People from outside of Milwaukee have no idea how politically backward Milwaukee actually is. They joke about beer, brats and Laverne & Shirley, but don’t know the deep roots of socialism that have a choke-hold on Milwaukee. There are plenty of other cities where democrats are dominant, but none that gorged themselves with the “workers paradise” kool-aid. In fact, most Milwaukee residents think that what they witness everyday is normal, simply because they have not lived anywhere else and have nothing with which to compare it. I am here to tell you that socialism in America is not normal.
Before I get into the point of this post, let me define socialism. Here is the Dictionary.com definition:
1. a theory or system of social organization that advocates the vesting of the ownership and control of the means of production and distribution, of capital, land, etc., in the community as a whole.
2. procedure or practice in accordance with this theory.
3. (in Marxist theory) the stage following capitalism in the transition of a society to communism, characterized by the imperfect implementation of collectivist principles.
In short, it is “Communism Lite.” This form of government is not only a part of Milwaukee’s history, it is part of Milwaukee’s present. I have three big examples, but I will only share one of them with you in this post. The others are coming.
Earlier this week, I was at Milwaukee City Hall and discovered a memorial to Mayor Frank P. Zeidler. Mr. Zeidler was our mayor from 1948-1960. I understand that this is a legitimate piece of our history, but this display went much further. It was espousing the virtues of socialism and was supported by our current mayor. Since a picture is worth 1,000 words (and I don’t feel like typing all that), let me share a few snap shots with you. I linked a couple of them above, but take the time to click here, here & here and read the text.
Rather eye-opening, isn’t it? The philosophy looks good on paper and certainly makes you feel good about yourself. The trouble is socialism has utterly failed.
The “progressive” movement took away the responsibility from family, church and charity, who traditionally provided help to the less fortunate in our society, and transferred it to the government. In the last 150 years, how has our socialist government done with “the aged, the ill, the social outcasts, the unfortunate and all those broken down in life….”? Our businesses have moved out, crime & poverty are at alarmingly high levels, education is a disaster and we are one of the most segregated cities in America. Did I miss anything? Oh, yeah. When the so-called “Sewer Socialists” took responsibility for the infrastructure away from the “evil” private sector and took it over themselves, we eventually ran out of money and could not keep up with the maintenance. That is why it is crumbling right now.
To paraphrase Margaret Thatcher, socialism works great until you run out of other people’s money. That is where we are today, folks. These wonderful, utopian ideals have boiled down to taking money from the working man and redistributing it to those who don’t work. Sound harsh? Take a look at your tax bill and you tell me.
So, here is my point: Should YOUR tax dollars be used to promote socialism? If you think that socialism is the best thing since indoor plumbing, that’s on you. I’m not going to change your mind in one blog post. However, I am quite sure that at least 40% of this city does NOT agree with this ideology and certainly does NOT support their tax dollars being used to promote it. So, this question is for the non-kool-aid drinkers: What are you going to do about it? You can start by contacting your alderman and letting him/her know that you are NOT in favor of your tax dollars being used to promote this ideology. You then need to get involved on some of the citizen committees that the City of Milwaukee has available.
If you want things you change, you have to change it. Carry on!