Socialism is Never Cool

by: Brent Smith at the Common Constitutionalist

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Socialism never works. Look at a country like Brazil. Brazilian journalist Felipe Moura Brasil explained all about the rise and fall of his country in a segment at Pragar-U online.

In the early 2000s Brazil was a burgeoning capitalist nation. Inflation, something that plaques all socialist paradises was drastically reduced and the government had decided to give up or at least pare down its hold over many “state-run” companies. They were moving toward a free market – toward capitalism. Things were looking pretty good for Brazil.

In 2006 Brazil became one the famous BRIC nations, and American and other private investors poured their investment dollars into Brazil, looking to get in on this new free-market boom. BRIC was a group of four “emerging market” nations ripe for private investment. BRIC stands for Brazil, Russia, India, China. Not so much any more.

But they made one big mistake. You see, in a truly free society, while most succeed, some will be left behind. It’s just the way it is and has always been. Not everyone has equal talents, nor is everyone equally industrious. Politicians love to focus on these free-market inequities. They prey on the guilt of the more industrious and convince the rest that through a transfer of wealth, all can share in the bounty. Sound familiar. Are you “Feelin the Bern?” read more

America – A Bastion of Socialism

By: the Common Constitutionalist

“Well, this is it. The last bastion of pure capitalism left on Earth. Buy low, sell high. Fear? That’s the other guy’s problem. Nothing you have ever experienced will prepare you for the absolute carnage you are about to witness. Super Bowl, World Series – they don’t know what pressure is. In this trading placesbuilding, it’s either kill or be killed. You make no friends in the pits and you take no prisoners,” Louis Winthorpe III – from the classic 1983 movie Trading Places.

Winthorpe (Dan Aykroyd) was describing to his partner Billy Ray (Eddie Murphy – when he was still funny), the atmosphere he was to encounter in the trading pits of the Commodities Exchange in New York City. How oddly appropriate that this “bastion of pure capitalism” was housed in the World Trade Center.

This is what we think of when we envision Wall Street. This is what we’ve grown up watching – Quintessentially American capitalism.

But of course that was during the dark years of Reaganomics and Trickle Down. Oooohhh! Just think thinking of that decade gives socialists and weak-kneed liberals the vapors. read more

The Pope and Walter Williams

 

Pope Francis, in his apostolic exhortation, levied charges against free market capitalism, denying that “economic growth, encouraged by a free market, will inevitably succeed in bringing about greater justice and inclusiveness in the world” and concluding that “this opinion … has never been confirmed by the facts.” He went on to label unfettered capitalism as “a new tyranny.” Let’s look at the pope’s tragic vision.

First, I acknowledge that capitalism fails miserably when compared with heaven or a utopia. Any earthly system is going to come up short in such a comparison. However, mankind must make choices among alternative economic systems that actually exist on earth. For the common man, capitalism is superior to any system yet devised to deal with his everyday needs and desires. read more

Run Republicans Run

by: the Common Constitutionalist

Run away from the truth! Start throwing your own under the bus. That’s what Republicans do. If anyone in the party dares to convey even the slightest controversial viewpoint – they are immediately ostracized.

Such is the fate of Mitt Romney. Romney had the unmitigated gall to speak the truth after his recent loss to “The One”.

What’s worse is that national pariah Rush Limbaugh shares his viewpoint, as well as most every right thinking conservative. Perish the thought.

So what was said?

It was the rehashing of the 47% argument presented by Romney. As you recall during the campaign, Romney said correctly, that it’s difficult to attract 47% of Americans, as they are effectively takers of government largesse.

Then we have Rush Limbaugh effectively reiterating that viewpoint with his now famous, or infamous statement.

In a nutshell, Limbaugh said that it’s hard to compete against Santa Claus or as El Rushbo calls him, Barackoclaus. Evidently, this truism is somehow controversial.

Paul Rosenberg writes in that well-known right-wing journal, Al Jazeera, that Rush is lying about Barackoclaus. Rosenberg wrote, “We are not a country of children – what Democrats are offering is not something for nothing, and alternative or opposition to work, but a fairer system overall.”

Well Paul, that is exactly what they are offering. The Dems do, in fact, treat their constituents like children and they most certainly offer, not something but everything for nothing. And as for an alternative or opposition to work, you may recall Obama recently rescinded the work requirements for receiving welfare. I guess not having to work is just part of the Democrats “fairer system”.

Republicans, not wanting to be left out of the pander parade, joined the fray, ganging up on Limbaugh and Romney.

Bobby Jindal, who is thought by many to be a rising star in the Republican Party said, “In order for the GOP to be competitive, it has to go after 100% of the vote, not 53%. We need to go after every single vote.”

There’s the politician coming out, not the conservative. People are not people, just votes to be manipulated.

Newt Gingrich who is thought to be a stalwart conservative (he’s not, but many consider him as such) stated, “You have to start with the idea of inclusion, and I draw a distinction between outreach and inclusion. Outreach is when 5 white guys have a meeting and call you. Inclusion is when you’re in the meeting.”

I suppose white guys are the only guys who have meetings. Rather racist I’d say.

Marco Rubio said effectively the same in rebuking Limbaugh’s Santa Claus comments.

Well, I’m sorry for all the Republican politicians who refuse to see Limbaugh’s comments for what they are. Santa Claus simply represents redistribution. It’s as simple as that and you are either for it or against.

The Democrats have been portraying themselves as Santa Claus for decades and evidently they are doing quite well.

When the majority of younger voters, 18 to 29-year-olds, prefer socialism over capitalism, there is a serious education problem.

The only option for Republicans is education, but first the Republicans have to believe in capitalism. But the fact is, many big government progressive Republicans don’t fully buy into capitalism. Socialism-lite won’t peel people away from the Santacrats.

We need real world conservatives that are willing to just go out, exclaim their conservative views, explain them in plain English and defend them without worrying about offending anyone and pandering to everyone.

If a majority of voters don’t want to hear the truth or be educated, then we lose. But at least then we have our answer. People do in fact prefer Santa Claus.

For every point made by conservative one must have a real world explanation. Don’t speak of the economy in general; speak in specifics which ordinary people can understand.

I’ve said it before, but it bears repeating – liberals can do and say anything without repercussion or question. They are able to say things like, “I’m for the middle class”, knowing full well that means absolutely nothing to anyone. But then it doesn’t matter, does it. They know they will never be questioned. That’s just the way it is. They’ll promise any group anything. Whether they deliver or not is simply never to be examined.

Here’s just one example that is easy for virtually anyone to understand.

Undocumented workers come to this country to do the jobs that Americans just won’t do. What do you say to that?

Well, the statement is a nonstarter. Illegally sneaking across the border has nothing to do with a job an American won’t do.

It’s like a guy that steals your car and the police catch him. Rather than arresting him, they pick you up and take you to his house where they explain, “Look, he is utilizing your car better than you did. He is taking food to the elderly and winter coats to the homeless”. Would you then say, okay, then, he can just keep my car. Of course not. You would demand your car back and that he be arrested.

It used to be that politicians, even Ronald Reagan, could paint in broad-brush strokes. Not anymore. The education of our population is so woefully lacking that we no longer have that luxury. If we hope to win anything anymore, nationally, we must educate the public.