Definitions: Capitalism vs. Socialism

Dinner Topics for Monday

Month-Defining Moment

Definition of Socialism: NOT utopia

keyWe again warn our people in America of the constantly increasing threat against our inspired Constitution and our free institutions set up under it. The same political tenets and philosophies that have brought war and terror in other parts of the world are at work amongst us in America. The proponents thereof are seeking to undermine our own form of government and to set up instead one of the forms of dictatorships now flourishing in other lands. These revolutionists are using a technique that is as old as the human race—a fervid but false solicitude for the unfortunate over whom they thus gain mastery, and then enslave them. ~David O. McKay

 

Conservative vs. Liberal scenario: help for Homeless Guy

Rush Limbaugh

fishselfreliancecartoonYou got a conservative and a liberal walking down the street and they encounter a homeless guy.

The liberal goes, “Awwww, look at that! So sad. Oh, my God, what is our country coming to?”

The conservative says, “You know what? Maybe the guy needs to go find a job. We need to help this guy get one.”

“Oh, easy for you to say! Typical Republican cold-heartedness.  Why can’t you just have a little sympathy?  Don’t you see the man?  He’s living in a shopping cart.”

“Yeah, and it repulses me, and I want to get him into something more productive.”

“You hate-filled SOB.”

fishselfrelianceThe Democrat simply gets credit for seeing it.  “I’m a good person.  I saw a homeless guy and felt bad.  I’m a good person.  I know that blacks are mistreated sometimes.”  And that’s it!  You don’t have to act. That’s why I’ve always said that liberalism is the most gutless choice you could make.  It’s the easiest.  You don’t have to do anything.  You never have to solve anything. 

All you have to do is say you see it and then people automatically assume you care, and maybe even then you know what you do?  You go to a nice $10,000-a-plate dinner for the hungry.  Yeah, and that shows you really care when you go to a $10,000-a-plate fundraiser, and gorge yourself on five-star food and adult beverages … for the hungry.  Who are still outside begging to get into the hotel and eat with you. 

Maybe you’ll give ’em a doggie bag on the way out.

Ancient Socialism

 gadianton2Socialism has been around for thousands of years. The Karl Marx of ancient America was a man named Gadianton. He started a band of marauding robbers who took over the government by flattering the people,  and then he plundered the people. Now American politicians are trying to sell socialism again. Every time it’s tried it fails. But socialists still try to implement class hatred, saying how socialism protects us from marauding bands. But these socialists are the marauding bands, and doing it in the name of “compassion,” with a “fervid but false solicitude for the unfortunate over whom they thus gain mastery, and then enslave them.” (McKay)

RUSH:  By the way, Elizabeth Warren talks about how all of these business owners don’t have to worry about the marauding bands that would come and seize everything at their factory because you pay for all the cops, you pay for all the security, and you pay for the firemen.  Well, she didn’t say who the marauding bands are.  You know who they are?  She is.  Hillary Clinton is.  Barack Obama.  The Democrat Party is the marauding band aiming at every private sector business they can get their hands on.

gadiantonThe marauding bands are not criminals in the common sense.  The marauding bands today are Democrats and anybody else at any government agency deciding to target any business whatsoever and to make it pay for whatever transgressions they want to accuse it of.  And it’s all legal.  These marauding bands can regulate a business out of existence. *

The marauding bands of Elizabeth Warren, Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and the federal government can harass a business legally to the point that it makes no sense to stay open.  Marauding bands that can tell bakeries who they have to do business with.  The marauding bands today are not just your average, ordinary street thugs that everybody knows.  The marauding bands today are targeting wealth and success and achievement, and can all be found in the Democrat Party and various agencies of the federal government.  

Defining Moment: Capitalism

“Towards the End of Poverty — Nearly 1 Billion People Have Been Taken out of Extreme Poverty in 20 Years. The World Should Aim to do the Same Again.” “Most of the credit, however, must go to capitalism and free trade, for they enable economies to grow — and it was growth, principally, that has eased destitution.” ~Economist

But it is not because of liberalism.  It’s not because of socialism. It’s not because of compassion. It’s not because of transfers of wealth. It’s not because of redistribution.  It isn’t because of high taxes.  It’s because of deregulated economic growth, unfettered capitalism, and free trade.  That is lifting people out of poverty in numbers greater than have ever been seen before. ~Rush Limbaugh

Capitalism liberates

From the Rush Limbaugh Radio Show

capitalismWe had a guest on this program. Well, actually I interviewed him for the Limbaugh Letter. He’s Herbert Meyer, who worked in the Reagan administration in intelligence.  He wrote an op-ed, I guess about a month before or maybe two months before we had him in here as a guest.

He said, “The greatest unreported story in the world today is the disappearance of poverty around the world.”  I read that, and I said, “What in the world do you mean? That’s the greatest story in the world? Here we are saddled in the middle of an administration which is taking this country — more and more people in this country — to abject poverty, at least dependence on government, and this guy talks about ‘the greatest unreported story in the world today is the disappearance of poverty’?”

Lo and behold, The Economist, just this week in its current issue: “Towards the End of Poverty — Nearly 1 Billion People Have Been Taken out of Extreme Poverty in 20 Years. The World Should Aim to do the Same Again.” Let me give you the only important pull quote from this Economist story: “Most of the credit, however, must go to capitalism and free trade, for they enable economies to grow — and it was growth, principally, that has eased destitution.”

One billion people were lifted out of poverty in 20 years, and it hasn’t been because of liberalism. It hasn’t been because of socialism.  Socialism and liberalism haven’t lifted a single person out of poverty.  Socialism and liberalism sustain people in a bare subsistence and call it compassion.  Capitalism!  One of the Undeniable Truths of Life, I think it was the second edition, said this. I forget the exact verbatim quote.  It said: One of the greatest problems in the world today is the unequal distribution of capitalism.

Herb Meyer came along years after I’d made that statement with his realization that people were escaping poverty all over the world, and it was an unreported story.  When everybody read that, when I shared it with people, they asked, “What is he talking about?”  Everybody thinks the world is sinking fast into poverty.  Why?  Because the environmentalist wackos say everybody is going into poverty. The environmentalist wackos say we’re all gonna die.

Scientists say we’re gonna die. We’re all dying from malaria. Disease is going bonkers! We’re killing people and losing people left and right. They paint this picture of doom and gloom and death and destruction and pestilence and disease. When the truth is that around the world, people are escaping poverty because of the increase in capitalism around the world! Now, it is an untold story. The Economist, I don’t know what made ’em do it but they’ve got it complete with the charts and graphs.

wealthspreadworkethicHerbert Meyer was right.  Everywhere we look… Well, not everywhere, but many places we look around the world, the world is beginning to behave as we once did in America.  We are going the opposite way! Europe, in many places, have seen them bottom out. They want to do something about it. They don’t quite know how but at least they want to.  There’s good news out there.

But it is not because of liberalism.  It’s not because of socialism. It’s not because of compassion. It’s not because of transfers of wealth. It’s not because of redistribution.  It isn’t because of high taxes.  It’s because of deregulated economic growth, unfettered capitalism, and free trade.  That is lifting people out of poverty in numbers greater than have ever been seen before. 

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