The Associated Press reported Sunday that young Americans are warming up to the idea of socialism. That shouldn’t surprise anyone in an age where self-described democratic socialists like Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York have become pop heroes to the youth.
Even the majority of the Democratic presidential hopefuls endorse some form of socialism as part of their platform.
The head-scratcher was contained in the last few words of the AP’s headline — that even young Miami-based Cuban-Americans were turning to socialism as a preferable alternative to capitalism.
That would seem to indicate that someone is possibly not doing their job — beginning with the parents and grandparents in the Miami Cuban community.
Andy Vila, 21, told the AP that bringing up socialism at the family dinner table — “that’s a no-go.” Although he once identified as a strong conservative, Vila now embraces the full socialist nonsense, including Medicare for all, free higher education, and even AOC’s “pie in the sky” Green New Deal.
But Vila said each time he brings those subjects up, his relatives “look at me funny and say, ‘We’ve escaped that.’”
And indeed they did.
After Fidel Castro took control of Cuba in 1959, the island-nation suddenly became the “in” destination. And why not? Fertile farmland and lush rainforests, surrounded by sugar-white sand beaches festooned with swaying palm trees.
But what made it especially attractive was the government that resulted from the Cuban revolution. Cuba was now a society where all the essentials were free and everyone equally shared the wealth.
The fact that commercial carriers stopped going there didn’t deter anyone. From the early 1960s to the early 1970s, hijackers placed guns to the heads of flight crews and ordered them to “take me to Cuba.”
When they got there they found an altogether different story. Equality only meant that everyone was equally destitute and miserable. And that “free” college and healthcare confirmed the old adage that “you get what you pay for.”
In the years that followed, those same hijackers now commandeered boats, rafts, anything that stayed afloat, to try to make it back to the United States. Socialism, they realized, wasn’t all that it was cracked up to be — unless your name was Castro.
One of those hijackers was Luis Armando Pena Soltren. He voluntarily surrendered to U.S. authorities 41 years after he and several others used guns and knives they smuggled aboard a Pan American flight in 1968, and diverted the Puerto Rico-bound plane to Havana, Cuba.
Apparently he realized that life in an American federal prison was preferable to life in a Cuban socialist paradise.
Like Vila, other young Cuban-Americans are unmoved by these stories, including even Havana-born Ernesto Medina, 31, who escaped Castro’s Cuba.
He claimed that “nobody leaves Cuba because they are running away from socialized health care and universal access higher education.” He said they flee instead the dictatorship.
Medina told the AP that he doesn’t understand why older Cuban-Americans don’t embrace the liberal policies of Sanders and Ocasio-Cortez, but adds that he doesn’t much care “what the old people think anymore.”
But one needn’t turn to Cuba or even Venezuela to realize that socialism doesn’t work all that well; one only has to look at what’s happening in the United States.
Investor’s Business Daily reported that, according to a recent poll, the best-run states in the union are those with the lowest tax rates that are run by Republicans. Florida, and North and South Dakota top the list.
The poll, which was the fourth annual “State Fiscal Rankings” conducted by the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, also found that the worst-run states are high-tax jurisdictions run by Democrats. At the bottom are New Jersey, Illinois, and Massachusetts.
A maxim, falsely attributed to Winston Churchill, goes, “If a person is not a liberal when he is twenty, he has no heart; if he is not a conservative when he is forty, he has no head.”
With any luck, Vila, Medina, and the rest will make it to 40 and change their perspective without causing too much damage along the way. If not, they should consider moving to New Jersey for a few years to get dose of “socialism lite.” That may change their outlook — they have it way too good in Florida.
Michael Dorstewitz is a retired lawyer and has been a frequent contributor to BizPac Review and Liberty Unyielding. He is also a former U.S. Merchant Marine officer and an enthusiastic Second Amendment supporter, who can often be found honing his skills at the range. To read more of his reports — Click Here Now.
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