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What’s Wrong With Socialism?

As voters stream to the polls for the first presidential caucus of 2016, Sen. Bernard Sanders ’ candidacy has many millennials asking, “What’s wrong with socialism?”

The fact that people even have to ask that question speaks volumes about the value of a socialist-inspired public education system.

But in a world where the mass media vilify a movement like the Tea Party and praise the wastrels of the Occupy movement, there’s a lot of confusion being spread around, much of it deliberate.

One of the biggest lies going around at the moment is the suggestion that there’s a difference between “democratic socialism” and regular socialism. There isn’t. “Democratic socialism” just means people voted for their own misery.

I wonder if previous generations could have imagined an America where a candidate like Sanders would have a serious chance at achieving the White House.

But for those who missed out in political science class, perhaps some clarification will help.

First, despite all the Democrat happy talk about correction of inequality, economic justice, equal pay and free health care and other services, what socialism is really about is government control. Government is just a word that means other people, so when the subject of socialism comes up, realize that what’s being talked about is strangers telling you what you can do and have.

If that sounds good to you, then vote for Bernie Sanders. If not, you should be looking to vote for a conservative or at least someone with libertarian leanings – in short, you should vote like the Tea Party.

Socialism is about redistribution of wealth, the growth of a permanent underclass and the establishment of an authoritarian government that will “look after” the details of individuals’ lives and deaths. It’s President Obama, Hillary Clinton and definitely Bernie Sanders.

The Tea Party movement stands for: lower taxes, constitutionally limited government and fiscal responsibility. It’s God-given liberty, and it’s the Founding Fathers.

If you like being told what to think, vote for socialism.

If you like being told when to see a doctor or what care you may receive, vote for socialism.

If you like being told what to eat, vote for socialism.

If you like working hard only to give your paycheck to government, vote for socialism.

If you like being categorized and used according to your race or gender instead of your achievements, vote for socialism.

If you like seeing cultural institutions like marriage destroyed, vote for socialism.

If you like being told what you can and can’t say, vote for socialism.

If you like being lied to by the media, vote for socialism.

If you like being told what kind of car you may drive, vote for socialism.

If you like having some bureaucrat control your home thermostat and telling you when you can use your appliances, vote for socialism.

If you like the thought of having the state decide how you can raise your children, vote for socialism.

If you like the idea of having the government control whether and when you can even have children, vote for socialism.

If you like the idea of having those who disagree with you “re-educated,” vote for socialism.

If you like being disarmed and helpless against criminals or tyranny, vote for socialism.

If you like not only being unable to care for yourself and make your own decisions but legally prevented from doing so, vote for socialism.

If, on the other hand, you believe government should follow the Constitution, vote with the Tea Party.

If you believe taxes are too high and government needs to be cut way back, vote with the Tea Party.

If you believe all people are equal and should be judged by their character and achievements rather than skin color and gender, vote with the Tea Party.

If you believe that you are responsible for your own life and other people should butt out of it, vote with the Tea Party.

So what’s wrong with socialism? It’s about your freedom, stupid.

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Tad Cronn

Tad Cronn began his journalism career in 1983. While he earned awards for his work as a reporter and editor, his greatest joy is writing news commentary. Providing a conservative and often humorous outlook on current events, he now works as a freelance writer based in California.

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