The covey of Democratic Presidential hopefuls and their professional campaign spokespeople (by which I mean, “the news media”) keep poo-pooing the crazy notion that they are open to socialism (other than Bernie Sanders, who is openly socialist.) Even Nancy Pelosi said socialism “is not the view of the Democratic Party.” Why, it’s just more of that wacky, right-wing, “Faux News” rhetoric!
Except it isn’t a slur. It’s playing to the base.
A new Gallup survey found that 70% of Democrats say “some form of socialism” would be a “good thing” for the U.S. Only 25% think socialism would be bad for the country as a whole.
Seriously?! Take a look at Venezuela. Socialism turns a country INTO a hole!
And that’s hardly an isolated case. In every place it’s been tried, it’s been a catastrophic failure, leading to failing economies, corruption, poverty and oppression. And please don’t try to counter with the Nordic nations. They aren’t socialist. They’re capitalist countries that thought the prosperity that system brought them meant they could afford lavish government benefits. But even those nations are scaling back on the little bit of socialism they tried, after seeing how expensive it was and how it was undermining their societies' values and work ethic. A little socialism is like taking just a tiny amount of arsenic at breakfast every morning.
Among Republicans, 84% reject socialism, as do a plurality of independents (48%). Overall, 51% of voters say socialism would be bad for America. Those are all shocking numbers, because the correct answer should be 100% for every group. If you’re think, “Well, of course socialism would help the poor,” ask the poor of Venezuela, Cuba or North Korea how well it’s worked out for them (Warning: they’ll probably be afraid to tell you.)
Worldwide, the spread of capitalism has lifted over 700 million people out of poverty just in the first decade of this century.
Many are still low income, but it’s better than deep poverty (where the people in socialist countries remain), and it’s a start on improving both their lives and their power to change their governments. It’s also a step toward reducing “income inequality,” a problem socialism claims to solve by “redistributing” other people’s money until everyone’s equally impoverished.
At the link, Stephen Green of PJ Media has some thoughts on how we’ve reached the point where only 51% of Americans recognize that socialism is poisonous despite over a century of warnings, and a hopeful note that young and future generations will be smart enough to avoid having to learn the hard way not to swallow the socialist arsenic disguised as a green smoothie.
Stephen Green also has some comments worth reading about African-American billionaire financier Robert F. Smith, who surprised the graduating class of Morehouse College during his commencement address by announcing that he was paying off all their student loan debts. It earned him praise from all quarters. Even Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who reacts to billionaires the way the sadly late Grumpy Cat reacted to everything, actually praised him (he’s redistributing his own wealth, which saves her the trouble.) Of course, she sees it as an experiment to advance socialism: follow the students to compare their life choices to their peers’ and see how they do, as possible proof that the government giving everyone “free” college tuition would work.
I think it’s a tremendous goodwill gesture on Smith’s part, and when it happened, I considered naming him a Huck’s Hero. But then one of my staffers brought up the fact that he had worked his way through college, holding down multiple jobs and sleeping in three-hour shifts to avoid piling up student debt. He said he didn’t think he’d react too well if, after four years of struggling, it had been announced at graduation that all the students who partied while he was working his tail off were going to get their debts wiped out for free.
I started to say that was a selfish and ungenerous way to look at it. Then I remembered: I had to work my way through college, too, so I see his point. So here’s a modest proposal for Mr. Smith: give anyone who worked their way through school and didn’t pile up debt a check in the amount of the other students’ average debt payoff. Follow those students for a few years, and see how many use the money to start businesses that grow, employ people, contribute to the economy and greatly increase the wealth they started with.
I don’t know if AOC would go for that suggestion, since it risks proving that capitalism works.
Stop the presses! Wake the neighbors and call the kids! This is shocking, earth-shattering news I’m about to report!
Jimmy Pitaro, the president of the sports cable channel ESPN, admitted Monday that, “Without question our data tells us our fans do not want us to cover politics.”
As soon as your mind stops reeling at that revelation, click the link and let John Nolte count the ways – the many, many, many ways – in which sports fans have been sending that message to ESPN for the past couple of years, and the many ways that ESPN has found to strap on blinders and ear plugs and deny it. On a personal note, does this mean I can finally watch football again without having to sit through a lot of leftwing lectures from the sportscasters and acting-out during the National Anthem? If not, then I’ll just stick with college ball until that plague passes.
Hypocrisy Tuesday: The leftwing magazine The Nation ran an article by a radical feminist demanding that we abolish the family to help dismantle capitalism. The article comes with a pop-up banner asking readers to disable their ad blockers because the Nation depends on advertising to fund their reporting.
As humorist A. Whitney Brown said about the fall of the USSR, “Who would’ve imagined that the fatal flaw of communism would be that there’s just no money in it?”
I hate to draw attention to people who like to do disgusting things just to get attention, but Jim Carrey’s disgusting cartoon attacking Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey for signing an anti-abortion bill backfired worse than an Acme roadrunner cannon. It simultaneously managed to make the point that some on the pro-abortion side are violent, hateful and dehumanizing of those who hold different views, and the pro-life side’s argument that abortion is the murder of a human being. It also highlighted the hypocrisy of Twitter, for banning conservatives, even celebrities like James Woods, for saying things that are not really offensive, while not banning Carrey for posting garbage like this. It’s the trifecta of self-defeat. Dumb, dumber and dumbest.
And just to be clear: I’m not saying that Carrey should be censored by Twitter. I’m saying that people who disagree with his leftist lunacy should NOT be censored. And he should think a little harder before picking up a paintbrush.