The perils of socialism in American youth

There is a story out of Boca De Uchire, Venezuela about a priest leading prayers for college students in the university courtyard. Some 15 minutes into the ceremony, five of the students had fainted for lack of food and two of them had been taken away in ambulances. The socialist state of Venezuela is failing the youth, according to the story, who cannot attend university because they are too busy helping their parents search for food. Yet here in America, the college-aged are flocking to socialism. A 2018 Gallup Poll that periodically measures sentiment toward socialism indicated that 51% of Americans aged 18-29 favored socialism, representing a 23-point decline in their positive view of capitalism since 2010.

The Gallup poll indicated “a majority of Democrats have said they view socialism positively in Gallup polling since 2010, including 57% in the most recent measure in 2018.” The Gallup survey also found that nearly 30% of Americans want government distribution of wealth, 35% want government responsibility for wages, and 33% want government control over the economy. Interesting that these percentages coincide with the percentage of the population who are also registered Democrats, although the Gallup survey did not distinguish party affiliation. Another poll by Harris showed that Americans are accepting of socialism despite 49% understanding that it is a system dependent on dictatorship. 

The Communist Manifesto says, “But communism abolishes eternal truths, it abolishes all religion, and all morality, instead of constituting them on a new basis; it therefore acts in contradiction to all past historical experience.” Other linchpins of communism are enumerated in the Manifesto: 1) Abolition of property ownership, 2) a heavy progressive income tax, 3) abolition of all rights of inheritance, 4) confiscation of property, 5) centralization of credit, 6) centralization of transportation, 7) centrally planned economy, 8) obligation to work, 9) abolishing distinction between towns and country, and 10) a free education for children. Since World War I, America has been on the slippery slope toward socialism.

The goal of Soviet Russia was to infiltrate American values with the destructive social goals of the Communist Manifesto. Former Soviet KGB agent Yuri Bezmenov, who defected from the Soviet Union in 1970, was interviewed in 1984 about Soviet infiltration methods. He said that by 1970 the Soviet Union already had infiltrated the US through brainwashing left-leaning people in the news media, entertainment, politics, business, education, and religion. Progressives are the new communists. Government replaces God. Exodus 20:3 says, “Thou shalt have no other god’s before me.” People need to be educated about Soviet-era communism so those who are ignorant of its ramifications are aware. A great example to share with our young people is what’s happening in Venezuela, where college students are fainting from starvation. 

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