This is why, when our nation’s founders set up our government, they built in many checks and balances, because they had just had a very unpleasant experience with a government (the English crown) that went to great lengths to shut them out of their own governance. With the shots fired during the Revolutionary War still ringing in their ears, they didn’t trust any government to safely rule them without those checks and balances. Neither should we!
This year, 2016, we will go to the polls again in November, and be given a choice between electing a Republican or a Democratic (and possibly even an independent) candidate for president. On the Republican side, we have lots of great options for whom to vote for. Many of them are proven conservatives whose running platforms differ only in how conservative they actually are. While many of us are not really that fond of Donald Trump, he’s managed to hang onto his lead in the polls in spite of saying all kinds of appalling things that make liberals (and even some conservatives) upset. It’s hard not to cheer for him, particularly when you’re as sick of ‘political correctness’ as most of us are!
Coming second in the polls is Ted Cruz. Ted Cruz has earned a loyal following by following through on his campaign promises and doing what he promised he would do when he went to Washington, D.C., which was stand up for what was right for this country, and for our Constitution, no matter who else stood with him or didn’t stand with him. A lot of people respect that, even when they don’t always agree with what he stands for. Ted Cruz is also very nice without being any kind of a pushover.
There are many other contenders for the Republican nomination, but the likelihood of any of them taking the lead over Donald Trump or Ted Cruz is very small.
On the Democratic side, we have a choice between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, and another guy whom nobody hears much about.
Hillary Clinton has quite the checkered history, but for now, let’s focus on her political beliefs. She is a socialist.
This quote from Alexis de Tocqueville is the best explanation I’ve ever found for what is at the heart of socialism:
“Democracy and socialism have nothing in common but one word: equality. But notice the difference: while democracy seeks equality in liberty, socialism seeks equality in restraint and servitude.”
Hillary Clinton has said before (quite publicly too!) that she believes it is her job to do our thinking for us. That we need her to tell us what to do!
Hillary Clinton does not believe in individual freedom and personal responsibility.
Like most liberal Democrats, she wants to tell us how to live our lives: what kind of car we can drive; what kind of house we can live in; which community we can live in; what we can eat (and how much!); where we can spend our money; how we spend our money (after giving most of it to the government in taxes so that she can use it to pass more laws telling us how we can spend the little bit she allows us to keep!).
She wants the authority to decide who is privileged, and therefore deserving of punitive taxation, and who is oppressed, and therefore deserving of government-seized largesse.
Hillary Clinton is all about seeking to equally oppress everyone except those few elites who, like her, are somehow entitled to live on high and send down decrees on how the rest of us should live our lives!
Bernie Sanders is more of the same, only more blatant, because he’s running quite boldly as a communist.
There really isn’t a whole lot to choose between socialism and communism. Most people don’t realize that these words are interchangeable.
Socialism is communism all dressed up and make socially acceptable for people who are too gullible to understand that their goals and desires are exactly the same! This is, by the way, why the Russian communists named their country the United Soviet Socialist Republic.
Anything Hillary wants politically, Bernie Sanders wants times ten. He’s just more honest about it.
Most people think they want what socialism and/or communism offers. Equality sounds like a great deal, especially when you’ve got politicians with poisoned tongues feeding your envy of neighbors who are wealthier than you.
“They have what you want! That isn’t right! ‘Someone’ needs to fix that, make things more equal!” they declaim. But what they don’t tell you is the only way everyone is ever going to have equal wealth is when no one has anything at all because the government has taken all the wealth away and wasted it on running vast bureaucracies.
So, when it comes time to vote this coming November, I hope you’ll remember that socialism isn’t worth all the hype, and vote for freedom and responsibility for all. Vote conservative! Vote Republican! And do your homework.
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