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Friday, November 29, 2019

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Nobody as far left as socialist Sen. Bernard Sanders and Sen. Elizabeth “I’m not a socialist” Warren can possibly win a U.S. general election, right?

Probably true.


But here’s thoughts from the other side of the pond — the side that gave us the Magna Carta and the industrial revolution and the principles of private property, rule of law, free speech.

“Let’s not pretend” that British Labour Party prime minister candidate Jeremy Cornyn’s “agenda is dismissed nationwide as a socialist calamity-in-waiting,” Fraser Nelson wrote in the U.K.’s Telegraph newspaper.

“His plans to nationalize water, railways, electricity and gas are supported by about half of all voters; his idea for a British Broadband Corporation is backed by a margin of three to one,” the British columnist wrote.

“So if you think Corbynomics is too radical, too off-the-wall to ever win an election, think again. Voters certainly regard it as impractical, but there is a lot more public sympathy with his overall aims (and worldview) than the likes of like me normally admit,” Mr. Nelson wrote.

Back on our side of the Atlantic, we are no more likely to elect Sanders socialist or a Warren socialist than we were to elect a reality-show host and billionaire who roars that U.S. policies, actions and foreign spending should advance Americans’ interests first, American jobs first, American farmers first, American Manufacturers first, the American services industry first.

No more likely than to elect a political neophyte who is used to consultants now and then personally hand-picked subordinates he does trust.

We, in fact, elected a big-time property developer who doesn’t totally trust the armies of government-employed experts on everything imaginable that a president has to deal with.

We have a president who so loathes political correctness that when he doesn’t make at least one gut-kicking, un-P.C. comment on any and every given day, horns in Manhattan stop honking, sirens Iowa City stop wailing, Manchester, New Hampshire, car motors stop running and Pittsburgh traffic lights freeze.

America stands motionless until he frees us with stinging tweets aimed right between the eyes of some muckity-muck presidential Cabinet secretary or some intelligence or armed-services chief.

We wince.

We wish he would not do that.

We love him for doing it.

None of that means that the laws of physics would have to stop working — boiling water would turn to ice — for a socialist to replace in the Oval Office an America First capitalist who actually listens to and takes seriously working people — not working peoples’ self-appointed/anointed spokesmen.

Remember however that going to the polls next Nov. 3 will be several generations of voters, many of whom had no social-studies classes or serious study of American history, our national goals and aspirations, our unique standards of behavior as a people.

Hordes of citizens will pull levers in closed booths.

Many of them will go into the polling booth thinking resources are unlimited to satisfy everybody’s every want and every need.

A chicken in every pot sounds fair to Americans brought up to think the Santa Claus school of economics in what passes for public-school education has something to do with the real world.

A Gallup poll this year found that 43 percent of Americans say socialism would be a good thing for the country.

This after the failures and total collapses —some world-shattering, others at least prominent in the news of the day — of socialist economies from the former Soviet Union across Asia to most of Latin America.

In 1942, months after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, only 25 percent of Americans said socialism was good.

The same latest Gallup poll found that as a nation we’re split on viewing “economy as free market or government controlled.”

Maybe read that again.

Still think it’s beyond any possible reality that America will never dip into socialism waters?


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