Over the years, President Obama has made some statements that indicate a rather statist mindset.
- A couple of years ago, he arrogantly remarked that “at some point you have made enough money.”
- In 2011, the president was complaining about bank fees and asserted that, “you don’t have some inherent right just to, you know, get a certain amount of profit…”
- In 2012, Obama made his infamous “you didn’t build that” statement, which generated some very amusing political cartoons.
Now he may have added to that list during a recent speech in Argentina. Check out this excerpt from a report in the Daily Caller.
President Barack Obama downplayed the differences between capitalism and communism, claiming that they are just “intellectual arguments.” …Obama said…”I think for your generation, you should be practical and just choose from what works.”
It’s hard to object to the notion that people should choose “what works,” so perhaps there’s not a specific quote that I can add to my collection. However, the president’s implication that there’s some kind of equivalence between capitalism and communism, which both systems having desirable features, is morally offensive. Sort of like saying that we should “choose from what works” in Hitler’s national socialism. Here’s what we know about the real-world impact of communism.
Communism is a disgusting system that butchered more than 100,000,000 people.
It is a system that leads to starvation and suffering.
Communism produces unspeakable horrors of brutality.
So what exactly “works” in that system? If you watch Obama’s speech, you’ll notice there’s not a lot of substance. There is a bit of praise for Cuba’s decrepit government-run healthcare system (you can click here, here, and here if you want to learn why the system is horrifying and terrible for ordinary citizens). And he also seems to think it’s some sort of achievement that Cuba has schools.
So let’s take a closer look at what Cuba actually has to offer. Natalie Morales is a Cuban-American actor, writer, and filmmaker. Here’s some of what she wrote about her country and her relatives still trapped on the island.