Here’s How to Stamp Out Socialism in America

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I must confess something: Socialism poses a grave threat to the U.S.

I, a first-generation American born to socialism survivors, take no pleasure in admitting this. I’m not an alarmist nor do I want to stoke fear. But I must be honest about the precarious situation we find ourselves in today.

By now, socialism should have gone into the ash heap of history. Sadly, its pernicious ideas still linger and have clung onto many of our institutions.

Yesterday marked the centennial of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP)’s creation. Largely absent from the coverage here stateside, unsurprisingly, was highlighting the millions of victims who died in this time. Instead, Chairman Xi was the “star” in all of this. Revolting. Similarly, Axios unveiled a new poll showing growing disdain for capitalism—even among Republicans. Scary.

It’s disconcerting to hear this. But fear not: socialism can be stamped out here in America. Don’t believe me? Here are three effective ways to help usher in its demise.

Make Anti-Socialism Bipartisan Again

After Democrats narrowly retained control of the House of Representatives last year, Congresswoman Abigail Spanberger (D-VA) lashed out at her colleagues, remarking “…we need to not ever use the words ‘socialist’ or ‘socialism’ ever again. Because while people think it doesn’t matter, it does matter. And we lost good members because of it.”

Conservatives can’t simply preach an anti-socialist message to the choir. We must export the message to the masses. Yes, it’ll be challenging to engage our political opponents but we must. Why? Let’s briefly look at history.

Did you know many 20th-century Democratic lawmakers were avowed anti-communists and anti-socialists?

President Harry S. Truman famously pledged to help nations resist communism through the “Truman Doctrine.” President John F. Kennedy continued policies of containment and said in 1952 the communist threat is “an enemy, power[full], unrelenting and implacable who seeks to dominate the world by subversion and conspiracy.”

Were you aware many chairmen of the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) were Democrats?

Senator Henry “Scoop” Jackson (D-WA) and Rep. Charles Vanik (D-OH) also sponsored a namesake amendment to the Trade Act of 1974 making trade with non-market economies (i.e. the Soviet Union) conditional on respect for human rights and permitting emigration.

Where are the anti-communist Democrats of today? They’re greatly needed in this fight.

Listen to Survivors, Not Opportunists

It’s important to lean on living survivors and elevate their stories to understand the dangers associated with collectivism.

Americans learned about Nazism’s horrors hearing directly from Holocaust survivors. Listening to stories about survival and death pulled heartstrings and inspired Americans to etch the words “Never Again” in their minds.

Why wasn’t the same strategy employed to combat socialism? It should have been replicated immediately following the USSR’s collapse. But better late than never.

To ensure effectiveness, individuals enlisted to speak should have some proximity to the horrors. It isn’t enough to have political influencers decry “socialism sucks.” That message, especially delivered by opportunists, won’t resonate with our peers en masse.

Instead, let survivors speak for themselves and help broadcast their testimonials. There are plenty of credible perspectives available from individuals who lived in the Soviet Union, Mao’s China, Pol Pot’s Cambodia, Castro’s Cuba, and even present-day Venezuela.

It’s imperative to give them a platform to share their stories.

Change Starts in Schools

Not only should survivors address audiences young and old, socialism’s crimes should be accurately taught in schools.

Communism should be equally reviled like National Socialism. Why isn’t this the case already? Unfortunately, many schools and institutions of higher learning purposely obfuscate the truth and whitewash its crimes.

It doesn’t help when self-described communists like Riverside Community College Professor Asatair Bair praise murderous Soviet dictator Josef Stalin. And he isn’t alone.

In response, several states have passed legislation to teach the evils of communism and socialism. Florida became one of the first states to reform their curriculum. A similar bill is currently moving through the Arizona state legislature. Going forward, this effort should be replicated in other states.

In addition to teaching socialism’s horrors and incorporating survivor input, the following books should be recommended for reading: Bloodlands by Timothy Snyder, Witness by Whittaker Chambers, Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys, Stalin’s Secret Agents by M. Stanton Evans, Fear No Evil by Natan Sharansky, and The Black Book of Communism, among many available titles.

Conclusion

35 years ago this January, my parents settled here as political refugees after fleeing Soviet-occupied Lithuania.

Today, they are shocked to see many of their fellow Americans embrace policies that engulfed and destroyed their homeland last century. They also worry about seeing iconic American institutions destroyed by central planning domestically, and an ever powerful CCP and entities like it rising globally.

The opportunity to educate our peers and political opponents, however, shouldn’t be squandered. To truly stamp out socialism in America, it’ll take a concerted effort by everyone—right and left.

Invest in and support organizations like Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation, Young America’s Foundation, Free Cuba Foundation, and similar American-based educational outfits. Support amending school curriculum to teach the horrors of communism and socialism. Elevate survivors and their stories.

It’s time to get to work. Will you join me?

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Posted by Bekah Lyons

"The simple step of a courageous individual is to not take part in the lie. One word of truth outweighs the world." Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

I was born and raised in the enigma known as "The Big Easy." There, rooted along the banks of the great Mississippi River between the creeping bayou and Lake Pontchartrain, I was conscripted on all things pertaining to human nature.  I am the quintessential southern woman, that is to say, I defy most could never accurately define what that label truly represents.  Brined below sea level where one respects; the haunts lingering about, the force of storm surge, the ethos of Mardi Gras, and the sanctity of generational family-I know what it is to belong to an organically diverse culture.

Early on in life, my career path serpentined and led to brief stints of living varied experiences as I indulged my passions for painting, musical theater, and the culinary arts. My young experiences evolved my purpose and honed my intuitive skills and I became a Medical Professional specializing in mental health with a focus on child/adolescent needs. After living decades in NOLA, and after hurricane  Katrina unearthed the realities of modern-day inner cities, I made the pivotal decision to relocate to where my family and I spent our summers in a quest to find security and civility in my life.

High up on one of the "grandfather mountains" I now perch in a Smoky mountain community in East Tennessee. Although, I would not trade my formative years in Louisiana, unfortunately,  that era of  America  is  no longer obtainable in the times we live - changing course was the best decision "Evah!"

I am a warrior  for freedom and truth , steeped in my ancestral history ,I am constantly reminded that stillness and introspection expands the mind and heart to possess a more nuanced understanding of all things in our internal and external world. We are all destined to bash ourselves against the rotted cultural rocks of humanity's unraveling until we recognize that a shared moral tone is essential for a free society. A healthy culture is one comprised of many unique people who offer shading and depth to the experience of living, yet all choose to accept basic truths that bind us all together-a societal moral tone. Intolerance  , censorship, intersectionality, cancel culture, apathy ,and ignorance will only groom oppression and tyranny.  Critical thought, differentiation, and dissent is your individual right granted not by government -and must always be protected, championed, and defended.

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  1. Make Anti-Socialism Bipartisan Again? Good luck with this. One thing that could be done is to remove the trifecta of causes of wealth inequality that drive the desire for socialism. These are distortions in the free market. The trifecta of causes: 1) currency debasement, 2) trade policies, and 3) gov. regulations that support corporates.

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