[Rushtalk] Why Is Socialism Still Popular?

John Quayle blueoval57 at verizon.net
Mon May 28 14:59:54 MDT 2018

/*Stephen, I know that our country is full of hatred right now. Most of 
it comes from the progressive left. Here's a taste of that vitriol: 

/*          I, too, volunteer for an organization that helps gather 
food, books, backpacks, and clothing for the needy children in this are. 
It's called the Knights of Columbus - a Catholic men's club. Some of our 
members help raise funds for sonogram machines, but will then turn 
around and vote straight Democrat, not realizing that about 90% of 
Democrats are pro-choice. We need to stand up for what we believe, not 
be mealy-mouthed about it, and follow that up with actions! These are 
Christ's words (Douay-Rheims): "*//*Think ye, that I am come to give 
peace on earth? I tell you, no; but separation!" */
/*Luke 12:51 */

On 5/28/2018 4:24 PM, Stephen Frye wrote:
> Yu know, over the past decade or so, the only thing I have seen 
> Christianity and Holy Scripture used for are weapons.  True 
> Christianity, and the true meaning of the Holy writings live in our 
> hearts, and should always be visible to others.  None among us will 
> ever be perfect vessels or examples, but don’t we need to at least 
> try?  Our country is so full of hatred right now.  Such is both 
> saddening and sickening, and where will it end?  How many of us will 
> rally to answer that questions with “as soon as somebody else does 
> something”?
> I volunteer for an organization that gathers and distributes food for 
> the needy.  Great.  But when spending more and more time with them, I 
> believe a lot of them miss the boat, too.  So very much of what we 
> witness in our day-to-day lives is nothing more than lip service to 
> the true meaning of Christianity and Holy Scripture.  Other than  an 
> hour a week in Church, how many of us, in our day-to-day lives, are 
> recognizable as Christians – not by what we say we are, not by 
> pointing fingers of condemnation of others, but by how we behave?  How 
> many of us even begin to live up to “And they’ll know we are 
> Christians …”.
> We pat ourselves on the back for going to church every Sunday, and for 
> following Scripture and the teachings of Jesus, while we viciously 
> attack and demonize any who aren’t totally in line with what we 
> believe.  We can’t wait to climb up on our soap boxes so that we can 
> tell everyone else how they should lead their lives, what they should 
> believe, how they should act.
> Jesus’ life here on earth, and the message of Holy Scripture was never 
> intended to be the vehicle of hatred and condemnation for which it is 
> so used today.
> *From:*rushtalk-bounces at csdco.com <rushtalk-bounces at csdco.com> *On 
> Behalf Of *John Quayle
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> */The tenets of progressive leftism are incompatible with the 
> teachings of Christ! And you can quote me on that............./*
> */jaq/*
> On 5/27/2018 9:02 AM, Steven Laib wrote:
>     Leo XIII disapproved of socialism and the present Pope is a
>     socialist.
>     Go figure.
>     On May 27, 2018, at 12:54 AM, John Quayle <blueoval57 at verizon.net
>     <mailto:blueoval57 at verizon.net>> wrote:
>                   It's been tried almost everywhere on the planet and
>         still has failed miserably. Yet, people want it here in the
>         United States. */_WHY_/**/?/*
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>         > Why Is Socialism Still Popular?
>           Why Is Socialism Still Popular?
>         May 23, 2018 | Edwin Benson
>         Why Is Socialism Still Popular?
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>         Why Is Socialism Still Popular?
>         If ever there was a set of ideas that has been tried and found
>         lacking, it is socialism. It has been tried on every
>         continent. It has been tried in weak nations and strong. It
>         has been tried in primitive countries and those which are
>         highly developed.
>         The most striking thing about socialism is that it has never
>         worked.
>         We in the United States have been tinkering with socialism
>         ever since the Great Depression. Its most successful
>         manifestation, Social Security, operates on a basis that would
>         see any other investment manager in jail for running a Ponzi
>         scheme. The Veterans Administration, organized to provide
>         government assistance to those injured in the service of the
>         United States, is a bloated bureaucracy whose many errors
>         would land any competent private physician in bankruptcy
>         court. Lyndon Johnson employed soaring rhetoric about a “War
>         on Poverty,” but those programs have done little but insure
>         that three generations of the impoverished families of 1964
>         are still poor. However, the free enterprise traditions of the
>         United States have prevented socialism
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>         from becoming its predominant economic system—at least so far.
>         What of those nations that embraced socialism far more
>         totally? In its least troubling manifestations, as in northern
>         Europe, it saps nations of their economic and intellectual
>         potential. Great Britain was the birthplace of the Industrial
>         Revolution, but its industrial capacity has been on a steady
>         decline since its turn to socialism in 1945. Australia and the
>         Scandinavian nations are often touted as places in which
>         “cradle to grave” socialism has improved the lives of their
>         people, but it’s no paradise there either.
>                 *Learn All About the Prophecies of Our Lady of Good
>                 Success About Our Times*
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>                 Is Socialism Still Popular?
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>         Cast North America and Europe aside, and the record goes from
>         unfortunate to abysmal. Brazil has massive natural resources
>         and yet is a very poor nation. Most African nations adopted
>         some form of socialism after gaining independence and remain
>         impoverished. Venezuela’s turn to socialism has been an
>         economic disaster of epic proportions. Cuba likes to blame its
>         economic woes on the long-standing US economic boycott. Yet,
>         the Castros could and did trade with most of the rest of the
>         world—but in Havana a 1959 Buick still counts as a late-model car.
>         And, of course, no description of the woes of socialism would
>         be complete without including its most famous
>         practitioners—Josef Stalin, Mao Zedong, Pol Pot, and Adolf
>         Hitler. (Yes, Hitler was a socialist despite the Left’s
>         attempt to claim that Fascism
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>         is a right-wing phenomenon. Remember that Nazi
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>         was short for National /Socialist/.) The untold millions that
>         met their deaths and the massive destruction that occurred
>         under these socialist leaders beggars the imagination.
>         So, then, why is socialism
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>         enjoying a popular upsurge in the United States?
>         First, it just sounds so good. Karl Marx’s famous
>         prescription, “From each according to his ability, to each
>         according to his need” resonates in the souls of many. Listen
>         to a student choir sing John Lennon’s socialist anthem
>         /Imagine/. That “brotherhood of man” line has an undeniable
>         appeal, even for those who know better. It would just be so
>         nice, peaceful, and happy if it worked. (Insert heavy sigh.)
>                 *What Does Self-Managing Socialism Mean for Communism:
>                 A Barrier? Or a Bridgehead?*
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>         The second reason is the little examined fact that most
>         Americans have spent the first two decades of their lives
>         living the socialist dream. There is no more socialist segment
>         of our society than public education. The system is
>         taxpayer-supported. Buildings, books, furniture, food, and the
>         teachers are provided regardless of the students’ individual
>         merits or ability to pay. All of the above-mentioned items are
>         provided through a bureaucracy, which determines the quality
>         of each of those items, without regard to the individual
>         preferences of the students or parents. Students are assigned
>         to classes and teachers by a computer-generated invisible
>         force that places them together randomly, and over which there
>         is usually no appeal. Much work is done collectively, in which
>         all members of the group share the grade regardless of their
>         individual contributions.
>             Why Is Socialism Still Popular?
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>         We can also see in these schools one of the great flaws of
>         socialism. Any system in which the basic decisions are made
>         elsewhere breeds indifference. The school system is a great
>         machine, with little regard to the individual. The student
>         comes to know that he is unimportant to the school as a
>         person. He moves through the required courses and the required
>         number of electives until graduation. The school goes on the
>         same way whether he is there or not. Teachers and
>         administrators may leap to disagree, but the students know the
>         truth. In such a world, every impulse is to meet the minimum
>         standard. Even the student whose parents demand high grades
>         wonders how little work he has to do in order to get his A. If
>         the parents don’t demand it, nobody else does either. The kid
>         who passes by the skin of his teeth gets the same diploma as
>         the valedictorian. Maybe the honor society members get an
>         extra cord to wear on their gown, but underachievers seem to
>         be able to get along quite well without it. Actual learning
>         means about as little to the top students as it does to those
>         who squeak by with a D. Success means complying with the
>         minimum standards of the system.
>         Another reason that socialism is becoming more popular is that
>         it feels good without requiring any actual sacrifice. Taking
>         care of others is the essence of benevolence, right? A
>         socialist can indulge the sense that he is taking care of the
>         downtrodden without having to give up anything that he values.
>                 *A Specter is Haunting America — Socialism*
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>         Consider the reaction to the story that Bernie Sanders—the
>         self-professed “Democratic Socialist”—owns three homes and has
>         a net worth of over a million dollars. Supporters either
>         ignored the story or quibbled about the details. Setting aside
>         the specifics of the number of houses or their value, it
>         remains that Sanders is in an enviable position economically.
>         If you wish, press one of the young socialists on the ethics
>         of his being a wealthy man who attempts to force people far
>         poorer than himself to pay for the needs of the impoverished
>         without being willing to sacrifice his own standard of living.
>         The response is likely to be an assertion that his heart is in
>         the right place, that he fights for the poor, and, therefore,
>         his individual style of life matters little.
>         How can Sen. Sander’s supporters overlook so seemingly obvious
>         a flaw? Simple, it is where their heads are as well. Today’s
>         college socialists do not want to deny themselves the
>         pleasures of life in their search for Utopia. Most of them are
>         in college because a college degree promises financial
>         prosperity. Regardless of the fact that this promise is often
>         unmet, the typical social justice warrior prizes his own
>         comforts just as much as the chairman of the College
>         Republicans. Yet the socialist signals a sense of virtue while
>         being able to dismiss those on the right as greedy.
>             Why Is Socialism Still Popular?
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>         The third reason that socialists continue to carry their
>         banner proudly may be the most important—pure undiluted
>         arrogance. The problem with socialism, they cry, is that it
>         hasn’t been done properly. “Listen to us—the young, the pure,
>         and the good. We can fix the mistakes of the past. We can cure
>         the injustices. We can raise up the poor. We can guard each
>         man’s dignity and spare each man’s pride”—as the campfire
>         classic /They Will Know We are Christians by Our Love/ puts it.
>         Try to expand the knowledge base of the blissfully arrogant by
>         mentioning the abuses of Mao, Stalin, Castro, or Che Guevara
>         and most will look confused at first. Eventually they will
>         come up with a reply. It is most likely to resemble the
>         following. “We are not like that. Those are dead men; their
>         actions are in the past. We don’t need to make the mistakes
>         they made. We have not been corrupted by the world.”
>         Of course, the college educated will disguise their arrogance
>         under other words that assert their intelligence. One will
>         hear about power structures, imperialist residue, and systems
>         of oppression. Working-class conservatives are dismissed as
>         dupes who work against their own interests. Western culture,
>         which created the universities in which the socialists work
>         and learn, is the creation of dead white men as a tool to
>         subjugate females and those of other races. Defend the idea
>         that western culture created the concepts of freedom that they
>         supposedly espouse and you commit microaggressions. The
>         enlightened can no longer tolerate your “hate speech.” Make an
>         argument based on logic, and you will be met with the language
>         of deconstruction or the concept of relative truth.
>                 *What the Popes Have to Say About Socialism*
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>         How can the young socialists avoid the mistakes of the past?
>         They can’t, because they can’t get around the fact that
>         socialism is inherently unjust. In 1878, Pope Leo XIII
>         correctly assessed the evils of socialism
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>         in his encyclical, /Quod Apostolici Muneris/ (On Socialism).^1
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>             “For, indeed, although the socialists, stealing the very
>             Gospel itself with a view to deceive more easily the
>             unwary, have been accustomed to distort it so as to suit
>             their own purposes, nevertheless so great is the
>             difference between their depraved teachings and the most
>             pure doctrine of Christ that none greater could exist:
>             ‘for what participation hath justice with injustice or
>             what fellowship hath light with darkness?’
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>             (Paragraph 5)
>         Leo XIII would further explain at length in 1891 in /Rerum
>         Novarum/ (On the Condition of the Working Classes).^2
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>             “[I]nasmuch as the Socialists seek to transfer the goods
>             of private persons to the community at large, they make
>             the lot of all wage earners worse, because in abolishing
>             the freedom to dispose of wages, they take away from them
>             by this very act the hope and the opportunity of
>             increasing their property and of securing advantages for
>             themselves.” (Paragraph 9)
>             “Inasmuch as the Socialists, therefore, disregard care by
>             parents and in its place introduce care by the State, they
>             act /against natural justice/ and dissolve the structure
>             of the home.” (Paragraph 21, emphasis in the original)
>             “[T]he equality conjured up by the Socialist imagination
>             would, in reality, be nothing but uniform wretchedness and
>             meanness for one and all, without distinction.” (Paragraph 22)
>                     *Equality and Inequality Among Men*
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>             “[I]t is perceived that the fundamental principle of
>             Socialism which would make all possessions public property
>             is to be utterly rejected because it injures the very ones
>             whom it seeks to help, contravenes the natural rights of
>             individual persons, and throws the functions of the State
>             and public peace into confusion.” (Paragraph 23)
>         It cannot be said that Pope Leo was speaking as some sort of
>         hidebound reactionary, longing for a time in which the
>         peasants did as they were told. /Rerum Novarum/ also speaks
>         movingly about the obligations of employers and the rights of
>         workers. Clearly, this was no passing fancy on the part of
>         Leo XIII, but a well-considered opinion developed over a
>         considerable period of time.
>         Any intelligent adult can look at the plight of socialism’s
>         many victims and easily conclude whose vision of life under
>         socialism was more accurate—that of Karl Marx or that of
>         Leo XIII. It is long since time that we, as a society, exposed
>         the truth about socialism
>         <https://nam03.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.tfp.org%2Fwhat-the-popes-have-to-say-about-socialism%2F&data=02%7C01%7C%7C4c12b68020994d15212408d5c4c4a3cc%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C636631271193695824&sdata=t3K0O4bpr%2BTx8e1gnulfKlgiCwOacg4ChzzuDj%2FQI4U%3D&reserved=0>
>         to our children, especially those who are listening to its
>         siren call.
>         This will not be easy. Socialism has eaten deeply into the
>         intellectual fiber of modern life. Many are they who,
>         knowingly or not, buy into Marx’s assertion that the victory
>         of socialism is inevitable. They can be found in the
>         universities and labor unions, in schools and the halls of
>         Congress. Unfortunately, large numbers of them can also be
>         found amongst the leaders of Holy Mother Church.
>                 *10 Razones Por las Cuales el “Matrimonio” Homosexual
>                 es Dañino y tiene que Ser Desaprobado*
>                 <https://nam03.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.tfp.org%2F10-razones-por-las-cuales-el-qmatrimonioq-homosexual-es-danino-y-tiene-que-ser-desaprobado%2F&data=02%7C01%7C%7C4c12b68020994d15212408d5c4c4a3cc%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C636631271193695824&sdata=xhVYbapVYX2BOcCvClLgQBIBb47CfGrK38m3JVWJ2sY%3D&reserved=0>
>         The apologists for socialism have many tools at their command.
>         The “mainstream media” will be happy to show the travails of
>         the poor and unemployed in the United States. They will be
>         happy to use their rhetorical skills in socialism’s behalf—as
>         we saw in the debate over Obamacare when the lack of
>         healthcare /insurance/ was presented as the lack of healthcare
>         itself. The socialist’s supposed compassion will be trotted
>         out to make the working guy who wants to bring home a few more
>         of the dollars that he earned look like a short-sighted hick,
>         clinging to, as President Obama famously put it, “God and guns.”
>         Of course, the anti-socialist has a less obvious, but far more
>         important weapon. It is a weapon whose effect can be delayed
>         but never denied. That weapon is called Truth, and socialism
>         cannot ultimately defeat it. For those of us who know
>         socialism for what it is, faithfulness to God and His Church
>         demand that we proclaim the evils of this inherently evil
>         ideology.
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