Throughout the world, all societies function on one of two basic philosophical and political systems: collectivism or individualism. These two social systems are mutually exclusive; you cannot have both. You must choose one or the other.
In a society where the needs of the collective are more important than those of the individual, the State is charged with determining what is best for the collective, and empowered to regulate individual rights on behalf of collective needs. This inevitably leads to government corruption and oppression of the people so governed.
In a society where the needs of the individual are paramount, the government is assigned the responsibility of securing the each individual’s rights, regardless of the desires or needs of the collective. In other words, the majority of the people cannot vote away the rights of even one citizen, no matter how unpopular his actions may be.
The American Republic was founded on the principle that individual rights are more important than collective rights. However, the dark scourge of socialist policy has swept across our once great nation like a cancer, and it has become difficult, if not impossible, to find anywhere in the united States of America where individual rights are regarded as sacrosanct.
Setting aside for a moment your own self-interest and greed, which system appeals more to you? Your answer defines your degree of patriotism and your commitment to personal freedom.