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posted on 24 February 2016

Democratic Socialism vs. Democratic Imperialism

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More than two years ago, I clearly defined Democratic Imperialism and Democratic Socialism, as they have been destroying America from the right and the left, respectively. They are both becoming increasingly relevant in this Presidential election year, more so than previous years, with Bernie Sanders rising on the far left promising everything free and Donald Trump rising on the far right promising an even bigger military! So perhaps it's time to highlight these two democratic disasters and somehow compare them ...

1. Democratic socialism

As an example, watch this short video:

2. Democratic imperialism

As an example, watch this short video:

Of course, the mess at the Pentagon is surely much worse today than it was on 9/10/2001, thanks largely to the Iraq War. Two examples:

  1. Syria: After spending $500M, US has trained only 'four or five' Syrian fighters against ISIS!
  2. The U.S. May Build 500 Jets before Finding Out If the F-35 Works.

3. Understanding debt and deficit

Our national debt has just exceeded $19 trillion (The U.S. Debt just Exceeded 19 Trillion), from $10 trillion on January 20, 2009, the day before President Obama took office.

Where does the national debt come from? Obviously, it is the result of spending $19 trillion more than our income! It is chiefly an accumulation of our yearly federal budget deficits, as we have been spending much more than we take in, for years!

Now, let's understand our federal budget using 2015 as an example (President's 2015 budget in pictures).

3.1 2015 Federal budget

As shown by the pie-chart below, it has two big parts:

  1. Mandatory spending (65%, or $2.6 trillion): It refers to entitlement programs like Medicare and Social Security.
  2. Discretionary spending (29%, or $1.16 trillion): It refers to the part of the federal budget that Congress determines annually during the federal budget process.

Bottom line: to cut the mandatory spending, we must address the explosive growth in Medicare and Social Security!

3.2 2015 Discretionary spending

It can be parsed as shown below:

Bottom line: to cut the discretionary spending, we must address military spending! No Republican is truly a conservative if he (or she) is not fiscally conservative and responsible!

4. Discussion

Fiscally speaking, Democratic Imperialism and Democratic Socialism are equally bad, as they both spend our future.

Morally speaking, Democratic Imperialism is worse than Democratic Socialism for three main reasons:

  1. It's for the benefit of America's MIC (Military-Industrial Complex). Here is a recent example: Turkey's Erdogan says Syrian Kurdish militia used U.S. weapons on civilians - What a great business for the MIC: selling weapons to both sides! For more, read: America: A Culture of War.
  2. It invites more war and killing. For more, read: 9/11 Attack vs. Pearl Harbor Attack.
  3. It's mostly a waste in the era of MAD (Mutually Assured Destruction). For more, read: Don't Mess with Nuclear-Armed China!

Economically and overall, Democratic Socialism is far worse than Democratic Imperialism, because it destroys American capitalism, which is America's very foundation, including democracy! For more, read: Pyramid Theory I, Version 3.

5. Closing

Most Americans hate wars, especially the Iraq War! Unless the GOP seriously addresses the issue of Democratic Imperialism, in order to win a large number of independent voters in the middle, Democrats will continue to hold the American Presidency! For more, read my book: The GOP Bible for 2016!

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