Take the Interest in Socialism Seriously!

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For many of us the thought of the election of a Socialist like Bernie Sanders or Elizabeth Warren to the Presidency of the United States is unimaginable.  As we enjoy the greatest economy in decades with lower tax rates, less regulation, the lowest unemployment in a generation, the lowest unemployment in history for some segments and a stock market setting records almost daily, how could anyone even consider moving to socialism?

I was fortunate to have teachers who taught me how to think, not what to think.  We were taught to stand up for our beliefs but to respect the right of others to disagree.  We were even taught to stand up for the rights of others to express opinions with which we disagreed because if anyone lost the right to free speech, we all lost it. Perhaps this is a lesson we need to teach our young people today.  We can disagree with respect.  Shouting down a speaker isn’t just wrong, it’s rude and disrespectful.

Now we come to the point of this column.  I respect the right of Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren to express their beliefs about socialism.  I could not disagree more but respect their right to believe and say those things.  I also reserve the right to disagree strongly, publicly and vocally.  I want my children to have lunch with the lady I met with recently who is working to raise money for food for the refugees leaving the socialist paradise of Venezuela.

Millions-that’s right-millions of people are walking hundreds of miles to escape the suffering that socialism has wrought on a country that, just a few years ago, was wealthy and successful.  They have seen their nation descend into destitution. Empty store shelves, outrageous inflation.  No jobs, money or food.

She told me of meeting a woman who was a doctor in Venezuela but escaped with her family to Columbia only to resort to prostitution to support her children.  Columbia cannot absorb the millions of refugees, so they walk.  For miles, for days they walk.  Some hope to reach Ecuador.  Others simply want to reach a place where they can wait.  Wait until the horror in socialist Venezuela dies.

This is the humanitarian crisis you have not heard about.  And you won’t because the liberal media doesn’t want to explain the reality of socialism. They don’t want to tell you that you can vote your way into socialism but not out.  They don’t want to expose the lie they continue to spin about the failure of capitalism.

Capitalism has lifted more people out of poverty than anything in history.  Explain that to your children.

Gary Gillen owns and operates Gillen Pest Control in Richmond. He is the only person in history to have served on both the Richmond City Commission and the Rosenberg City Council. He was the Chairman of the Republican Party of Fort Bend County 2006-2007. He can be reached at

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