Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., speaks during an event at the University of Chicago’s Ida Noyes Hall in Chicago on Tuesday, April 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Andrew A. Nelles)
Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul bounced onto C-SPAN’s After Words Sunday to make a substantial point.
During a really, really long interview by guest host and Republican Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz (here and here), Rand brought up the serious danger of ideas being promoted by Uncle Bernie Sanders and everyone’s favorite congressional freshman fartfighter, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
Matt questioned the senator about some politicians “champion[ing]” country-turned-chaos Venezuela, and here’s what he had to say:
“Venezuela is just such a disaster. I mean, people literally eating their pets. We tell the story of a young lady who was a teenage girl, and she has a gang, but her gang is to defend the turf of trash. So, there’s certain garbage receptacles and she keeps people out of them because those are her garbage receptacles to look for food. How sad. People killing rats in the street to try to eat them, pigeons, and it just, it really is a sad thing.”
I’m sure there are lots of bad stories. As for calamity, here’s a peek into a peak:
And yet, we still had this in August:
More from Rand:
“Kind of going back to the world economy thing, we have to understand why the world economy got better, and we have to understand why Venezuela’s deteriorating into, you know, chaos – and that’s, I think, part of what the book is doing – it’s part of also the debate we should be having up here, and we don’t seem to have it in Congress, is that we don’t develop, we aren’t really talking about which economic system is better.”
I’ll go further than that: It seems to me we don’t even have people understanding what the economic systems are.
How many people touting socialism know it’s a monopolistic system in which they can’t own their own business?
-And that capitalism simply means a free-economy setup in which they can?
Whatever people do or don’t realize, Rand’s surprised the media doesn’t care:
“And nobody in the media seems to care that what AOC is supporting or what Bernie is supporting is Stalin and Mao and Pol Pot, and all these terrible ideas, and they get away with it because they aren’t challenged.”
It’s a good question: Why isn’t more being said about the oppressive countries where such policies have been put into place?
As for leaders, Stalin and MAO are good ones; there’s also those dapper dudes in suits sportin’ the name “Nazis.” Or, National Socialists.
NAVARRO: Let me ask you this because I live in Miami, there’s tens of thousands of Venezuelan exiles living there. You talk a lot about Venezuela in your new book. I get a lot of political ads from the Republican Party – Donald Trump has tweeted this, many have tweeted this – “If you vote for Democrats, they will turn the United States into Venezuela.” Do you think that’s a fair statement to make?
PAUL: Well, if you vote for a socialist, you might get socialism.
NAVARRO: Come on. Don’t do that. Maduro is not a socialist; he’s a corrupt, murderous thug who is starving his people.
PAUL: That’s not true.
NAVARRO: That’s not true? Maduro’s not a thug and a murderer who’s starving his people?
PAUL: Let’s have a conversation here. Chavez was a socialist, and socialism was the economic system Venezuela –
NAVARRO: And they stole. [It’s a] kleptocracy. It’s not socialism.
PAUL: But here’s the question … they voted for socialism.
Venezuelan expat told TDW Ana needs to get right with it:
“Ana Navarro is wrong to say Maduro isn’t socialist. Nicolás Maduro and his predecessor, Hugo Chavez, nationalized thousands of companies and greatly expanded welfare programs and government employment. It was as a result of these socialist policies that our economy was destroyed and that today 9 out of every 10 Venezuelans live in poverty and more than four million Venezuelans like myself have been forced to leave our homeland. Corrupt and evil people govern many countries around the world, but these countries don’t see the terrible humanitarian crises that socialist countries like Venezuela and Cuba experience.”
There appears to be a great deal of ignorance of what socialism means, so people are jonesin’ for it like the pro-alien peeps in a 1962 Twilight Zone episode.
They may believe the system’s goal is “To Serve Man,” but in reality, we’re headed for indigestion: “It’s a cook book.”
And if we’re not careful, it’ll be Bon Crappétit.
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