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Charlie Daniels: Will America Pull Back from Edge of Socialism or Go Over the Side?

Charlie Daniels
By Charlie Daniels | February 19, 2019 | 9:55 AM EST

Charlie Daniels

All it takes is a look at the U.S. Congress to see how seriously fractured our nation is.

Bernie Sanders no longer has the dubious pleasure of being the only openly socialist member as he has been joined by, most notably and loudly – thanks to the media – Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who has kicked socialism up several notches to resemble what took Venezuela down the drain in a few short years.

The acceptance of socialism, mostly by the younger voters, can be blamed to a big degree on their education, especially at the college level, where pseudo-revolutionists from the flower child generation teach the nobility of socialism, making it sound like a place of social nirvana where everybody shares and shares alike, where people are rewarded according to not their production but simply by virtue of being born.

Shortly after the fall of the iron curtain, American businesses rushed into the Eastern Bloc countries to reap the benefits of the fledgling democracies. McDonald’s had set up shop in those days, and the people scrambled to get the jobs they offered at better wages than they had ever seen.

Then the problems began because the workers they hired came in, worked a short while and tried to spend the rest of the day just sitting around reading the newspaper or whatever – work be damned.

The truth of the matter is that they simply didn’t know any better, the work ethic had been so thoroughly burned out of them by the socialistic theory that no matter how hard you work, you’ll never advance and you won’t make any more money, so going to work, to them, meant sluffing off all day.

Reportedly, there was also a high rate of employee turnover.

The apologists leave out the parts about how for socialism to exist, there eventually has to be a totalitarian government to enforce it, after the few who dare to excel start looking at the slugs and wondering why they deserve the same pay and benefits as one who brings something to the job and actually produces for their pay.

These people have to be kept quiet, lest they upset the apple cart and start a movement that could turn political and topple the elite who sit at the top of the pyramid and live like royalty.

To start with, a little harassment and public scorn is enough, but after a while, it eventually takes a midnight knock on the door and a person never being heard from again. And a little bit of this goes a long way in toning down the dissenters.

When governments start nationalizing private businesses the bureaucracies explode, and since they have to justify their existence, they begin levying regulations that tie the hands of commerce and make it next to impossible to show a profit.

And this doesn’t bother government at all, since they have a never-ending source of income. And when they need more money, they simply raise taxes or print it.

Eventually, both their sources are pushed to the bursting point when taxes can’t possibly be raised anymore, and as a result of printing money, hyperinflation sets in. Then it takes a dump truck full of cash to buy the week’s groceries and no nation is willing to lend more money. And then the panic begins.

There is no food on the shelves; gasoline is totally unaffordable, even if you can find it; and then factories and manufacturing shuts down. The government is stone broke; the dole is discontinued; the power struggles begin, which means that even the meager amount of currency that can be had goes for guns, not butter; and the people resort to whatever they have to just to eat – up to and including slaughtering the animals at the zoo.

Everywhere socialism has been tried, it has miserably failed, reducing the quality of life, destroying governments and leaving economies in shreds.

Yet there is always a new gaggle of fools who think they can make it work, or at least that’s what they tell the electorate, always masking their real intentions of having suffocating and perpetual power over a nation.

America sits on the edge of the precipice. Will we pull back or go over the side?

What do you think?

Pray for our troops, our police and the peace of Jerusalem.

God Bless America

— Charlie Daniels

Charlie Daniels is a legendary American singer, song writer, guitarist, and fiddler famous for his contributions to country and southern rock music. Daniels has been active as a singer since the early 1950s. He was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry on January 24, 2008.

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