Despite the hysteria expressed by the Republican establishment toward Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders, and others, Trump is the one who has successfully called attention to the self-destructive, dead end philosophy espoused by candidates such as Sanders, Hillary Clinton, and others who share their point of view. Socialism as an economic and political philosophy has somehow taken root in America and grows more popular by the year. Trump, however, has shown a bright spotlight on this problem and given the electorate an excellent alternative. Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, and Ben Carson have done the same thing, but Trump’s ability to make news without spending money has worked to his advantage in this regard. One thing we can say for sure is that Trump is no socialist, and it is easy to verify this claim with a little research.
Socialism exists in many various forms. So can capitalism. For example, a Communist nation like China can implement capitalistic principles in its business and industrial complex. Socialism did not work as an economic philosophy, as China discovered when it attempted to build an economic powerhouse with the government in charge. The country remained backward, held in the grip of poverty, though not abject poverty. The Chinese Communists concluded over several decades that government cannot create wealth and prosperity. Thus, the nation relaxed its laws against private ownership of business and began laying the foundation for a market based economy, which they have today. But old ways die hard and the country still adheres to Chairman Mao’s view that citizens must be restricted in their behavior.They still have a long way to go when it comes to embracing and encouraging individual liberty.
Socialist nations sometimes allow some business and corporations to operate under private ownership, but the original definition of the term means that the government owns and operates the means of production. This has led to some rather odd hybrids in Europe. A county may mandate that government own and operate the means of production while at the same time giving its citizens maximum freedom in terms of their behaviors. In Germany in the 1930s, as long as a citizen could prove their “pure” ancestry then basically they were left alone as long as they did not criticize Hitler or the Third Reich. Small businesses could be owned and operated by private citizens. And the big industrialists at the time could continue to own these large companies, even teaming up with Hitler to provide the tools necessary for war. Oscar Schindler comes to mind. Thus, Germany’s socialism was a fascist state, that is, big government teamed up with big business to form a massive war machine. And although Hitler hated the Communist Joseph Stalin of the USSR, the issue was not one of big philosophical differences. Both were dictators. And the socialism practiced by Russian Communism did not allow for private ownership of industry. Citizens were highly restricted in their speech and activity, much more so than in Germany, especially if you happened to be a Jew.
Both German and Russian socialism, thus, had one thing in common — the citizens had very little freedom. It was all a matter of degrees. But the lessons coming out of Germany and Russia in the 20th century was that socialism does not work, not even the hybrid variety of Hitler. Sooner or later the government will be compelled to force citizens into compliance in order for it to work.
Millions of school children in the public schools and universities in America have been brainwashed that this is actually a good thing. This is why Barack Obama, Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton, and others are so popular. As long as I am not the one footing the bill for all the freebies, then why should I care that others are being forced to pay my way. And no, we are not talking here about only the super rich. The middle class must bear part of the load of that bill when they can ill afford it.
Trump essentially espouses free market capitalism along with the social safety net for those who cannot work or contribute. Everything he has done has been based on capitalism, except for those times when he crawled into bed with government to help himself. He claims to have seen the light on these and many other things. He is a man in transition in his thinking. We shall see if this is true. But we know that there are other Republican candidates who find socialism to be just as abhorrent as I do, such as Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz. It is too bad Rand Paul had to drop out of the race.