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Wednesday, February 24, 2016


By Domenick J. Maglio PhD. Traditional Realist

Senator Bernie Sanders, presidential standard-bearer for the Democrat party, appears to be a more open and honest politician as compared to the other nominee, Hillary Clinton. His speeches are accurate about the current pathetic state of our economy and foreign policy. However, he commits big whopping lies by omission when he speaks about giving out free things. Senator Sanders describes himself as a Democratic Socialist and continually speaks about free healthcare and free higher education for all Americans.

The truth is nothing has ever been free. In any form of government throughout history, from the caveman to the current state of affairs, people have expended their energy to survive and prosper. Emperors required their subjects to provide their own labor on government projects, pay taxes, and fight for the emperor to maintain his power. Large sums of a nation’s wealth were demanded by the victor to withdraw their warriors. Barbarians raped, massacred and pillaged more civilized societies. Then they waited a few years and returned to repeat the process. Peace has never been free. It has a significant price tag of treasure and lives to obtain and maintain.

Settling the new world by the Europeans took many lives and courage to deal with the hardships. It was a constant battle to survive. The pilgrims had to fight the physical elements and the indigenous people. The Jamestown Settlement, the Plymouth Colony and most settlements in the new world were first socialist community experiments, not capitalistic. They failed in short order because the people became lazy and unproductive. Then they adopted an economic system that honored private property and labor because it worked.

The lure of communal living did not die. It sprouted up throughout America’s short history. The Brook Farm, Fruitland, New Harmony, the 1960 hippie communal experiments and hundreds of others disappeared. This is currently only a footnote in history.

The same can be said of all the communist experiments in the Soviet Union, China, Vietnam, Cambodia and Cuba. These nations have recently turned towards a more capitalistic profit motive economy. The Democrat Socialist nations such as Mussolini’s Italy and Hitler’s Germany could not fulfill their progressive promises. They became overextended militarily and lost the faith of their people.

The Progressive social democrats of the countries of Europe are currently facing insurmountable economic reality. They cannot continue to give away their treasuries, as their birthrate is not sufficient for a sustainable economy. Their welfare programs no longer have sufficient producers to offset these programs. European nations have begun to reduce and eliminate give away programs to prevent economic disaster.

Bernie Sanders and the other Republican and Democrat progressives can only sell the social democrat platform by being disingenuous. His and other outrageous promises can only be temporarily kept by robbing Peter to pay Paul. These promises are only convincing to many citizens due to our long period of prosperity and peace in America. More and more people have been added to the “gravy train” receiving more and more freebees. We have become entitled to these government “gifts” such as “free” cell phones, “free” unearned income credits, free” housing and “free” food. Robbing the middle class to transfer the wealth to the unproductive class in order to buy their votes has done this. The ruling class, politicians and “one percenters” are recipients of special government corporate welfare and beneficial regulations against competitors that had been labeled as “fascism” in WWII.

The lack of quality public education has resulted in the total ignorance of the important accomplishments of America, the harsh reality of world history and basic economics. When Millennials and everyday Americans are asked simple basic knowledge and historical facts they are clueless. Their self indulgent lifestyles, anti US propaganda in schools and media indoctrination of America being the cause of everything wrong in the world has left many Americans disgracefully ungrateful for the fruits of our free market economy and our extraordinary Constitutional Republic.

This 2016 presidential election is an opportunity to educate, not indoctrinate, our citizens. Their eyes have to be opened to comprehend the progressive socialism, as it has never worked because it is based on a false narrative of human nature. Doers have to be free to keep most of their hard earned assets to continue to be the productive backbone.

 It is obvious that free healthcare and higher education is a blatant falsehood no matter what progressive Republicans or Democrats espouse. Both free healthcare and education will lose their quality as it dwindles down to meet the lowest common denominator and the exhausted middle class to rob.

The promise of free programs should be a red flag, a warning signal of what is to come. Welfare for all diminishes the opportunities for all that want to produce. Our economy will return to a high quality economic engine when freedom to keep much of their assets remains in the hands of the doers. It will produce great employment opportunities, high wages, wealth and social mobility for all citizens rather than for only a few oppressive ruling class members.

Domenick Maglio, PhD. is a columnist carried by various newspapers, an author of several books and owner/director of Wider Horizons School, a college prep program. You can visit Dr. Maglio at


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