(CNSNews.com) – At the Capitol Hill Tea Party rally against socialism, activist and author Jennifer Zeng, who migrated from Communist China, urged Americans to steer clear of socialist rhetoric because "socialists promise Heaven on Earth but they always end up giving you a one-way ticket to Hell."
Another migrant at the Sept. 19 “Choose Freedom” rally, Oskar Arreaza from Venezuela, said he hopes to "spread the word" that “21st century socialism only covers [hides] the ignorance" of the politicians around the world that advocate for it.
Zeng, the author of Witnessing History: One Chinese Woman's Fight for Freedom and Falun Gong, said that when she came to the United States she was running away from persecution of her religious beliefs.
She said she was “thrown into prison” on four occasions and was also taken to a labor camp and forced to squat with her hands behind her head while looking at the floor for more than 15 hours.
“Here in the U.S. I am starting to feel that it [socialism] has followed me,” Zeng said. “Not only many politicians are making socialism sound so sweet but the majority of young Americans are attracted by it.”
Zeng said that the since the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) assumed power more than 70 years ago more than half of the population lives under persecution and more than 8 million people have died of unnatural deaths.
“In the world there are two wars,” Zeng said. “One is the war between the free world and the CCP, another one is right here, in the United States, between the American founding principles and traditional values, and the importation of communism.”
Overall, as a result of Communist policies, more than 65 million people have died in China, according to the Black Book of Communism (Harvard University Press).
Oskar Arreaza a migrant from Venezuela -- which is ruled by socialist Nicolas Maduro -- said he wanted to spread the message and open the eyes of people who have not yet opened their eyes to the reality of socialism.
“The socialism that attacked Venezuela, they called it the socialism of the twenty-first century, what [Hugo] Chavez called ‘the revolution,’” said Arreaza, but this “only covered up the ignorance of the people who were in power, and their lack of preparation to be able to lead the country.”
Arreaza also said that in order to keep a healthy government, it is important to keep checks and balances on the government, and the opportunity to debate, to speak freely, is one of the most important freedoms.
Tea Party Patriots Chairman Jenny Beth Martin expressed her support of Zeng and Arreaza.
“It is not just about keeping liberty alive in America for Americans, which we want, but it is also about keeping liberties alive in America so we have a place for people like Jennifer [Zeng] to go after they have experienced something like she has experienced,” said Martin.
The “Stop Socialism, Choose Freedom Rally” was held on the West Lawn of the Capitol on Sept. 19, 2019. Some of the other speakers included Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah), Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.), Debbie Dooley, head of Conservatives for Energy Freedom, and U.S. Army National Guard hero Alek Skarlatos, who helped stop a guman on a Paris-bound train in 2015.