Around here, Socialism is a dirty word, Red had better be associated with Republicans, Jesus Christ was an American, and Obama is a Marxist.
Unfortunately, I do not see things this way. Politically speaking, I am a Socialist. I am a Red. I agree with a lot of what Marx, Engles, Mao, Che, and Rousseau had to say. That being said, I am not a propaganda-spewing sleeper agent that is eagerly awaiting the uprising of the Proletariat, but I am a Red nonetheless.
Here is why.
The world is an unfair place. There are a lot of bad people. Humans, as a whole, are xenophobic, fearful, paranoid, greedy, and unforgiving animals. The strong always come out on top, and the weak are ground to dust. A lot of bad things happen to a lot of good people for no particular reason. Nice guys finish last. Life is too short, and there is no heaven awaiting the humble and meek. We are “…God’s unwanted children”, we are “…Not beautiful or unique snowflakes” and we “…Are all part of the same compost heap.” (Tyler Durden)
This is not the worst thing that can happen.
There are those in this world who are uncountably superior to others. This is not a division of class, race, religion, or nation. Put simply, some will always be stronger, smarter, better leaders, prettier, et cetera (fortunately, they are rarely all of these at once). We all have strengths, and some exceed more than others. Through a combination of luck and skill, people will inevitably rise to the top. These people, these Alpha wolves of the pack, will dictate the hearts, minds, fates, or well-being of the masses in some way. Unlike the idea, as the Right-Wing would say, that these people are rightful in their positions, I am of a different opinion. It is quite an accomplishment to be a Lord of Men, but it is quite another to be a Savior, Protector, Healer, or Leader of Men.
Leadership leads only because the lead allow them to. Those in power are only in power because the masses agree that they are. As such, there is no excuse to not use this power to aid the masses, to raise the least common denominator a little.
Real power lies not in the holders of Capital, not with the Bourgeois, not with those at the top. The real power lies in the People, in the Worker, in the Laborer. Throughout history, farmers and common workers have been used and abused. Yet, every civilization depends on these men and women. They are the salt of the Earth, and they shall inherit it.
As such, it is the duty of those in power to provide for the masses. Do not demonize them, claiming that they are only poor because of immorality or laziness. This is not the case. Not everyone can be at the top, and your system specifically hinders them from reaching it. To allow them to suffer is a grievous crime against humanity. Your system does not work. It is not a failure, but it is not a success. The Right-Wing is simply an acceptance of the status-quo, and the status-quo is not what it should be.
And, if the lower-half of society is risen up, so is the upper-half. Their success is your success. Think about it.
I’ll go into this more later.