President Donald Trump called out socialism during the State of the Union address.
In a stirring moment he said that American would “never be a socialist country.”
“We are born free, and we will stay free,” Trump declared.
With the rise of socialism and some young people in the United States thinking of it as an attractive alternative, Campus Reform’s Cabot Phillips decided to ask some people who might have cause to know what they thought of socialism.
He interviewed a group of people who had escaped from the socialist terror that is gripping Venezuela.
“What would be your message to people who think socialism would be a good idea here?” Phillips asked the people.
From Hot Air:
“I don’t think any Venezuelan can really like socialism because we’ve seen it put in place very well,” another woman replied. Later in the clip she added, “We also thought that this could never happen in our country. We had a balance of powers. We had democracy and we elected our leaders.” Yes, they did, and they elected a democratic socialist who was charismatic and who promised Venezuela would never make the tyrannical mistakes made in Russia. And yet, here we are.
Another woman answered, “It doesn’t work the way the book says it works because we’re human and we have imperfections and socialism is too perfect to be true.”
I really like that answer. Socialism really is tremendously appealing to young people who don’t know better. A clever demagogue can make it sound like utopia is just around the corner. I mean a world where every need is met sounds great in theory. But in practice it doesn’t work out that way. As you centralize government power, ostensibly to meet needs of the least of these, you create an incentive for unscrupulous thieves and liars to seize that power and wield it to maintain themselves in luxury indefinitely. And the premise of socialism, that the collective is more important than the individual, makes it increasingly hard for the mistreatment of any individual to matter. After all, you can’t start a revolution without breaking a few eggs.
And an older man gave a clear warning. “Bernie Sanders is your enemy. Do not ever get involved with this individual or any of the other socialists.”
Hopefully, millennials will keep it in mind and not be seduced by the promises of free everything and the blandishments of people like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY).