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Monday, March 11, 2019

Look up the word 'socialism.' According to my Webster's it means: "social system based on shared or government ownership and administration of the means of production and distribution of goods."

Make no mistake, our government will never produce and distribute our furniture, clothes, electronic products or cars, but just watch as the disingenuous Republicans purposefully misdefine so as to demonize the concept of this country taking care of its citizens.

Living in three different European countries because of the Army, I've never once heard a local complain that they have never received a medical or dental bill, or that they are one serious illness away from bankruptcy. Their taxes may be marginally higher, but if you add our taxes to the out of pocket costs we pay for insurance and bills, we are paying much more for much, much less.

But even under the “expanded definition” of socialism, it would include Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, disability, our armed forces, fire and police departments, roads, and on and on and on. And I don't see the demonizers volunteering to give up their Social Security or Medicare when they qualify, so the word 'hypocrite' comes to mind.

Read our Constitution. Our government is charged to “promote” and “provide for” our general welfare (Preamble and Article 1, Section 8). Wouldn't providing for citizens' welfare at least include two yearly doctor visits and meds? Or dental care even? We could divert the cumulative trillions we give in corporate welfare to help pay for it.

It's all in the interpretation. That's why the Republicans are always so desperate to steal presidential elections and install corporate owned political apparatchiks onto the Supreme Court. The final power goes to the interpreters of the Constitution, one man's socialism is another man's providing for the general welfare.

Robert W. Tyson

Winterville

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