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Kudlow at CPAC: “Put Socialism on Trial and Convict It!”


This year’s Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, D.C. was slated in advance to include many speakers touching on the dangers of bringing socialism to the United States, and so far, that has indeed been the case.

It takes little imagination to figure out why. Two of the most ascendant stars in the Democratic Party are self-identified democratic socialists: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Bernie Sanders. Polls show that Democrat voters – especially young ones – are more attracted than ever to socialism, expanded government, and, well, free stuff. And of the presidential candidates already declared to run, all but a couple have endorsed outlandish legislation like the Green New Deal and Medicare-for-all.

In his speech on Thursday, Larry Kudlow, the Trump administration’s director of the National Economic Council, asked voters to reject the rising socialism in the Democratic Party, touted the administration’s capitalist, free-market principles for the booming economy, and warned that Democrats were itching to put handcuffs on businesses, investors, and the middle class.

“We have to preserve and build on the policies and the successes,” Kudlow said. “We have to maintain a strong and prosperous America. In short, we have to keep America great. Here’s the problem: our opponents are proposing to overturn America’s success and its greatness. It’s crazy stuff; it’s crazy stuff. I’ve been around a while, I suppose nothing should surprise me. High taxes, health care takeover, impoverished poverty traps. Socialism. Socialism.

“So I’m going to come to you today, really with a plea,” he continued. “Stay with me on this; I need your help. I want you, everybody in this room and your friends and your neighbors, I want you to put socialism on trial. That’s what I’m asking you to do today. I don’t want us to stand idly by. I don’t want to let this stuff fester; I want it challenged; I want it debated; I want it rebutted, and I want to convict socialism.”

Putting socialism on trial is a noble cause, and Kudlow’s plea to conservative activists is a worthy one. What we’re afraid of, though, is that this is less a war of ideas and more a war of…charisma? AOC and Bernie aren’t at the top of the Democrat food chain simply because they are the furthest to the left. We’d venture to say that’s almost incidental to their popularity. They are there because they are charismatic empty vessels who have a sixth sense about how to attract the youth to their demagoguery. If facts were the enemies of their popularity, they would have already been discarded like yesterday’s newspaper.

Battling Democrats with fact sheets and CBO reports is all well and good, but we’re not confident that it’s going to move the needle.

Thankfully, we happen to have a guy in the White House with a few…more interesting tricks up his sleeve.

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  1. Because socialism is, fundamentally, robbery, it requires a totalitarian dictatorship to administer and enforce it. People resist the idea that someone, including government, has a right to misappropriate private property, the reward of labor, by deception or force, for the purpose of economic equality by redistribution of wealth. Indeed, African Americans who are the descendants of former slaves, knowing the deprivation of reward and the privilege of ownership, only consider the concept of ownership—not the time-relative labor to maintain ownership—when they or someone, calling for reparations for deprivation the period of slavery—would confiscate the private property of the descendants of former masters of slaves as “justice” for the lack of opportunity which continues based on ability or availability in a given area. The left rejects the fact of the disparities in human ability. Yet, even those disparities are evident in the motto “From each according to his ability (disparity, disparity, disparity) to each according to his need (difference, difference, difference).
    What, really, are AOC’s needs? To represent a constituency? To represent a college-garnered perception of ideology? To attempt to foster a mass rebellion against the policies which benefit, however temporally, the needs of people relative to their abilities? Or, to, somehow, enable the satisfaction of needs without an exercise of ability? It seems the latter is what has been evident thus far and, realistically, that is impracticable. Being “unwilling” to work, as a qualification for benefits under socialism is not a justification for the implementation of it. If you can kill babies for no reason other than that they are “unwanted,” you can kill the “unwilling”-to work on the basis that they are not only “unwanted,” but what is far more important, they are unneeded. Some of these freshmen congress people need to be aware that they are being perceived as, essentially, unneeded, a waste of taxpayer money.

  2. Thank you so much, Mr. Beach. Well said. As a former citizen of USSR I know what you are talking about and that is exactly right. The worst thing is that promoters of socialism will never follow the rules they preach. That is for us not for them

  3. I dislike Socialism but what is wrong with America is all the Socialist Ideas it already Embraces .
    Only Idiots would pay Illegals to be here with welfare . You would not need a wall if we were not known the world over for our stupidity of housing and feeding Illegals in our country.
    That’s all Socialism So BAck up a bit and lets get rid of every Socialist program all together .
    Then we would really make America great again..

  4. When I 1st heard Kudlow speak I felt he was soft and empty. His one pitch was to lower taxes and everything would fall into place. He became a Trumpeter, part of the “inner sanctum” and I still think he is soft and empty. However his mantra has become a Republican mantra and taxes were cut for the rich. But instead of using the generated funds to build new factories, raise wages, etc. the companies that have made and are now making money from tax relief are using the money to buy back their stock and the rich are seeing their portfolios increase in value in direct proportion to the amount of money companies spend on their buybacks. Who objects? Certainly not the members of the inner sanctum. Where will it end? Smoke dreams… From smoke rings– – – while a Chesterfield Burns.

    • When I 1st heard Kudlow speak I felt he was soft and empty. His one pitch was to lower taxes and everything would fall into place. He became a Trumpeter, part of the “inner sanctum” and I still think he is soft and empty. However his mantra has become a Republican mantra and taxes were cut for the rich. But instead of using the generated funds to build new factories, raise wages, etc. the companies that have made and are now making money from tax relief are using the money to buy back their stock and the rich are seeing their portfolios increase in value in direct proportion to the amount of money companies spend on their buybacks. Who objects? Certainly not the members of the inner sanctum. Where will it end? Smoke dreams… From smoke rings– – – while a Chesterfield Burns.

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