Why wealthy people fear Communism and Socialism
My family, the Puritans, believed in the community, and the importance of of a social society. But they weren't Communists, or Socialists. And that's because they were wealthy.
No, I don't mean that they were fabulously rich, or anything like that. But they were the typical hard-working people who farmed, saved their money, and wanted the decision of how much of it to give away to be in their control. They tithed to the church, they gave to the poor.
The United States of America was founded on personal wealth. This was not the wealth of kings, not wealth based on servitude, this was the wealth of what Thomas Jefferson called the "Yeoman farmer", a freeman, not a serf, or a renter of land from a Land Lord, not a slave to anyone, and certainly not to the state. These feelings run deep to this day in the American psyche, and the entire American concept of freedom is based on this.
This type of equality for all was a strange concept when it was first written into the Declaration of Independence. And while at the time it was restricted to white males, it has been expanded to all people of the United States, and the United States continues to send a clear message to the world that it considers this the only way for all people to live.
If you could visit my family in Massachusetts in the 1700s, you would probably laugh at what they considered wealth. My families' farms probably looked more like a typical "red neck" trailer park than anything else. But to them it was fabulous. They had come from a world where this type of wealth was never even possible for them, where they would always be in servitude to a Land Lord, and a King. But in the New World, the food they grew belonged to them. They bowed to no one but God, who was their only Lord.
When the Constitution of the United States was written, it reinforced this belief. And during the Civil War, this point of view almost destroyed the young country. But it stood. For life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
Anything that endangers that liberty raises the ire of the people of the United States, whether it be from dictators, Communists, or Socialists. And that's because the spirit of the Yeoman farmer still burns bright in America, even if all they have is a trailer and an old truck to call their own. They stand ready to defend it.
Posted by Brad Hall