Student Opinion: Communism is a disease, and it’s sweeping across America
Diseases need a host to survive. As the infection becomes stronger and the hosts become more numerous, exterminate the menace becomes increasingly more difficult.
But not all diseases come from sickness. There is another infection sweeping across the nations, but it is not new. I listened to a Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) panel last week that highlighted the dangers of Communism and its foreboding threat to America.
Here’s what I found:
Communism has been prevalent in the world for centuries. The Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) highlighted this re-emerging issue during a Saturday panel, “The Red Menace Comes to the Americas” featuring CPAC Now co-host Mercedes Schlapp, Brazillian Member of the Chamber of Duties Eduardo Bolsonaro and Founder of Movimineto Viva Mexico Eduardo Verastegui.
While mostly focusing on the destruction of their home countries of Mexico and Brazil due to Communist regimes, the panel also addressed the spreading of this ideology to places like Spain and in the United States.
“We’re seeing more communists take over these important countries,” said Schlapp.
There is a growing threat taking place and creating strongholds in some of the most powerful countries in the world. In 2020, the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation released a poll taken from 2,100 representatives of the U.S ages 16 and over stating that 35% of Millenials and 31% of Gen Z “support the gradual elimination of the capitalist system in favor of a more socialist system.”
“Socialism is spreading like wildfire, we have dictatorships in Cuba, Nicaragua, Venezuela. It goes beyond those 3 countries, now its in Argentina, Mexico, Chile, Columbia,” said Verastegui. “We know that socialism is the cancer that will destroy everything.”
The contagion is spreading but not just within politics. The infiltration of socialist ideas begin within culture and societal values. As society moves away from traditional ideals such as family units, pro-life and even basic human rights, the road to a communist regime is already being paved.
The official origin of Communism began out of a social idea, not a political one. Karl Marx, author of “The Communist Manifesto” created his ideology out of the dissatisfaction of materialism, capitalism, and the control of society by the industrial elite or proletariat directly preceding the boom of capitalism and industrial revolution in Europe around the 1840s.
Marxism is the idea of a stateless and classless society where ownership of private property does not exist. Marx saw this as a solution to the corruption of the proletariat elite controlling all aspects of life. This idea is naïve and that humans are corruptible because all individuals struggle with sin. Power is not foolproof or safe in the hands of any person who possesses it. Jeremiah 17:9 states, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?”
The sin of humanity breeds corruption of power; the oppressed of today could become the oppressive elites of tomorrow. The cycle is never-ending.
Cultural Marxism is destroying society, according to Verastegui. Concepts that were seen in Mexico and Brazil before Communism are the same concepts that are being seen in the United States now.
“All the issues are happening here in the U.S. Change the gender of children, gender identity,” said Bolsonaro.
As the panel closed, both Verastegui and Bolsonaro stressed the importance of prayer as upcoming elections begin taking place. New hosts are taking hold across the globe but the cure for this and for all corruption will always be the hope found in Christ.
Kristen Pace is the Feature editor at the Liberty Champion.