led to much misery in
the world. I believe many wars and
injustices are caused by such insidious villains; and this is not just Democrat
or Republican. Washington
That doesn't necessarily mean that I'm suggesting that 'communism' is the answer. People often assume that you are either 'this,' or 'that,' when it comes to politics, but I would like for us all to get beyond that dichotomy. I can understand your sentiment towards Privatization as the alternative to Government Control. I also believe in small government, and I don't think that the Government should have a hand in every aspect of our lives, (if any.)
It sounds like you believe in free market and freedom, but at the same time want to open the door for Socialism? I believe capitalism is by pure definition-- freedom. Communism is about control. Socialism is between the two. The free exchange of goods without government intervention (capitalism) leads to not only the economic improvement of society but the development of mankind in general. Without the self interest of the individual you can not motivate a society to improve her self. This is not the kind of self interest that destroys others, but seeks to achieve one’s own ambition, sell at a profit and bring something of value to everyone. History is on the side of this.
But we do have healthcare here in
and although its not perfect, (what is?) it does work fine.
I think that this ObamaCare thing is
blown out of proportion. Someday, I would hope that healthcare would be a
worldwide human right. The main problem with healthcare here, (besides
wait-times which are a minor issue in the grand scope of things,) is that it
drives up the taxes on products like Alcohol, and Cigarettes. But this makes
sense to me. And Canada
is just as Capitalist as the United States
I feel that there are larger issues
to focus on. I see more people slamming Obama in the so-called liberal media
for ObamaCare then I did for Bush's War on Canada , (that was considered an
illegal/criminal action by the rest of the world.) I think that this could be
the result of people propagating against Obama in general, because he is a
Democrat, and the Government has been Republican for so long. Iraq
Canada has had their socialized healthcare since 1984. The result is long wait times which can be life threatening. A famous quote by a Canadian Dr. Brian Day, "This is a country in which dogs can get a hip replacement in under a week and in which humans can wait two-to-three years." http://www.nytimes.com/2006/02/28/international/americas/28canada.html?_r=1&ei=5090&en=ad12dcee61e8b584&ex=1298782800&partner=rssuserland&emc=rss&pagewanted=print
I would read the following article why socialized healthcare is not a good idea. http://www.city-journal.org/html/17_3_canadian_healthcare.html
I don’t deny that our healthcare needs some fixing to help with cost reduction, but to hand it over to the federal government with its history of bungling bureaucratic agencies was shortsighted.
I also view this differently in how you call healthcare a “worldwide human right.” I view “rights” as something that is unalienable and God given. They are something you are born with—such as the right to life, liberty, and pursuit of property. Not something that must be taken from one person to guarantee the comfort of another, which is what occurs under a socialized healthcare system. Of course, society should consider the needs and healthcare of the needy. This is called charity. Our country would be in far better condition today without the welfare programs. http://www.cato.org/pubs/policy_report/cpr-18n6-1.html
You said, “I see more people slamming Obama in the so-called liberal media for ObamaCare then I did for Bush's War on Iraq, (that was considered an illegal/criminal action by the rest of the world.) “ I’m not sure what you’ve been watching, but the mainstream media is certainly in Obama’s court here in the US. Bush was crucified by the media when he was in office.
The anger against Obama isn’t because he’s Democrat. Conservatives are upset at the way he’s pushed through his agenda of Obamacare and used failed economic policies that have literally brought our country to its knees.