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Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Why Does the Word “Socialism” Terrify Some Democrats?

             As more and more members of the Democrat Party embrace socialism, other Democrats seek to end the use of the words “socialist” or “socialism.” According to Charles A. “Chuck” Donovan, Democrat Representative Abigail Spanberger of Richmond, Virginia, is one of them. After Spanberger narrowly regained the seat in 2020 that she lost in 2018, she made the emphatic statement that Democrats should not use the words ever again. Donavan explained as follows: 

In Marxist doctrine, socialism is seen as a steppingstone between capitalism and communism. Socialist policies pool basic goods – food, housing, health care, the economy – and distribute them equally to all persons recognized as part of the polity: “From each according to his ability, to each according to his need.”

Socialist policies are therefore centripetal – they pull all goods toward the center and crush intermediate institutions like local government, local business, churches, and family. Socialism controls all wealth creation and distribution. To do this, it must control all politics, inevitably crating a one-party state.

            Americans have been adopting socialist ways for many years, but the Biden administration appears to be pushing us to make the move more quickly. This site lists ten ways that the United States government has adopted socialist programs or brought government in control of certain areas. The ten programs are as follow: (1) Social Security (1935), (2) Federal Reserve (1913), (3) endless wars, (4) farm subsidies, (5) public or government schooling, (6) corporate welfare, (7) the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), (8) healthcare (Obamacare, Medicare (1965), Medicaid, 1965), (9) public transportation and security, and (10) the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Even though most Americans do not recognize them as such, these are all programs in which the federal government is involved. Each of the programs bring the federal government into control of important areas of American lives. 

            Donovan quoted Mark Levin: “The diabolical genius of Marxism-socialism is that it provides the emotional and intellectual roadmap for autocrats to persuade millions of people to support their own enslavement to government.” If consideration is given to the ten programs listed above, one can see how emotional and intellectual persuasion were used to convince Americans that the various programs are necessary.

            Donovan gave several examples of socialists taking over country. The Bolsheviks seized power in 1917 and had a program to legalize abortion. They attacked private medical practice and instituted a free health care system for everyone. Soviet law took control of childbearing: “The law was pronatalist – or in support of more births – but permissive of abortion. Use of contraception was discouraged, and the result was predictable” – an explosion of abortion (“as high as 70% of all pregnancies in the late 1980s).

            In 1980, Maoist China declared their “one-child policy” that “led to forced abortions carried out by the family planning cadres who roam and rule the communist nation.” Now there is a “two-child” limit – especially for minority groups. There were approximately 381 million abortions in China from 1956 to 2015.            

            Donovan said that the United States is “not yet a socialist nation,” but the nation qualifies as “semi-socialized” in health care. “Socialism, statism, and abortion on demand go hand in hand. Social conservatives have every reason, contra Spanberger, to make sure the “s” word is heard again and again. It looks like the pro-life movement would do well to advertise the connection between abortion and socialism.

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