The topic of socialism is front and center in the media today. Socialism is much like the Dickens novel A Tale of Two Cities. That book was written in 1859. 160 years later we are still dealing with extreme poverty, social unrest, oppressive leaders and a country on the brink of revolution. If you think I’m speaking about the United States you are looking five elections and twenty years into the future. No my friends, this is modern day Venezuela.
A simple search on the country will give you this excerpt from the contributors at Wikipedia: Since 2 February 1999, Venezuela saw sweeping and radical shifts in social policy, moving away from the government officially embracing a free market economy and neoliberal reform principles and towards socialist income redistribution and social welfare programs. Then-President Hugo Chávez just as radically up-ended Venezuela’s traditional foreign policy. Instead of continuing Venezuela’s past support for American and European strategic interests, Chávez promoted alternative development and integration paradigms for the Global South.
Chávez died in office on 5 March 2013 and was succeeded by his Vice President Nicolás Maduro, who gained a slim majority in the 14 April 2013 special election and has ruled by decree for the majority of the period between 19 November 2013 through 2018.
What does that show you? A country that has one of the worlds largest oil reserves and at one time was South America’s richest country has in two decades gone from prosperity to people starving and fleeing the country by the millions.
Think this can’t happen in the United States…think again. Look at the current group of Democrats who are running for President in 2020. They are all trying to out-left one another by saying everything a socialist would say. Open borders, free everything, abolish ICE, capitalism is bad, the wealthy (who pay the majority of taxes) are not paying their fair share and should be taxed at 70% – 90% so they can pay for everyone else. Basically, forget we are a free country and penalize success.
Some of the ultra extreme leftists also believe the United Nations should dictate how many people we allow to immigrate to this country thereby relinquishing our right to control our borders; oh wait, they believe in open borders. Guess that makes anyone else who doesn’t subscribe to his or her ideology evil. After all, the national deficit is only close to $22 Trillion dollars and the annual budget is over a Trillion. Why should reigning in spending and getting back to fiscal responsibility get in the way of eliminating free market ideas that have led to one of the wealthiest nations this world has ever known.
The far left in this country want Socialism. Turn on your television America. The future they’re looking for is what you see in Venezuela today. Perhaps they should re-read Dickens classic novel. The opening lines from the book tell you all you need to know about the choice you will make come Election Day:
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way—in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.