MILLENNIALS – JUST SAYIN’
So much is happening with Election 2016 that it’s a challenge to begin blogging again! But blog I must about a BIZARRE PHENOMENON occurring out there in our election world—bizarre and frightening at the same time—compelling me to jump into the fray.
YOU, the MILLENNIALS, Who Will Be Our Nation’s Voting Bloc By 2020
Are EMBRACING AN OPENLY SOCIALIST Septuagenarian—Bernie Sanders.
FOLKS, IT’S TIME TO BE AFRAID!
I’m writing this to all Millennials first and then to their Mothers, Fathers, and Grandparents to make sure they read it!
You have been raised in an environment of protection and coddling. Everything and everyone in your world spoke to your importance. Your helicopter parents took an overprotective and excessive interest in every aspect of your lives, and the Government protected you with a fortress of youth safety initiatives. You were given trophies when you didn’t win, but told you were winners just for participating.
Now you’ve gone off to college and expecting the same protection and affirmation from the big bad world, you demand to be given a Safe Space away from all those nasty microaggressions. It’s only natural you make this demand after the faculty leftists who now rule America’s high schools and universities teach victim-hood: racism, sexism, homophobia, etc. You are beginning to learn life’s lesson—it’s not always fair—life is not a rose garden. Welcome to the Real World!
And now you have the privilege of voting in a national election. My question to you. Are you going to vote as the victim who needs that Safe Space or are you going to Put On Your Big Boy/Girl Pants and vote as an informed citizen? Which Millennial will show up at the polls?
You can’t be blamed for your apparent embrace of Socialism, because your education of history has been so revised that your knowledge of Communism, Socialism, and Progressivism is but a few vague words. You were barely out of diapers when the Soviet Unions’ COMMUNIST EVIL EMPIRE collapsed and the Berlin Wall came down: ENDING THE COLD WAR. You know nothing about the realities of life in the United States during the Cold War.
It was real and it was scary! The 1950’s that I experienced was occupied with worries about Communist subversion at home and abroad: the Soviet Union exploded their first Atomic bomb in 1949 and the arms race began, the building of backyard bomb shelters, the space race, the Cuban missile crisis, and the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. Time magazine’s cover in 1959 depicted Nikita Khrushchev predicting our doom: “we will bury you”. If you had been a child during this time you would have experienced “Duck and Cover” a Civil Defense film for children in which Bert the Turtle showed you what to do in the event of an Atomic Bomb attack.
Although it is true that YOU are coming up in a very tough economy where job opportunities are limited, with diminishing returns accompanying soaring tuition, you must understand what it is you are supporting in Bernie Sanders’ Socialism—or in his defeat—Hillary Clinton’s Progressivism.
As the Presidential Primary season advances and the General Election nears it is important for you to know one simple fact: “There is no difference between COMMUNISM, SOCIALISM AND PROGRESSIVISM once all the masks are off. They all go to the same place: Loss of Liberty, loss of National Sovereignty, loss of the Free Market, loss of opportunity to become successful and better off than the lazy person down the street, complete loss of Freedom.” https://truthbeforedishonor.wordpress.com/2011/07/04/communism-socialism-progressivism-and-the-american-founding
Each of these ISMS represent a political and economic system, but all depend on various degrees of GOVERNMENT CONTROL over your life.
I am not going to bore you with the philosophies and theories of COMMUNISM, SOCIALISM AND PROGRESSIVISM—Rather I intend to appeal to your better angels with three words:
COLLECTIVISM or INDIVIDUALISM
There are two questions you must ask yourself when considering your choice of a candidate for the 2016 election.
1. Do you want to have the freedom to pursue your life as you choose?
2. Do you want your life to be controlled by the government for the sake of others?
If you answered yes to the first question—welcome to INDIVIDUALISM. INDIVIDUALISM limits government interference in our lives. This is the view our Founders embraced so eloquently in our Constitution. They believed the government had a well-defined role to play in the lives of citizens—essentially leaving people alone to lead their own lives. You do not want a big government controlling your life!
If you answered yes to the second question—welcome to COLLECTIVISM. You have now endorsed a government that subjugates the individual to a group—forever chaining yourself to collective actions and collective thought for the sake of what is called the common good. All Collectivist doctrines depend on the values that YOU, THE ABLE, create and are forced to share by the government.
BERNIE THE SOCIALIST says, “We should look to countries like Denmark”…“learn what they have accomplished for their working people.” Hang on there, Bernie! I happen to know a thing or two about Denmark—we lived there for two years. Yes, Denmark is a pretty good place to live, but it is by no stretch of the imagination the UTOPIA Bernie would like us to emulate—that is if you value your freedom to pursue your life as you choose.
Denmark’s right to health care, free college, and other cradle to grave benefits cost the middle class Danish taxpayer an income tax rate somewhere between 55% and 65%—not to mention the additional 25% sales tax—the VAT Tax (value-added tax.)
As an example: The purchase of a new car in Denmark sets off a 150% sales tax—in other words, a $20,000 sedan costs $50,000 to drive off the lot. Then there are heavy gasoline taxes that bring the price of a gallon of fuel up to around $8 a gallon. Is it any wonder that 60% of Danes do not own a car? REAL DANES DRIVE BICYCLES! I fear that with all the promises of free stuff that Bernie offers, we will all be riding bicycles soon too! Be careful what you wish for!
Ironically “While Sanders is trying to become the first social democrat in the White House, Denmark kicked its social democrats out of power in June. This may lead to cutbacks in the country’s safety net. The country’s new center-right leaders have already re-instituted a cut in social assistance for recent immigrants and they are looking to cap these benefits for everyone.” http://money.cnn.com/2015/10/23/news/economy/denmark-inequality/
If you fall into the trap of voting for all of Bernie’s free stuff—THINK AGAIN!—Nothing is free without someone ponying up the money, and that would be YOU at 55%-65% income tax rate. Paying off your education loans could be more appealing.
HILLARY CLINTON calls herself “PROGRESSIVE” —“A PROGRESSIVE who gets things done.” Progressives favor an active role for the government in overseeing civil society (family and private sphere), regulating the economy, and redistributing wealth. In the early 90’s Hillary would have been called a Liberal. Around that time there was a sudden replacement of PROGRESSIVE for that naughty L-WORD—LIBERAL: the result of the ‘80’s Reagan revolution attacking all things deemed liberal.
During debates and on the campaign trail Hillary has embraced Obama’s policies over and over again. Some say that electing Hillary would be just another third Obama term. Obama’s agenda has been typical Democratic Dreaming about pushing discredited government programs to steer an economy that at best is sputtering along. Hillary like Obama wants to redistribute wealth, but if you support INDIVIDUALISM over COLLECTIVISM, you necessarily would not agree with government taking some of your money to give to another.
INDIVIDUALISM speaks exclusively about economic growth; never about the redistribution of our Nation’s wealth!