We are in the midst of a devastating ideological war. It is a war of words and ideas. Unfortunately, most Americans are unaware that the battle is taking place because they don't know the definitions of the words being tossed around like hand grenades, and they are currently too apathetic to do the necessary research to educate themselves. This is partially evidenced by my continued difficulty in finding enough people willing to attend my Constitution classes.
Let's start with some the "self-evident truths" mentioned in the Declaration of Independence: life and property (represented by the more familiar "pursuit of happiness" clause). When I ask people "Who owns your body?", they usually stare at me, incredulous that anything other than self ownership could even be imagined. I have never had anyone dispute my claim that private property is an inate and universal concept after discussing the practice of cutting the hand off of anyone caught stealing in certain Arab countries. It is at this point in the class that I summarize the Constitution and Bill of Rights in seven words: Don't hurt me. Don't take my stuff. From here it is a fairly easy logic process to demonstrate that the only purpose of any legitimate government is to defend your life, Liberty, and property.
Of course, there are many alternatives to our Constitutional republic. To wit:
A theory or system of social organization which advocates the vesting of [property ownership] in the community as a whole. It is characterized by the imperfect implementation of collectivist principles.
A theory or system of social organization based on the holding of all property in common, actual ownership being ascribed to the community as a whole or to the state.
The only real choice is either YOU OWN IT or THEY OWN IT - whoever they may be. I now draw your attention to a serious allegation implied by the title of an editorial by Jeffrey Kuhner of the Washington Times: President's socialist takeover must be stopped. Mr. Kuhner accuses the President of erecting a socialist dictatorship, and I agree with him completely. However you should never take the word of a newspaper reporter and a self-proclaimed Constitutional scholar for granted. This is something you should analyze and decide for yourself. Please read Mr. Kuhner's article, and then tell me if Obama's policies support personal or governmental ownership of (your) property. In short, do you think that Barack Obama is a socialist as demonstrated by his policies? If you you are still undecided, I recommend that you review the 2005 Supreme Court decision known as Kelo vs New London, Connecticut.