Socialism is deadly to democracy

To the editor:

It has been said that we should learn from the mistakes of others because we don’t live long enough to make all the mistakes ourselves. Good advice, but that’s not the only reason. Mistakes can be painful and/or expensive, consequences which can be avoided by learning from the mistakes of others.

Several opportunities for testing this can be observed today. First on the list is Venezuela, for a couple of reasons. Venezuela was, a couple of decades back, one of the most prosperous countries in the world. Today, they are eating pets and garbage to survive. What happened? Socialism happened, and it might be wise to bear that in mind when listening to all the Democrats who are running for president. All of them, with the possible exception of creepy Uncle Joe Biden, are trying to out-socialize the rest of the bunch. Free health care, free college tuition, guaranteed living wage, free everything.

I believe it was former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher who said that the problem with socialism was that you eventually run out of other people’s money. True, but that’s not the main problem. The main problem is that the folks in charge of decision-making, our dear politicians, have mostly never had a real job and don’t have a clue about how to make things work. Exhibit A: Barack Obama, who never had a real job, never had to meet a payroll, never had to make the tough decisions necessary in the real world. But Obama considered himself possessed of the wisdom to “totally transform the United States of America.” He transformed it, all right, but certainly not for the better, as we saw every month of his presidency.

Another problem with socialism is that you can vote your way into it, but you have to shoot your way out, which brings us to the second lesson of Venezuela. A few years back, the government of that country confiscated all the privately owned firearms. Now the citizens find themselves with a government which won’t go away, and they’re throwing rocks and bottles at heavily armed troops. Troops are actually running over the protesters with armored vehicles. We might want to think about that next time some Democrat starts talking about doing away with “assault rifles,” without having a clue as to what a real assault rifle is. If it looks scary, it has to go. The average Venezuelan would probably find an AR-15 pretty handy today.

Great Britain provides another opportunity to learn without pain or expense. Britain has a National Health Service, something Democrats want us to copy. Free health care, except it’s not free. Or efficient. Case in point: Mick Jagger. He had some serious heart problems, but instead of taking advantage of the free care offered by the NHS, he came to New York City and paid out of pocket, probably somewhere in the neighborhood of a million dollars. The operation in Britain might have been free, but he might have died before his turn came around. Same reason Canadians come to the United States for surgery.

The only truly free thing in this world is God’s grace. There is no free lunch, health care, or tuition. Somebody has to pay for all of it, and if a politician promises you something for free you can be sure they know that they’re lying.

ROBERT HUDSON

Pelham, N.C.

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