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Mark Levin on Capitalism: ‘Only in America’ Can We Choose from Endless Kinds of Turkey

Emily Ward
By Emily Ward | January 18, 2019 | 3:35 PM EST

During his nationally-syndicated radio talk show, “The Mark Levin Show,” on Wednesday night, host Mark Levin told listeners a story about turkey, of all things.

“I was in this supermarket called Wegman’s today,” Levin began. “Man, you better, you better take your vitamins before you go in there. It is big. It’s like a football field. And I went in there to get some sliced turkey – not for me, but for Barney. Barney’s not feeling well, so I get him plain turkey, just a little bit to give him. There you go! That’s America. In North Korea, they eat dogs. In America, we feed dogs. See the difference?

“Anyway, so, said I need, I need plain turkey.

‘Well, you want this one, the smoked one, the, the low-sodium one, the – this one’s 99 percent fat-free, this one’s 93 percent fat-free –’

“‘Holy mackerel. Just turkey.’

“‘Oh, we have one named “Just Turkey.”’

“‘Well, give me that one.’

“My wife sends me off the other day, before the snow, to get ground turkey – never had so much turkey in my life, but I like it, it’s fine – to get ground turkey. Go there, there’s 99 percent fat-free, 98 percent fat-free, 97 – how do they know? – 97 percent, 94 percent, 89 percent, 83 percent, 80 percent – only in America!”

Levin explained that, because of capitalism and a competitive free-market system, Americans are able to choose, on a daily basis, from seemingly endless varieties of products.

Below is a transcript of Levin’s remarks from his show on Wednesday:

“This is part of my problem with the propagandists on the so-called populist right. They sound like Bernie Sanders. If you listen to them, America sounds like what – like what? Bangladesh. Nobody can get a job, nobody can work, everybody’s taking our jobs – now, there’s some of that, don’t get me wrong. But then they have better idea – ‘You know what? The government should control what prices we pay for pharmaceuticals.’

“Excuse me? Which government? Which department? Which agency? Give me their names. Who are these people? The government should make sure there’s a strong middle class – I hear, now, even our buddy Mike Lee’s written a piece at National Review‘We need a fusion of populism and conservativism –’

“No, we don’t. If you understand the Constitution, they don’t believe in populism – little ‘d’ democracy. They believe in republicanism – republicanism. Government’s supposed to be small. Government causes more unemployment than employment. Government causes more poverty than less poverty. Government causes economic dislocation, not the private sector.

“‘Well, this free market – you’re going to leave it all to the free market and capitalism?’

“You know what that means, folks? It’s left to you. So these so-called populists on the right and the populists on the left don’t trust the American people. They talk about the American people like, ‘You know, it’s not fair what—’ They do this all the time – all the time. And while they condemn the entrenched bureaucracy, while they condemn the elites; they’re elites themselves. They’re elites themselves.

“Populism is antithetical to constitutionalism. Again, the example I use all the time: your rights are unalienable, given to you by God – not by your neighbors, not by a vote of the city council, not by a plebiscite. They’re your rights. No human being can take them. No collection of human beings can take them. No government can take them. They belong to you.

“That’s capitalism, too. That’s why capitalism works. Capitalism isn’t created by government; capitalism just is. It’s commerce, voluntary decision-making.

‘Well, you know what? Everybody gets screwed.’ - No, they don’t! No, they don’t. Look around you.

“I was in this supermarket called Wegman’s today. Man, you better, you better take your vitamins before you go in there. It is big. It’s like a football field. And I went in there to get some sliced turkey – not for me, but for Barney. Barney’s not feeling well, so I get him plain turkey, just a little bit to give him. There you go! That’s America. In North Korea, they eat dogs. In America, we feed dogs. See the difference?

“Anyway, so, said I need, I need plain turkey.

‘Well, you want this one, the smoked one, the, the low-sodium one, the – this one’s 99 percent fat-free, this one’s 93 percent fat-free –’

“‘Holy mackerel. Just turkey.’

“‘Oh, we have one named “Just Turkey.”’

“‘Well, give me that one.’

“My wife sends me off the other day, before the snow, to get ground turkey – never had so much turkey in my life, but I like it, it’s fine – to get ground turkey. Go there, there’s 99 percent fat-free, 98 percent fat-free, 97 – how do they know? – 97 percent, 94 percent, 89 percent, 83 percent, 80 percent – only in America!

“And then we hear all the – ‘Well, you know, America and such – you know, the economy doesn’t work, this doesn’t work, people in this country can’t get –’

“Are we out of our minds? Stop listening to these propagandists on the right and the left. Economic populism will destroy your economy.”

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