It likely won’t happen in the current election cycle, but country rock superstar Charlie Daniels warns that there will be a successful socialist candidate in the United States unless one problem is fixed – and soon.
In his new Soap Box commentary, he noted, “I don’t believe that America will accept or elect a socialist candidate in this election cycle, but if something isn’t done about the education of the coming generations there will be a successful socialist candidate sometime in America’s future.”
He wrote it wouldn’t be “a crusty old pseudo-communist like Bernie Sanders or a shrill-voiced shrew-like Elizabeth Warren.”
It would, however, be “some even-tempered, unflappable young man or woman who does not resort to name calling and political histrionics, but simply stays on message proclaiming the universal fairness of a system that makes sure everybody is treated equally.”
“A person who has been schooled and prepared for the task of selling the masses on the nobility of collectivism. A smooth, even-tempered individual who will have all the answers at their fingertips, a rebuff for every objection, an explanation for every instance of failure, the mechanics and mistakes that had turned every other socialist experiment into a disaster,” he warned.
“And this likable, sophisticated, urbane new face will become the darling of the media and dominate the airwaves, the hero of the Hollywood airheads, magazine covers and TV specials the wunderkind, the hope of America, adored by leftist governments around the world,” he said.
Following absolutely the religion of “from each according to his ability, to each according to his need,” he said, quoting Karl Marx.
“Indications are strong that we are headed in that direction,” he said, and the result would be: “A socialist America. Another deceived nation on the scrap heap of history.”
He said the problem is that there aren’t enough Americans left alive who remember the reality of socialism “and the wide path of human deprivation and suffering, shattered societies and failing dictatorships all socialist governments eventually morph into.”
“I know I do, I remember the Iron Curtain, the Berlin Wall, the people who were shot and killed for nothing more than trying to escape the horrors a totalitarian regime always wreaks on its people, the long lines of people in the Soviet Union just trying to procure the basic food and necessities for daily life,” he recalled.
“I remember crossing Checkpoint Charlie shortly after the wall started coming down and crossing from a vibrant, bustling, fashionable West Germany into the colorless, dismal streets of East Germany where the people wore worn out threadbare clothes and were suspicious of anyone who approached them, a fearful, haunted look in their eyes.”
Right now, he said, just look at Venezuela.
But there’s that “inadequate and left-leaning educational system” that does not give students the information they need.
Instead, students now “listen, wide-eyed, to the promises of a new American Shangri-La, where everything is free and all of life’s gnarly problems can be laid at the footstep of an all-powerful nanny state government who would see to their every need from cradle to grave.”
The reality is that such a society has a few living in splendor and luxury while the workers, the “unnamed masses,” live under their thumb.
Daniels has been honored for his gospel music, Southern rock anthems and country hits.
He started out in the blue grass genre with the Misty Mountain Boys and moved to Nashville in 1967.
Elvis Presley recorded a tune Daniels co-wrote titled “It Hurts Me,” which was released on the flip side of “Kissin’ Cousins.” He played on such landmark albums as Bob Dylan’s “Nashville Skyline.”
He started the Charlie Daniels Band in 1972, and among the many hits he’s known for are “Long Haired Country Boy,” “The South’s Gonna Do It Again,” “In America” and his signature, “The Devil Went Down to Georgia.”