Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez (L) greets U.S activist Cindy Sheehan as he arrives at the meeting with World Social Forum Organizations in Caracas, Venezuela January 27, 2006. REUTERS/Jorge Silva
You know what’s amazing to me? When Cindy Sheehan returns to America the price for her outspoken opposition to the Bush administration in a foreign country while standing next to someone who is, by no means, a friend of this country will be nothing outside of some scorn from a few of her fellow Americans. As a citizen of this country she has a right to travel freely and engage in free speech.
Yet what do you think would happen if Sheehan were a citizen of Venezuela who traveled to Washington D.C. to speak out against Hugo Chavez while standing next to President Bush? I’m fairly certain that, upon arriving back home in Venezuela, she’d receive a visit from the police. If they’d even let her back in the country.
That’s one thing that never ceases to amaze me about these lefty demonstrators. A lot of them are unrepentant socialists. They carry around the Communist Manifesto and pledge their allegiance to people like Che Guevera and Chairman Mao and then tell the rest of us that they have the right to do these things because of the free speech gaurantee in our first amendment. And they’re correct. They do have that right. But what they don’t tell you is that, were they to get their way and bring about the socialist revolution they’re always carping about, the right to free speech would not likely survive.
Free speech, specifically free political speech, did not exist in Chairman Mao’s China. It doesn’t exist in Castro’s Cuba. It most certainly didn’t exist in Stalin’s Soviet Union and it has never existed in North Korea under Kim Jong-il’s reign. Nor would it have existed in any regime where the left-wing idol Che Guevera had a hand in running things.
And yet we still have these idiot, left-wing protesters espousing socialism as though it were the cure to all of our ills. We have college professors idolizing Guevera and Castro and openly displaying the hammer and sickle flag. If ever there were a group of people who needed to heed the warning “Be careful what you wish for lest you receive it,” it is the American socialists.
I’ll even go so far as to say that the little “s” socialists in our midst, the ones who would consistently advocate for higher taxes and more government entitlement programs aimed at redistributing our wealth according to the whims of those in power, are putting us on a path toward a totalitarian state. Whether a socialist state be brought about by revolution, as the leftist/socialist radicals want, or brought about by a slow usurpation of our personal liberties by modern liberals and Democrats matters not. For any move toward socialism is a move toward totalitarianism and oppression.
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