Sir Winston Churchill defined socialism as “a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.” Sadly, there are Americans who embrace this philosophy and those who’ve implanted this philosophy of failure into the highest office in the land. And it just might be there to stay, if one presidential candidate has her way.
As reported in the Washington Times:
Hillary Rodham Clinton rolled out a populist pitch and left-wing agenda Saturday, promising to restore a “shared prosperity” for all Americans in a speech at the first big rally of her Democratic run for president.
The former secretary of state stuck to themes of economic and political fairness, presenting herself as a champion of all Americans and decrying Republicans as beholden to the wealthy and corporations.
“Prosperity can’t be just for CEOs and hedge fund managers. Democracy can’t be just for billionaires and corporations,” Mrs. Clinton told a crowd of a couple thousands at a park on Roosevelt Island in New York City’s East River.”
Mrs. Clinton’s rhetoric follows the progressive socialist mantra that promotes government responsibility for guaranteeing happiness — the antithesis of our nation’s declared unalienable right to pursue our own happiness. It’s just another example of the social egalitarianism that drives liberal progressives. Who are these people who believe it their duty to instill “economic and political fairness?” And how does one achieve “shared prosperity?” It’s reminiscent of one candidate Barack Obama back in 2008 who told one “Joe the Plumber” it’s better when we “spread the wealth around.”
How have all these socialist theories worked out for our economic recovery?
What’s most disconcerting is the fact that we actually have individuals seeking to be president who’d utter such blasphemy shows how much America has lost its fundamental way. Then again, one might ask, “what difference does it make?” Consider President Obama’s comment while running for reelection that if you own a business, you did not build that — and he got reelected.
Sadly, Churchill’s description of socialism seems very applicable in America today; a cult of personality has evolved to sell Americans a very bad bill of goods. “Shared prosperity” can only be achieved through wealth redistribution. For the liberal progressive left, tax code is the weapon of choice to achieve this. At least Senator Bernie Sanders has been honest enough to let us know he supports a 90% top-level tax rate. Obama now seeks to socially reengineer neighborhoods in an effort to “share” prosperity. So what will be Hillary Clinton’s approach?
Churchill was right to call socialism the creed of ignorance. I wonder how attendees of Mrs. Clinton’s rally Saturday would suggest we achieve “shared prosperity?” Imagine if rally attendees had been asked to surrender their iPhone 6s to lower income people — how would they have responded? And perhaps the first affluent neighborhood to welcome low-income housing should be the Clintons’ in Chappaqua, New York. Yep, I think we should put the new low-income housing in the nation’s most liberal-voting counties and precincts — seems fair to me.
Mrs. Clinton certainly confirmed Churchill’s assertion that socialism preaches the gospel of envy. Now, consider her abject, laughable hypocrisy condemning CEOs, hedge fund managers and corporations. Just how much are the Clintons worth? Our representative democracy is for everyone, even those in Nevada and California represented by millionaires Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi. My sides are busting imagining Hillary Clinton and her elite liberal progressive pals like Anna Wintour sitting around talking about shared prosperity and economic fairness. They’re truly preying upon the creed of ignorance as they spread the gospel of envy.
The only thing socialism truly shares, as Churchill stated, is misery; hence, it’s the philosophy of failure. As applied to schools, socialism takes the A and B students’ hard work and redistributes their grades to the D and F students — everyone ends up being a C student. The resulting misery comes when those who once sought to excel no longer see the point of individual industrialism and stop producing. The other group realizes they need not make any effort and a virulent sense of entitlement ensues — they wait to be given the redistributed largesse. The resulting economic paralysis is deadly. As Lady Margaret Thatcher so aptly stated, “The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money.” What Americans need to understand is it’s not the liberal progressive political and entertainment elites’ money we’re talking about; it will be the hard-earned resources of Americans who wake up every day doing our best to produce and create better opportunities for our children and grandchildren.
Mrs. Clinton stated:
Prosperity and democracy are part of your basic bargain, too. You brought our country back. Now it’s time, your time, to secure the gains and move ahead. That is why I am running for president of the Untied States.
I’m running to make our economy work for you and every American,” she said. “For the successful and the struggling … for the factory workers and food servers who stand on their feet all day, for the nurses who work the night shift, for the truckers who drive for hours and the farmers who feed us, for the veterans who served our country, for the small business owners who took a risk, for everyone who’s been knocked down but refused to be knocked out.”
All that was missing was “hope and change.” Just more soaring rhetoric that will end up with an annualized gross domestic product growth under 2% — just like the current president who gave really nice speeches.
It’s not government’s responsibility to promise prosperity. Rather, it’s the duty of government to advance our own individual sovereignty and liberty through economic policies that promote an opportunity society. What Hillary Clinton spoke of was the dependency society — her words reflecting that soft bigotry of low expectations. You cannot achieve it on your own, she suggests, only government — meaning “I” — can give it to you.
And folks, that’s why America is not just on the “Road to Serfdom,” we’re in the doggone express lane.