Americans have been staring directly at Medusa's venomous snakes. More and more Americans turn into stone, away from the persuasive discourse, unsure of who or what to believe. From a conservative standpoint, Americans do not want to live in a country where feelings of helplessness and pessimism are fed regularly. Prosperity in the United States is as American as apple pie. To the left, freedom is scarce and recalibrated to mean 'with government approval' and, of course, don't forget to wear your mask.
The United States of America, a flourishing country, does not want to be informed or inspired by the socialist ideology of Cuba and Venezuela; people are defecating in crowded streets, eating out of dumpsters, and using drugs in broad daylight. Socialist politicians promise to deliver, "From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs."
Suffering from a fate worse than death: the shared misery of socialism. How depressing? We must not rely on the government to live out our hopes, dreams, and desires. Venezuela is the most vivid example of what socialism looks like in living color. Do we want to repeat this for something that sounds straightforward and fair? A person's ability and talent can only take him or her as far as the government deems proper, but what happens when artistic, educational, and physical skills are not equally distributed? Do we limit individual growth for social and cultural equilibrium in the name of social justice?
What is fair about some of the country's wealthiest, well-educated politicians preaching one position in public but leverage proximity to power, creating a legacy for themselves? That is an American birthright, to go out into the world and build and develop industries to sacrifice for yourself and your family's betterment. This philosophy was not meant to be trifled with by savvy bureaucrats. Trust me; democracy means whatever they need it to be for political gain.
The same risk-taking, free-thinking, industry leaders, Rockefeller, Gates, Musk, and Bezos, will never be tethered down to the demands of social justice so long as these people's wallets depend on it. Hope is misplaced in the government. Normalizing greatness is antithetical to the American way. The limits of socialism are clear; the inventiveness of its supporters only binds capitalist supports even further.
In the wise words of Thomas Jefferson, "If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be. If we are to guard against ignorance and remain free, it is the responsibility of every American to be informed." 1
The propaganda, parading as information, has infected the American people with a vile nihilism dressed in entertainment. Please don't fall for it; check both sides of the street before you jump to conclusions.