I finally took the time to look up the words I hear people using so freely in this Republic of the United States of America, and have been rather shocked. These words are used to disparage others, “call names” or just make them “sound bad”. And yet, this is not what they mean or where they come from.
Apparently there are Americans who believe that the statement, taken from the Declaration of Independence (“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal,” Thomas Jefferson in the Declaration of Independence) is “communist”.
Because that is what the definition of communist is, when one looks it up in a simple dictionary. It’s a person who believes in removing the inequalities among people.
Definition of COMMUNISM from Merriam-Webster
The opposite of “communist” (you can find this in antonyms or a Thesaurus) is called “capitalists” who are the jet set, b/millionaires who take all American’s money and use it however they wish and leave us gasping to make the rent/mortgage and the food bill.
Definition of CAPITALIST
1 : a person who has capital especially invested in business; broadly : a person of wealth : plutocrat
2 : a person who favors capitalism
Examples of CAPITALIST <capitalists who lost everything in the ’29 Crash>
First Known Use of CAPITALIST 1781
Related to CAPITALIST Synonyms Croesus, deep pocket, fat cat, have, money, moneybags, plutocrat, silk stocking
Antonyms have-not, pauper
Related Words moneymaker, money-spinner [chiefly British]; magnate, nabob, tycoon; billionaire, gazillionaire, millionaire, multibillionaire, multimillionaire, multimillionairess, zillionaire; heir, heiress, jet-setter, jeunesse dorée
Near Antonyms bankrupt, beggar
So, how is it ‘right’ or even American to be a greedy capitalist who cares nothing for his/her fellow man, only for him/herself, oh yeah, and exactly the OPPOSITE of what Jesus Christ preached to us (sell all your riches and come follow me, for example) in America? How did this become acceptable at all?
Now that I’ve looked up the definitions I’d rather be called a Socialist (Socialists are similar to communists.) or even a Communist than a Capitalist.
There was a time when being a Capitalist in America was not so full of greed and complete lack of care for anyone but oneself. There was a time when being a capitalist here meant nothing more than wanting to make enough (3%) profit to make a go at business.
Somehow, those days are gone. Making a profit in America is no longer considered “successful” unless your profit is 300% or more. It’s all been over-inflated with extreme greed. This is not money NEEDED by the person accruing it other than to fill the void called greed, which as most folks understand, can never be filled. It’s worse than an addiction in my opinion.
So how did the born-again Christians, the ones that were supposedly so very interested in being as close to Jesus as possible and follow his every word, how did they jump on the capitalistic snare train and forget the idea of loving one another? It seems these days the people most likely to call me a Commie are those who CLAIM Jesus as their Lord. Well, I don’t know about you, but seems to me Jesus as your Lord means you follow His commandments and his Commandments were as follows:
King James Version (KJV)
37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
38 This is the first and great commandment.
39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.
I’m afraid that Communism and Socialism are a lot closer to what Jesus Christ commanded and the Pharisees He so oft criticized were closer to today’s capitalists with the mindset of “whatever it takes to get what you want and screw everyone else” is a lot more like the moneychangers Jesus THREW OUT of His father’s house (church).
I am fairly certain this is what is meant by “corruption”. Go look that one up yourself.