BOB RINEARSON: Look at ALL the facts before choosing for socialist policy

Robert Rinearson

In a revealing report released by the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation, polling data showed that nearly half of millennials said they “would rather live in a socialist society than a capitalist one.”

The VOC Memorial Foundation, according to their web site is “Devoted to commemorating the more than 100 million victims of communism around the world”. In order to bring some of those numbers to light, it is well to recall that former Premier of the Union of Soviet Socialists Republic Josef Stalin, imprisoned 20 million of his own people, with nearly half of those dying in the Gulags.

There is Chairman Mao, who turned China into the largest Communist nation in the world and, according to historian and author Frank Dikötter, “worked, starved, or beat to death 45 million Chinese.”

Throw into the mix North Korea, Vietnam, Cuba and East Germany, you quickly understand that countries under Socialist-Communist rule viewed decimation preferable over the ballot box.

To be fair, not all millennials think alike. If the poll showed that 44 percent of that group supported socialism over capitalism, then it’s apparent the 54 percent do not. But the 44 percent should cause all of us concern, especially when we witness mob riots in our city streets and college campuses by those submitting to Gestapo tactics in order to shut down opinions that differ with their own.

In the same VOC poll, it reported that 71 percent of millennials did not even have a basic understanding of socialistic theories.

As reported in The Washington Post, according to the Pew Research Center, “Less than a third of millennials say the United States is the greatest country in the world.”

Millennials also showed the poorest results of any age group in their knowledge of current events. Meaning they couldn’t identify Elizabeth Warren from Hillary Clinton, or Franklin Roosevelt from Teddy Roosevelt.

What was not surprising in The Washington Post story is that those privileged young adults are all for curbing free speech rights, especially on college campuses, and especially for silencing conservative voices.

With public education being what it is today, meaning teaching math and computer skills is more important than history and civics, patriotism being routinely mocked by late night talk show hosts and former presidents, and college campuses becoming the epicenter for denying free speech, it may be easy to understand how our millennials have arrived at their way of thinking.

But as Ronald Reagan once said, “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.” I just wonder if a millennial would know Ronald Reagan from Eleanor Roosevelt.

Bob Rinearson is a resident of Fort Wayne and a regular contributer to The News-Sentinel.