Growing up in New Jersey, I encountered many people like Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Many millenials see them as the newest rage, promising whatever your hearts desire. However, Before AOC and the Squad, there were: Bela Abzug, Angela Davis, and Shirley Chisolm. Whether it’s radicals such as Noam Chomsky or Sanders, all they do is get on their soapbox about how America is a racist country. One that must be remade into some socialist utopia, where everyone gets free education, health care and whatever fantasy you desire.
The details never matter. If you say “cost”, they trot out children, such as David Hogg and Greta Thunberg, to say “How dare you?” because the world is going to end in 10 years. I always wondered if the world will end because of climate change, how will spending trillions of dollars prevent it from happening?
Leftism Has Destroyed Our Inner Cities
When I hear about socialism, I think of once-prosperous NJ cities, such as Camden, Elizabeth, and Jersey City. These cities used to have bustling factories that employed thousands of people with good-paying jobs. What destroyed them was these left-wing socialists such as Sanders, posing as friends of the worker. I remember working as a chef at the Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, when one of these Sanders types was trying to unionize us.
Many wanted to organize but I had no interest in rocking the boat — I was making decent money and living comfortably. I tried to warn people about these vipers. Atlantic City was hit by a recession, and it wasn’t good optics to demand higher wages and gold-plated health care plans. Especially at a time when everyone in town was struggling. With the left though, everything is a moral stand.
While I wasn’t satisfied with my wages, I could have quit and started a business. Why did I need these buffoons representing me? The management did try to compromise, but the militants refused. Amazingly, some were surprised to be out of work.
Bernie’s A Con
I’m not a great talker or debater, but I can spot cons like Bernie Sanders is pitching. I saw these people that had three-piece suits and drove fancy cars, while I needed this job to pay my bills. They would get on their soapboxes, railing about how the Trumps and the Carl Icahns of the world rake in the dough while you starve. The truth was if you weren’t happy you could find another place to work.
Eventually, people went on strike. The management didn’t bite on their demands, and eventually closed up the Taj Mahal. In the end, Icahn is still a billionaire, Trump became President, and Atlantic City still hasn’t recovered. Following Socialist con-men is costly.
A Nice Theory, But Never Practical
Socialism sounds wonderful but I realized people such as Sanders have no clue on how to implement their fantasies. You can raise taxes, and increase salaries, and blather on about universal health care all you want. It’s all fantasy, unless you find the sucker who’s willing to pay for all the promises. This is why socialism always ends in blood.
The only way to implement socialism is through the barrel of a gun. If your a business and the government says we’re going to take 80 percent of your income, what’s stopping them from taking everything? What business is going to stay in a country where they can’t make a profit? If you know the government is going to take everything, why would you work? So people stop making things and growing food.
Socialism ends in blood, because if you don’t incentivize people to work, they have to force people to build the roads, maintain security and hold the nation together. The good news is that Sanders has no shot of being president. Unlike in Cuba and Venezuela, the capitalist class in the U.S. will never allow him near the switch box. The people for the most part, will not get behind their own eventual destruction. Don’t be surprised to see the mainstream media push the radicals under the bus and support Trump. That is how dire the situation has become.
Jeffery McNeil is a writer for NRN. He is a published author who has written numerous columns and a book. McNeil has been invited to the White House and been nominated for several awards.