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In an op-ed one year ago, I addressed the rising threat of those promoting socialism in our beloved America. We cited as an example what the rise of socialism was doing in the once thriving, prosperous nation of Venezuela. That nation has now seen it’s health and economic systems collapsing with a vast daily increase in poverty and crime causing widespread devastation, desperation and suffering, especially for women.
We are seeing today in our nation a huge effort by radical Democrat leadership to attack America — not by weapons of warfare, but by that cancerous threat against our nation from within.
Socialism is being pushed by those seeking to lead the Democrat party, many of whom now are poised to grandstand their efforts to drastically change our society. Socialism is gaining ground in the reaching of it’s bony fingers across our land, to a great extent with support of major media and liberal teaching in educational institutions.
Here are four undeniable truths about socialism:
1. Under socialism, the state makes your changes for you. Controlling all the goods and services in the economy, the socialist state makes all the allocation decisions. Can you go to college? What kind of work can you do? Where can you live? The state makes all these decisions for you.
2. Socialism is at war with personal faith and family. Socialist governments do not permit other competing authority structures, hence the rights of families and churches are subordinate to the interest and power of government.
3. Socialism destroys innovation. The stated socialist goal of economic redistribution effectively destroys all incentive for innovation. Access to capital is strictly controlled — thus no Google, Facebook, Amazon, Apple, YouTube or Wikipedia.
4. Socialism doesn’t work. Here is reality. Government has no money to give one group that it does not take from another. As British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher once put it: “The problem with socialism is that sooner or later you run out of other people’s money” — without which a nation dies.
Venezuela was once, not long ago, the most prosperous thriving of all South American nations. It’s in chaos today. The radical left leadership that has taken over the leadership of the Democratic Party in our country is working everyday to move America in the direction of socialism, away from what it has been all through history.
Unless its efforts are stopped quickly, America will cease to be the nation of freedom that has been ours and the freedom sought after by the thousands who would like to make America their home for that reason.
Americans must wake up to the threat and take action now, before it is too late, to counter the social threat. Time is of essence. Too many countries have already suffered that fate and they no longer have precious freedoms.
J. Russell Capps is a Republican former member of the N.C. House.