Seeing the Round Corners

April 15, 2019 


The March 25th column defined Socialism according to the dictionary, but that definition describes the economic system. There’s much more to what living under Socialism would mean than just the effect on the economic system.

It is indeed a sad commentary on ignorance that such a large segment of the population can gain the support of an avowed socialist such as Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT). Maybe gross ignorance would more accurately describe such.

In this writer’s dictionary, socialism equates to tragedy on a par with disaster. One must wonder where Sanders and his legion of sheep-like followers were over the decades when socialism destroyed one country after another.-- the modern-day Argentina, Venezuela and North Korea.

Perhaps Germany is a little too far back in history for the college-age crowd and the Congresswomen from New York (AOC) to remember, but when Germany was divided into West and East Germany, a wall was built and land mines planted to prevent East Germans from fleeing to West Germany which had a capitalistic economy with great income, wealth and human rights protection. Present-day North Korea uses the same tactics as Germany did to keep its citizens from escaping.

Few of the followers of Sanders are aware of just what dire consequences socialism inflicts on a population. Readers should recall when the movement took over England to exit membership in the European Union. When the vote to exit was successful, reporters roamed the streets interviewing people dancing and wildly celebrating. When asked about what the vote would mean, respondents asked “What is the European Union?” They did not know what the European Union was, much less the ramifications entailed – economically, personal protections, human rights and otherwise.

Those in this country jumping on Sanders’ socialism band wagon are obviously clueless about what it means to live under socialism.

Forty years ago, America was horrified when news arrived of the mass suicide/murder in the jungles of Guyana at the Reverend Jim Jones commune. Nearly 1,000 Americans had fallen for the smooth-talking Jones who continually admonished his followers that, “God is Socialism, and I am Principle Socialism, and that’s what makes me God.”

Sanders has introduced a new Medicare For All bill. The Daily Signal compiled the following breakdown of Sanders’ bill. (FYI): The Daily Signal is the multimedia news organization of the Heritage Foundation, and covers policy and political news, conservative commentary and analysis.) 

  • The legislation would create a new national health insurance plan to provide universal coverage to all U. S. residents, regardless of their legal status, and be phased in over four years.
  • Under Section 107, the bill would outlaw private health coverage, including employer-sponsored coverage, that “duplicates the coverage provided under the government health plan.”
  • About 181 million Americans would lose their existing private coverage.
  • Other federal health programs would also be abolished including Medicare, Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program, Tricare, and the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program – programs that cover tens of millions of Americans. All would be absorbed into the larger program.


Perhaps this summation by The Daily Signal will get the attention of readers:

  • The consequences of the bill will be slower care, fewer available doctors and new taxation.


A comment by renowned French economist Claude Frederic Bastiat is even, if not more appropriate here in this century:  “Government is the great fiction through which everybody endeavors to live at the expense of everybody else.”

Bastiat was most known for his book, The Law, which was first published in June of 1850 during a period when France was rapidly turning to complete socialism, and his fellow countrymen ignored Bastiat’s warnings, “how socialism must inevitably degenerate into communism.”

Bastiat remains amazingly credible into this century. He stated:  “Each of us has a natural right, from God, to defend his person, his liberty, and his property.” – words also known to be in the U. S. Constitution. This warrants a repeat of a portion of this writer’s column which appeared on March 25, 2019: 

 As an example of a “subtle” step the Democrats have put in motion since re-gaining the majority in the House of Representatives is “seeking to remove ‘God’ from the House Committee oath.” America was founded and has been known to be a Christian nation despite former President Obama’s efforts otherwise. Yes, the U. S. Constitution provides for a separation of church and state. 

Here are the proposed changes to the oath which the Democrats are “pushing to eliminate a reference to God from the oath witnesses take in front of the House Committee on Natural Resources.” The words “so help you God” would be replaced with the phrase “under penalty of law.” So, before testifying, the witness would be asked:

  • “Do you solemnly swear or affirm, under penalty of law, that the testimony that you are about to give is the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth?”


Late arrivals of more Democratic effort to sabotage the pride Americans have in their country and flag, partially attributed to President Trump:

  • In California, also known as Nancy’s Pelosi’s kingdom, the Laguna Beach Police Department is being attacked for painting a portion of its fleet of 11 squad cars with American flag graphics. Critics claim the graphic is too aggressive, and hurts the feelings of people who might be immigrants or visitors. An attorney in that area suggested the resident’ issue stemmed from their dislike of President Donald Trump.
Several Democratic Congressional offices in the Capitol have removed American flags memorializing prisoners of war and replaced them with flags promoting transgender pride – said to be only temporary for Transgender Visibility Day, while other representatives added the transgender flag instead of removing the POWMIA flag. 

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