Imagine heading to a 10- or 12-hour work day, six days a week, barely earning enough wages to support your family's needs. Forget about a vacation or other essentials. With no retirement plan, company sponsored IRAs, or health benefits, golden age creams were but a memory. This scenario captured what the lower and middle class endured a century ago.

It amazes me to hear the rants and ravings of President Trump regarding the evils of socialism. Every developed country in the world, including the United States, has adopted some form of socialism into its every day of life. In the 20th century this country undertook four versions of governmental intrusions affecting our freedom loving lifestyles. They were the eight hour work day, the formation of unions, Social Security and Medicare. How many Americans have taken advantage of these programs?

While Marx and Engels failed miserably in their futuristic predictions of the successes of communism, they did partially hit the nail on the head in their conclusions of socialistic societies. The gap between the haves and have nots increases with no end in sight. Marx's claim that capitalism would destroy itself from within by the deterioration of the middle class is alarmingly becoming a realistic nightmare.

Michael Hinds

East Peoria