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The Real Side | Commentary by Joe Messina
| Tuesday, Jun 7, 2016

joemessinamugHave you heard about the implosion of socialism in Venezuela? Or should I say, the blowup of Venezuela because of socialism?

Food trucks being hijacked, black market food skyrocketing, a dozen eggs selling for over 100 bucks, toilet paper, milk, and other basic necessities not being provided or even available for the general public. Yep. In a socialist nation where everyone is equal.

Bernie Sanders said we should embrace socialism because it treats everyone fairly and provides for all. That must have been one heck of an acid trip, Bern. The upper 1 percent get all of the toilet paper, food, water and electricity they want, while “the people” get what the government says they can have. And right now, that isn’t much.

Bernie was asked about socialism and why he thinks it’s so great, especially since we are seeing the oil-producing, socialist country of Venezuela unravel before our eyes. And recently we’ve watched the failures of other socialist nations like Argentina, Brazil, Cuba, Haiti, Greece, the European Union – all epic failures. Bernie responded with: “I didn’t come here to speak about socialism, I came here to speak about my campaign.” The commentator said: “You are touting the virtues of socialism on your campaign trail.” After a moment of silence, Bernie said again,” I didn’t come here to discuss that.” A real winner in that one.

Russia is really operating under socialism and can’t get out of its own way. It’s one of the richest countries on the planet in terms of natural resources. Russia is loaded with natural gas, diamonds, oil reserves and great farmland, but somehow the ability to feed its people or give them “fair and equitable” housing eludes them.

When asked about socialism, liberal loons respond pretty much the same way all the time, basically saying, “Go away,” “you’re stupid,” and “fear-monger.” They can’t even string together a sentence with structure and substance. Why? Because they got nuthin’. They don’t know they are ill-informed, and the way to win (so they believe) is to brow-beat and insult, rather than actually deal with the issue.

My wife Tammy (who is also my producer and editor) recapped an on-air story I recently covered about socialism. When I scanned the reader comments, I was floored. Not really. Nothing the far left does really floors me anymore. One reader wrote:

“How long did you spend in Venezuela? My students and family there would be really upset if they knew that a priviledged [sic] lady like you is so misinformed about what a dictatorship looks like versus true democracy.”

First of all, lady, we are comparing socialism to a republic. Hello. Get a clue. Second, are you really that blind? Are you so afraid or prideful that you will have to concede that socialism works nowhere that you’re willing to bury your head in a really dark place so you can ignore people eating their own pets and paying over 100 bucks for a dozen eggs? Food truck drivers are being beaten and the trucks hijacked. This isn’t a joke.

The government is shutting down government buildings two days a week to save electricity and money. Martial law has been established for at least two months. You can be shot for stealing food.

Some of you bleeding hearts don’t want to prosecute people in this country for stealing food for their families when they are in need. But somehow you have no issue with what is going on in Venezuela? The loon who commented thinks Venezuela is a true democracy? I want to know what she’s smoking.

Socialism doesn’t work. It never has. It takes so much away from individuals. Socialism doesn’t allow for incentives to better oneself or move up. The economy is not market-driven. Property is owned by the state, and the state decides who gets what and when. With no incentives, there’s no reason to work harder. There’s no real hope that you can achieve your goals and happiness. Under socialism, collective ownership is what’s important, not individual achievement.

China, although using a more “capitalistic approach” to its financial markets, still adheres to strong socialist values, except for the top 1 percent. Many companies in China are owned by the government or friends of the government. From a young age, you’re groomed to understand the government knows best about everything. It chooses what career you will have, where you will live, and how much you will be paid. Sounds like paradise, doesn’t it?

Watch the interviews of the “Bernie millennials.” They are strong advocates for socialism because the government pays for education, housing, food, medical and more. Sounds like prison to me. They think the government will share the resources so everyone is treated equally. Think again. The government has never done a good job of taking from the rich and giving to the poor. It has done a great job of taking from the hard working, and taking from the hard working, and taking from the hard working (no I didn’t stutter) and trickling a small portion of what’s left, what it didn’t waste, to people in need. But it has yet to work on a solution as to how to get them off of government aid. Just ways for getting more government aid.

Millennials think helping people is socialism, but it’s not. Helping people is actually accomplished through capitalism. Private organizations do a much better job at helping out nonprofits which then actually get more of the resources (private money) out to the people in need. It’s private money that funds much of the research and development for breakthroughs in medicine and science as well as new energy sources and new technologies. Very few innovations come out of socialist and communist countries. Period.

Capitalism is the only way for individuals and countries to pull themselves out of poverty and eventually be able to help other people and, in turn, help other nations take care of their own.

Watching the Bernie millennials, I now understand that saying from years gone by – “Youth is wasted on the young.”


Joe Messina is host of The Real Side (TheRealSide.com), a nationally syndicated talk show that runs on AM-1220 KHTS radio and SCVTV [here]. He is also an elected member of the Hart School Board. His commentary publishes Mondays.

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  1. Gary says:


    Once again you put up straw man arguments. Venezuela was ran by a DICTATOR, Hugo Chavez who used the term, “socialism” to take over his country. No one would see Russia as anything other than ran by a DICTATOR. These are hardly even governments, they are criminal enterprises. Ditto on Cuba.

    You want to see real social democracies? Take a good hard look at Norway, Finland, Sweden, Iceland, Denmark, Germany. Look hard, and you’ll see the most transparent democracies. The very best schools. The very best access to world class medicine. Longest life expectancies. Lowest birth fatalities.

    These are social democracies where the government is subordinate to the people and the programs are socialized to assist the people. BTW, Joe, these countries have incarceration rates 1/20th of our own. Now, let’s talk about “the land of the free.”

    Sure, Ill agree that Cuba, Venezuela, Russia, etc. are all wrecks. But they aren’t socialist. They may use that word, but their really DICTATORSHIPS. These exist for the enrichment of the power elite.

    Real socialized democracies like Finland and Norway and such… well, go ahead and tell me how they’re failing so badly.

    We don’t have to emulate them. America will always be it’s own thing. But we do certainly have much to learn from their successes.

    – Gary

  2. Terri Crain says:

    Nicely explained, thank you Joe.

  3. Hugo Chavez is a Marxist Socialist .
    A 4 term elected president and 2 republican presidents were Democratic Socialist in their views and actions. Marxist Socialism is Bad .
    Democratic Socialism is GOOD .
    It was the Democratic Socialist of Venezuela who kept the Marxist Socialist at bay until they were violently removed from office .
    Democratic Socialist HATE
    Marxist Socialist.
    Learn the difference before acting as if you do !
    Get educated !
    Noticeably missing is you fail to mention .Democratic Socialist countries like .
    Denmark , Sweden , Finland , Germany , Norway , Australia & Canada to name a few Democratic Socialist countries with FAR Better Economies than the U.S.
    Also , the U.S. is very close to being a Democratic Socialist country Now !
    So dude your either an Ignorant Fool or a Right Wing Lair ? Also, Fascist / NAZIS
    Hate Democratic Socialism.
    Not every republican is a Fascist BUT
    Every Fascist is a right wing republican !
    Now dude you have the Facts . Something which right wing republicans Hate !
    Fyi , im a independent who supported the GOP Mostly . No more Fascist party for me.

  4. My god, this again? You pundits need to do done research, for real. You really just make yourself sound like an idiot. There is a distinct difference between Marxist socialism and democratic socialism. Smh, go research man, before you open your big mouth…

  5. And this is whom is on our School Board, ladies and gentleman.

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