WASHINGTON, Jan. 25, 2016 – Unless a person has been off the planet or holed up deep inside of it, he knows 2016 is a crucial election year. Americans are anxious, and many feel there is a lot at stake. They believe it is about the direction this faltering country will go in after the election.
Poll after poll has shown that Americans, in large numbers, believe this country is going in the wrong direction. For many, this is what this historic election is about.
In one corner, in stark contrast to what we are used to seeing, is an avowed socialist, Bernie Sanders. In the other corner is a brash and well-known capitalist, Donald Trump.
But what about Hillary, the heir apparent? She’s a socialist too, she just refuses to admit it. As for her campaign, she is likely to be indicted, adjudicated guilty and carted off to jail. So, she is out of the picture, as far as this article is concerned.
Fueled by a free market system, thanks largely to Adam Smith, who is often referred to as the father of modern economics, this nation has thrived and its middle class has prospered. Inside of 200 years the United States has become the premier superpower.
Smith, born in Scotland, laid the foundations of classical free market economic theory. He expounded how rational self-interest and competition can lead to economic prosperity. America took notice.
Guided by his four economic principles — the freedom to try, buy, sell and fail — this young republic and its citizens became an economic and military juggernaut.
But what about socialism? And why is it a threat to our liberties and freedoms?
By definition, socialism is a political and economic theory of social organization that advocates that the means of production, distribution and exchange should be owned or regulated by the community as a whole.
Property is held in common and not individually, and relationships are governed by a political hierarchy. Common ownership doesn’t mean decisions are made collectively. In place are individuals in positions of authority who make decisions in the name of the group.
Socialism originally involved the replacement of private property with a market exchange, but history has proven this ineffective. Today it involves individual market exchanges organized by collective planning.
So, what does any of this mean?
In essence, the 2016 election will pit individuality against collectivism. Which of the two economic systems will win, socialism or capitalism, no one knows. What is known is that socialism has never worked in favor of the middle class, only the elite.
At its core, socialism is a two-tier class system consisting of the working force, or laborers, and the ruling elite.
Other strategies and known objectives of the liberal elite date back to the ’60s, as noted by researcher Cleon Skousen in his book “The Naked Communist.”
All are meant to destabilize this country and usher in socialism. They are as follows:
A. Cultivate the illusion that total disarmament by the United States would be a demonstration of “moral strength.”
B. Permit free trade between all nations regardless of communist affiliation and regardless of whether items could be used for war.
C. Promote the United Nations as the only hope for mankind. If its charter is rewritten, demand that it be set up as a one-world government with its own independent armed forces.
D. Resist any attempt to outlaw the Communist Party.
E. Do away with loyalty oaths.
F. Continue giving Russia access to the U.S. Patent Office.
G. Use technical decisions of the courts to weaken basic American institutions, by claiming their activities violate civil rights.
H. Get control of the schools. Use them as transmission belts for socialism and current communist propaganda. Soften the curriculum. Get control of teachers’ associations. Put the party line in textbooks.
I. Gain control of all student newspapers.
J. Infiltrate the press. Get control of book review assignments, editorial writing, policy-making positions.
K. Gain control of key positions in radio, TV and motion pictures.
L. Eliminate all laws governing obscenity by calling them “censorship” and a violation of free speech and free press.
M. Break down cultural standards of morality by promoting pornography and obscenity in books, magazines, motion pictures, radio and TV.
N. Present homosexuality, degeneracy and promiscuity as “normal, natural and healthy.”
O. Infiltrate the churches and replace revealed religion with “social” religion.
P. Eliminate prayer or any phase of religious expression in the schools on the grounds that it violates the principle of “separation of church and state.”
Q. Discredit the American Constitution by calling it inadequate, old fashioned, out of step with modern needs, a hindrance to cooperation between nations.
R. Discredit the American founding fathers. Present them as selfish aristocrats who had no concern for the “common man.”
S. Discourage the teaching of American history on the ground that it was only a minor part of “the big picture.”
T. Infiltrate and gain control of more unions.
U. Transfer some of the powers of arrest from the police to social agencies. Treat all behavioral problems as psychiatric disorders that no one but psychiatrists can understand or treat.
V. Dominate the psychiatric profession and use mental health laws as a means of gaining coercive control over those who oppose communist goals.
W. Discredit the family as an institution. Encourage promiscuity and easy divorce.
X. Emphasize the need to raise children away from the negative influence of parents. Create the impression that violence and insurrection are legitimate aspects of the American tradition and that students and special interest groups should rise up and make a “united force” to solve economic, political or social problems.
Y. Give the World Court jurisdiction over domestic problems. Give the World Court jurisdiction over nations and individuals alike.
Any of this sound familiar?
Others in the liberal movement want to ban gun ownership in the United States in hopes of achieving total control over the citizenry. Preventing the government from banning guns, at this time, is the United States Constitution.
In summary, there are two main economic models, capitalism and central planning, which calls for the government to control the economy.
Capitalism is an economic system that calls for individual households and privately owned businesses to control the economy.
Socialism is about collectivism and control by elitists within the government.
In a free market system, the government should not interfere with a nation’s economy; instead, individuals act as “free agents” who pursue their own self-interest. These free agents act for the good of society as if guided by an invisible hand.
Unfortunately, America is beginning to resemble the socialist model. What has alarmed conservatives most is that nearly all of the liberals’ objectives on this list have been met.
For those who abhor socialism, and recognize it when they see it, this country is running out of time. In other words, it is now or never.
Fortunately, people wanting to continue building on what the framers intended are galvanized. They have had enough.
That is why this election is so important. The choice remains with each individual. It always has.
You can either vote for your rights, liberties and freedoms or for the stringent policies and strict regulation and increasing control of an ever-intrusive government.
Until the election, this will not feel like the America we all grew up in…