WASHINGTON, March 19, 2014 – Yes, their ideas are worse than disastrous, but they manage to wrap them in wonderful words like compassion and caring. They manage to demonize anyone who wants to point out that liberalism and socialism are complete failures. They drag out images of children being tossed on the street to starve and grandmothers being pushed in their wheelchairs over a cliff.
Yet there is a real life example of where socialism ends up. It is simple to explain and everyone gets it.
In Venezuela, that South American nation is being racked with turmoil. Venezuela’s Marxist strong man Hugo Chavez died a year ago and was replaced by Nicholas Maduro. Chavez tried to impose a Marxist economic system in Venezuela and since he took over, Maduro has doubled down. He has nationalized businesses to hold prices down. He has imprisoned businessmen for the crime of trying to make a profit.
What happens after that is perfectly predictable.
Businesses have fled Venezuela. No sane person wants to invest there. Venezuelans are lining up for food now. They are having to wait for six hours in line, just to buy food and that is if there is any food to buy. People are having their hands stamped with indelible ink to mark their place in line and what they can purchase. The Venezuelan government is going to Cuban style ration cards that will tell people when they can buy, what they can buy and how much they can buy.
If they need more than their government allotment?
Well that is too bad.
And here is the meme that makes so much sense.
In Venezuela, people line up for food. In America, food lines up for people. Where there is freedom, there is prosperity. Where there is socialism, there is tyranny and poverty.
Venezuela is not the only place this has happened.
In the 1930’s, Soviet Dictator Joseph Stalin collectivized the farms in the Soviet Union. Private farms were confiscated and massive state run farms were created. Workers couldn’t be fired so the predictable result came about.
Food production in the Soviet Union plummeted. Then the Soviets allowed farmers and peasants to work small private lots where they could raise and either keep their own food or sell it. While these private lots made up only two to four percent of the land and those products were not subsidized by the government, by 1977 those lots accounted for three quarters of the food consumed by the Russians in the Soviet Union.
There is a reason why liberals must work so hard to demonize anyone who disagrees with them. They cannot stand the truth.
The truth is, their ideas have been tried and their ideas have failed. Wasn’t it Einstein who defined insanity as trying the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result?
The next time a liberal argues with you about the success of their policies, point out Venezuela and take them to an American grocery story. As you look at all of the food lined up for you, remind your liberal friend, that if they were in Venezuela, it would only be a six hour wait for food, from this point.