The Socialists Attack America
January 10, 2019
I admit I’m bewildered by the hard left turn so many U.S. politicians have taken in recent years. And by hard left turn, I mean turning away from our free market system of private property and personal responsibility toward socialism and the idea that whatever you have should be mine.
Absolutely nowhere in the vast history of human kind has socialism worked to forge prosperity and improve people’s quality of life. In fact, just the reverse. And that’s saying something because in one form or another, it’s been tried thousands of times. In fact, nearly every society over the past 10,000 years has eventually devolved into some sort of “planned” economic system or socialism. And, in every single case, it’s depressed the economies of those societies, increased the rate of poverty, led to the oppression of minority groups and women, and limited personal growth and freedom; and, ironically, exacerbated the wealth gap as those in charge take the opportunity to enrich themselves at everyone else’s expense.
The record of capitalism is equally vivid, but diametrically opposite. Wherever it’s been tried, for as long as it’s been allowed to operate, capitalism has lifted people out of poverty, increased freedom, and empowered people to pursue a greater degree of personal growth and fulfillment than any other system in the history of the world.
Just consider our American free market economy. It has produced a level of wealth undreamed of in the history of the world. And not just for a few, but for hundreds of millions of Americans. And not just for Americans, but for people around the world who make and sell things to Americans. Why do they sell to America especially? Because in America we have the greatest number of people by far able to afford those products. Thanks to capitalism, our country is number one by almost every positive economic measure.
But for reasons that elude me, the far left fundamentally “wants to change America.” The very same words that Obama unapologetically used during his first campaign for president. I’m convinced it was Obama’s rhetoric that sparked this truly bewildering socialist movement.
So what does socialism really mean?
Well, in its most basic model, it means surrendering your right to own the result of your own labor. And, of course, if you aren’t free to own what you produce with your work, or earn with your time, or receive from your investments; then you’ve lost an essential freedom. What’s more, the incentives to grow or improve are largely removed and the ability to reach any sense of financial security is obliterated.
It also means that without reward for innovation, hard work, and financial risk-taking; the quality of life for everyone is reduced to a far lower common denominator. As some economic scholar once quipped, “socialism does indeed make us more equal — it makes us all more equally miserable.”
Socialism takes the wealth; money, real estate, assets of all kinds and all earnings and redistributes them according to whatever formula those in charge decide. That doesn’t mean that if you’re poor you’ll suddenly end up with a Beverly Hills mansion or 5th Avenue penthouse. It’s far more likely to mean that whoever owned those properties before will be moving in with you and sharing your 1,500 square foot bungalow.
Unless, of course, you’re one of the elites in charge. Then you get to decide who gets what and, as you can imagine, it’s likely you’ll decide you deserve the best.
Socialism also results in the likelihood that whatever business you currently work for or own will be taken over by those same elites. Why? Because once the socialists run out of people’s individual money, they have to drain the assets of businesses and corporations to sustain their greed. They put themselves in charge, cut worker pay, and raid the company’s assets. But because they have no clue how to sustain, much less build a business, the business is soon gutted. The eventual result is less revenue to the government, fewer jobs, lower pay for those lucky enough to still have a job, and severe scarcity of basic staples like medicine, food, transportation, and utilities.
If you doubt what I’m saying, PLEASE just do a little research into the results of some of the more recent tests of socialism. Look at the results in Cuba, Nicaragua, Bangladesh, North Korea, or any other you care to. Just consider Venezuela, a decade or so ago, the wealthiest nation in Latin America. Today, thanks to a socialist government; children are dying from lack of medicine, most people are suffering extreme malnutrition, joblessness is epidemic, and millions are trying to escape to neighboring countries. The oil industry, once an engine of employment and prosperity for hundreds of thousands, is now broke. And inflation may hit 1 MILLION percent this year. If you can even find a roll of toilet paper, it will cost you more than 2,600,000 Venezuelan Bolivars — a king’s ransom when you have no job or lack any chance to get one.
It astonishes me to think any rational American is even considering the idea of socialism given its utter failure throughout history. Socialism means believing in a huge number of magical wishes no genie could ever grant. And the results will be a level of pain and suffering that can never be put back in the bottle.
Please, help me stop this happening in America. Let’s defeat the Democrat Socialists and their crazy economic plans. If we don’t, it won’t just be the lack of toilet paper we’ll grieve, it will be the loss of freedom, prosperity, and hope. For ourselves, and for our children.
John Philip Sousa IV is an entrepreneur, political activist, author and accomplished business person. John has worked in the financial services industry for over 40 years, built a highly successful marketing company, ran for congress at age 24, and in 2016 created and led the successful movement to draft Dr Ben Carson into his candidacy for President of the United States. John is author of John Philip Sousa, A Patriot’s Life in Words and Pictures and Ben Carson, RX for America.