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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.

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6 Comments

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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DDoS and Twitter attack in same day. Someone’s not happy with us.

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DDoS and Twitter attack in same day Someones not happy with us

I should have known when the the Twitter account for the site was suddenly permanently banned that something was fishy. Unfortunately, Twitter is funny that way, so I didn’t put 2 and 2 together until the site itself went down.

When you operate a site that tells the truth, there’s bound to be someone offended. That’s the nature of the game, especially for a news site that focuses on conservative media, that holds a Judeo-Christian worldview, and that isn’t afraid to say things that may not be popular with, well, most people.

Our web provider was great. They recognized the attacks and took steps to stop them, but the attackers are clever. When they couldn’t brute-force hack into the admin, they went the DDoS route. I’m not going to get into the technical details because they’re over my head, but from what I can tell from the logs and in talking to our host, it wasn’t a casual attack. They’ve been trying to hack the back end for days and when that proved too challenging,they went straight for the shutdown attempt.

As for Twitter, I’m not even going to bother. The site and one of the authors (that I’ve seen so far) were banned. I switched the site to link to my personal Twitter account. Been meaning to spend more energy there anyway.

This is reason #17 why we’re so badly in need of donations from our readers. We have big plans for the site that include paid editors, writers, graphics, and a tech person (which we obviously need). I need to move the site to a stronger hosting tier, one that can withstand attacks like today. The one we’re using isn’t cheap, but it’s not top-of-the-line.

When you’re on the right side of the political aisle, there will be people who try to stop you. We will persevere, but we certainly can use the help.

To paraphrase a famous quote, if you’re not making enough people mad, then you’re doing it wrong. We will not crumble under the weight of heavy opposition. Fighting the left and their media puppets is a task that’s too important to let go.


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The complete fraud that is socialism

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The complete fraud that is socialism

Once again we are witness to the age-old scam of socialism with Leftists making promises to attain power that can never be fulfilled.

Long before Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s Gulag Archipelago exposed the systematic oppression, torture, incarceration and deliberate mass murder that are the hallmarks of socialistic slavery. James A. Michener documented the 1956 Hungarian uprising against communism in his book ‘The Bridge at Andau’. While both are great literary works, ‘The Bridge at Andau’ laid bare the complete fraud that is the collectivist ideologies in creating a ‘Heaven on Earth’ or ‘worker’s paradise’ that never comes to fruition.

The selling of socialistic slavery to a new generation tends to follow a certain type of ‘progress’. Promises are made for all kinds of largess ranging from Free Healthcare, Free Housing, Free College, Free food to even Free income. All paid for with other people’s money. Never mind that It’s impossible to fulfill all of these wondrous asseverations. Appearances must be made to at least begin the process, so the ever-present task of wealth redistribution begins at the point of a gun.

This is also why the Socialist-Left obsesses over gun confiscation and the suppression of free speech. It is imperative for the Leftists to disarm the people since they generally object to having their property stolen from them. However, we are getting ahead of ourselves, this is to document how this exploitation of the people has ‘progressed’ in other collectivist enclaves to better understand how this crime against the people is perpetrated.

Why do collectivist regimes always require secret police apparatus and the suppression of Liberty?

This question was detailed in The Bridge at Andau in the chapters on the ‘AVO man’. In which he discusses the secret police organisation of the Hungarian Communists, the AVO (Allamvedelmi Osztaly). He bluntly asked and answered the question:

Why must communism depend on such dregs of society?

No matter on what elevated plane communism begins its program of total dictatorship. it sooner or later runs into such economic and social problems that some strong-arm force is required to keep the civil population under control.

As is the case now as it was then, a nation’s Socialist-Left will promise just about anything to attain power over the people:

When communism is wooing the workers in Csepel, all kinds of exaggerated promises are made if they seem likely to awaken men’s aspirations and their cupidity. These promises are couched in such simple terms and such effective symbols that they become immediate goals of the revolution.

Review briefly what communist agitators had once promised the Hungarians who appear in this book: consumer goods such as they had never known before, increased wages. increased social benefits, shorter hours of work, improved education for everyone, a greater social freedom, and a government directly responsible to the working classes. Under communism such promises were never even remotely capable of attainment.

[Our Emphasis]
If all of that sounds eerily familiar, it’s because that’s part of a very old song and dance that has deceived many a generation into enslaving themselves under socialism. Consider this recent story from the Associated Press:

Democrats lurch left on top policies as 2020 primary begins

NEW YORK (AP) — Democratic presidential contender Julian Castro launched his campaign by pledging support for “Medicare for All,” free universal preschool, a large public investment in renewable energy and two years of free college for all Americans.
….

New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, who is expected to launch his presidential campaign soon, has sponsored legislation to create a federal jobs guarantee program in several communities across America.

The pilot program… could ultimately transform the U.S. labor market by providing well-paid government employment with benefits for anyone who wants it.

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As Margaret Thatcher so aptly surmised, eventually they will run out of other people’s money. In our case in the states, that is already the situation given the enormous debt and unfunded liabilities reaching into the stratosphere of trillions of dollars. Of course, this hasn’t deterred committed collectivists such as Democratic mayor Bill de Blasio who recently stated that ‘There’s plenty of money in the world… It’s just in the wrong hands!’ Never mind that it is morally wrong to steal the property of others or that once a society turns down the dead-end of socialism there will always be more people wanting more money from those who have it.

Wealth redistribution scams will always wreck the economy. A socialist regime that nationalizes the economy can never function better than one of economic Liberty. Soon enough everything breaks down, the people see through the lies and the government has to start breaking heads. Thus it is imperative that they have previously confiscated the people’s guns and made it illegal to defend themselves.

The Takeaway

Socialistic schemes always run contrary to basic human nature. Rewarding someone for not working will always result in less work. Conversely, punishing someone for working will also result in less work.

This basic logic of human nature seems to be lost on Leftists. But perhaps it is not. They have to know their schemes have never and will never work. And yet they still try to impose them on everyone else. Perhaps they know of the epic fraud they are continually perpetrating on society, but they don’t care. That will be the subject of our next installment.


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As Venezuela implodes, Trump administration recognizes Juan Guaidó as President

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As Venezuela implodes Trump administration recognizes Juan Guaid as President

The destruction of Venezuela by socialism and corruption is practically complete, but hope is on the horizon. A new President has been recognized by the United States, making Nicolas Maduro’s presidency nearly finished.

Juan Guaidó has been serving as the President of the National Assembly of Venezuela since earlier this month and assumed the role of interim President earlier today. The United States joins Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, and Puerto Rico in recognizing his claim as legitimate.

People have filled the streets of Caracas in an amazing display of solidarity against Maduro, who held an “inauguration” on January 11 despite clear indicators the May 2018 elections were rigged. Now, the streets of Caracas are full.

President Trump confirmed the move following multiple news outlets quoting White House officials.

Ironically, Guaidó’s rallying cry happens to be “Sí, se puede!”, Spanish for “Yes we can.”

My Take

This is the only viable move given the circumstances. As I posted on Facebook:

It may not be possible for Guaidó to turn around the failing nation without a lot of outside assistance, but one thing is certain: Maduro had zero chance of making anything better for his starving people.


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