A friend of mine sent me excerpts from Khrushchev's 1959 speech at the U.N. and it scares the heck out of me. Krushchev said "Your children's children will live under communism … You Americans are so gullible. No, you won't accept communism outright, but we will keep feeding you small doses of socialism until you finally wake up and find you already have communism. We will not have to fight you. We will so weaken your economy until you fall like over ripened fruit into our hands. The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those willing to work and give to those who would not."

Now think of this: A recent Gallup Poll reveals that 51% of young people ages 18-29 are favorable to socialism and down on capitalism. The current Democrats running for office are proposing policies that would bankrupt our country, i.e. the green new deal, medicare for all, free medical for illegal aliens up to the age of 26, openly proposing socialism, and reparation to black families whose ancestors were slaves. Krushchev was obviously a genius and we had better wake up. We can bury our heads in the sand and think it could never happen here, but consider Venezuela. In just a few decades Venezuela went from being one of the riches countries in the world to a third world impoverished country after adopting socialism. The once honorable Democratic party has gone so far left that they are blinded to the truth. Sad to say that if you can't see a correlation between Krushchev's speech of 60 years ago and what is going on today then you may very well be blindly helpful in the destruction of our great nation.

Lee Hendrickson,

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tnchill

Lee, you are 100% correct. Problem is, I don’t believe today’s generation is smart enough to realize or has the drive to prevent it...I mean look at Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY)....who in their right mind could vote for that???

johndoe

Very true! The younger generation today just hears the word "free" and assumes it will just magically get paid for. When I asked a millennial where the money would come from they ignorantly said "well the government of course" Duh! where do they think the government gets the money? Wake up America!

Debra Gibson

I'd like to see the data where Kruschev said that. I looked and could not find any proof of that remark. This reads like someone will attack our economy where as Marxist philosophy believes that the seeds of destruction are naturally in the Capitalist system. As the rich get richer and the poor get poorer the middle class will disappear. When the working class is large enough it will Democratically or violently take power.

che guevara

" The fire is in the minds of men , not on the roofs of buildings ". For those of you familiar with Russian literature you will recognize those words from Dostoevsky , as he explained the motivation behind the suspicious fires which had broken out in imperial St. Petersburg in 1861 , and were to be a precursor to the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution . Young millennial folks understandably are exhibiting a leaning towards Socialism / Communism because they have come of age in an America where the rule of law is dead and buried . The rich get richer , the working class is being squeezed into oblivion , and the biggest heist in the history of mankind was rewarded by way of government sanctioned - taxpayer funded bailouts in the 2008 Wall Street bail - outs which have largely stolen their futures . The " too big to fail " banks were recipients of Socialist policy on steroids , while simultaneously millennial ungodly student load debt / death traps will remain and forever haunt them even if they go bankrupt in the shrinking economy . Many of these youngsters have come of age in a nation that chooses to be engaged in a state of perpetual manufactured and costly wars of aggression , as they watch their ageing parents struggle to survive , and have come to the grim realization that they themselves may well have to work to the grave as big government is spending away their futures . If one wishes to see precisely where a society is headed , then look no further than the morality and caliber of it's leaders . Here in America these kids have an array of liars , scoundrels , murderers , reprobates , thieves and perverts to look up to . Why then shouldn't they be disillusioned ? And more so , why then should not they wish to be subverted and lead in a new direction , as the status quo has forsaken them . Furthermore , Communist / Socialist ideology was the first political platform which represented the emergence of an intelligentsia . This was a direct contrast to a monarchy which was extracted from inbreeding royal bloodlines , most of whom were deformed both physically and mentally , or feudalism were armies held power over serfs by way of brute force , or the Robber Barons of America who exploited immigrants and the uneducated and desperate .

In 1789 , the French peasantry called for " Liberte , Egalite & Fraternite " ( Liberty , Equality & Brotherhood ) ..... and they got Napoleon Bonaparte . In 1917 , the Russian peasantry called for bread and work in a worker's paradise ... and they got Vladimir Lenin and Bolshevism . In 1938 , the Germans called for Lebensraum ( living space ) unt Der Faterland .... and they got Adolph Hitler and Fascism . In 2016 , Americans cried Maga , Maga , MaaaaaGaaaa .... and they got Donald Trump .

Beginning to see a pattern here ? The coming trend towards Socialism / Communism ( all the "isms " are kissing cousins in the final analysis anyhow , if given sufficient enough time to run their full courses and run the gauntlet of ideological deterioration ) is therefore just another step in the inevitable dichotomy of perpetual evolution / devolution which is chronic throughout every civilization . Those civilizations which have resisted too hard against this dynamic have all perished , as there exists an unstoppable inertia behind the power of political tides , be they beneficial in the long run or not .

As a final thought ; Communism / Socialism was devised as the direct result of the Industrial Revolution . This was the case because the global intelligentsia realized that industrial production was rapidly extending human lifespans at an exponential rate , and that minus a people control system ( an " ism " ) with rationing of resources and highly centralized power , humanity would destroy and deplete the planet faster than it already is . Follow the numbers : from earliest recorded human civilization at about 6000 BC ancient Sumer until about 1840 AD , it took for global population to reach 1 Billion ; between 1840 and 1915 , the global population grew to 2 Billion - in just 75 years , thanks to the Industrial Revolution ; between 1915 and 2015 , global population grew to some 7.5 Billion , in just a scant 100 years . By mid - century , 2050 , it's projected to be around 10 Billion , and by the century's end , should we survive so long , some 12.5 Billion . Without drastic changes humanity does indeed have an extremely bleak future . Food for thought .

As far as a knucklehead like Alexandria Ocasio - Cortez is concerned , she is an uninformed , yet useful idiot to the power structure . My guess is that she most likely grew up in posh Westchester County , New York , right near Henry Kissinger , where she would sit on his lap and affectionately call him " Tio " . Also , millennial kids are largely uninformed because that is exactly how the government wants them to be , and it all starts in the public schools . In many respects they are victims .

Debra Gibson

Well, I don't see anywhere in this epistle of where I can find this Khrushchev quotation. While I would generally agree with your thesis I find that the use of the word subverted as having a negative judgment as opposed to them responding to a natural influence of our decaying economy. I would have to challenge your pairing of socialism with communism. Both major communist Countries, China and Russia, have slid back toward Capitalism. Meanwhile the majority of European Countries have implemented socialist policies, such as single payer healthcare, without sliding into communism. These Countries always rate higher than the US on the happiness scale. Your fantasies about AOC and Kissinger are ridiculous and detrimental to the general thesis that you put forward.

ronzim

THE "SOCIALISM" FANTASY. "Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery." – Winston Churchill. One of the greatest flights of fancy in American politics arises from the uninformed labeling of public assistance programs as Socialism. This falsehood will be weaponized next year against campaign proposals for public assistance programs. En guard!

Definition of Socialism- 1. Any economic and political theories advocating collective or governmental ownership and administration of the means of production and distribution of goods. 2. A system of society or group living in which there is no private property."

The historical efficacy of Socialism as a working economic system is one of failure. At re-unification, for example, East Germany was a socialist nation with a miserably failing economy. After re-unification, sans Socialism, East Germany became a part of the German economic dynamo we see today. Russia and China have grown their economies partly by adopting elements of Capitalism. And so it goes. Socialism has been a consistent failure wherever implemented. Capitalism has also been an unmitigated failure even though it has generated more wealth than Socialism. Africa, the USA, the Middle East and others are examples. What is proven to work best is something like Social Democratic Capitalism as demonstrated in the Nordic model and some of Europe. Equitable distribution of wealth is not Socialism.

In the U.S. today there is virtually no valid example of Socialism, the DVA and BIA health care systems notwithstanding. The lately renamed Democratic Socialist Party of America has a claimed membership of about 55,000 and is a trivial element of American politics. Still, the fantasy persists and makes regrettable inroads into economic-illiterate segments of the population who actually believe that an economic system is classified by who pays the bill. Thus, the fiction that public programs such as Medicare, Medicaid, SNAP, CHIP, TANF, EITC, rental assistance, and the ACA, along with equitable wealth distribution, are examples of "Socialism" remains embedded in the poorly trained minds of too many Americans, and will arise as a political weapon next year.

If these conjured assertions were correct, then every check issued by the federal government would have to be classified as "Socialism". There is however no difference in the economic classification of the pay of an army sergeant and the payment for food stamps. Neither constitutes Socialism because such classifications have nothing to do with who pays or who receives the payment. By definition and by our history we see that Capitalism is the overwhelming and tragic constituent of the American economy and that no current political proposals threaten that status.

Che: Great response.

ArizAl

Socialism...Oh Boy! That must be where those giant oil corporations get subsidized by the government with middle class taxes even tho they are pulling in huge profits. Thanks to Trump's tariff wars, america's farmers are now on the government welfare program of ah...er "socialism" to the tune of hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars. Unfortunately, the Fascist republicans rigged it so that most of the farm welfare money goes to the giant farming corporations and small farmers get peanuts. Lee, just so you know, it was republican President Ronald Reagan who signed the law that gives illegal aliens from anywhere the right to recieve free medical care. It's called the "Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act of 1987." Republican Reagan musta been one of them thar "Socialists."

ArizAl

Interesting that the founders of our country in the 5th Congress passed legislation and President John Adams signed a bill to establish a government run single payer health care hospital system in July of 1798. The legislation was titled,"An Act for the Relief of Sick and Disabled Seamen" and it created the Marine Hospital Service, a number of hospitals operated by the federal government to treat privately employed sailors who got ill. How did the forefathers pay for this government run healthcare service? A mandatory tax of 1% of all sailors wages was taken out of their pay. ( ala today's Medicare payroll tax) Just as interesting is the fact that in the 5th Congress, Thomas Jefferson was President of the Senate and and Jonathan Dayton, a signer of the Constitution, was Speaker of the House that created the government run healthcare system. Was that "Socialism" or "Capitalism" or was it "Promoting/Providing for the General Welfare" as is enumerated the purpose of our government is stated in the Constitution's Preamble and in Article 1, section 8, Clause 1?

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