When you see Bernie Sanders, remember Venezuela. When you see Elizabeth Warren, think Caracas. When you see Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, think of the plight of those poor people fleeing Venezuela by the hundreds of thousands—just so they can eat.
That may seem a little harsh. But the fact is that Venezuela went from one of the most prosperous countries south of the border, to being a complete basket-case because of socialistic policies. And American leaders should learn from Venezuela and tone down the pro-socialism rhetoric.
Despite the realities of daily life in Caracas, precisely because of socialism, a new survey just released found that among Democrats, socialism is to be preferred over capitalism. The new report by Frank Newport issued by Gallup Polls (8/13/18) declares that Democrats are more positive about socialism (57 percent) than they are capitalism (47 percent).
Perhaps more disturbing is that many young people also state they prefer socialism to capitalism—but, as Dr. Frank Wright, head of D. James Kennedy Ministries, points out, these same people will glance down at their I-phones and Androids and other marvels of technology that capitalism produced. Newport notes: “Americans aged 18 to 29 are as positive about socialism (51%) as they are about capitalism (45%)…a marked shift since 2010, when 68% viewed [capitalism] positively.”
This is astounding. Capitalism is a proven winner. Socialism is a proven failure. We don’t have to look to other hemispheres to see that. We have seen it in Cuba for five decades. Now we see that nightmare relived in Venezuela.
France24.com (8/14/18) reports that, according to the U.N., 2.3 million people have fled Venezuela simply so they can find food. Furthermore, it is becoming less safe medically: “Diseases that had been eradicated such as measles, malaria, tuberculosis and diphtheria have reappeared and are on the rise.” What a human tragedy.
Music minister John Moore lived in Venezuela performing in one of that nation’s symphony orchestras in the early 1980s. This was during the days of prosperity, long before the days of socialism. He told me: “There’s just no sadder or more visible testimony of the ravages of socialism than what has happened to the country of Venezuela in the past 10 or 15 years.”
He added, “When I was there, the oil companies were still being run by the Venezuelan government with the assistance of American oil companies; and so oil production flowed. People lived in a government that had been stable for 120 years. The currency, the bolivar, was 4.3 to the dollar for over 25 years.”
But then came the siren song of socialism, and tragically many of the people fell for the communistic rhetoric of Hugo Chavez who turned that country to socialism.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Jerry Newcombe