Woodrow Wilson, Franklin Roosevelt, Lyndon Johnson, Obama, Hillary, and Bernie Sanders would fall under the broad category of collectivist based on their what they said and have said, and on what they did and have done. They all to a person, advocated strongly for centralization of the economy and the daily life decisions of the people. Control by the government is their theme. They, like all collectivists, advocate that the government can make better decisions than can individuals. They, like all collectivists, advocate for conformity to their way. If a person disagrees with a collectivist, then that non-conformists is labeled negatively.
This a reminder from the other day as to what a true collectivist is. In this definition we are using the sub group socialist;
“Here is what people must understand about socialism. Socialism is not principally about redistributing wealth or income from the rich to the poor. Socialism is about politicians planning the economy. Politicization of the economy, not redistribution, is the hallmark of socialism. Redistribution, while an economically complex and morally fraught issue, is a normal part of a welfare state.
A socialist, or an individual falling under the broad category of collectivist, will always suggest, recommend, or force a government plan to correct all things. Anybody who recommends more government falls under the broad heading of socialist. The socialist believes that central planning by the state is the only viable solution.”
The above mentioned collectivists have advocated and implemented many socialist programs within the United States. Some of these programs would include nationalizing the shipping industry, the railroads, involvement in labor relations, attempting to nationalize agriculture, governmental control through regulations of the financial industry, Social Security, Medicare, Obamacare, nationalizing student loans, and now the proposal of a free college education. This list is certainly not exhaustive. We could continue for several paragraphs.
These proposals and programs have all been made by self-proclaimed collectivists. None of them would refer to themselves as a communist, but Bernie Sanders proudly wears the label of socialist while the rest have all proudly proclaimed themselves to be progressives. We all know where they stand.
The danger is when people will wear one label while advocating the other philosophy. For instance, John McCain called himself a conservative but never found a program advocating government that he did not eventually support. John Boehner, Mitch McConnell, and Paul Ryan also refer to themselves as conservative but support government centralization. They defend themselves by saying they want less government centralization than would Obama or Hillary.
The other day we heard these proposals.
It was proposed to ensure six weeks of paid maternity leave to mothers who do not already receive leave from their employer.
"We need working mothers to be fairly compensated for their work, and to have access too affordable, quality child care for their kids," it was stated.
It was stated that the maternity leave program wouldn't cost taxpayers anything more; instead, it would be financed through savings achieved by eliminating fraud in the unemployment insurance program. The plan would apply to mothers and would not be transferable to fathers.
The speaker also laid out specific plans for enabling parents to deduct the cost of child-care expenses from their income taxes.
How the person claims to pay for programs of this nature are incidental. This is more government control and centralization. The programs can only be paid for one way and that is through the transfer of funds from one individual to another through the conduit of government.
These programs fall under the category of collectivist. The United States Constitution has no clause that allows for programs of this nature. These programs are directly opposed to the core philosophy upon which our nation was founded; individualism, rule of law, limited government, divided government, and rule by the people.
A conservative would never propose programs of this nature. Even if the individual referred to himself as a conservative his core belief is collectivist. Never forget, Obama said he believes in capitalism and labeled himself as a capitalist. Obama has not done one thing to promote capitalism and has promoted only communism, socialism, and progressivism. That is what a collectivist will do; argue they are one thing while promoting the opposite.