Would You Vote for a Socialist? | Socialism vs. Capitalism
The Gallup poll reported some very interesting figures recently. According to the poll, 53% of Americans would not vote for a socialist for president. 45% of Americans said that they would be okay voting for a socialist for president. On the political spectrum, the poll revealed that 76% of the Democrats would vote for a socialist while only 17% of the Republicans would do the same.
There are many people who flee to the United States of America to escape the socialist regimes in their own countries. Many institutes amply these individuals to help them set up in the US and provide a glimpse of the American dream that the US has been popular for several decades now.
Many of these people from socialist countries talk about their own experiences and it is eye-opening, to say the least. They talk about how they didn’t even have proper access to the basic necessities of life. The basic necessities being food, water, and shelter. In those countries, these things are not as readily available as they are in the United States. This is not something you think about on a daily basis, but when you hear someone’s story, you realize you could you have it here.
When they come to the US though, they are shown the rules of the money game, they are taught the principles of entrepreneurship and they are even taught about capitalism and the important role it can play to create an immense amount of wealth. When they hear about all these and the concept of free enterprise, they are often left wide-eyed. They feel gratitude for the opportunity that they simply couldn’t have gotten in their home countries where socialism is the norm.
In socialist countries, for example in Moldova, people find it really hard to run a business. They have to pay certain people off and do many other things that hamper the business. In America though, it really is the land of freedom and opportunity. You just have to work hard and build from the ground up and you can rest assured that you will one day make it.
The differences between socialist/communist countries and capitalist countries are really stark. For example, if you were to visit the border between North and South Korea, you would notice that North Korea is all isolated, dark and cold at night but South Korea is filled with light and life even during the night. Many soldiers from the US experience this first hand.
That is why it is so important the America maintains its capitalist economy. It has given to the world several multi-national corporations whose market capitalisation are in trillions combined and who have given the world a plethora of innovations. If we have a socialist as a president, it might ruin all of that and we might end up taking several steps back instead of taking several steps forward.