Headline this morning in The Hill:
“Cuba’s Soviet-style economic model IS NOT WORKING. Raul has acknowledged as much and in 2011 began to implement economic reforms that allowed many Cubans to become self-employed and buy and sell residences. These changes have allowed some Cubans to achieve relative prosperity, while the majority is stuck in low-paying jobs.” [emphasis is my own]
The socialist-communist Soviet-style economy is not working in Cuba. Well, is this a surprise, considering the socialist-communist Soviet-style economy did not work in the former Soviet Union?
John Walters, writing for Reason Magazine, reports, “…communism was the leading ideological cause of death between 1900 and 2000. The 94 million that perished in China, the Soviet Union, North Korea, Afghanistan, and Eastern Europe easily (and tragically) trump the 28 million that died under fascist regimes during the same period.”
Let’s parse socialist-communist.
Socialism is “a political and economic THEORY of social organization that advocates that the means of production, distribution, and exchange should be owned or regulated by the community as a whole.” Why, after all these years is socialism called a theory? Why, indeed. Socialism remains a theory because it has NEVER been proven to work.
What about communism? Communism is “a political theory derived from Karl Marx, advocating class war and leading to a society in which all property is publicly owned and each person works and is paid according to their abilities and needs.”
No doubt you are familiar with the hammer-and-sickle insignia of communism. Let’s allow the hammer to represent the coercive theoretical component of the Cuban government and the sickle to represent the economic component. A socialist society ‘hammers’ the people into conformance while the communistic economic model ‘cuts’ everyone down to the same size, except, of course, the ruling elites. Raul and Fidel Castro were never deprived of comforts and luxuries otherwise prohibited to the general population.
But, there is more to communism we must recognize. Communism is a religion, “the belief in and worship of a superhuman controlling power”. Communist countries strive to quash all Christian and Jewish influences because the State demands total loyalty and worship from the common people.
Bernie Sanders promotes socialism. The ACLU, George Soros, and the Democratic Party effectively promote communism.
The promises of ObamaCare – single-payer medical care – sound good. Barack Obama spoke glowingly of his signature law, promises that he did not and could not keep.
Do you not remember these? “If you like your health care plan, you’ll be able to keep your health care plan, period.”If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor, period.” “In an Obama administration, we’ll lower premiums by up to $2,500 for a typical family per year.” “Under my plan, no family making less than $250,000 a year will see any form of tax increase.” There are even more unfulfilled promises, impossibilities.
2018 Elections loom large. I see a fork in the road ahead. Do we ignore the reality of free-market capitalism that enriches all or will we choose to slide into the abyss of a communist-socialist democracy promoted by the Democratic Party?
President Trump is a gift from God, a reprieve from certain judgment. Under his leadership the economy soars, unemployment is at a record low, employment is at a record high, manufacturing is moving back to our shores, taxes have been dramatically lowered, and, contrary to the rants of Democrats, federal revenue is also at a record level.
But, the good things that are happening across the fruited plain are the product of the blessings of God, not anything else. God is truly sovereign over the weather, the heavens, over everything.
We will arrive at that fork in the road in November when we, as a people will choose the failed socialist-communist model promoted by the Democrats or the proven socio-economic system prescribed by God in the Bible.
What will I do? Joshua spoke for me thousands of years ago when he said to the Jews he led, “And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether [socialism-communism or the atheism of the Democratic Party], in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”