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Washita Valley Weekly
“My Community Magazine”
June 19, 2019
God Bless America
A conservative view of national, state and local politics
Steve Fair is the Chairman of the 4th Congressional
District for the Oklahoma Republican Party. He may
be reached by phone at 580-252-6284 or email at
. Read more at stevefair.blogspot.
com. The views expressed in this column are his
and his alone and does not necessarily represent
the views of the Oklahoma Republican Party.
There is No Free
Socialism is defined as a political and economic theory of social organization which advocates that the
means of production, distribution, and exchange should be owned or regulated by the community (the state) as
a whole. Capitalism is an economic and political system in which a country's trade and industry are controlled
by private owners (individuals) for profit, rather than by the state. Because modern education has failed to
honestly teach the youth of the United States the difference it now appears that socialism is the economic sys-
tem most preferred by women ages 18-54. In a recent Axios poll, 55% of the women polled said they would
rather live in a socialist country than a capitalist one. The same poll had 40% of the respondents - of all ages
and demographics - supporting socialism over capitalism.
First, polls are not always accurate. As the saying goes, “figures lie and liars figure.” Four in ten Ameri-
cans don’t support socialism. That number is seriously inflated, but the number is higher than 20 years ago
and growing. When a self-proclaimed socialist like Bernie Sanders can pack out an 80,000 seat football sta-
dium promising free stuff to young people, America is in trouble. Sanders’ idea of who is going to pay for the
free stuff is not plausible. There aren’t enough rich people to pay for all that ‘free’ stuff.
Second, socialism, as an economic system, is not sustainable. Dr. Anne Bradley with the Institute for Faith,
Work & Economics, says the elimination of supply and demand pricing is how Venezuela got to their impov-
erished condition. “Eliminating prices and making things free or nearly free is the fastest road to poverty and
ruin. Making something free doesn’t make it less scarce. It just means we have to find other ways to finance
those free things. Fluctuation in pricing are powerful market signals needed to control supply and demand,”
Bradley says. Socialism removes much of the incentive to do more than the next guy. Productivity goes down
under a socialist system.
Third, socialism is not American. Our country was founded on individual rights and individual property
ownership. In the past 100 years, those rights have been whittled down by an overreaching government, but
America is still one of the only places in the world where a hard working person can enjoy the fruits of their
Fourth, socialism is not Biblical. Throughout scripture, God commands people to work, take personal
responsibility, and to be good stewards of their material possessions. Laziness is condemned. Hard work and
productivity are praised. Early church members sold their possessions and placed them into a common treas-
ury, but it bore no resemblance to modern day socialism. Their motive was the spread of the Gospel.
Socialism has gained a foothold in America due to three factors: (1) Immigrants coming to America from
socialist countries, (2) Millennials who believe the American dream is dead, (3) An overreaching government
that discourages individual initiative.
Bernie Sanders is not likely to be elected president, but his fiery evangelism for socialism started a grass-
roots movement that is not likely to be stopped. Conservative capitalists better hope for a preacher with the
same passion, otherwise America, as we know it, will be doomed.
Top 10 Things We’ve
Never Heard Dad Say
10. Well, how ‘bout
that? I’m lost! Looks
like we’ll have to stop
and ask for directions.
9. You know Pumpkin,
now that you’re thir-
teen, you’ll be ready
for unchaperoned car
dates. Won’t that be fun?
8. I noticed that all your friends have a certain
hostile attitude. I like that.
7. Here’s a credit card and the keys to my new car.
6. What do you mean you wanna play football?
Figure skating’s not good enough for you, son?
5. Your mother and I are going away for the
weekend. You might want to consider throwing a
4. Well, I don’t know what’s wrong with your car.
Probably one of those doo-hickey thingies--ya
know--that makes it run or something. Just have
it towed to a mechanic and pay whatever he asks.
3. No son of mine is going to live under this roof
without an earring. Now quit your belly-aching,
and let’s go to the mall.
2. Whaddya wanna go and get a job for? I make
plenty of money for you to spend.
1. What do I want for Father’s Day? Aahh, don’t
worry about that. It’s no big deal. (Okay, they
might say it. But they don’t mean it)
“I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve
lost almost 300 games. 26 times I’ve been trusted to take
the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and
over and over again in my life and that is why I suc-
ceed.” - Michael Jordan
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