Rarely does a person go from being a capitalist to being a communist. The bridge during that transitional phase is called socialism. It is a desire to have the state control the flow of certain items, goods and services to people and it is the means by which the government redistributes wealth.
The term “redistribution of wealth” really means taking money or property at the point of a gun to give to somebody else who hasn’t earned it. My liberal readers are feeling their blood pressure rise because they will chastise me that nobody is having a gun pointed at them. Refuse to pay your taxes for a few years and you will see armed officers coming on your property to seize everything you own.
I donate a goodly portion of my income to charity. In fact, I give many times more to charity than does Joe Biden and I earn considerably less than he does. He sees government as the solution and I see each individual as responsible for himself and his family. I don’t mind helping out when there is a compelling reason. My contributions to charity are my choice and I am not forced to support somebody else’s idea of who needs assistance.
Last month the head of the Democratic Party, Tom Perez, announced that a 28-year-old avowed socialist, Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez, was the new face of the party. Bernie Sanders is becoming mainstream. They demand free health care, free college, monthly income guarantee payments, food stamps, housing subsidies and a host of other freebies. I really chuckled over the $1,000 per month income for every citizen. They never explain who is going to fund this besides the usual chant of taxing the wealthy to pay their fair share. The wealthy pay more than 50 percent of their income now to the government.
Many who have been aligned with the Democratic Party for years are finding themselves in the same position that Ronald Reagan found himself with the Democrats. He did not leave them; they left him. The Democrats now want Open Borders and ICE abolished, Gun control against law-abiding citizens, voting rights for non-citizens, sanctuary cities, free health care, free food, free housing, free college, higher taxes, more regulations, abortion-on-demand right up to a minute before the birth of a baby, people shouting at anyone with whom they disagree to the point that they can’t eat at restaurants, and a departure from the capitalist economy toward communism via socialism.
Socialism doesn’t work anywhere. Eventually you run out of other people’s money and then the government either sets restrictions on consumption or forces workers to do work under penalty of law. The communists take away the guns in order to take away the rights of citizens.
Milton Friedman warned that there is no free lunch. Just remember that any government big enough to give you everything is big enough to take it all away from you.
Local Democrats are going to have to be watchful to protect their party from being pulled so far to the left that they find themselves voting against their own best interests.
If you find yourself wanting to keep your hard-earned dollars, if you believe people should be self-reliant, if you want immigration enforcement, fewer regulations, and the option to protect yourself with a gun, if you think killing 3,000 babies per day is wrong, if you think that people should earn their own way then you need to vote for people who will do it your way. Elections have consequences. Reject socialism.