by Rich Logis
Can we dispel, once and for all, the idea that socialists, “democratic” or otherwise, actually believe in the socialism they peddle?
“Socialists” love money, guns, walls, fossil fuels, Amazon, meat, private jets and cars, luxury apartments, and paying low taxes just like everyone else.
What sets “socialists” apart is a certain desire for control.
Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) owns multiple houses, has a seven-figure net worth, and collects a salary of $14,500 a month. Do you really think a guy like that truly believes the “free stuff” balderdash he’s regurgitated for decades? He admires Fidel Castro because he wants to be like him, and he’s enamored with bread lines because Sanders knows that government dependency is a helluva drug. I’m reminded of this every day when I look at the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics rationing ticket from my wife’s childhood in Poland. Newsflash: neither Lenin nor Stalin believed in socialism, either. They believed in power.
Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) wasted no time getting a fancy pad in a tony Washington, D.C. neighborhood. Rumor has it the building’s energy sources are electricity and oil. Aaahhh, first-world living in Washington, D.C., where average monthly rents are higher only in 10 other cities across the globe. Higher taxes? Ha! Ocasio-Cortez’s mother just moved from New York to my home state of Florida to reduce her property tax bill. Hope she didn’t bring her daughter’s politics with her.
As for President Obama, you aren’t still duped by his “fundamental transformation” schtick, are you? Barack and Michelle may not have a wall around their $8.1 million mansion, but I assure you there are many scary-looking bodyguards armed with scary-looking guns. And you better believe their guns are loaded and carried in “gun-free zones”—which are perhaps the stupidest thing in the long and illustrious history of stupid things.
I have no idea how much the Obamas’ down payment was, but if it was 20 percent, then their monthly mortgage bill is about $45,000. Redistribution of wealth! But just don’t redistribute the Obamas’ money, I guess.
Speaking of “needs”: “socialists” are always demanding to know why law-abiding AR-15 owners “need” 30 rounds in the magazine, but I want to know why the Obamas need nine bedrooms and 8,200 square feet. If the answer is, “none of your business,” then apply the same answer to the AR-15 question.
Speaking of New York, even their governor, Andrew Cuomo, knows capitalism is infinity plus infinity superior to socialism. Cuomo recently asked Amazon to reconsider opening its second headquarters in Long Island City, after the company rescinded its decision due to the political backlash from AOC and others. Talk about pouring teeth-chattering icy cold water on socialism; why would Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos – on any given day the world’s wealthiest person – do business with a city that refuses kiss the ring?
Bezos, who also owns the Democrat-Media Industrial Complex colluder and conspirator Washington Post, is the latest liberal billionaire to be cannibalized by his party’s anti-business and anti-free markets cult. This is the irony of ironies: the Democratic Party, not the Republican Party, is the party of affluent, privileged, mostly white Democrats. Bezos must have wanted his second headquarters in a city that boasts the most billionaires of any in the world. The man also has a multi-billion-dollar divorce settlement coming, so I’m certain he wants to sell more than the usual quantities of used books, Asian old man wall decals, and toilet nightlights (in all seriousness: this last item is much more practical than it’s given credit for).
Jeff, come to Florida; we’ll be happy to have you. But, as a “socialist” would say, NIMBY – not in my backyard.
Here’s How To Defeat Socialism
It’s no coincidence that an alarmingly large segment of the American electorate – especially Millennials and their younger siblings – is now going steady with socialism.
Americans ages 18 to 29 are more positive about socialism (51 percent) than they are about capitalism (45 percent). This represents a 12-point decline in young adults’ positive views of capitalism in just the past two years, and a marked shift since 2010, when 68 percent viewed it favorably. Factor in the projected demographics of the next three decades, and the insatiable socialist hydra is poised to keep growing.
Socialist donkey dung sells well in a low-thinking population. It’s not our kids’ fault, though; it’s our fault.
We’ve got millions of socially engineered dopes whose brains have been turned to mush by Ludovico-esque indoctrination in our culture, the DMIC, and especially by the U.S. public education system. The shaping of malleable minds doesn’t begin in college; it begins in elementary school and continues through middle and high school; higher education is just the higher-priced socialism re-education camp.
The “free college” ploy is evil genius; college debt hovers around $1.5 trillion, in large part due to the fallacy of “college as a right.” Once something becomes a “right,” our tax dollars are thrown at it ad infinitum. Note to “socialists” out there: when money is thrown at something, inflation sets in, and costs surge. It’s not budget cuts that have resulted in millions of Americans in hock; it’s a deliberate, unsustainable excess of public monies, which have driven public and private college expenditures upward . . . and upward . . . and upward.
To defeat socialism, may I suggest that we immediately cease labeling Millennials and Generation Z as “stupid”? They’re actually quite intelligent, and while I’m not fully letting them off the hook for being the dumbest group of smart people ever, now’s the time for those who give a damn about the well-being of our youth to have our “come to Jesus” moment, and recognize that Democrats always prey upon our kids.
If we’re willing to engage them, ask them specific questions that nakedly expose socialist hypocrisies, as well as the history of mass murdering and mass suffering socialist regimes, I predict something pleasantly surprising will happen: our youth will again learn to love capitalism, liberty, and realistic solutions to our many challenges. That’s re-education I am willing to support.
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Rich Logis is host of “The Rich Logis Show,” at TheRichLogisShow.com, and author of the upcoming book 10 Warning Signs Your Child Is Becoming a Democrat. Follow him on Twitter at @RichLogis.