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#1 User is offline   MTP Reggie 

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Posted 13 February 2020 - 07:22 AM

Building a Movement to Stop "Democratic Socialism"
COMMENTARY BY Kay C. James, President of The Heritage Foundation
Oct 23rd, 2019
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The rising tide of socialism in America is reaching a critical point as more Americans warm up to the idea of bigger, more intrusive government.

Socialism has failed in every country, every time it's been tried.

Conservatives have the right principles and the right solutions—but we need to do a better job of communicating them.

The rising tide of socialism in America is reaching a critical point as more Americans warm up to the idea of bigger, more intrusive government.

A Gallup poll earlier this year found that 43 percent of Americans say socialism would be a good thing for the country. Other polls show similar findings. The percentages are even higher for women, minorities and young people.

If we hope to recognize this country 10 years from now, if we want to pass on to our children and grandchildren a nation that's as least as free and prosperous as the one we inherited, we need to focus our efforts on turning everyday Americans away from the false promises of bigger government. And we need greater education and outreach to do it.

Certainly, one reason for this worrying trend is because average people see problems in this country they want solved, and a flurry of politicians, lobbying groups and others excitedly offer them more big government in response, with many of their solutions verging on outright socialism. Just look at Medicare for All, free college tuition and the Green New Deal as examples.

What many average Americans fail to see is that conservatives see the same problems they do and want to solve them, too, but just by different means. But how do we convince them that we have better answers?

Fortunately, we have several factors on our side.

First, we have the truth. Socialism has failed in every country, every time it's been tried. Additionally, here in the United States and in countries that have softer "democratic socialism," decades of data show that big-government policies continue to fail over and over again. More often than not, they end up hurting the very people they were supposed to help. Welfare in the United States is just one example.

Second, some of the polls showing Americans warming up to socialism also show that, when pressed, respondents didn't understand what socialism actually involved. While initially they loved the idea of free college tuition, free health care and the Green New Deal, when they were told even a few details—like what it would cost them in new taxes, how their choices would go away, how bureaucrats in far-off places would be making decisions for them—they quickly turned against the proposals.

Third, new polling by The Heritage Foundation shows that the groups that seem the warmest to bigger government—women, minorities and young people—actually agree with conservatives on many of our principles as long as we don't call them "conservative." Reaching out to these groups and others is where we can turn the tide and find the numbers needed to stand against the statist agenda.

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Posted 13 February 2020 - 09:06 AM

We already have a 'movement' in place, it's Trump's vision for America. Four years ago it was the Trump train, this time around we're looking at a tsunami. Drain the swamp yer ass, were gonna flush that cesspool in November! :thumbsup:

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