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One Word Best Describes Socialism: Theft

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I recently preached a sermon on the subject of stealing as part of our church’s series on the Ten Commandments.

One of the points I made is that socialism is a form of theft.

I mentioned the slogan going around during the 1960s — "property is theft."

Yet, the Bible says, "Thou shalt not steal."

Implied in that commandment is the sanctity of private property: I’m not allowed to simply take it because someone else owns it.

The Bible does not say, "Thou shalt not steal, unless thou art the government."

Socialism is a form of theft by government. The government has no money of its own. It simply forcibly takes property from once citizen and gives it to another. But, of course, the one who benefits the most from this socialistic scheme is a third party, the government bureaucrat administering the welfare state.

Some of the wealthiest counties in the entire nation are the bedroom communities in the greater Washington, D. C. area. There, where government workers live, are those who administer all the many wealth transfer programs in opur nation.

To quote George Bernard Shaw, "A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul." Thus, if you rob Peter to pay Paul, you can always count on Paul’s vote.

The Bible teaches us to help the needy, and that is all voluntary.

That's the job of the church.

When the government gets involved in the "charity business." it is not only wasteful, it undermines family, human dignity, and self-reliance.

It’s one thing to have a safety-net for those who may fall through the cracks.

It’s another to grow the size of the federal government and our national debt increasingly, and doing so with unceasing spending — until one day, all of it explodes.

Meanwhile, we have leading Democratic presidential candidates who want to add more and more to our federal government spending. According to a Fox News poll, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., is up to a 20 percent favorability as of Aug. 16, and Sen. Bernie Sanders, D-Vt., is up to a 10 percent favorability.

These numbers are representative of many Americans apparently buying into the socialist message.

Sen. Warren may chafe at the use of the term "socialist" to describe her policies. But big government is big government by any other name. Big government equals small liberty.

One of Warren’s huge promises is to forgive student loans. It’s tragic that so many young people have become so loaded with college debt. But these student loans are freely assumed debts. Why should everyone else be forced to pay for them?

What’s ironic about it is that many of these costly degrees really don’t confer much value in terms of gainful employment.

It reminds me of the joke about two women, who hadn’t seen each other in a while, who ran across each other at the supermarket. One woman asked the other about her three children. One son had become a poet and had just received his master’s degree in literature.

The daughter just graduated from college with a degree in modern art.

But what about the third son? She sheepishly shared, “Well, you know Freddy. Freddy is still Freddy. He wouldn't go to college — he became a plumber instead. By the way, if it weren't for him, we'd all be starving."

Virginia Prodan, an international human rights attorney, grew up in Communist Romania.

Prodan strives to warn Americans to never go down the socialist path. She came to the U.S. during the Reagan years, essentially as a political refugee. She wrote a book about her miraculous escape from an assassination attempt in her book, "Saving My Assassin."

I've interviewed her on the radio a few times.

She explained, "Socialism is the government starting to lie to you about free things, and you believe them . . . then the government establishes socialism. It gains power and transforms into a communist [state]."

If you disagree with the government under such a scheme, she notes, they will "kill you and take your property."

In other words, socialism is the gateway to communism.

When I asked her about why socialism was so popular today among young people in America, she responded, "They have been deceived by the same lies my parents and relatives had been deceived by, so many years ago — lies that led Romania to be transformed from a free country to a repressive, socialist government."

Prodan notes that, "Few Americans know, even those who are dream about socialism, that the socialist leader, Vladimir Lenin, declared that 'Liberty is so precious that it must be carefully rationed to ordinary people.' Ordinary people are you and me."

How many times must humanity, including parts of America, go down the socialist path before we realize the emperor has no clothes?

Government has no money trees. We should listen to survivors of socialism and communism, like Virginia Prodan, rather than politicians who are essentially trying to buy votes with taxpayers’ money.

Jerry Newcombe is co-host/senior TV producer of Kennedy Classics. He has written/co-written 25 books, including "The Book That Made America, Doubting Thomas" (with Mark Beliles), "What If Jesus Had Never Been Born?" (With D. James Kennedy), and "George Washington's Sacred Fire" (with Peter Lillback). For more of his reports, Go Here Now.

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We should listen to survivors of socialism and communism, like Virginia Prodan, rather than politicians who are essentially trying to buy votes with taxpayers’ money.
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