by Stephen Smith
“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.” -Ronald Reagan
The people of Venezuela are now facing the grim reality of freedom’s extinction. They willingly handed over the ability to be masters of their own fate to would-be saviors who promised them a better life by moving their economic drivers away from the private sector to the government. All major resources are now controlled by the military. They were promised full bellies, free medical care and excellent educations for their children. They are desperate, starving and have limited medical care. Basic goods of life are not available, and the annual inflation rate is an unbelievable 60,324 percent. The reason? Socialism!
Appearing on Fox News on January 23, 2019, Vice President Mike Pence stated, “Today, freedom broke out in Venezuela with the recognition of a new interim president in Juan Guaidó.” The people do have a fire in their bellies. I fear that it is not for freedom, but instead a reaction to a tyrant’s failure to keep his promises. The fire they feel is driven by hunger. Desperate people will likely respond favorably to the next savior who promises them full bellies. Ronald Reagan understood that freedom is indeed very fragile, and it is always incumbent for the current generation to teach the next of the wisdom of liberty and a free market economy. If that understanding is not passed on, we can become the next Venezuela.
New York Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has never heard the call of freedom as envisioned by our brilliant founders. Instead, she envisions a world of dependency, tyranny and enslavement to the State as envisioned by Marx. We the People, through our leftist-progressive educational system, have failed to pass on to her; that love of freedom and liberty upon which our country was built.
Recently on a Fox op-ed, Michael Knowles spoke about Ms. Cortez, stating: “The majority of American millennials identify as socialist, according to surveys by both Reason-Rupe and the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation. That’s the bad news. The good news is that just 32 percent of millennials can define socialism. The frequently-wrong but never-in-doubt freshman Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., may indeed be the voice of her ignorant generation.”
Self-proclaimed socialist and radical, Rep. Ocasio-Cortez, has constantly displayed a lack of knowledge on the state of socialism around the world today, and how past advocates for socialism such as Sweden are now strongly embracing free-market capitalism. Why are they? Because socialism just does not work! Further, she and other millennials lack knowledge of the 100 million people who were murdered by the socialist-communist regimes of Stalin, Lenin, Mao, Pol Pot and Hitler.
Dear Progressive readers, socialism must fail, for it ignores human nature:
1. It punishes the productive and rewards the unproductive through its policies of wealth re-distribution. Why work if it is not necessary to live comfortably, or why work hard if the fruits of your labor are always being taken away? Limited productivity is guaranteed.
2. In order to achieve fairness, all business and nearly every aspect of our lives become subject to extensive rules and regulations. These actions restrict creativity and innovation. Economic, medical and technological progress cease. In fact, they take a step backward.
3. Advancement is based on political considerations, rather than performance or ability.
4. As stated by Margaret Thatcher: “They [socialists] always run out of other people’s money. It’s quite a characteristic of them.”
5. It is immoral by violating the commandments of “Do Not Envy” and “Do Not Steal.” Those violations are required to sell and implement socialist policies.
That’s it. Under socialism, government becomes bloated, society becomes stagnant, the standard of living goes down, and the entire system suffers economic failure. For proof, you need to look no further than natural resource-rich Venezuela. The people are starving; they lack adequate medical care and are unable to get something as simple as toilet paper. They are now facing a violent revolution with looting and untold suffering. These are the fruits of socialism.
Ms. Cortez’s “Green New Deal” and her fellow Democrat Socialist proposals sound very familiar. Except for the banning of fossil fuels, clearly, she has borrowed from FDR. (Notice that she, Bernie and FDR refer to them as “rights” rather than “privileges.”) This means your friends, neighbors and fellow members of the collective are required to pay for your benefits (rights). If all these programs were enacted, the total income of wage earners would not begin to cover the costs. They are just not affordable. Call it reason number 6.
During Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s January 11, 1944 message to the Congress from his State of the Union address, he proposed a new Bill of Rights. (Eerily like Communist Soviet Russia’s) Fortunately, the American Congress understood the dangers of the Presidents proposal and strongly rejected it. I am not so sure they would today.
FDR’s proposal (displayed numbers represent the reasons they cannot work, as seen above):
•“The right to a useful and remunerative job in the industries or shops or farms or mines of the nation; (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
•The right to earn enough to provide adequate food and clothing and recreation (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
•The right of every farmer to raise and sell his products at a return which will give him and his family a decent living (1, 2, 4, 5, 6)
•The right of every businessman, large and small, to trade in an atmosphere of freedom from unfair competition and domination by monopolies at home or abroad (2)
•The right of every family to a decent home (1, 4, 5, 6)
•The right to adequate medical care and the opportunity to achieve and enjoy good health (1, 4, 2, 5, 6)
•The right to adequate protection from the economic fears of old age, sickness, accident, and unemployment (1, 2, 4)
•The right to a good education. (2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
All these rights spell “security.” And, after this war is won, we must be prepared to move forward in the implementation of these rights to new goals of human happiness and well-being.
He went on to say, “America’s own rightful place in the world depends in large part upon how fully these and similar rights have been carried into practice for all our citizens. For unless there is security here at home there cannot be lasting peace in the world.”
There it is. Lofty words, but they will result in the same old (Green New) deal with the Devil. All Socialist and Communist leaders are asking you to do is give up your freedom and liberty, for what always turns out to be a false promise of security. But don’t worry your little head, this time they will get it right.