To young voters who think about voting for Socialist Bernie Sanders, think again. I know your public education probably did not give you either the knowledge or intellectual ammunition to properly evaluate this choice, but if you really want to understand your likely fate under a Sanders Presidency go no further than taking a hard look at what a democratically elected Socialist government has done to Venezuela today.
If you do you might find out that “free stuff” is too expensive once you find out what the real hidden costs can be, including your freedom and your future. You can’t afford “free.”
Some current stories about Venezuela:
“For Venezuelans, the blackouts add to a litany of other daily burdens. The government can’t pay for basic imports like sugar, flour and eggs. Many Venezuelans wait several hours in lines outside supermarkets, hoping shelves won’t be emptied out by the time they arrive.” 40 days of blackouts hit Venezuela amid economic crisis
Nicholás Maduro, a former bus driver, rose to prominence under the regime of the former Socialist President Hugo Chavez. Now that Venezuela is fully Socialist freedom of speech and dissent is disappearing in Venezuela:
…the Maduro regime is so terrified of public discourse that it has stopped publishing basic economic data, such as official figures for inflation (estimated to be well in excess of 100 percent), unemployment (high), and economic growth (currently about negative 7 percent, it is thought). There Is (Still) No Alternative
The New York Times tells the tale of Enzo Scarano, formerly the mayor of San Diego, a fast-growing city west of Caracas. There were protests against the Maduro regime in San Diego, and so the mayor was stripped of his office and thrown in jail for nearly a year. There Is (Still) No Alternative
Socialism, in a nutshell, is the theory that you and everything you produce belongs to everyone else but you, and some bureaucrat decides who deserves what based on some theory of “social justice” largely driven by the envy of those who can’t for those who can (produce something of value).
Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery. Winston Churchill
And if you think that Scandanavian countries are an example of successful Socialism then you also need to think again:
In the Scandinavian countries, like all other developed nations, the means of production are primarily owned by private individuals, not the community or the government, and resources are allocated to their respective uses by the market, not government or community planning.
While it is true that the Scandinavian countries provide things like a generous social safety net and universal healthcare, an extensive welfare state is not the same thing as socialism. What Sanders and his supporters confuse as socialism is actually social democracy, a system in which the government aims to promote the public welfare through heavy taxation and spending, within the framework of a capitalist economy. This is what the Scandinavians practice.
In response to Americans frequently referring to his country as socialist, the prime minister of Denmark recently remarked in a lecture at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government,
I know that some people in the US associate the Nordic model with some sort of socialism. Therefore I would like to make one thing clear. Denmark is far from a socialist planned economy. Denmark is a market economy.
If you understand economics and politics the real problem with America is not Capitalism – that is what has brought us a standard of living envied by much of the world (and it is Capitalism that is largely responsible for the prosperity of the aforementioned Scandinavian countries). The real problem in America is with Crony Capitalism where economic success is often more related to who you know in Washington than the inherent merits of your business.
The current President is a great example of Green Crony Capitalism, just in case you didn’t know. Unfortunately many of the leaders of the Republican Party are also Crony Capitalists and their interests more often than not are quite different than the Conservative voters who’s votes they depend on.
To young voters, you are likely to get the candidates you deserve unless you learn to raise the ante by thinking for yourselves and seeing through the various charades both major political parties routinely put up for you to choose from.