By Kara Johnson
The beautiful thing about living in America is the dreams that come along with it. You often hear stories about thousands trying to immigrate to the free world to follow their dreams because they can’t chase them in their homeland. Isn’t it so true that nothing in America halts or stops you from wanting to live out and chase the biggest dream you can think of? It’s the beauty of living in freedom and it’s the result of living in a capitalist world. If America didn’t have a capitalist economy, dreams would be impossible to chase, and bearing fruit from your successes wouldn’t exist. This is what those who are opposed to capitalism don’t tell you. They don’t tell you dreams are destroyed under socialism. They don’t tell you the battle you will need to fight in order to survive under a socialist regime. There are so many things they don’t tell you because, for them, it isn’t about you; it’s solely about power.
When we grow up, we often think about what we are going to be in the future and are often told that if we work hard, we can do whatever it is we put our mind to. This is often our first encounter with the American dream. As Americans, we are free to chart our own course in life and work hard toward the dreams that we have. We experience true independence. No matter where you are in life, you are always able to reach for something. For me, it was musicians and artists who work hard at what they do. It was me realizing that I could write and be creative with my job. I wanted to chase this dream and I have the freedom to do so. For others, it could be choosing to escape a poverty-stricken country and coming to America to have a better life for their kids, or maybe it’s choosing to be a doctor to help save lives. Everyone has their own American dream. How is this possible in a country of more than 300 million people? It’s freedom. It’s capitalism.
Capitalism creates an environment where hard work, determination, and opportunity allow people to achieve their dreams and climb the economic ladder to great success. In a socialist country, the economic ladder does not exist. Socialism doesn’t inspire children to dream big or to work hard. It convinces them that dreams don’t exist. That’s a hard pill to swallow, but it’s true. If you’re not convinced, just look at countries like Venezuela and Cuba. That is where dreams go to die. Socialist countries rob people of opportunity and hard work. They rob people from the ability to make a name for themselves and taking your hard-earned paycheck and turning it into a better life.
Socialism isn’t what it looks like on paper. It’s poverty. It’s harmful. It ultimately leads to communism and dictatorship. It’s a dream crusher and sucks the life out of the freedom that you have. Socialism isn’t working for you, it’s working against you. When you look to our future, do you want to see our children and our children's children pursue their dreams and work hard toward the person they want to be when they grow up? Do we want them to live out their own American dream? Or do we want to watch them fight for survival in a poverty-stricken world with little freedom in sight? The future of America and our freedoms is on the line and we must fight the battle. We must say no to socialism.
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Kara Johnson finished her Bachelor's degree in Communications at Moody Bible Institute-Spokane in 2014. Since then, she has become a firm defender of truth, faith, capitalism, and patriotism. Her fight for American policies is evident throughout her writing and online presence. She is a contributing writer for The Rogue Review and The Human Defense Initiative, while also working to consistently update her personal blog Black Coffee At Midnight about faith, issues, and life's journey.