Time to Reintroduce the Ten Tenets of Conservatism

by: Brent Smith at the Common Constitutionalist

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It’s been a rather odd year – politically speaking.

Although entirely predictable, the rise of the “Democratic Socialist” has taken many by surprise. And even more surprising to some is they’ve not just won democrat primaries, but dethroned some old dogs and forced the democrat hierarchy to lurch even further left, lest they suffer the same fate.

However, not too long ago, the dems were singing a different tune. In reaction to a 2009 Newsweek cover entitled, “We Are Socialists Now,” Rep. Carol Shea-Porter (D-N.H.) at a town hall meeting in 2010 exclaimed that, “I don’t think anybody in this country believes in socialism. I don’t know ’em, and I don’t hang out with ’em, but maybe you do.”

Can’t hardly say that anymore, can you Carol. My how things have changed in just eight short years.

But this article isn’t really about the democrats. It’s more about Republicans and what we can do to combat the onset of socialist lunacy. read more

Turns Out, Free Stuff is Really Expensive

from IBD:

Democratic Socialism: Who Knew That ‘Free’ Could Cost So Much?

Since the Democratic Party took a turn for the worse toward so-called democratic socialism, the party’s leading lights have laid the promises on pretty thick. Free Medicare for all! Guaranteed income! Guaranteed jobs! Subsidized housing! Free college! Universal pre-school! Wow, and all for free.

Well, not exactly. In a devastating piece that appeared on the left-of-center web site Vox (to its credit), Manhattan Institute fellow Brian Riedl went through the simple math of what free actually costs. It’s a lot.

It’s not just the free aspect, but the fact that the democratic socialists have made so many promises that must be paid for that will make it so tough to swallow for most voters. read more

WND Exclusive – Why Today’s ‘Democratic Socialism’ is a Myth

Everywhere you look there is something pertaining to the rise of socialism in this country, assuming you’re a political geek like me. It’s surreal. Understandable, but still surreal.

Many of the younger generation have been convinced that unjust economic inequality is rampant in this country. They’ve been conditioned that one must attend college to achieve anything – and not just any college. One must attend the most elite, and therefore most expensive, university they are able. The debt consequences of this are devastating to many. read more

Prager University – Fascism is just Another Form of Socialism

The left wants us to believe that conservatives and those on the right are fascists. But Dinesh D’Souza for Prager University explains just what fascism truly is and who the father, or philosopher, of fascism is.

He tells us that the father of fascism was an Italian, Giovanni Gentile. D’Souza also explains that fascism is decidedly leftist as Gentile, a committed socialist, was influenced by his mentor Karl Marx.

Dinesh adds that simply put, “Fascists are socialists with a national identity.”

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Wealthy Socialists can Thank Capitalism

On this episode of “Lifestyles of the Rich and Socialist,” Stu Burguiere of the Glenn Beck show highlights two of today’s most popular democrats. Stu explains that both Bernie Sanders and the latest star of the Party, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, have only capitalism to thank for their success. What they’ve achieved could not occur under the socialist or communist systems they claim to love.

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Socialism is Cool – Until You Experience It

With the victory of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who garnered a whopping 17,000 votes in a New York democrat primary, “democratic socialism” took another big step forward. And is being heralded as the beginning of a movement. It’s one thing for some old fossil like Bernie Sanders to promote socialism, but quite another when it’s a young, attractive woman. Of course she’s only attractive until she opens her mouth. But still, more and more people are being drawn to her message of “moral clarity” and being the “champion of the “working class.”

For a more in-depth look into Brazil, you may review an article I wrote last November, entitled “Socialism is Never Cool.”

So rather than me droning on, please watch the following video from Prager-U of just how great socialism worked in Brazil, by someone who lived through it. read more

The Progressive Socialist State of California Pt 2

Guest Post by John Velisek – USN (Ret.):

A supermajority of Progressive socialist Democrats in the legislature of California has led the citizens of the State to pay higher state taxes, higher fuel taxes, higher cost of living, faulty schools, prohibitive health care costs for many, and have succeeded in becoming one of the most unlivable states within our country. Coupled with projects such as a high-speed rail line to nowhere, which is already tripled in the budget with no end date, and a sanctuary state status that a plurality of Californians do not want, has plummeted much of the state into third world status.

The progressive elite, with the influx of illegal aliens they have created and have no wish to stop, cocooned in their gated communities, have wreaked havoc on the communities of the middle class. They spend money as if it is the states and not the citizens.
From an edicts passed down from on high regarding the usage of plastic bags, to a waiter facing a fine and imprisonment over a plastic straw – the policies of the elite in Sacramento have made our state and those in it the laughing stock of the country.

All this rather than working on policies to help the veterans and other homeless to stand on their feet or get the medical help they need to at least have the opportunity to prosper and move forward in the community and ignore the drug problem that leave needles in our streets. read more

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

Finland Loves Speeders – They’re Good for Business

by: the Common Constitutionalist

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The next time you have to pay a few hundred dollars for a speeding ticket – thank your lucky stars you don’t live in Finland.

A few days ago my son and I were watching a rerun of an episode of The Grand Tour on Amazon. It is the continuation of the wildly successful British program, Top Gear. After one of the hosts got sacked by the BBC, Amazon offered the three hosts about a gazillion dollars (or pounds) to effectively continue the show.

The episode took place in Finland. Finland is unabashedly socialist and progressive. Possibly the most socialist of all European nations.

They are so progressive that they means test virtually everything. Finland is the embodiment of the Marxist ideal of, “from each according to his ability, to each according to his needs.”

One of the show’s hosts, Richard Hammond, discussed the matter of a simple speeding ticket received by a wealthy Finnish citizen. He was pulled over and ticketed for going 49 in a 30 mph zone.

In America, this might warrant one a ticket of maybe $50 to a few hundred dollars, depending on the State. But regardless of the State, at least for now, everyone ticketed pays the same amount. read more

Single Payer Government Healthcare was Always the Endgame

by: the Common Constitutionalist

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This was the endgame all along. A few of us saw this coming a mile away and spoke out back then. Heck – all you had to do was listen to Obama’s own words to know what the plan was. It was never going to be ObamaCare forever.

“I happen to be a proponent of a single payer universal health care program… A single payer health care plan, a universal health care plan. And that’s what I’d like to see. But as all of you know, we may not get there immediately…” – Barack Obama, 2003.

In 2006, Obama said that although he “would not shy away from a debate about single-payer,” right now he is “not convinced that it is the best way to achieve universal healthcare.”

Obama knew back then that one cannot dive head first into the deep end. He knew the people would first have to dip their toes in the water – then step into the shallow end. Eventually the people would acclimate themselves to this new environment. Only then would they be willing to venture into deeper water.

It’s similar to the stepping stone of socialism. There really isn’t anything like permanent socialism. It’s just the bridge between freedom and communism or fascism. And unfortunately, the traffic on that bridge only travels in one direction – away from freedom and toward communism or fascism. I hate to say, but it’s kind of the natural order of things.  read more