Dale Crowley in his book entitled, Can America Survive, recalls that President John Adams absolutely believed the new nation he helped to construct had a “God ordained mission to give the Christian message to the world.” In fact, the second president of the United States stated, “The destiny of America is to carry the Gospel of Jesus Christ to all men, everywhere.”
One key reason I am very concerned about the direction the United States is moving, especially in regards to its fascination with socialism, is that if we become another failed socialist state, freedom of religion and the ability to practice our faith as we know it in America will look so different.
Everywhere socialism abounds Christians are persecuted; Cuba, Russia and China just to name a few examples. Yet when I look at the band of candidates running for the presidency it would seem that each of them is trying to out “Karl Marx” the other. This article is not a personal attack on any one candidate or party. It is merely the use facts and history to show how detrimental the new wave of political posturing really is in our country.
Fact- Venezuela was heralded by many on the left as the great model for socialism at work. Remember when Model Naomi Campbell traveled to meet the now deceased dictator and human rights violator Chavez and referred to this monster as “a rebel angel?” She wasn’t the only delusional lefty singing his praises. Twenty years or so have passed. What once was a thriving nation and in fact the wealthiest country in Latin America sitting on the world’s biggest oil reserve, has been reduced to absolute poverty. Walter Williams, a conservative African American journalist writes, “Nicolas Mauro, an avowed socialist, has turned oil-rich Venezuela into place where there are shortages of everything from toilet paper to electricity. Some people are eating their pets and feeding their children from garbage bins. Socialism has crippled Venezuela’s once-thriving economy.” Today, in spite of Michael Moore stating that Chavez would use the oil money to “eliminate 75% of extreme poverty”, this once thriving nation is in absolute ruins. We must pray diligently for a political, social and spiritual revival to take place in this once prosperous nation. We are blessed to have many refugees who have come from this socialist nation to America and more specifically to our church seeking relief from communist oppression.
John Stossel wrote, “Even if he, Chavez, have good intentions, socialists eventually run out of other people’s money. When businesses raised prices to try to keep up with inflation, Hugo Chavez and Nicolas Maduro called that “profiteering” and punished many by confiscating their businesses.” You see, that is what concerns me so much. When you compare the political mantra from the communist dictators in Venezuela and many of the presidential candidates running for the highest office in our nation, not of Cuba, Russia or North Korea but the United States, it sounds much like the failed and not so progressive ideology coming from the likes of Castro and Chavez. Bernie Sanders, for instance, recently stated, “When I talk about democratic socialism, I am not looking at Venezuela or Cuba, I’m looking at countries like Denmark and Sweden.” Bernie, those countries are not socialist!! Stossel goes on to write, “Those countries set no national minimum wage. They impose fewer regulations on business. Their leaders even go out of their way to point out that they are not socialist.” Not long-ago Denmark’s prime minister must have gotten a wave from some of the socialist running for president constantly using his name and his country to prop up their failing campaigns, so he went on TV to respond to Bernie’s comments. He stated, “Denmark is far from a socialist planned economy. Denmark is a market economy.” Denmark went on to privatize their national phone system and railroads and actually sold the Copenhagen airport to, get this, a privately owned company and in Scandinavia, business are largely left alone. Economic freedom rankings give Scandinavian countries high scores on both property rights and business freedom. Socialists hate private ownership of almost everything. They want to control wages and repeal recent tax-cuts. They want to control travel in how you arrive and depart from places. They want to control where your kids go to school. They want to have total control over the curriculum. They want to control your guns, and most of all they want to control your speech and your freedoms. Church, wake up!! If these Marxists have their way, they will not only control free elections in our country because they are pushing hard to take away the electoral college, they will do everything in their power to squelch the gospel from being preached. You don’t have to look far to find persecuted Christians in socialist states such as Cuba, China and North Korea, just to name a few. The new wave of candidates ruining, or running today are dangerous to the free-market and to good old-fashioned common sense.
As economist Ludwig von Mises wrote: “The champions of socialism call themselves progressives, but they recommend a system which is characterized by rigid observance of routine and by a resistance to every kind of improvement. They promise the blessings of the Garden of Eden, but they plan to transform the world into a gigantic post office, every man but one a subordinate clerk in a bureau.” I Thessalonians 5:3 “While they are saying, ‘Peace and safety!’ then comes destruction.”