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Those words spoken by President Trump very cogently describes the effects of countries who pursue the failed economic system of Socialism, in other words, “you can't polish horse manure” no matter how hard you try to put a good face on a system that has failed over and over again since our universe was formed. No matter where it has been tried, it has failed. Wherever the Marxist/Socialist economic system has been tried, it has turned into a disaster, look at the countries of Cuba, Venezuela, Nicaragua, most of the countries of Africa, Nazi Germany (National Socialists) and the former Soviet Union. All economic “basket cases” and oppressive societies.
Then, how can we explain the surge of interest in the United States on the part of a goodly portion of our electorate, including a sizable number of Millennial's, who nearly 60% of those polled, think Socialism is the preferred economic system over Capitalism. Could that be an indictment of our educational system that seems to be graduating “economic illiterates” who now want to change the economic system (Capitalism) that has made our country the most
prosperous in the world today?
The “Young Turks” of the Democrat Party (Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, and that old curmudgeon Bernie Sanders) have been running off their mouths about why we need a “total transformation” of our economic system (isn't that what former President Barack Obama said when he first ran for president?). Will their appeals resonate with the electorate, or will common sense prevail? Only time will tell.
Many of us want “something for nothing” because we all like “free stuff”, but after a sober evaluation, most of us will stifle that urge and will reject that appeal to “greed”. But, some will be attracted to that appeal thinking that what is proposed by these “economic hucksters” is really “free”. The expression that there is no such thing as a “free lunch” certainly applies here. Someone has to pay for the “free stuff” that these “Apostles of Anarchy” are proposing in order to get your vote. The suckers are you and me, the taxpayers.
Socialists claim that in a Capitalist system it is the wealthy who control the masses, but in a Socialist system it is a limited elite (mostly un-elected) that controls the masses. It is the built-in incentive to reap the benefits of your labor that Capitalism provides is what has made wealthy people wealthy. Anyone who is willing to work hard, get educated and take risks, can become wealthy or a least maintain a middle-class lifestyle. Unfortunately, there will always be
some who will be poor, even in the best of systems, but the opportunity for success is always there for anyone who takes advantage of that that is offered to anyone in a free enterprise capitalist system.
As Sir Winston Churchill has stated, “The main vice of capitalism is the uneven distribution of prosperity. The main vice of socialism is even distribution of misery”. Most all attempts at trying to impose Socialism has resulted in a dictatorship run by power hungry elites, who in order to keep power, subjugate the masses.
So yes, Socialism promotes prosperity, but delivers poverty and President Trump is spot on in proclaiming that truth.
Conservative commentary by Chuck Lehmann
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