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In Simple Southern Parlance: Socialism Sucks!

In Economics, History, News by Allen West1 Comment

I must remind you, our astute readers, that it was Albert Einstein who phrased insanity as one continuing to do the same thing, and expecting different results. There is nowhere better to apply this maxim than to our dear, delusional, progressive, socialist, friends who cannot seem to grasp the fact that their dumb ideas do not work.

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We all know that the latest, and best, example comes from Venezuela. Always remember what Venezuela used to be, and think upon what it is today. So many on the left, in America, went giddy with praise as socialist dictator Hugo Chavez came to power in the once economically vibrant country of Venezuela. Now, you hardly hear the leftists in America speak of the same country. You do hear the leftists in America echo the same failing ideas of wealth redistribution, and nationalization of economic production. I guess these chuckleheads want to see folks in America eating from garbage cans as well? Just gotta tell ya, this whole pursuit of moral superiority of socialist dogma is utterly absurd. I truly do not want “Medicare for all” as my single, and only, health care option.

Funny isn’t it, socialism is never a viable option, it is always mandated and implemented by coercion, threats, intimidation, and ultimately, by violence . . . history teaches us such.

Now, to our north, we also have the intrusion of failed socialist ideas. Yes, Canada. Recall that leftist magazine, Rolling Stone, once featured a cover picture of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, asking why he could not be our president? I can tell you why: the failure of another socialist idea.

As reported by CBC:

“The Ontario basic income pilot project is coming to an end, says Children, Community and Social Services Minister Lisa MacLeod. MacLeod said Tuesday that the project was expensive, and “clearly not the answer for Ontario families.” She said the ministry would have “more details at a later date” about how the government would end the project.

Close to 4,000 people were enrolled in the basic income pilot program in Thunder Bay, Lindsay, Hamilton, Brantford and Brant County. The pilot project started in April 2017. It was originally set to last three years, and explore the effectiveness of providing a basic income to those living on low incomes — whether they were working or not. Under the project, a single person could have received up to about $17,000 a year, minus half of any income he or she earned. A couple could have received up to $24,000 per year. People with disabilities could have received an additional $6,000. 

During the announcement, MacLeod was asked what data the province was citing when it said the program wasn’t working. MacLeod didn’t offer any examples, and instead just said it was “not sustainable.” She said her government will end the program “ethically” for anyone who is currently enrolled. She did not say how long participants could expect their payments to continue.

The announcement prompted shock and anger among many who rely on the project and felt they’d been lied to. Dave Cherkewski is one of about 1,000 Hamiltonians who received guaranteed income. “I’m in shock,” he said, reacting to news of the cancellation. “I had a three-year plan and now it’s gone.”

Hey Dave, ol’ boy, I am quite sure the folks in Venezuela were shocked that they are now scouring dumpsters for food, losing dangerous levels of weight, and finding their grocery store shelves empty. Dave — and everyone else there in Canada — let me remind you that socialism is a pie-in-the-sky economic model that promises everything, and delivers nothing. Sir Winston Churchill said it simply, “The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings. The inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.”

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Churchill also said, “Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.” And why did Social Services Minister Lisa MacLeod say that this “universal basic income” program pilot was “not sustainable?” Lady Margaret Thatcher told us, “The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money.”

Just as they experienced in Venezuela, you cannot redistribute other people’s wealth forever, as a basis of an economy. But, guess what folks? This same insane idea is being touted here in America, universal basic income. Yes, the left — the progressive socialists — just want to give you money; money that they will confiscate from others, or print the money. That means they will enact policies that will crush any hopes of economic growth. Just look at the level of inflation in Venezuela.

The real moral argument is that socialism lies to people. The purpose of the lies are to economically enslave, to force dependency, and to create an equality of outcomes that destroy any possibility of human drive, and determination. Just look at ol’ Dave, who is upset because he had made plans based upon the Canadian government giving him money. How sad, and pathetic. Here in America we have instituted tax, regulatory, and fiscal policies that have resulted in massive job creation. So, why in world would these progressive socialists advocate for an idea, a policy, of giving people money, and not admonishing them to work? It has to be obvious, the leftists have to know their ideas are dumb, that they fail, and history has proven such. Heck, even the communist Chinese have embraced free market capitalism to sustain themselves, and their power. Only the truly “stuck on stupid” crowd would continue to believe a universal basic income is a good idea.

Here we are, the day after election primaries in several states, and Bernie Sanders is running around supporting socialist candidates. We have our kids in colleges, and universities, who cannot even name our constitutional First Amendment rights . . . but, they can yell, and scream, about the virtues of progressive socialism. Oh, and never forget that Bernie Sanders’ own wife ran a college in Vermont into the ground with her socialist ideas — while the Sanders’ enjoy how many lake front homes in Vermont? I only have a small creek running in my backyard — but it runs along my house that I earned with my own labor. It was not a constitutional right, such as Jimmy Carter believed home ownership was to be . . . a precept that led to a massive 2008 financial meltdown in America.

Let me close by putting this in simple southern lexicon: socialism sucks. The folks advocating for it are incredibly dumb, abjectly delusional, and infectiously dangerous . . . or all of the above.

Photo credit: PanAm Post

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During his 22 year career in the United States Army, Lieutenant Colonel West served in several combat zones and received many honors including a Bronze Star, three Meritorious Service Medals, three Army Commendation Medals, one with Valor device, and a Valorous Unit Award.

In November of 2010, Allen was elected to the United States Congress, representing Florida’s 22nd District.

He is a Fox News Contributor, Director of the Booker T. Washington Initiative at the Texas Public Policy Foundation, Senior Fellow at the Media Research Center, contributing columnist for Townhall.com, and author of Guardian of the Republic: An American Ronin’s Journey to Family, Faith and Freedom. His forthcoming book, Hold Texas, Hold the Nation: Victory or Death, is due fall 2018 from Brown Books Publishing Group.