With socialism the 'new rage' among several Democrat presidential candidates with avowed socialist Bernie Sanders leading the way and pushing today's Democrats even further to the left, Senator Rand Paul warns in his new book "The Case Against Socialism" why 'socialism' would make life worse for us all.
As this new story over at the Conservative Firing Line points out, the socialist nation of Venezuela has just reached one of the final stages of socialism; no toilet paper to be found with the nation officially advising visitors to bring their own toilet paper with them if they'll be visiting Venezuela.
Author Christian K. Caruzo is running a series of articles at Breitbart on his life in Venezuela and in this new story titled "My Socialist Hell: The Death Of Free Speech In Venezuela", Caruzo gives us a taste of what life is like there now, with the Venezuelan people not even allowed to criticize government without taking a chance they'll be going to prison. Imagine an America where we couldn't even criticize President Trump, Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama.
And as Caruzo points out, 'free speech' wasn't 'killed' overnight in Venezuela, numerous incremental steps were followed. Just as we've been witnessing with the slow but steady & systematic destruction of the US Constitution. What's happening in Venezuela now should be a huge warning to Americans. From Breitbart.
Venezuela’s freedom of speech was mutilated long ago. It wasn’t done overnight but, rather, carried out through a series of incremental steps that led us to this point.
When I was young, comedic shows like Radio Rochela existed, in which the politicians were often the center of ridicule and satire. Today, no one would even dare to attempt something like that because the TV channel would be shut down within hours.
The left’s inability to make memes aside, they should be grateful that they have the ability to freely mock, satirize, and ridicule public figures without fear of being thrown in jail. If I were to adapt some of the “jokes” they’ve fielded against U.S. President Donald Trump to apply to Hugo Chávez, Nicolás Maduro, or any other high ranking member of the government, then could very well be facing twenty years in prison due to the new “anti-hate speech” law passed by the regime in late 2017.
There are people in Venezuela right now that have been arrested for the sole crime of posting something on social media. A group of firemen is facing up to twenty years in prison for comparing Maduro to a donkey in a viral video. The First Amendment is one of the things I admire most out of America — it’s a freedom of speech some of us can only dream of.
And while many Democrats push for 'hate speech' to be abolished here in America, as Caruzo pointed out in his story excerpted above, most Democrats in 2019 would be in prison today if 'Venezuela-style hate speech laws' were ever enacted in America, simply for their never-ending hatred of President Donald Trump.
One of the most feared aspects to the Founders in creating a government was the realization that men, who come into power either by force or by election, nearly always seek more and more power until they approach kingly status. Over a period of several decades, and with historical experience as well as their own good thinking, the Founders eventually employed several techniques to minimize the possibility of that happening in their new government. Separation of powers, checks and balances, frequent elections–all these devices were implemented to curb the human tendency to concentrate power in the few.
Return to the Original Source of Power
James Madison expressed that, since the people are the original source of authority to govern, they ought to be consulted on a periodic basis as to whom they should delegate some of this authority. Said he:
“As the people are the only legitimate fountain of power, and it is from them that the constitutional charter under which the [power of the] several branches of government … is derived, it seems strictly consonant to the republican theory to recur to the same original authority … whenever any one of the departments may commit encroachments on the chartered authorities of the others.”
With William McRaven’s call to oust President Trump—maybe through impeachment, maybe through a coup—the military officer class joins the establishment in claiming a right to rule, regardless of the outcome of elections.
Retired Admiral William McRaven devoted the bulk of a New York Times op-ed to appropriating for himself the moral and hence political authority of generations of soldiers and sailors (pointedly, especially the female ones) who have sacrificed for America, for “the good and the right.” Then he gratuitously stated—citing no specifics, as if everyone already knows—that “President Trump seems to believe that all these qualities are unimportant or show weakness.”
McRaven concludes, “it is time for a new person in the Oval Office—Republican, Democrat or independent—the sooner, the better.” At the very least, McRaven called for impeachment ahead of an election, or perhaps for a coup, and pretended to do so on the military’s behalf. In fact, his was just one more voice from an establishment that has squandered the public’s trust, senses that it can no longer win elections honestly, and is pulling out all the stops.
It pretends to be trying to take down Donald Trump. In fact, it is trying to do something much bigger: Invalidate the votes of the “deplorables” who oppose them.
I suggest that the just response from self-respecting Americans to McRaven and others like him is: “Who the hell do you think you are?”
Consider the enormity of pretending to speak for past and present uniformed personnel. Given that the overwhelming majority of active-duty and retired armed service members voted for Trump in 2016, and that polls show they are likely to do so again, it’s a patent falsehood to insinuate the rank-and-file’s notion of “the good and the right” matches McRaven’s own.
McRaven really does speak for a substantial percentage of senior military officers. Their views are on display nightly on Fox News. It is time for the American people to realize that these, like their counterparts in the intelligence agencies, are no heroes.
In fact, as the American Greatness story points out, those working to take down President Trump are doing nothing less than subverting America and those committing sedition and treason against America are pushing the entire country into a very dark hole that we may never be able to climb out of. Those committing sedition and treason against America are also part of the reason Americans are arming up in near-record numbers in 2019 though we'll continue to pray for peace in America in the days ahead.
So with the American Greatness story in mind, we ask ANP readers to please call your Congress people if they are in support of impeaching President Trump without due process and ask them "WHO THE HELL DO YOU THINK YOU ARE?!" Doing so politely and non-threateningly is really the key to carrying out such a phone call to your public servants successfully and to ensure that a sudden knock doesn't come upon your door. If you call, please feel more than free to leave a comment at the bottom of this story about how that went! It's time our public servants remember who they are, SERVANTS to the American people, not dictators!
According to Fox Nation host Tomi Lahren, a Bernie Sanders presidency or that of any other Democrat/socialist could awaken Americans to a living nightmare on the morning of Wednesday, November 4th of 2020 with 'socialism' often leading to mass starvation and forced obedience to government as we're witnessing now in Venezuela.
And while we are absolutely NOT a fan of JP Morgan nor their CEO Jamie Dimon, we'll give credit where credit is due even when we aren't enamored with a guy like Dimon who recently said that capitalism helps deliver "freedom of speech, freedom of religion and freedom of enterprise" while warning socialism and business do NOT go hand in hand!
“Governments taking control of assets and companies, they start to use companies for one thing only – keeping themselves in power, using the company’s assets to get votes,” he warned during a discussion with Morgan Stanley CEO James Gorman at the Institute of International Finance’s annual membership meeting.
“And these companies erode over time and you do end up with Venezuela" he noted as the country's socialist government has created one of the biggest humanitarian crises in history.
The previously mentioned Breitbart story also brings up how quickly socialist governments crack down upon the freedom of the press and even the internet, with what's happening in Venezuela now giving Americans a HUGE warning; should suddenly and without warning the internet go down, and for good, watch out!
Newspapers and radio have been subject to censure and closure as well. According to Venezuela’s National Press Workers Syndicate, 115 media outlets were closed between 2013 and 2018. Many newspapers have migrated to a digital format since the government refused to give them supplies (they control the import and distribution of paper). Cellphones stopped being safe a while ago.
The government has no qualms about airing recorded conversations between opposition figureheads whenever they want to push a narrative.
With all traditional forms of media censored or outright neutered, the internet and social media have taken a pivotal role and they’ve rapidly become the main way for us to be informed (and inform) down here.
Of course, the regime has begun to tighten its grasp on this medium, too.
All over the globe, the mood is turning sour. Anger and frustration are bubbling over, and protests are becoming violent in major cities all across the planet. In some cases economic pain is driving the protests and in other cases political matters are motivating the protesters, and it has been a very long time since we have seen so many angry protests happening all over the world simultaneously. Unfortunately, many believe that what we have seen so far is just the beginning. Global economic conditions are rapidly deteriorating, and as economic pain intensifies that is only going to make everyone more frustrated. And here in the United States, the drama surrounding the potential impeachment of Donald Trump is going to greatly escalate the political tensions that are already deeply dividing this country. No matter how things turn out, a large percentage of the population is likely to be deeply frustrated with the result, and that could very easily lead to tremendous civil unrest.
The impeachment process is bringing a focal point to the deep anger that has been building on both sides of the political spectrum for many years. Now that this process has begun, there is no going back, and both sides believe that there is only one result that will bring justice.
For the left, any result that does remove Donald Trump from office will be a bitter disappointment. The Democrats in the House of Representatives are going to draft articles of impeachment, and they believe that they already have the votes they need to send those articles of impeachment to the U.S. Senate.
If the Republican-controlled Senate does not vote to convict Trump and remove him from office, this will greatly upset the left, and could result in an explosion of anger in our city streets.
On the other hand, if the Republican-controlled Senate does vote to convict Trump and remove him from office, tens of millions of hardcore Trump supporters are going to be absolutely livid. There would be an explosion of righteous anger on the right, and it would almost certainly spill into our city streets.
Of course it is likely that both sides will start protesting well before there is a final result, but once the final vote in the Senate happens that is when things are likely to get very interesting.
The Democrats should have never gone down this road, because one way or another this process is going to tear us apart.
If our founders could see us today they would be rolling over in their graves, because this is not what they intended.
In the first video below from Fox News, we hear Rand Paul talking with us about his new book "The Case Against Socialism" while in the 2nd video below from Campus Reform, Cabot Phillips explains how socialism will kill the 'American dream'. And in the 3rd and final video below, we hear from Russian Communism survivor Leonid Bergoltsev who warns that we should be very happy in America with capitalism because, while imperfect, the massive death toll from starvation and government corruption that almost always comes along with socialist/communist systems will be far worse than what we have here now in 2019 America.
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