During his nationally syndicated radio talk show “The Mark Levin Show” on Wednesday night, host Mark Levin challenged democratic socialists, asking them how they could ensure their policies would not end up turning the United States into Venezuela.
“I have a question for Beto O’Dork,” Mark Levin began. “I have a question for Alexandria Ocasio-Ocasio. I have a question for Bernie Sanders. I have a question for all of them. How will the ‘Democratic-Socialist Republic of America’ that you seek to create – how can you ensure us that it won’t turn into Venezuela?”
Mark Levin’s remarks came after former U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) questioned whether the U.S. Constitution still works. Levin noted that the socialist policies advocated by progressives like O’Rourke can lead to the collapse of a state, pointing to Venezuela in a Reuters piece as an example.
Below is a transcript of Levin’s remarks on his show on Wednesday:
“I love these jerks, these Democrats, who are elected to Congress, or were, complaining about the Constitution. They got elected because of our Constitution! It set up these very institutions, in which they want to hold office in order to destroy the Constitution.
“Now, I want you to understand something. Even though this sounds outrageous, this is exactly the progressive mandate. I say it over and over and over again. I’ve written about it over and over and over again. Progressivism and constitutionalism cannot work together. They’re incompatible, which is why Woodrow Wilson, Franklin Roosevelt, Barack Obama – just to name three – have done everything they can to usurp it. You cannot have centralized power and separation of powers. You cannot have a judicial tyranny and separation of powers. You cannot have a massive administrative state and separation of powers. And you cannot have any of these things without limited government.
“The Democrats – Beto O’Dork, and all the rest – never talk about limited government. They never talk about individual liberty. They never talk about individualism. They never talk about liberty, and of course, they never talk about capitalism.
“ I have a question for you. I have a question for the democratic socialists out there. Notice they have to turn the word into a hybrid. ‘We’re democratic socialists. We’re not the usual socialists! We’re democratic social—’ What the hell does that mean? Socialism isn’t about democracy. Iit’s about government control of stuff – especially you, the individual. When you abandon the Constitution, you abandon the philosophy under the Constitution – unalienable rights.
“‘But you don’t understand. We’re democratic socialists.’
“Here’s what I understand. I’m looking at an article today from Reuters: ‘Venezuela children left behind as parents flee to find work abroad.’ These are people fighting for their very survival, and they have no way out. ‘The democratic socialists’ who run Venezuela – a.k.a. Marxists – have taken the wealth out of the country, have destroyed the government. It’s a relatively small cabal that pays off higher levels of the military. They’re killing people; they’re torturing people; they’re raping people – ‘It’s a socialist utopia! Everybody’s equal!’ Poor, starving and dying.
“‘But it’s okay! Everybody’s equal!’
“Except, of course, the masterminds. The masterminds – they always seem to make out, don’t they? Unless they’re fighting and killing each other.
“So I have a question for Beto O’Dork. I have a question for Alexandria Ocasio-Ocasio. I have a question for Bernie Sanders. I have a question for all of them. How will the ‘Democratic-Socialist Republic of America’ that you seek to create – how can you ensure us that it won’t turn into Venezuela?
“‘Well, Scandinavia, Scandinavia!’
“Stop panting over Scandinavian countries. That is a ridiculous example. First of all, several of them are moving more and more out of socialism, toward capitalism. You really need to study this. Moreover, who wants to be like them? They’re not – that’s not where they invent new drugs. That’s not where they invent new things. That’s not where the defense of the free world comes from. We do all that stuff. Most of the rest of the world, including Scandinavia, they live off of us. Let’s be blunt. Where would they be without America? Nowhere – just where they were before there was an America – nowhere.”