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1:44 AM Wed, Sept. 19th

Letter: Socialism misrepresented

EDITOR:

In response to Susan Stamper Brown's, "Will we choose freedom in 2016?"

Ms. Brown's razzle-dazzle attempt to explain what socialism is shows nothing but a lack of education, facts and downright venomous rhetoric.

I am forever amazed at how ignorant some people are when it comes to understanding the basic concepts of socialism. They latch on to these labels that were taught to them early on and never try to understand what they really mean. Ms. Brown's reference to the current president and Bernie Sanders as "socialists" makes it sound dirty and distasteful. She has been living in a socialistic country for years and doesn't even realize it. Socialism is a social system or theory in which the government owns and controls the means of production. Our government does not own and control everything. Capitalism is alive and well in America. So let us bring this into perspective and realize a few facts.

Did you know, Ms. Brown, that the United States military is a socialistic organization? Oh yes! You folks love to tout nationalistic rhetoric all the time and wrap yourselves in the flag. But I can do that too. When I served in the U.S. Air Force all my food, clothing, housing, weapons and pay came from the U.S. government. You see, the government is the people: who owned the means of production in support of me as a service member in the armed service. This fits socialism to a tee! Not to mention our wonderful Veterans Administration health care system. This is socialized medicine. It is the best health care system in the world.

Gosh, I wish you folks would stop this incessant labeling and try to learn something new about our country and its people. It would be refreshing.

Randy Hayes

Prescott Valley