Each year on this date, various socialist and communist groups celebrate workers around the world. Though fewer people embrace communism these days, many still think socialism is a good political system. I respectfully disagree with them.
Having watched the news for about four decades, I can tell that socialist governments around the world aren’t doing what they claimed. Britain is one excellent example. Back in the seventies, the Labour Party had made a mess of the country. Unions called strike after strike for more money and better conditions. I remember how citizens in the UK had to cut back on power consumption because of the coal strike. Ads were shown on television, advising viewers to “switch off something.” To avert a disaster, the government turned against the strikers.
When the Conservative Party came to power under Margaret Thatcher, the economy boomed. I remember how Britain became an economically strong nation by the mid eighties. Then Labour got in and things went downhill.
Here in Canada, The Liberal Party racked up a monstrous debt. Their idea of taxing the rich and giving to the poor didn’t work out so well. Prime Minister Trudeau implemented the National Energy Plan which siphoned Alberta’s oil windfall, slowing down the economy.
As America benefited from Ronald Reagan’s conservative policies, Canada stagnated. Our debt climbed, even when a supposedly conservative government, led by Brian Mulroney, ran the country from 1984 to 1993. Canadians voted the Liberal party back in but the debt kept rising. Only after the turn of the century did the government see the disaster Canada was heading for and implemented fiscal restraint.
A true conservative named Stephen Harper came to power in 2006 and Canada’s economy slowly improved. When the housing bubble, caused initially by Jimmy Carter’s Community Reinvestment Act of 1977, caused a massive downturn in the economy, Stephen Harper’s sound financial practices kept Canada afloat.
I’ve noticed that socialists and communists use euphemistic names to hide the true intent of their policies. These “people’s republics” end up oppressing the citizens while benefiting the ruling class. Policies with promising names often fail to deliver. The Obama administration’s Affordable Care Act is a good case in point. What was supposed to save people money and give all citizens access to medical help has done the opposite. People can’t always keep their doctor and their insurance plans if they like them unless they want to be fined.
Much the same thing happens in the spiritual realm. The “health and wealth” gospel delivers neither thing except to the preachers who proclaim it. I fell for this bogus doctrine back in the eighties to the point where I needed professional help. I wrote about how I came out of those dark days in How I Was Razed: A Journey from Cultism to Christianity. Visit Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or Virtual Bookworm Publishers to learn more about this wonderful story of the Heavenly Father’s providential work in my life.