Socialism has been an interminable enemy to our liberties, with many devotees among modern politicians including our president. The Pilgrims experimented in socialism and quickly abandoned it, realizing a socialistic society couldn't sustain itself and was not a Christian form of government.
The Founding Fathers believed in a world where freedom was prevalent and each person had a conscience to help his fellow man. They rejected the idea that any government had the right to force someone to believe or give.
We've become what the Founding Fathers fought against. Politicians, our self-proclaimed saviors, dole out entitlements to those who will vote them into power and not necessarily to the needy. These politicians prey on the idealistic hopes of the people's selfish ambitions. Hence, as H.L. Mencken said, "The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule."
The American dream has never been something given but earned. As Ronald Reagan once said, "The American dream is not that every man must be level with every other man. The American dream is that every man must be free to become whatever God intends he should become." Socialism seduces people into laying down their arms and relinquishing their freedoms in exchange for a meager monetary allotment.
As Alexis de Tocqueville prophesied, "The American republic will endure until the day Congress discovers it can bribe the public with the public's money."