“Socialism only works in two places: Heaven where they don’t need it and hell where they already have it.” – President Ronald Reagan
FoxNews.com reports that
President Trump vowed during his State of the Union address on Tuesday that “America will never be a socialist country,” in an apparent rebuke to self-described Democratic socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Vermont Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders that drew loud cheers and a standing ovation from Republicans in the House chamber — as well as supportive applause from House speaker Nancy Pelosi.
Trump cited the economic decline and civil disorder in Venezuela as a cautionary tale, after his administration last week imposed sweeping sanctions against the incumbent regime of Nicolas Maduro.
The country’s government in recent years limited citizens’ access to foreign currency, implemented substantial subsidies and price controls on food and other items, and fell victim to sweeping corruption — before effectively collapsing last month.
“Two weeks ago, the United States officially recognized the legitimate government of Venezuela, and its new interim president, Juan Guaido,” Trump began. “We stand with the Venezuelan people in their noble quest for freedom — and we condemn the brutality of the Maduro regime, whose socialist policies have turned that nation from being the wealthiest in South America into a state of abject poverty and despair.
“Here, in the United States, we are alarmed by new calls to adopt socialism in our country,” Trump continued, prompting boos from Republicans in the chamber. “America was founded on liberty and independence — not government coercion, domination and control. We are born free, and we will stay free.”
Then, after a prolonged chant of “USA” broke out, Trump concluded, “Tonight, we renew our resolve that America will never be a socialist country.”
Democrats largely remained seated as Republicans resumed the “USA” chant and applauded for several seconds. Sanders kept his head in his hand and grimaced.
The effective collapse of Venezuela has forced some far-left progressive Democrats into an awkward position. In a series of social media posts in January, Sanders — who is considering another run for the White House — acknowledged that “the economy is a disaster” in Venezuela, but he largely blamed the Maduro government for conducting what he called a “violent crackdown” on dissidents and the rule of law.
For her part, Ocasio-Cortez is set to unveil a massive “Green New Deal” with Massachusetts Democratic Sen. Ed Markey next week, and on Monday she told her fellow representatives in a letter that the proposal calls for a “national, social, industrial and economic mobilization at a scale not seen since World War II.”
Democratic leaders, including Pelosi, have not yet signed onto the expansive plan.
Through it all, the Green New Deal would additionally “promote justice and equity by preventing current and repairing historic oppression to frontline and vulnerable communities,” according to Ocasio-Cortez.
Several analysts have cautioned that the liberal firebrand is in over her head, even though the as-yet vague and uncertain details about the Green New Deal render a precise calculation impossible. Physicist Christopher Clack has warned that the cost could easily be into the trillions.
On a Sunday, in October of 2008, outside of Toledo, Ohio, Democratic Presidential Nominee Barack Hussein Obama met a plumber named Joe Wurzelbacher. Joe, who owned his own plumbing company, dared to ask Obama about his proposed tax hikes. In fact, he told Obama that he did not want to pay higher taxes, he was already paying enough. Obama told him,
Now, I respect the disagreement. I just want you to be clear – it’s not that I want to punish your success – I just want to make sure that everybody who is behind you – that they’ve got a chance at success too.”
…I think when you spread the wealth around, it’s good for everybody.
Obama was talking about the part of Marxist Theory known as “Socialism”.
According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, Socialism is
any of various economic and political theories advocating collective or governmental ownership and administration of the means of production and distribution of goods
a system or condition of society in which the means of production are owned and controlled by the state
a stage of society in Marxist theory transitional between capitalism and communism and distinguished by unequal distribution of goods and pay according to work done
If you listen to the Far Left Democratic Party, “Socialism” is the greatest thing since sliced bread.
The problem is Socialism has never worked in any country which has installed it as a form of government.
The failed application of the Marxist Theory of Socialism is responsible for the desolate, impoverished wasteland that is the country of Venezuela, a country which has been “sharing the wealth” for decades.
If it were up to the Far Left Democrats, our Sovereign Nation would be traveling down the same ill-fated path that brought Venezuela to ruin.
America was not founded to be a Socialist Nation.
We are a Constitutional Republic.
I was sitting at my computer last night, trying to think of some pithy words and elegant phrases, with which to summarize why we, as average Americans’, must continue to battle for our American Freedom until our dying breath, against America’s wannabe Socialists in the Far Left Democratic Party, when I remembered what the late great American Movie Star and Outspoken Patriot, John Wayne, said about the subject, back in 1975. It could have just as easily have been yesterday.
…I always thought I was a liberal but I came up terribly surprised when I found I was a right-wing conservative extremist…I have always listened to every human being I’ve ever met about how I should feel. But this so-called new liberal group… they never listen to your point of view and they make a decision as to what you think and they’re articulate enough and in control of enough of the press to force that image out for the average person. For some reason, maybe it’s these pictures, they have not been able to do that with me…it hasn’t affected my career in popularity in spite of the fact that they’ve tried to make them do it. There isn’t a hell of a lot we can do to change human behavior. We keep making laws to try to change human behavior but we can’t do it…You’re being conned into Keynesianism and socialism now but it isn’t going to stop the selfishness of human behavior. It isn’t going to stop the greed. If you take $20 and give a dollar to every son of a b!tch in the room, you come back a year later one of the b@st@rds will have most of the money. It’s just human nature. We’re never gonna whip it with a lot of laws.
As communication gets better and you make people conscious of somebody in trouble, starving or something like that, the average person will help…I think there are people who try to affect a thinking where they know more than some other son of a b!tch and try to pull a false impression on what human nature is. We’ve proven we go back to hope at the first opportunity…and bam they’re out there ready to grab it. So we are optimistic; we have to be optimistic. What else would we be if you lose optimism?”
The Duke was a prophet.
I believe that one of the main reasons that Liberals are continuing to show their collective as…err…backsides is they fact that they know, in their cold dark hearts, that Trump is going to succeed, as he reviewed his accomplishments so far during his presidency which included bringing back jobs and, in turn, reviving America’s near-extinct Middle Class.
Because as long capitalism is working the way it is supposed to, under the watchful eye of an AMERICAN President, who actually has some business acumen gained through Real World Experience, the Left’s cry for “Socialism” is going to fall on deaf ears.
And, that is a good thing.
Because as Lady Margaret Thatcher once so famously quipped,
The trouble with Socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money.
…and, you end up like Venezuela.
Until He Comes,