- Woman's post about 'Back the Blue' sign in Jackson coffee shop prompts firing from nearby bar (8/15/17)11
- Scott City man dies in motorcycle crash near Millersville (8/13/17)
- Sands Pancake House moving to Morgan Oak location (8/11/17)1
- Stoogefest headliner cancels, cites NAACP travel advisory in Missouri (8/15/17)2
- Cape movie theater to feature recliners, new food and drink options (8/11/17)3
- Teen convicted of shooting area woman in 2015 (8/13/17)
- Man accused of making terror threats against dental office (8/13/17)
- Councilman: Scott City mayor, city administrator resigned (8/15/17)4
- Woman dies in house fire in Cape Girardeau County (8/16/17)
- How to save a life: Lifeguards resuscitated young girl at Cape Splash (8/17/17)2
Socialism helps those in need
To the editor;
Joe Martin's letter implies that we are threatened by creeping socialism. Socialism is already here in the form of Social Security, welfare, Medicaid, Medicare, free public schools and meal vouchers.
Socialism means the redistribution of wealth from the rich to the poor, often through taxes and government programs. In a pure capitalistic society, the old and poor would be left to fend for themselves, as they were so often in the past.
Martin is confusing socialism with the German National Socialists, a party hijacked by Hitler and twisted into a platform of hate, similar to how racist governor George Wallace tried to hijack Democratic politics in Alabama in the 1960s.
The message of socialism is helping those who are in need and cannot help themselves, quite similar to one of Christianity's key themes. Perhaps that's why so many socialists and Christians in Europe and South America vote for their respective Christian Socialist parties.
TANI BOHNERT, Cape Girardeau