I’m just going to start this off with a quote from somebody currently running for President, in reference to Bernie Sanders, the self-described Democratic Socialist.
“It amazes me and it actually kind of scares me, I’ve been spending more time going after Bernie and socialism because I don’t want America to succumb to the notion that there’s anything good about socialism. I think it’s not an accident of history that most of the times when socialism has been tried that attendant with that has been mass genocide of people or any of those who object to it. Stalin killed tens of millions of people. Mao killed tens of millions of people. Pol Pot killed tens of millions of people. When you have a command economy, when everything is dictated from one authority, that’s socialism, but it doesn’t come easily to those who resist it.”
Can you guess who said that? If you answered Donald Trump, you’re wrong. This was Rand Paul. Rand Paul is stooping to new lows and essentially saying that if we elect Bernie Sanders that there will be a genocide. Are you kidding me? Rand Paul is just one of the many who does not deserve the stage to be running for the highest office in the United States. The United States has officially shown the world that we are absolutely mad. Do you not think the rest of the world looks at us, looks at our current Presidential race, hears the comments coming from some about different ethnic groups, about homosexuals, about foreign affairs and Iran? We are an embarrassment to our own selves and we are all collectively allowing it to happen.
First off, I’m going to list off some countries that currently follow the Democratic-Socialist structure of government: Denmark, Finland, The Netherlands, Canada, Sweden, Norway, Ireland, New Zealand, Belgium.
Now, tell me where the massive genocides have been in those countries in the past 500 years. Please. I beg you.
Thing is though, Rand Paul spewing this kind of garbage isn’t anything new. We’ve had eight years of hearing about an imaginary Muslim who was going to sell the country to Al-Quada and introduce us all the Sharia Law. There are people out there who ate all of that up and have had 8 years of being in honest fear of somebody coming, taking their guns and giving them a homosexual to marry. We, as a country, have allowed it. We have failed as a society. Those who run the media have given us this and we have taken it from them, as a society. Just because you don’t personally watch Fox News doesn’t mean that you haven’t allowed this to happen. We’ve openly allowed lies to be told without taking action against them. We’ve allowed those lies to be told and believed; and if not by ourselves we’ve allowed it to be told to our family, our friends, our neighbors and everybody we interact with. Yes, those of you who are not insane thinking that Obama is a Muslim coming to take over the country are still at fault. We might laugh at that crazy uncle who rants on about Mexicans or guns but we’ve never challenged him to back up his views with anything other than Fox News. Why? Why are we so damn afraid to stand up to people who are misguided?
People like Rand Paul, Ben Carson, Carly Fiorina, Donald Trump, etc. have essentially turned this election into reality television and we have allowed it. Donald Trump spewed about how boring the 1st Democratic debate was. Guess what, that is politics! Politics isn’t always fun and games, Mr. Trump. You don’t need to turn everything into a big showy event that will turn heads. This country wasn’t founded on that.
Some speculate that Ben Carson’s main motives behind running is partly so he can get more book sales. I wouldn’t doubt that. We all know that Trump is an ego-maniac who craves the spotlight. Trump possibly fears that he’s becoming less noticeable in the world but now he’s the first story nearly every day in the news. We’ve allowed this. Where do we hear about Bernie Sanders in the news? Where do we hear about Hillary Clinton, aside from hearing about Benghazi and emails (two things that have been admittedly wastes of time to try and slander Clinton).
I understand one of the best freedoms we share in this country is the freedom of speech. Anybody can truly say what they want (minus a few things, such as making open threats… that will get you arrested) to whatever audience they want but since when has the freedom of speech also meant the freedom of consequences? As children we always had that one kid on the playground who thought he could insult others, then when confronted said he had the freedom of speech. We wouldn’t allow our mother, our father, our crazy uncle, etc. to lie right to our faces about something important in our lives and just let them get away with it, would we? So why on Earth are we allowing these people who are seeking the highest office in the nation to do it? Why on Earth are we allowing Fox News to do it? Honestly, their “Ex CIA operative” whom they called an expert is facing criminal charges for making that false claim. When do we hold others within that organization and others accountable? If Brian Williams can damn near lose his job for lying about being in a war zone, why can’t people within Fox News lose their jobs for blatantly lying about the state of the nation, about the president, about presidential candidates… for lying about stuff that actually matters in our lives? We allow it. We always have allowed it. When do we demand action?
The race for the Republican nomination has turned into a circus. Eight years ago we heard people complaining that a man with only one Senate term couldn’t be President. Now there are three people running for President on that same side who have never had ANY governmental experience. One has filed for bankruptcy 4 times, one was a CEO who wasn’t even regarded as having good business sense, and the other a doctor. All three of these candidate have made at least one ridiculous or bigoted or outlandish claim about an issue that is extremely important to our country, while the rest of the world watches. We’ve allowed it though. If Barack Obama made one of their claims we’d all be demanding his resignation, what is so different here? You might not think any of this is a big deal, but there is a very real chance that one of these people get elected. Eisenhower, Reagan and Nixon would all be denouncing these candidates if they were still alive. The sad thing is that Jeb Bush appears to be the least of the evils, and the thought of four more years of that should keep some awake at night. So you can continue sitting there, watching cat videos and posting your lunch on Instagram OR maybe, just maybe you can start being a part of the solution. Follow a campaign that you support. Make a small $5 donation. Talk politics with your crazy uncle and challenge his views. Change doesn’t have to be big, if we all are more mindful about the country we live in and where we want it to go, then we can all make a big difference together.