I had one of those great discussions yesterday with my fiance where someone asks you a question and your own answer helps clarify philosophies using real world examples. See, she was talking about an auto dealership she was working with. This dealership was a very successful GM lot and was one of the best in a very crowded area. Then, shortly after the auto bailouts and government takeover of GM, they received a letter via UPS : You have a month (or something like that) to sell all of the new cars on your lot. If you do not accomplish this, anything left will be taken and given to another (it listed a specific) dealership.
This, to the dealership, was a shock. They knew there were going to be some lots shut down, but why theirs? It was one of the best in the area. My fiance rightly posed the question, “why, no matter how crazy the government is, would they shut down the best dealerships?”
The answer is two-fold: first, the rival dealership in the area has very strong political ties to the Democratic party. They actually wrote letters to local politicians to encourage them to shut down others. Obviously a terrible thing. The second is very telling when it comes to the leftist, socialist views now taking hold in our country: socialists have a very distorted view of capitalism.
The leftists in power nationally, and to a larger degree locally and for a long time here in Cleveland, think that those who are successful in a capitalist society did not earn their success. They believe the successful are such because they cheated, lied, and stole. It is not possible that someone not as smart and awesome as themselves could amass any wealth. It must be ill-gotten.
The reality is pretty far from that. Ownership of property and self are much better than the alternatives: ownership by government and the collective. Socialism is not far from the old styles of government run mostly by dictators and monarchs. Your self is not yours. In those forms of government only force dictates who owns what. Whether it is once person or the collective, they only own things based on the threat of force. In a capitalist society, only you can own you. It is the only form of a community that does not require force or the threat of it to determine ownership.
So, that is why socialists decide to shut down successful companies and give to others. They will give to those who they stand to gain from. Welcome to the new America.