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Socialism – the pitch and the purpose, Part 8

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By Jim Thompson
HCP columnist

(continued from last week)

The Pitch – Part D

Have you noticed how much turmoil and dissatisfaction are in the country today? Of course, you have. Why do you think that is?

For all its flaws, the United States is still the most successful country in the history of the world. The Constitution and capitalism have lifted more people out of poverty than any other government at any other time in any other place in the history of the world. (By the way, Constitution Week is celebrated Sept. 17-23.)

Take a look at every place where socialism (or communism) has taken hold. They all lived in a miserable experience save one – Venezuela. Russia, China, Cuba, Scandinavia – all of them moved to communism or socialism because what they had previously was somewhere between horrible and unpleasant.

Vietnam went communist because Ho Chi Minh was willing to join forces with anyone who would help him kick the French colonials out of his country. At one point, he could have come our way just as easily (Woodrow Wilson refused to meet with him at the Paris Peace talks in 1919).

Venezuela in the early 1990s had a great capitalist-based society. It is often said that in those days Venezuela was the No. 2 country in the Western Hemisphere in the purchase of Ford F-150 pickup trucks. Yet, they bought the story that they would be better off with a socialist government. It hasn’t worked out for them. A major paper company’s paper mill was seized by the government and the manager left, hidden in the trunk of a car.

But what about here? The only way the anointed can move us to a more socialist government is to stir up dissent and turmoil amongst the useful idiots. So far, they are doing a pretty fair job of it.

Gavin Newsom just survived a recall vote in California by painting Larry Elder as a “white supremist in black face.” You can’t make this stuff up.

Larry Elder raised about $13 million for the campaign, Gavin Newsom raised close to $60 million from his elite San Francisco and Los Angeles buddies. The useful idiots swallowed this story.

The dissension here must be continually stirred up in order to continue to introduce more socialist ideas, from racial turmoil to climate change. COVID-19 is just another gift to aid the anointed as they work to turn us into a more socialist country.

The pitch often starts with looking at what “good” socialism has done for us in the past – and the acolytes start with the Franklin Roosevelt era. It is instructive to look at what was going on in the UK while we were struggling with one failed government program after another. In the 1930s, the UK cut taxes and government involvement and let the economy run. It took off. Here, the thing that saved the economy was not FDR, but World War II matériel production.

In racial issues, this from the Hoover Institution: “In the 1950s, after at least 70 years of rough parity, African American marriage rates began to fall behind white rates. In 1950, the percentages of white and African American women (aged 15 and over) who were currently married were roughly the same, 67 percent and 64 percent, respectively. By 1998, the percentage of currently married white women had dropped by 13 percent to 58 percent. But the drop among African American women was 44 percent to 36 percent – more than three times larger.” Can we lay this at the feet of ever-increasing socialism? I think so.

NASA reports that: “Data from satellite sensors show that during the Northern Hemisphere's growing season, the Midwest region of the United States boasts more photosynthetic activity than any other spot on Earth, according to NASA and university scientists. The team noticed that on an annual basis, the tropics are the most productive. But during the Northern Hemisphere's growing season, the U.S. Corn Belt ‘really stands out,’ Frankenberg [the team leader] said. ‘Areas all over the world are not as productive as this area.’”

Other reports say that during our growing season, the U.S. corn crop produces 40 percent more oxygen than the Amazon rain forest.

Congratulations, farmers. You may save us from climate change and socialism, if we can just get the message through to the useful idiots.

Jim Thompson, formerly of Marshall, is a graduate of Hillsboro High School and the University of Cincinnati. He resides in Duluth, Ga. and is a columnist for The Highland County Press. He may be reached at

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