Some have ignorantly and incorrectly labeled Barack Obama a socialist. I would instead argue that Barack Obama has read, studied, and learned from the work of psychologist Abraham Maslow.
I say this because to have a functioning democracy, we need a functioning citizenry. A functioning citizenry requires physically healthy and economically secure citizens. When people are securely housed and have enough to eat, they make better choices. Stability in the United States and the world would means that almost everyone – has enough to eat, stable housing, good health care, and decent education. See:
Or, for the basics of a society where growth is inevitable, and the quality of life is good for pretty much everyone, follow the above link regarding the teaching of the Maslow philosophy:
We should teach people to be authentic, to be aware of their inner selves and to hear their inner-feeling voices.
. We should teach people to transcend their cultural conditioning and become world citizens.
. We should help people discover their vocation in life, their calling, fate or destiny. This is especially focused on finding the right career and the right mate.
. We should teach people that life is precious, that there is joy to be experienced in life, and if people are open to seeing the good and joyous in all kinds of situations, it makes life worth living.
. We must accept the person as he or she is and help the person learn their inner nature. From real knowledge of aptitudes and limitations we can know what to build upon, what potentials are really there.
. We must see that the person’s basic needs are satisfied. This includes safety, belongingness, and esteem needs.
. We should refreshen consciousness, teaching the person to appreciate beauty and the other good things in nature and in living.
. We should teach people that controls are good, and complete abandon is bad. It takes control to improve the quality of life in all areas.
. We should teach people to transcend the trifling problems and grapple with the serious problems in life. These include the problems of injustice, of pain, suffering, and death.
. We must teach people to be good choosers. They must be given practice in making good choices.
Choices made out of fear of homelessness, and in hunger will NOT be good choices. The lure of the streets and of drugs is greatest to those who live in fear and want. In a society driven by fear and want, and stemming from insecurity over basic needs, the only growth industries will be prisons and law enforcement. That is what we now have.
Policies that ensure that basic human needs are met lead to safe societies, economic growth, and a secure future for our children. As a 60 year old, I am more concerned with the society I leave behind, then I am with what I own myself.
When McCain’s campaign contacted Samuel Joseph the Plumber’s Helper at home, gave him talking points, and sent him to a McCain campaign event, they conned Samuel Joseph into being a shill.
When John McCain stated “Joe the Plumber did not ask Barack Obama to come to his house…” John McCain destroyed any and all respect I had or could have had for him. It was McCain’s minions who told Samuel Joseph the Plumber’s Helper where to go and what to say – Barack Obama never went to that man’s house. McCain lied, was deliberately misleading, and I cannot believe that McCain did not know.
Further, progressive taxation, like Maslow’s philosophy, seeks to lift the lowest, so that basic needs are met, creating safety and a stable growth base for all.
Giving more to those who need nothing at all and cannot possibly use up what they already have impoverishes society as a whole, locks down capitol, and creates plutocracy and oligarchy cheating my children of a postive society in their future.
Fairness benefits us all.