Against the backdrop of a Harris poll indicating that Millennials and Generation Z are more likely to embrace socialistic policies and principles than past generations, the lights are out in the poster child for modern socialism-literally. Venezuela, once a gemstone in South America, is in the dark thanks to socialism. That’s what happens when socialist dictators take over under the pretense of equality for all and pure democracy. It’s lights out. Checkmate. No food on the table. No gas in the car. No car (check Cuba’s 1940’s US models still being driven, and, oh yes, Fidel Castro’s funeral jeep breaking down in his final ride). But there is even a deeper message for America’s youth in Venezuela’s socialism.
The UK Telegraph reports that “In the well-lit dining room of El Alazan, dollar bills are flying. Waiters whisk expensive cuts of meat and bottles of whisky between tables; a couple dances to a band playing in the corner. This steakhouse in the affluent Altamira neighborhood is busier than ever and the front desk juggle payments with wads of cash. Juan, a nightclub owner in his sixties who sips a vodka and orange at the bar, says he has come here with his friends as “there is nowhere else in Caracas you can do this right now”. Outside, the streets are deserted as night falls, a crippling nationwide blackout imposing a de facto curfew after another long day of searches for food, water, and fuel.”
Every Millennial and Gen Zer in the US needs to hear this. Behind the promises of guaranteed minimum wages, free education, healthcare for all, free transportation, everyone being equal and all the esoteric concepts of everyone having their needs met-Isn’t this the same as the current Democratic Party platform?-is the reality. Somebody has to pay. And while somebody is paying, the rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer. The socialist “president’s” (democratically-elected dictator’s) buddies get the jobs, get the food and can party all night in the well-lit places while the masses suffer in the outer darkness. That’s progressivism, socialism, communism-different names for the same results.
I can’t repeat it enough. The Communist Manifesto says, “But communism abolishes eternal truths, it abolishes all religion, and all morality, instead of constituting them on a new basis.” Other linchpins of communism are enumerated in the Manifesto: 1) Abolition of property ownership, 2) a heavy progressive income tax, 3) abolition of all rights of inheritance, 4) confiscation of property, 5) centralization of credit, 6) centralization of transportation, 7) centrally planned economy, 8) obligation to work, 9) abolishing distinction between towns and country, and 10) a free education for children. Exodus 20:3 says, “Thou shalt have no other god’s before me.” When government replaces God, bad things happen–ask citizens of Venezuela. They see the truth, even in the dark. America needs to wake up, especially the “Church.
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