The 2016 Presidential Primary Election has awakened the sleeping giants in the Democratic and Republican Parties. Thor Halvorssen, Founder and President of the Human Rights Foundation appeared on Fox News with Trish Regan to weigh-in on the difference between the democratic socialist agenda views presented by Bernie Sanders and the results of socialist authoritarianism in Venezuela.
Trish Regan asked Halvorssen to provide the audience with a definition of Socialism, and what it means to the people. Halvorssen explains that people can take the historical definition of socialism, or they can take an academic definition of socialism. Arguably, many democratic countries have socialist policies. Thor continues to define the difference between a socialist policy and having a socialist government. Many people believe that socialism, communism, and Marxism are one in the same. Take a country like Venezuela where the government decides the pricing on goods and materials, then because of their pricing a massive shortage is created and the result is a humanitarian crisis. It is for this reason that Thor says he donated the maximum contribution allowable to the Bernie Sanders campaign. Trish Regan is taken back by his contribution to Bernie Sanders and asks him why?
Thor Halvorssen replied with a quick response saying “the Democrat front runner right now is, unfortunately, someone who has taken millions and millions of dollars from many dictatorships.” Countries such as Algeria, Barian, Qatar, Oman, Saudi Arabia and other dictatorships that execute people for being gay, and disagreeing with their decisions. Countries that restrict freedoms and in some cases ban Christmas. Trish replies to Thor’s dictatorship remarks with the statement, “You have experience with this in Venezuela, don’t you?” I sure do, my father was a political prisoner, my mother was shot by the Chavez regime, and my first cousin is currently in prison in Venezuela.
Venezuela for decades had labor governments, governments that nodded to democratic socialism. Democratic socialism governments can exist, but it dissolves when the government decides to take control of everything. The redistribution of wealth does not work to end poverty. To end poverty, you must create wealth.
As Winston Churchill once said, “I contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle.
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