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America’s march toward socialism most underplayed story of the decade

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The three ring circus of the 2016 election cycle was certainly full of dark and depressing performances. In the middle of all this, however, another phenomenon occurred. What should have been the biggest story of the 21st century went largely unnoticed.

There was a time in America when socialism was recognized as the evil it is, even by the most common man. It did not take a college degree for someone to instantly have a negative reaction to this oppressive, country-killing form of government. Nevertheless, in 2016, for the first time in American history, we had an unapologetic socialist–Bernie Sanders–run in a major party’s primary in an attempt to become the president of the United States.

Where was the media coverage, other than what would normally be given to any primary candidate? Where was the shock? Where were the news stories about a socialist daring to attempt to become U.S. president? Yes, socialists have held office in different states at different levels and even Congress has been stained with this disease, but no presidential primary candidate has ever proudly run under this banner. The reaction should have been dramatic and heated. The reaction should have been utter outrage. Instead, there was hardly any reaction at all.

The Camel’s Head is Firmly in the Tent

Certainly the balance of power would have come into play and stifled most of what Sanders would have likely tried to do if nominated and elected, but that is not the point. The point is the hideous apathy of the American public, who by and large were unmoved about the fact that socialism clearly has a hold in this country. Many were willing to support a socialist without feeling a twinge. What this means, folks, is that the camel has his head in the tent. You’ve all heard that one. Once his head is in, the rest of him is coming.

Unrecognized Threat

A mere 20 years ago, no primary candidate would have dared to run as a socialist, even if that was technically his or her agenda. We must wonder what has happened to this country that so few understand the threat of this horribly oppressive form of government and even find it perfectly acceptable.

Many are now willing to trade the best system in the world–no, not a perfect system–for a government system that has failed 100% of the time throughout history. They are willing to trade what we have now for the poverty and misery that is the eventual fate of all socialist countries.

Have people become so indoctrinated through the liberal education system that they are raised to hate capitalism and believe everything must be “fair,” and therefore socialism must be good? We can only shake our heads in disbelief.

Dismal Statistics of a Real Life Experiment

It is the opinion of some that citizens go down this dangerous road because America does not know who she is anymore. On a small scale, I have found truth in this theory: after randomly stopping 51 people on the street at a shopping center, I found only two who could name the three branches of government.  Ten of the 51 could name only one U.S. Senator or Representative in their district. The other 40 were unable to name any, and some even seemed surprised to know they “had one.”  No one in the group could name even one representative or senator at the state level.

None were able to name a single duty of the federal government, although the guesses were mind-blowing. The Fifth Amendment was the only amendment that a substantial number of people recognized–likely from so many characters on television “pleading the fifth.” However, they had no idea what was contained in the 10th Amendment, and only a tiny handful could state even one of the five Rights found in the First Amendment. When asked to describe the difference between a capitalist system and socialism, 51 out of 51 failed.

When asked about healthcare, 50 out of 51 said “the government should pay for it,” or something similar. When asked if the government is supposed to tell us what to do, I got every answer except the one I was looking for: the government is not supposed to tell us what to do, we are supposed to tell THEM what to do. Concerning the latter, one person even asked me “well, how would we do that?” On certain days, it is difficult for a politically savvy person to know whether to laugh or cry.

It is a shock and a disgrace to find so many individuals utterly unaware of what has made America great, and what will almost certainly destroy her if no one cares enough to save her life. If we do not know who America is, we cannot properly evaluate if she has taken a turn for the worse.

The Forgotten Warning Sign

The biggest story of the 21st century should have been that a socialist was welcomed with opened arms to run in a major party’s presidential primary. Yet the media merely glanced at it and passed by, proving once again that we are not defending our country from the things that could lead to its demise.

There are plenty of socialist countries in the world. If that is the type of government a person enjoys, he or she is free to relocate at any time. Might I suggest Venezuela?

People today are offended at inconsequential nonsense, yet no one seems offended at the attempt by some to change our system of government and implement socialist tenets into American law, even though such action defies our Constitution.

This is a shining example of the apathy, incompetence, and inability to think and reason that will lead to disaster unless we challenge the threats that are all around us each day. No one can save us if we do not save ourselves. America’s biggest enemies and most dangerous threats are found within, but this we consistently fail to recognize.

Jesse Broadt has been a full-time writer in the travel industry since 2007 and regularly contributes to news and political websites.

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6 Comments

  1. Eric Dixon

    August 5, 2017 at 11:47 am

    The march is not only continuing; it is accelerating.

  2. Sharon

    August 5, 2017 at 8:13 pm

    I found this article to be insightful and nicely written, tackling a subject matter that not many would take on. I believe there is a great deal of truth to what Broadt is saying. I also believe the 51 people in his small study is indeed an indictment of the American educational system as well as political illiteracy. I applaud the backbone behind this piece.

    • Jesse Broadt

      August 7, 2017 at 2:37 pm

      Thank you, Sharon. Glad it spoke to you.

  3. Raz Schultz

    August 6, 2017 at 3:20 pm

    Finally someone had the courage to write about this subject. It was appalling to watch a socialist run for president and actually have supporters. So many young people were among them, that it was indeed a testimony of how liberals were allowed to hijack our educational system.
    This article is excellent, and covers every aspect of this socialism horror that is growing up before our eyes with little resistance or protest. The reference to the camel is profound.

    I hope to hear a lot more from this writer and I pray our citizens will begin to take heed. Thank you, Jesse Broadt!

    • Jesse Broadt

      August 7, 2017 at 2:38 pm

      “Hijacked” is the word! Thank you, Raz

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Multiple fatalities as Amtrak train derails in Washington state

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Derailed Amtrak train in Washington state has injuries and casualties

At least three people are dead and 77 people injured as an Amtrak train has derailed over Interstate 5 about 60 miles southwest of Seattle. Amtrak train 501 heading for Tacoma was part of a new set of trains being launched today. It was a high-speed train capable of going 79 MPH.

There were 78 passengers and five crew members on board when the train derailed.

“Emergency crews are on the scene and the Amtrak Management is responding,” an Amtrak spokesperson said in a statement. “Some injuries are reported. Service between Seattle and Portland is suspended for the time being.”

Terrorism has not been ruled out.

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Mayor Jenny Durkan releases statement.

“This catastrophic derailment is horrific. My thoughts are with the passengers, families and those injured as well as our first responders, firefighters and police who rushed to the scene. “The City of Seattle has offered our assistance and aid to Pierce and Thurston counties, and is ready to work with Amtrak, local, state, and federal officials as they manage the response and deal with the aftermath of this tragic incident.”

This is a developing story. We will be updating it constantly and adding more links that become pertinent below, as well as displaying the live Twitter Moment feed from the event below.

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Amtrak derailment: Live coverage of Amtrak train 501 derails in Washington state

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/amtrak-train-derailment-tacoma-washington-traffic-today-live-updates/DUPONT, Wash. — An Amtrak train has derailed on an overpass in Washington state, with at least two train cars falling onto the highway below. Authorities say multiple fatalities and injuries have been reported. At this time, all southbound lanes of traffic remain blocked on Interstate 5.

The Washington State Department of Transportation tweeted a photo of the derailment, urging motorists to avoid the area.

CBS News affiliate KIRO-TV reports first responders are treating the derailment as a mass casualty incident. Authorities have not yet provided details on injuries.

“Emergency crews are on the scene and the Amtrak Management is responding,” an Amtrak spokesperson said in a statement. “Some injuries are reported. Service between Seattle and Portland is suspended for the time being.”

Amtrak derailment in Washington state: Multiple fatalities reported on train, official says

http://www.cnn.com/2017/12/18/us/amtrak-derailment-washington/index.htmlAn Amtrak passenger train derailed Monday morning, spilling multiple cars off an Interstate 5 overpass and killing several people on the train in Pierce County, Washington, according to the spokesman for the Pierce County Sheriff’s Office.

Several motorists in vehicles that were struck by the fallen train cars suffered injuries, but there were no fatalities among people in those vehicles, the sheriff’s office said.

The deaths “are all contained to the train,” said Ed Troyer, the Pierce County Sheriff’s Office spokesman. “It’s pretty horrific.”

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World says an embassy in Jerusalem prevents peace… unless it’s Turkey opening an embassy to East Jerusalem

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World says an embassy in Jerusalem prevents peace unless its Turkey opening an embassy to East Jerus

When President Trump announced the United States would recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and move our embassy there, most world leaders condemned the plan as an obstacle to peace. The chorus rang loud that putting an embassy in Jerusalem would derail the progress that has been made in the last few decades. Now that Turkish President Erdogan has decided to open an embassy in East Jerusalem and recognize it as the capital of Palestine, the world responded as expected.

Crickets.

It’s not that most of the world is against an embassy in Jerusalem or anyone acknowledging it as the capital. They just don’t want an embassy to Israel there, nor do they want it recognized as Jerusalem’s capital. The anti-Israel world (which is made up of a vast majority of world leaders, a good portion of the non-Jewish people, a surprisingly large number of Jews, and pretty much every Muslim) knows only one way to peace: a two-state solution.

The world wants to take a country the size of New Jersey with the only Jewish majority in the world and split it up with people, many of whom have vowed to destroy Israel itself. That’s why they’re okay with Erdogan making his fuss over all this. Let’s take a brief look at what Erdogan is doing, then I’ll leave my final thoughts on the matter.

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Turkey’s Erdogan: Muslim nations to go to UN over Jerusalem

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/turkeys-erdogan-muslim-nations-jerusalem-51811201Turkey’s president says Muslim nations will ask the United Nations for an “annulment” of President Donald Trump’s controversial decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan says the initiative would start at the U.N. Security Council and if it’s “vetoed there, we will work within the U.N. General Assembly for the annulment of this unjust and lawless decision.”

Opinion: Erdogan′s boring taunts in the fight over Jerusalem

http://www.dw.com/en/opinion-erdogans-boring-taunts-in-the-fight-over-jerusalem/a-41784633He’s back: the rapscallion, the bully, the lout, the eternal political campaigner Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The Turkish president was at his old game as soon as the conference of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) kicked off in Istanbul. He called Israel a “terrorist and occupier state,” and invited “every country” to “recognize Jerusalem as the capital of the occupied state of Palestine.”

Turkey’s President Erdogan says he will open an embassy in East Jerusalem

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/turkey-recep-tayyip-erdogan-embassy-east-jerusalem-palestinians-israel-donald-trump-a8115281.htmlTurkey will open an embassy in East Jerusalem, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said, days after leading calls at a summit of Muslim leaders for the world to recognise it as the capital of Palestine.

“God willing, the day is close when officially, with God’s permission, we will open our embassy there,” he said in a speech, while maintaining his fierce criticism of the US decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Final Thoughts

These moves have very little to do with Jerusalem. They have everything to do with Erdogan’s ambition to be the leader of the Muslim world. He wants to build a coalition behind him to be the “great uniter” of a diverse people spread around the globe who are often at odds with one another. He wants to rebuild the Ottoman Empire. The scary part is that it might work.

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Trump betrays conservatives: Nominates anti-Christian, pro-LGBT activist to EEOC

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Trump betrays conservatives Nominates anti-Christian pro-LGBT activist to EEOC

When US Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy created a non-existent constitutional right to same-sex marriage out of thin air in Obergefell v. Hodges, justices in the minority of the 5-4 decision “legalizing” the practice warned of the inevitable threat it would create to the First Amendment right to religious freedom.

While LGBT radicals and their allies in the Gay Mafia deny it, warnings by Justices Roberts, Scalia, Thomas, and Alito about the threats have proven to be true. In fact, the threat to religious liberty resulting from the LGBT agenda existed even before Obergefell.

In a piece I wrote shortly after the same-sex marriage ruling, I joined my fellow conservatives in expressing our concerns over the possible loss of religious liberty. In the article, I quoted several pro-LGBT activists who flat-out admitted that taking down religious liberty was the plan all along. One of those activists is Chai Feldblum, a homosexual activist appointed as a commissioner to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission by Barack Obama.

The “zero-sum game” is how homosexual activist law professor and Obama EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) appointee Chai Feldblum describes the legal battles between modern “rights” based on homosexual “orientation” (read: behavior) and the traditional American principle of religious liberty.

“Gays win, Christians lose,” Feldblum said, predicting homosexuals would win most of the legal contests.

Well, it looks like Donald Trump is ready to give Feldblum and the LGBT agenda a big boost.

In an announcement last week, the “most pro-LGBT” Republican candidate for president re-nominated Feldblum to keep her job at the EEOC. And despite claims by some in Trump’s inner circle of “evangelical advisors” that this only happened because Trump wasn’t briefed on Feldblum or involved in her nomination, the track record of the man who swore to “do everything in (his) power to protect LGBTQ citizens” at the Republican National Convention indicates that this is right in line with the priorities of President Trump and Vice President Pence.

For example, when Trump followed Jared and Ivanka’s advice to reaffirm an Obama executive order that essentially legalized discrimination against Christian business owners by requiring them to embrace the LGBT agenda or lose their right to do business with the federal government, Pence–who has a history of his own when it comes to caving to LGBT radicals–defended the pro-LGBT decision.

“I think throughout the campaign, President Trump made it clear that discrimination would have no place in our administration. I mean, he was the very first Republican nominee to mention the LGBTQ community at our Republican National Convention and was applauded for it. And I was there applauding with him”

In June, Trump pretended to reverse an Obama directive that allowed students to use bathrooms and showers based on their gender identity. In reality, Trump’s order opened the door for the government to prosecute schools that fail to recognize a transgendered student’s “right” to use the facility of their choice.

From the very beginning, the Fellowship of the Pharisees have defended Trump because he’s “God’s man,” and he will protect religious liberty. It seems to me that nominating a pro-LGBT, anti-Christian lesbian activist to a federal job where she can advance the LGBT agenda fails in that department.

Originally posted on The Strident Conservative.

 

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