When Americans decry socialism what they often mean is sharing.

It took me ages to understand that. For many Europeans living here the intensity of many American’s objection to public programs of any kind is a terrific surprise, particularly when you notice how generous they can be one on one.

So something as helpful as a national health care program, which you’d think would be probably a national priority, is instead refashioned as a terrifying communist plot – and the lives of Senators and Congressional leaders are actually threatened over its implementation. Glenn Beck actually says “the war is just beginning,” on his show in response to it. Talk about doomsday rhetoric.

But why? What do they actually fear? It’s seems pretty evident: that poor people across the nation are going to get sick and stick the rest of us with the bill.

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