The cry for social justice, equality and social reform is not a new theme in American history. That cry was started in the early 1900s by rich, social progressive politicians (the Roosevelt clan) who declared that other rich industrialists had too much control of capital and government. They wanted to take capital from the barons of industry and give control of it to government, who in turn could dole it out to the public. Interesting concept! And I admit that breaking up the business trusts which then resembled European aristocracy seems like a good thing. All’s good now, right?
Apparently not. Despite being able to view the historical failures of socialism and communism, many Americans, especially those under 30, cry out for social justice, equality, free education and free healthcare via a socialist form of government. What we have is one of the most unappreciative generations in our history. A young, newly-elected Democrat Congresswoman, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, recently said to Newsweek about the millennials, “An entire generation, which is now becoming one of the largest electorates in America, came of age and never saw American prosperity.” Thankfully there are some alert millennials who view things a bit differently. From a Facebook post, young Alyssa Ahlgren wrote while she sat in a coffee shop, “I put my phone down and continued to look around. I see people talking freely, working on their MacBooks, ordering food they get in an instant, seeing cars go by outside, and it dawned on me. We live in the most privileged time in the most prosperous nation and we’ve become completely blind to it. Vehicles, food, technology, freedom to associate with whom we choose. These things are so ingrained in our American way of life we don’t give them a second thought.” She goes on to say “we have a young generation convinced they’ve never seen prosperity, and as a result, elect politicians dead set on taking steps toward abolishing capitalism. Why? The answer is this, my generation has only seen prosperity. We have no contrast.” They have no idea what it’s like to live without the internet, cars and smartphones. That, my friends, is not a lack of prosperity, it’s an entitlement mentality being pushed by Democrats.
There are millions of people struggling to get into this country each year, yet we have a generation convinced they’ve never seen prosperity. The United States of America has lifted more people out of abject poverty, spread more freedom and democracy, and has created more innovation in technology and medicine than any other nation in human history.
There is an entire generation of Americans being indoctrinated by a mainstream narrative to actually believe they are so screwed that they will never see prosperity. It is beyond time to go back to the basics. History, good, bad and ugly, must be preserved and taught so upcoming generations can learn to avoid the pitfalls of failed socialist policies and governments. The age-old American expectation that all citizens should support themselves, their families, and their communities is still worth maintaining.