In a time of national uncertainty and unmitigated chaos, the Republican National Convention (RNC) acted as a beacon of hope for the future and was a much-needed reminder of who we are as Americans, where we came from and where we will go.
Maximo Alvarez, a prominent Cuban-American businessman and founder of Sunshine Gasoline, was one of the many reminders of this message at the RNC and discussed his journey and humble beginnings as an immigrant escaping Fidel Castro’s socialistic Cuba.
History tends to repeat itself and Alvarez was quick to point this out as a survivor of a broken system,
“Those false promises — spread the wealth, free education, free healthcare, defund the police, trust a socialist state more than your family and community — they don’t sound radical to my ears. They sound familiar,” Alvarez said.
As a nation, we have seen many of these distinctions come to life, namely during the coronavirus pandemic, as power-wielding Democratic governors who dictated when we could leave our homes. Some also instituted contact tracing in some states like Delaware, a clear violation of privacy, and barred individuals from attending religious services.
In June, the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone (CHAZ) was established as a police-free zone in Seattle, Washington, and was expected to exemplify a “summer of love,” according to democratic Mayor Jenny Durkan.
However, anarchy spiraled into a cloud of terror as the homicide rate skyrocketed to be 1,216 per 100,000, which is nearly 50 times greater than Chicago’s homicide rate., according to the City Journal. Lawlessness in the streets, extortion and individuals roaming the streets with guns and assaults on residents continued to multiply.
In a socialist state, the police seek to control citizens rather than to protect, which was shown during the reign of CHAZ as residents took up the role of police. High taxes are yet another characteristic of socialism and democratic-run California is no exception with an income tax rate of 13.3%. Yet, the state still has an estimated 151,000 homeless individuals as of January 2019.
We have seen the failure of systems with these elements time and time again in Venezuela, Cuba and the Soviet Union — to name a few. Donald Trump’s vision for the U.S. has been a stark contrast to these narratives and will build on our rich American roots, our culture of diligence, respect for the law, the freedom to operate a business without complete government regulation, the commemoration of our history, our right to earn what we work for and prosper from the fruits of our labor.
“If something is too good to be true, then it probably is,” are words to live by as the nation faces the choice between freedom and the lack thereof. In her speech at the RNC, Ivanka Trump reiterated how essential free speech is, even if there is difference of opinion, which the left has only embraced as an opportunity for cancel culture.
Any person that does not agree with the left’s narrative is immediately villainized and is found guilty of expressing their First Amendment rights.
Their sentence is a life-time of being “canceled” by the media and those around them. But the America we can expect under Trump will secure the protection of our rights and freedoms for every person of every race, gender and background.