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Freedom is the anecdote to the threat of socialism

March 11, 2019 GMT

The demands for socialism by today’s Democratic Party threaten America’s prosperity, our future and the spirits of our people.

With promises of everything from free health care and child care to free college and everything in between, the unsustainability of socialism should be obvious.

Even though liberal activists may call for free breakfast and lunch for every child, we all know in our hearts that “there’s no such thing as a free lunch.” The socialist promise of utopia is a lie. Someone always has to pay.

Which points to socialists’ next moral failing: They claim the answer is as simple as taking money from the wealthy and redistributing it to everyone else. The immorality and foolishness of such a scheme should be self-evident.

When a government takes money from one person and gives it to another, it’s nothing more than a form of robbery. Yet there are some who advocate that taxes on the prosperous be as high as 70 percent, to be spent on innumerable government programs run by a vast, wasteful bureaucratic system. The reality is that even if every “wealthy” person were taxed at 90 percent, it would never be enough to pay for the current entitlement programs, let alone new ones.

It’s also perfectly logical to assume that many people who are robbed of the bulk of their income would simply stop being as productive.

Why work hard if most of what you earn is taken from you? For business owners, that means laying off employees, which means greater unemployment. For people who take risks and invest in new ventures and products, that means less capital to help jump start new entrepreneurs and fund innovative ideas.

As the late great Margaret Thatcher said, “The trouble with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people’s money.”

Then, of course, there is the dismal history of rampant violence, mass oppression and even bloody genocide that is part of socialism’s story. Think Nazi Germany, or the human rights records of countless Eastern European countries, or the current horror and destruction taking place in Venezuela.

Many young Americans who were never taught real history in our failing schools don’t know about the atrocities of socialist nations. And those few who do often respond in utter disbelief at the very suggestion that America could ever become that evil or our government so dictatorial.

Really? What do you call forcing citizens who find abortion reprehensible to pay for the murder of preborn children? Or speech codes on college campuses? What is it called when regulatory agencies punish people with fines if they refuse to violate their deeply held religious beliefs?

These are things happening today at the hand of our own government because “progressive” socialist ideology has already infected the land of the free and the home of the brave.

If the fact that socialism’s promises are lies and completely unsustainable, or that it is immoral to rob people and give their earnings to government officials to dole out as they see fit or that socialist governments are oppressive by nature isn’t enough reason to reject the ideology, there’s another debilitating aspect of socialism to consider.

Perhaps the most devastating effect of socialism is the emptiness it creates in the human soul. The loss of purpose, pride and ambition results in personal misery. And what about hope? With no value placed on work, no encouragement to follow your dreams, to try harder or to be creative, socialism ends up killing the human spirit.

What is the only anecdote to the disease of socialism? Freedom.

In a recent speech, Vice President Mike Pence eloquently summed up what every American needs to know: “It was freedom, not socialism, that gave us the most prosperous economy in the history of the world. It was freedom, not socialism, that ended slavery, won two world wars, and stands today as a beacon of hope for all the world. It was freedom, not socialism, that’s moving us beyond the prejudices of the past to create a more perfect union and extend the blessings of liberty to every American. And it was freedom, not socialism, that gave us the highest quality of life, the cleanest environment on Earth, and improved the health and well being of millions around the world.

“So we must say, as the president has said, ‘America will never be a socialist country.’”

Rebecca Hagelin can be reached at rebecca@rebeccahagelin.com.