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If a president, during a State of the Union address 50 years ago, uttered the words “America will never be a socialist country,” the threat he was talking about would have been the Soviet Union. After all, socialism and communism got little traction in the United States, even during the Great Depression. The idea that anyone would consent to have it imposed upon them democratically would have been patently absurd.

Not so much in 2019. As President Donald Trump said that line during his speech before a joint session of Congress on Tuesday night, in the chamber was a self-described socialist who currently sits second in the polls for the Democratic nomination for president. Another self-described socialist has become a media darling and is known, after just one month in office, by her initials alone.

That was surprising enough. What was even more surprising is the fact that the rest of the Democratic side of the chamber didn’t applaud, as well.

But that’s the thing about socialism: It’s hot right now. It was hot down in Venezuela once upon a time. Now, a loaf of bread will probably cost you as much as a car, except it’s hard to tell since most Venezuelans would be hard pressed to own either.

In a video posted by Campus Reform earlier this week, Cabot Phillips went out to talk to Venezuelan expatriates in Washington, D.C. to talk about the impact socialism has had on their home country, a country where socialist President Nicolás Maduro is desperately holding onto power as protests rage and international governments begin to recognize the opposition figure, Juan Guaido, as the country’s legitimate leader.

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Phillips began with one simple question for the Venezuelans: “What would be your message to people who think socialism would be a good idea here?”

“Look yourself in the mirror of Venezuela and Cuba. You do not want anyone even close to socialism to come to this country,” one man said, almost putting a period after each word.

“People are eating from trash bags in the street,” another woman said. “So, how has socialism actually helped the country?”

Well, good question.

“From the perspective of people who’ve lived through failed socialism, it’s very hard to accomplish,” another interviewee said.

“It doesn’t work the way the book says it works because we’re human and we have imperfections and socialism is too perfect to be true,” said another.

But this was perhaps the best warning: “I don’t think any Venezuelan can really like socialism because we’ve seen it put in place very well,” one woman said.

Later, she added ominously: “We also thought that this could never happen in our country. We had a balance of powers. We had democracy and we elected our leaders.”

And look what happened.

This is what happens when you elect socialists. Keep in mind, Hugo Chávez was insanely popular in Venezuela, particularly when oil prices were high and the spigot was flowing.

Now, even if oil prices rise, Venezuela won’t be able to profit because the Chávez government refused to invest in oil infrastructure, preferring to redistribute that money; hence, production is way down. Then there’s hyperinflation, the fact that Máduro’s own people are revolting and the fact that a growing number of countries don’t even think he’s the rightful president.

And that’s where we come back to the United States.

“Bernie Sanders is your enemy,” one of the men said. “Do not ever get involved with this individual or any of the other socialists.”

Sanders swears that his socialism isn’t the socialism of Venezuela. Let’s pray we never find out.

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18 Comments

18 Comments

  1. Polly

    February 10, 2019 at 6:46 pm

    Wake up America.

    • patroklos

      February 10, 2019 at 10:24 pm

      Wake up! Get rid of socialism! Medicare and Social Security should be eradicated IMMEDIATELY! AND Trump’s subsidies to the farmers, get rid of them IMMEDIATELY! TO HELL with the stupid socialists. And don’t come crying to me about the old people who need SS and medicare, you are OLD people and I do not want to pay taxes for YOU. If you can’t work, then just DIE already!

      • Anonymous

        February 10, 2019 at 11:46 pm

        Some day asshole, you’re going to get OLD. Whatever we as the “OLD” generation are getting from Medicare and SS, we have paid for all our life. It’s not free, and you asshole prick are not paying for us, but for all the teat suckers that are sucking off our government like you are doing.

      • Larry Hasbro

        February 11, 2019 at 12:50 am

        SPOKEN LIKE A TRUE FOREIGN A$$HOLE. HEY A$$HOLE I PAID FOR MY SOCIAL SECURITY AND MEDICARE WORKING FOR 48 YEARS AND IT WAS TAKEN OUT OF EACH PAYCHECK. YOU ARENT PAYING TAXES GOT MY BENEFITS A$$HOLE. GO BACK TO WHATEVER COUNTRY YOU CAME [email protected]

        • patroklos

          February 11, 2019 at 12:57 am

          LARRY HASBRO you commie fucktard. SS and MEDICARE are TOTALLY socialist. You paid for the old people who were getting those benefits back when you worked. You did NOT pay for any benefits you are getting now. SORRY, LOSER, but the government is not your daddy, you socialist pig. I am young and I don’t want to pay for your ancient ass to eat junk and watch Ellen all day.

      • Joanne

        February 11, 2019 at 6:42 am

        We worked and paid into SS & Medicare. Therefore you are not paying taxes for my SS & Medicare. As being old we all get there you will too. I don’t need you to tell me to go ahead and die.

    • Ron Moulton

      February 10, 2019 at 10:28 pm

      True statement wake up America and wake up Canada; Socialists are evil and its time to get rid of teachers and professors that teach our young people socialism is the way to go. I would hope the governments stop funding left wing propaganda schools and Universities.

  2. STEVE FLOWERS

    February 10, 2019 at 6:53 pm

    WE MUST RID OUR COLLEGES OF THE COMMUNIST PROFESSORS WHO ARE CORUPTING OUR YOUNG. IT HAS BEEN GOING ON TOO LONG AND NOW WE ARE SEEING THE RESULTS OF THEIR TEACHINGS. SOCIALISM IS NOT THE ANSWER!

    • patroklos

      February 10, 2019 at 11:16 pm

      We MUST rid our institutions of these vermin. It is time for a CULTURAL REVOLUTION! It’s time for the universities to be cleansed!

  3. Freedom fighter

    February 10, 2019 at 7:00 pm

    Libtards constantly saying “socialism just hasn’t been done right, we’ll do it right”. OK, let’s assume for a second there even was such a thing as doing socialism “right”. Look how people are losing their minds over one election. They assume they will find someone to do socialism “right” and it will always remain “right”. It ain’t gonna happen. Capitalism isn’t perfect, but it is so much better than socialism it isn’t even close. Socialism never lifted anyone out of poverty, it returned people who lifted themselves out of poverty back into poverty.

  4. Earnie Bailey

    February 10, 2019 at 7:22 pm

    Socialism is the most failed system in history. It promises free basic life needs. The people that are in favor of socialism are basically lazy, with no life goals. They often feel the world owes them everything.
    With low ambition citizens, failure is eminent. Even a country the size of the United States could fall to dictators. Unfortunately socialists have been voted into our country government. All people need to be told is “we will provide everyone with ———.” That’s right, promise anything they need or even anything they want to hear and people with little to no ambition will vote for it.
    Bernie Sanders is a socialist hippy. No that’s not a good thing. Mellinials are for it because they do not know what failure is. We have completely ruined our children for the last 2 decades. Creating and supporting a society that has no idea. Clueless people that thinks the other person should “do the work”. They want money for doing nothing. I did not say they were stupid, I said lazy.
    We have little time to correct what has been allowed. Vote out socialism and religion from the government. Vote for those that will continue the government that we have had for 250 years. A government of the people for the people.

  5. MICHAEL MCPOLAND

    February 10, 2019 at 8:24 pm

    Too many of these loud socialists are making pretty good livings, Tell them to give that up and get paid $6 – $8 dollars an hour. I think that a lot of those big mouths would close up fast.

  6. Rick

    February 10, 2019 at 9:16 pm

    democrats are on a mission to CONTROL and destroy this country….

  7. Jeff Herman

    February 10, 2019 at 9:56 pm

    DEMOCRATS 2020 PLATFORM!

    * INFANTICIDE
    The killing of babies at or after birth
    * THE NEW GREEN DEAL
    Abolish cars
    Abolish airplanes
    Retrofit ever building in America
    Abolish oil, gas, and, coal within 10 years
    Make every product more expensive for the poor and middle-class
    * TAXES
    Up to 90% income tax
    Up to 75% death tax
    Institute a Wealth tax
    Institute a carbon tax
    * IMMIGRATION
    Open borders
    Let everyone and anyone cross into our country
    * ABOLISH ICE
    The very agency who deports illegal drug dealers, sex traders, and murderers
    * ABANDON THE CONSTITUTION
    Abolish the electoral college
    Elect Senators by population rather than two per state
    Increase the Supreme Court by two judges to pack the court with liberals
    Abolish the 2nd amendment
    Confiscate all guns
    Allow all people residing in the United States to vote, citizens and non-citizens
    * MEDICARE FOR ALL
    Abolish private health insurance
    You can’t keep your doctor if you like your doctor
    * EDUCATION
    Abolish charter schools
    Double down on our failed current system
    * DEFENSE
    Cut our military in half, a spending requirement that is actually in the Constitution
    * WORK
    A basic income for everyone, legal and illegal
    Pay people who refuse to work, as laid out in the Green Deal
    * IDENTITY POLITICS
    1. Encourage citizens to hate their country
    2. Despise their past
    3. Hate their fellow countryman
    All based on something that is not in control of the individual, birth!

    If this sounds like a nightmare, IT IS!
    Trump has pulled the curtain back and exposed the REAL liberal agenda!

    If this is NOT the American dream that you want to live,
    pass this along to EVERY citizen who loves America and loves our constitution!

    P.S.
    I can’t wait to take AOC’s bullet train to Hawaii or Europe, but according to her we only have 12 more years to live!

  8. Larry Hasbro

    February 11, 2019 at 12:52 am

    DEMORATS AND LIBERALS ARE THE RUINATION OF OUR GREAT COUNTRY FOR EVERY TRUE AMERICAN CITIZEN TRUMP2020 TRUMP2020 TRUMP2020 TRUMP2020 TRUMP2020 TRUMP2020

  9. LST

    February 11, 2019 at 1:19 am

    A good socialist is a dead one. Just like raghead muslims.

  10. SFC D Monk

    February 11, 2019 at 2:06 am

    “Against all enemies foreign and domestic.” I haven’t forgotten that oath that I took in 1966, when I entered the Army.

  11. MJ

    February 11, 2019 at 2:49 am

    You can always tell the foreigners, the immature, and totally ignorant post by the limited use of volcabulary. They like to throw trash talk, foul language and low knowledge of American History. They are lazy bums, they like to mouth their filth but when confronted face to face they tuck their tails and run. Really intelligent people know their History, speak from experience, are respectful and know how to conduct themselves through decent communication skills. The United States is a strong country because of our faith in God, that is what the liberals and foreigners are afraid of and doing everything they can to destroy us from within. United we stand “ONE NATION UNDER GOD!”

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