“Coronavirus crisis calls for the opposite of socialism” – Guest Opinion by Ari Kaufman

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Majority Leader Mitch McConnell wants the U.S. Senate to take quick action on a trillion-dollar stimulus plan to help Americans with expenses due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

The government would send a check after calculating an amount per individual or couple based on a taxpayer‘s adjusted gross income from 2018. Aid would be phased down at income thresholds of $75,000 per person ($150,000 per couple) and those individuals who earned six figures two years ago receive no relief.

This is an unnecessary exercise in jumping through federal government hoops to obtain a questionable result. McConnell is too shrewd a leader to fall for this. Democrats, meanwhile, seem mostly concerned with the name of the virus, bashing “corporations” and using straw man clichés like “workers over shareholders.” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s House Bill was so rushed that it needed nearly 100 pages (!) of corrections and arguably would accelerate small business lay offs.

The most straightforward objection to the Senate bill is why base everything on 2018 AGI. Two years ago, many people’s lives were different. You may have sold a business, bought a house, or married since. There is no good rationale in going back two years to test incomes.

The people who most need help to financially survive the current panic lack income because their jobs disappeared this month, thus swift action surely is needed. 

Injecting liquidity is key to stabilizing the economy. Hospitals need help. Folks require money for groceries, rent, and maybe some proprietors can pay their remaining employees instead of shutting down.  A public school teacher, “non essential” government worker, or an accountant still being paid their same salary every fortnight does not need money urgently. They’re doing just fine.

Think instead about the entrepreneur who invested his life savings in a business only to see his customers vanish. Or ponder the recent college graduate with $50,000 in student-loan debt — not ironically taken on with the encouragement of Elizabeth Warren types — now laid off from her first job.

And if someone who receives a check is not desperate, have faith that he or she can figure out where to donate the money without government edicts.  

Two of the most impressive senators in recent days, as often is the case, are Marco Rubio and Ben Sasse. Both men offer realistic, responsible solutions. 

Rubio told CNBC last week he wants to use a network of lenders for an existing program to help small businesses and employees. He hopes to “figure out the most effective way to get cash into the hands of small businesses so that they can maintain payroll for at least a six-week period.”

The Florida Republican is sponsoring legislation to match President Trump’s call for $50 billion in loans from the Small Business Administration.  

Sasse, the only senator who lives his life completely outside the Washington bubble and has authored two recent books on related topics, gave a stellar St. Patrick’s Day Speech on the Senate floor. Everyone should watch it on YouTube.

The Nebraska Republican prefers letting governors direct spending instead of Washington-driven bailouts akin to “shoveling money out of a helicopter.” He instead called for most economic relief spending to be administered by state governors. He claims governors know how to target money more efficiently than U.S. Senators.

Sasse says we can’t mindlessly go down same path with spending people’s money. A dozen years ago, for example, President Obama irresponsibly tossed trillions into supposedly shovel-ready projects; most still can’t be found today. 

“This is not an opportunity for Washington’s connected insiders to exploit personal relationships, to put their pet projects first on things that they wouldn’t have been able to get passed if it weren’t a time of crisis. We don’t have to go down that path. Instead, we can more efficiently and more wisely spend the people’s resources,” Sasse said. “We can give our states and our governors the lead in making sure the majority of the money and the majority of the resources get where they’re most needed. We can help families and businesses keep afloat during this storm by admitting that 50 laboratories of democracy are going to be more effective than a rifle shot approach from Washington.”

The Senator is non-partisan, sentient, and correct.

Governors know their people, what their workforce needs, how to target money, and how to build public-private partnerships. Minnesota is not California, and Nebraska is not New York. Every state has unique needs that others may not. 

Polls show the least popular governors in America are still more popular than almost any DC-based Senator. There’s probably a reason. 

While state and local governments aren’t miracle workers, they have the capacity to restore companies and livelihoods to their prior economic standing better and more quickly than Washington.

No industry, company or person has an innate right to public money, no matter how severe the crisis. The principled Nikki Haley, likely already the 2024 GOP presidential frontrunner, was correct to resign her board seat late last week over Boeing’s pursuit of a government bailout. 

As an important Wall Street Journal staff editorial examined late last week:

“The politicians in Washington are telling Americans, as they always do, that they are riding to the rescue by writing checks to individuals and offering loans to business. But there is no amount of money that can make up for losses of the magnitude we are facing if this extends for several more weeks. After the first $1 trillion this month, will we have to spend another $1 trillion in April, and another in June?”

These are good questions. Bernie Sanders, who wants more and more spending and to “revolutionize” America and perhaps nationalize much of the economy, has no answers. 

Instead we receive the standard vacuous “these policies seem like socialism to me” claims from retired schoolteachers and assorted lazy lefties. 

They ignore that it’s PRIVATE companies developing a mass testing system, treatments and vaccines for coronavirus. Several private companies now have in place reliable testing systems already being mass-produced and distributed. 

A government-run “single-payer“ Bernie Sanders healthcare system is clearly not the answer in times of crisis (or normal times).

That would sap innovation, research and incentive. No cures would be found. We’d probably have millions dead already. As usual, the private sector works best for perilous moments. 

But let’s give state and local governments a shot at this before another capricious, bloated federal plan. 

A former teacher and historian, Ari Kaufman has worked as a journalist in various roles since 2006. He currently resides with his wife in Minnesota

What is Socialism

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I do enjoy how the Left provides me with an endless supply of memes to debunk and ridicule.

So we will examine this one now making the rounds on various social media platforms.

The first thing that needs done is to correct the definition of socialism. We are presented with a false one at the beginning of this meme. This definition given above in the meme. Has never been the definition of socialism.

Socialism is really defined as:
1) any of various economic and political theories advocating collective or governmental ownership and administration of the means of production and distribution of goods.

2a) a system of society or group living in which there is no private ownership

2b) a system or condition of society in which the means of production are owned and controlled by the state

3) a stage of society in Marxist theory transitional between capitalism and communism and distinguished by unequal distribution of goods and pay according to work done

A standard tactic in the Left playbook to control language. Thus the reason for New Speak in the book 1984. If you control the meaning of words. You can control thoughts. And the people behind those thoughts.

Since we now have the correct and true definition of Socialism. We can look at the list and remove those items that are not Socialist.

These are definitely not Socialist/Socialism:
The Military/Defense
Highways/Roads
CIA & FBI
Polio Vaccine
VA
GI Bill
Hoover Dam
Bridges
National Weather Service
Sewer System
Jail/Prison System
Court System
Health Care 9/11 Workers
State Construction
State Snow Removal
Public Street Lighting

Now these things are definitely Socialist/Socialism and should all be abolished too:
Medicare
Social Security
Public Schools
Farm Subsidies (all Subsidies to industries)
Free Lunch Program
SNAP (Food Stamps)
Unemployment Insurance (this should be in the hands of the public sector)
Medicaid
Disability Insurance (like all insurance this should be in the hands of the public sector)

The Police are a special case. As the Police are organized today, they are a socialist institution. We need to go back to our original roots of the elected Shire Reeves to keep the peace. People we can trust not those who are tax enforcement officers of the state at any level.

Now some may disagree and they are welcome to that opinion. But these are a gray areas:
Public Libraries
Fire Departments
Student Loans and Grants
EPA
Museums
Public Parks
FDA
OSHA
USDA
Town/State Run Beaches

That sums up the list on the meme itself. Not everything on it is socialist at all. Some things are of course. And that is how the Left attempts to deceive you.

An Observation

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Every organization gets fringe members. These members are generally those who are the most visible, the loudest, and even the most aggressive. At times they can actually benefit a movement, but in the end, they are more destructive than helpful.

There comes a time in the life of every movement that they need to face the facts that the fringe members have reached a point of critical mass. And action needs to be taken.

Actions can be allowing the fringe to become the mainstream and driving force of the organization. Determining the agenda and direction the organization takes going forward. Of course this means that the original base becomes the minority and maybe totally ignored.

The movement may attempt to censure or punish the fringe members. To bring them back inline with the movements primary goals. This is not always successful and to those outside of the movement. The fringe is still the movement.

Lastly the organization can split. This creates 2 or more organizations. Sometimes with opposing views against their former allies. This does however preserve the original organizations primary goals and purpose. It also disassociates the fringe from the organization as well. Which can boost public opinion.

Historically, most movements will do either the first or last of these options. They are the most successful and have the best benefits. But it depends on a lot of factors.

This time of critical mass has arrived for not just one but for two organizations within American society. And it seems that the fringe in both of these will take over the original organization. Displacing the core base of both to their detriment.

The first is the Democratic Party that has a loud and growing powerful Socialist fringe. They are just one election away from the destruction of the original Democratic Party and being replaced by pure Socialists with a hatred for all things American.

The second is the LGB movement. Now called the LGBTQ+, which has allowed the fringe TQ+ elements to take over their movement and prove correct all the fears mainstream society ever voiced about them.

Do either of these organizations take back control or do they let the fringe define them going forward.

Socialist Security

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Please note: This was originally posted on Facebook.

Yes Socialism has already taken root in the United States. That doesn’t mean we want or need more of it. In fact I’m all for getting rid of the Socialist aspects we already have. Which of course will be blogged about at some point in time. In fact I’ve already written several of them.

I get great ideas from Leftist memes on social media. I normally just take a snip of the meme and then write my blog were I ridicule and trash the false narrative of it. I want to thank the internet and the useful idiots as Stalin called them for giving me an endless supply.

But there is this meme circling about and instead of writing a blog post about it. I decided instead to just take care of it right here on Fascist Book.

First I want to point out that this meme is actually sort of correct. And that’s a theme with Leftist propaganda. A little bit of truth sometimes is used.

Social Security is indeed as Socialist institution. It is the government taking care of your retirement because you cant be trusted to do it yourself. And it paid for with taxation. The FICA tax on your payroll stub.

Now where the meme spreads its wicked falsehood is stating that if you have this Social Security Card, you are a Socialist. That is a total BS. Most people born in the US are assigned a SSN at birth now days. There is no need to apply for an SSN unless you are immigrating to the United States.

You see we don’t have a choice to participate in this Socialist scheme of robbing our wages from us. It is forced on everyone. Like every other Socialist program. You can’t opt out of them.

I would like to see Social Security go away. Abolish it. Return personal accountability to seeing to our retirement. We have a chance to do this with every new generation. But like most Socialist programs once they take root. It is difficult to remove them.

Now before some one goes crazy and says the Social Security pays for other things besides retirement in old age. Yes I know it does. But other institutions were originally took care of those aspects long before Social Security came into being. And they can do it again.

But this fact also clearly shows that more people collect on Social Security than who pay into it. Social Security is not a sustainable system. Which is also like most Socialist programs. As Lady Margaret Thatcher once said, “The problem with Socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money.”

So in summary. The United States already has a multitude of Socialist programs and Social Security is one of them. But just because one has a SSC doesnt make them a Socialist. It makes them a victim of Socialism.

“Never met a Commie he didn’t like” – Guest Opinion by Ari Kaufman

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“The whole quality of life in America is based on greed. I believe in the redistribution of wealth in this nation.”

It’s no surprise Bernie Sanders stated these iniquitous lines but would you believe this occurred more than 50 years ago?  

Perhaps in 1963 when he lived on a radical Israeli kibbutz called “the Young Guard”? 

Once that left-wing system failed and the nascent Jewish State progressed into a thriving democracy, and our lone ally in the world’s most volatile region, Sanders moved on to lauding Cuba, the Viet Cong, the Chicoms, USSR and, yes, those bread lines.  

Sanders spent most of his life as an angry agitator who accomplished very little, even pilfering electricity from his landlord via an extension cord.  

Despite a nice inheritance from his father and elite private college education, he was writing worthless fiction and making slideshows for schools “from an alternative point of view” into his late 30s about his lifelong political hero, socialist Eugene Debs.  

He didn’t receive a steady paycheck until age 40. Nearly four decades later, Sanders still only receives a taxpayer-funded salary.  

Sanders, whose current wife is a white collar criminal, also has never passed a relevant bill during his three decades in Washington. And yet the collegians and aging hippies think this economic illiterate deserves the power to run our finances.   

Even his devotees might confess that yelling is what Sanders is “best” at; and it’s non-stop pablum, about the billionaires, how every nation is superior to America, and how our great country is institutionally racist. He deflects serious questions and rarely has an original thought. It’s truly surprising he didn’t go into academia.    

Instead Sanders tried politics, starting his own fringe anti-war party. During the 1970s, he ran four times in four years for statewide office, losing each time and never receiving more than single-digit support, even in Vermont.  

Sanders’ current nationalization plans for our innovative health care system, energy sector and other vital industries will destroy over a million jobs, make heating/cooling, gas production and general progress unaffordable, while taking away health insurance from nearly 200 million Americans during his first term.  

Formerly a protectionist, he now says he’ll end deportations, defund the heroes of Customs and Border Protection, while granting amnesty to illegal aliens. None of his beloved Scandinavian countries allow this.  He actually has little interest in Scandinavian systems, other than using them to obfuscate his real totalitarian idols.  

The stock market will, of course, crater and the “rich will get richer” as their educational loans are inexplicably paid off by lower middle class taxpayers. Want more “income inequality”? Vote for a Sanders regime and good luck portraying that as anodyne.  

The most noxious anti Semites support this campaign — Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Keith Ellison, Pramila Jayapal, Michael Moore, Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib to name some of the worst  —  including his chief of staff and top campaign officials. These are folks he’ll place in his cabinet. Hide your children.   

Sanders doesn’t like the long-standing Israel-American alliance. He instead calls the venerable Israeli prime minister, and our staunchest ally, a “racist” on national TV. Sanders prefers to support many of our worst enemies. 

Unsurprisingly but appallingly, Sanders, who claims to be Jewish, is boycotting this week’s annual AIPAC event. He did so with an odious ad hominem attack. Naturally he’s never attended the massive bi-partisan pro-Israel gathering.  

Sanders also wants to cut U.S. military funding but increase spending everywhere else. Almost $100 trillion in new “well intentioned” taxes to fight normal weather patterns? Profligate, to put it mildly.

He writes admiringly of Cuba, the USSR and most rogue dictatorships. He once said John F. Kennedy “made him physically nauseous” for being against the Cuban Revolution. He still defends left-wing Latin dictators in Bolivia, Nicaragua and Venezuela today.  

Like anti-freedom radicals, Sanders never met with brave Cuban or Soviet dissidents in America, even when Nobel Prize Winner Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn lived just an hour away in Vermont.    

Sanders, who once told students that our military actions in Vietnam were “almost as bad as what Hitler did,” is simply a useful idiot like Lebron James, Colin Kaepernick or John Legend. He is a devotee of Lenin and Trotsky, just like America haters Noam Chomsky and Howard Zinn. Glorification of evil sans penitence.  

And while it is true that Castro implemented a “literacy program” — mostly Communist propaganda — after seizing power in his bloody revolution, Cuba’s literacy rate was already high among Latin American nations. About 80 percent of Cubans knew how to read by 1959. It was an educated nation with figures similar to highly-educated Costa Rica, except Costa Rica did so without the heinous dictatorship Cubans have endured under the Castro regime for six decades.  

Lastly, it’s often mentioned that Fascism is remembered as a crime in schools and film, whereas Communism is glossed over or treated like a mistake. It’s mentioned because it’s true. Has any recent movie portrayed the evils of the Great Leap Forward or Stalinist gulags and collectivism that killed more than 100 million?  

But I am sure Sanders has a Che Guevara shirt and probably saw recent hagiographic films romanticizing the Argentine-born Marxist. That Guevara was a mass murderer who supported ignominious policies that placed homosexuals and dissidents in concentration camps? Bern prefers to talk about literacy programs.

 A former teacher and military historian, Ari Kaufman has worked as a journalist since 2006. He’s lived in 11 states and currently resides with his wife in Minnesota

We can, but let’s not

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Leftist memes all have one thing in common. A deliberate noted false premise or conclusion. So in this article we will examine another one from Social Media and expose the fraud within it.

This particular one has a lot of incorrect language usages. This is a tactic of the Left. They change the meanings of words to control the thoughts and minds of the common people. We will correct some of these first before diving into the meme as a whole.

Healthcare is not the same thing as health insurance. Unfortunately these two terms are used interchangeably due to the manipulation by the Left. Healthcare is receiving medical attention when required due to illness or injury. While health insurance is the usual method used for payment of the healthcare that was received.

So with that correction to the language lets expose the Leftist fraud presented in the meme.

Other countries, places that don’t have the same values or culture, have socialist and non-socialist aspects. Among these aspects are universal health insurance, this is taxpayer funded without the private sector. Instead of a board of directors determining the payouts to medical professionals the legislature determines what the payouts will be to them. And even who gets care as its not worth the taxpayer’s money to fund a transplant to an elderly patient. This has happened in these other countries that have universal health insurance.

I am opposed because I don’t want my taxes used to fund the poor health and lifestyle choices of someone else. It was their choices that lead to events of poor health or injury. They need to pay it themselves.

Higher education, aka “college”, which isn’t always necessary in some industries is again paid through taxation in the “free college” of other countries. This means that little Jimmy down the road gets to go to whatever college he wants to attend and my tax money pays for it. Even if I don’t have children. Why am I paying for his education?

The other 3 points on this meme are misleading. In the United States we have paid vacations, paid maternity leave, and multiple political parties. Why are they here? To mislead the reader in thinking that they don’t exist and the Left is always out to divide and conquer.

The amount of time and qualifications for paid vacations and maternity leave are determined by your employer. This is based on a ton of different factors that generally are unknown to the average person who doesn’t run a business. And if you don’t like what your employer is offering then you can do something about that. You can attempt to negotiate to a more desired outcome, you can get another employer that offers the desired benefits, or even go into business yourself and set your own terms.

As to the multiple political parties. We have those already. Now the United States has what some call a 2 party system but that is misleading. We have, by tradition, only 2 major parties. And we have had them since the beginning but we aren’t limited to those parties

They have come and gone and that can be an article of its own at a future date. But multiple parties exist. If you favor one over the majors by all means support it. Run for office under it. Get it out there so it can grow. Maybe it will become more mainstream that way. It takes work, time, and people to grow a political party. Create the momentum and see what you can do with it.

And lastly we aren’t propagandized or convinced that we can’t have socialist aspects here. We already have many of them and just don’t want any more. Socialism doesn’t work. History is the best teacher of this fact. Every other country that has embraced socialism has caused the death of its own people. Lowered the standard of living and created poverty on wide scale. It crushed individual freedoms and liberty.

There is a reason why the United States is the richest and most powerful nation on Earth. We have avoided most aspects of socialism instead of embracing them. Let’s keep it that way.

The Bernfire

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During the 2016 election cycle, Senator Bernie Sanders had quite a following. But he didn’t get the Democratic Party nomination because of the power and corruption of the Clinton’s.

Four years later, Senator Bernie Sanders is again surging in popularity among the useful idiots. Bernie Sanders is an avowed socialist and has no business being in the government, let alone the White House. But he has a greater chance at getting the 2020 Democratic nomination.

Time will tell if his popularity increases after the Iowa Caucuses and the New Hampshire Primary. If Senator Sanders wins both of these contests but doesn’t get the nomination. Then there may still be some hope for the Democratic Party. It will also mean that the corruption within the party runs very deep.

If Senator Bernie Sanders is the nominee for the Democratic Party then it will be an interesting Presidential election cycle. And a strong contrast between capitalism and socialism.

In the end though President Donald Trump will be re-elected in a landslide victory. Winning both the popular vote and the Electoral College by wide margins. And we will have four more years to save the Republic.

The Debates

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During the second Democratic Debate we keep hearing over and over again by the candidates the same theme and message. Whichever one of them gets the nomination needs to be bold and new with the Leftist ideals of the party.

These “bold” and “new” plans are nothing bold or new. They have been tried before across the globe and have all failed.

Taxing the hell out of the rich. Well France tried that and the rich all left France.

Free giveaways. Free education, free medical care, free universal wages, ect. Every socialist nation has done that. How did it work out for Greece, Venezuela, and the Soviet Union.

Price fixing. Well look at Cuba, Venezuela, the Soviet Union, and North Korea. This never works. It doesn’t create jobs and never rises anyone out of poverty.

If you want the US economy to become like the economy of those examples. Then the Democratic Party is the way to go in 2020. But if you want to keep the US economy strong. Vote for Trump’s second term or find a viable 3rd candidate.

On the subjects of science these candidates say they support science. Except when if goes against Leftist ideology.

Democratic candidates do not support the science of genetics at all. There are only two sexes, male or female. XX or XY chromosomal pairs. This is a scientific fact. Yet it is not supported by any of the Democratic candidates.

Likewise genetic science has proven that there is no difference, other than cosmetic variations, between the peoples of the Earth. There is only one race. Human. Skin color is a cosmetic variation only. There is no black race. There is no white race.

Yet every single Democratic candidate divides the people of the United States by skin color to further their agenda. They are the true party of science deniers.

But every Democratic candidate enthusiastically supports any science that promotes governmental control over the population. Because it’s not about the science, it’s about control.

The Socialism Scareword

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The internet is full of Leftist memes that are completely bogus or misleading so the uneducated or low information voter will fall victim to the false teachings with in them. I love exposing them.

I will start with the obvious here. This quote is attributed to President Truman. I haven’t fact checked it to see if he really said this or not. But let’s for the sake of argument say that he did in fact say this quote. There is the other fact that President Truman was a socialist, just as FDR was before him. Of course he is going to speak fondly of it. The Devil speaks fondly of Hell too.

The first statement is incorrect. Socialism is NOT a scareword that the unammed “they” have hurled at so-called advancements made between 1932 and 1952. Socialism is a warning word, that our Liberties, freedoms, and Republic are in danger of loosing because of these so-called advancements.

Public Power, I don’t know anywhere that has public power. All power is generated by a corporation, yes sometimes that corporation maybe owned by a municipality, but it is still for profit. If there is any power that is public an freely given to the people, then that is in fact socialism at work. And it should be abolished.

Social Security. This is socialism alright. The government should not be the one’s looking out for someone’s retirement years. Take personal responsibility and look out for yourself. I would like to have all of my FICA tax back thank you and never be charged it again.

Farm Price Supports. These are indeed socialist. Like all things socialist they should be abolished. A free and open market, despite its problems, is the best economic solution.

Bank Deposit Insurance. This was created after the Great Depression when banks closed because of poor practices and economic collapse that happened in that time period. What makes this socialist is that it is ran by the government. There again the government doing things it should not be doing. With the proper insurance company you can get anything insured, including your bank deposit with the free market.

The Growth of Free and Independent Labor Organizations. That is joke right? Every labor organization is controlled by the Democratic Party and their Leftist ideas. They are nothing but propaganda and funding sources for the Democratic Party elite.

And then there is that mysterious “their” again. Calling socialism a name for anything that helps all people. That too is also false. Socialism has never helped all people. History has repeatedly shown us this fact. Socialism widens the gap between rich and poor. Socialism brings everyone down to the same level and never allows anyone to rise above. Socialism has been tried, even in the original settlements of the American colonies. And it was abandoned then because it does not work.

So in conclusion here, the 1st and last statements are completely false and misleading. It also has the “them” and “their” as an invisible bad guy. The rest of it is accurate. Those things are all socialist and need to be abolished.

Lowering the Voting Age

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The Democratic Party idea about lowering the voting age is insane. Even if this was just for national level elections. Most 16 year olds lack maturity and haven’t been through any kind of course in government or civics. They are very ignorant when it comes to the hows and whys of the political systems of the United States and the world.

Truth be told here, if any change to the voting age was to be made. It should be raised, not lowered. I would be for raising it up to 21 for all citizens. With exceptions given to any active duty personal in our armed forces. If you sign that paper and take that oath. You can vote, drink, rent a car, and do a lot of other age restricted activities.

But the real truth on this subject isn’t that the Democratic Party believes that 16 year olds are mature and educated enough to intelligently vote. No, they are hoping for just the opposite.

With the strong Leftist control over our educational system, the Democratic Party is hoping for an increase in their voter rolls. Since they haven’t figured out a way to have foreign national non-citizens vote in our elections, they are turning to manipulable children to vote for Democratic and socialist candidates.

That is the plan. And it must not be allowed to happen.