RUSH: I saw a segment on TV during the 1 o'clock break that I want to comment on here, and there happens to be a story that will allow me once again to transition to it. Here is the headline. It's a Breitbart story: “Poll: 69% of Voters Prefer Free Market Capitalism to Socialism, 50% Say They Will Not Vote for a Socialist Candidate.”
Now, this is a combination poll from the Heartland Institute and Rasmussen Reports. One thousand likely voters, 33% Republican, 37% Democrat, 30% independent. “Of the Republicans polled, 87 percent said free-market capitalism was better, and 69 percent of independents agreed. But the poll also found that 53 percent of Democrats said a free-market system was preferable to socialism.”
Well, that contradicts what we're seeing about polling data elsewhere. Last week and the week before I saw a couple of polls -- now, they were of Millennials and younger. One poll indicated that 70% of Millennials favor socialism, 30% are intrigued by communism. And then there was the story about how a majority of kids 16 to 24 had no idea who Mao Tse-tung or Joseph Stalin were, which tells me that the truth of communism and its dictatorial, murderous thug leaders is not being taught.
But then there are polls that show that Millennials really, really do favor socialism. And I heard somebody on TV explaining why that is. They were trying to make it understandable. “Well, let's take a look. What is capitalism,” said this person. Who it is doesn't matter. I'm not mentioning the name 'cause I don't want you to pummel 'em with emails. It's not the point. It's what they said that gives me the bouncing off point here.
This person said that capitalism is a very scary thing. You go to high school, then you go to college, and throughout those years you're told that it ain't gonna be long and you're on your own. You gotta make your own way. You gotta self-support. You gotta be self-reliant, and that is a very scary thing. Capitalism is a very scary thing. You're 22 years old, you're about ready to graduate college and all of a sudden you're on your own and you've got to provide whatever you want, your rent, gotta provide, very scary.
If, on the other hand, somebody comes along and says, "Hey, we'll take care of all that for you. All you gotta do is vote for us. We'll take care of your rent. We'll take care of your health care. We'll give you a little garden outside your one room studio apartment that we'll provide for you." This person said, “That's far more attractive than the scary aspects of capitalism. Capitalism can be very scary.”
I'm watching this, and I asked myself, “Why didn't it scare me?” I couldn't wait to get out on my own. I couldn't wait to start providing for myself because it represented freedom. And it was opportunity. And not to mention that's just the way it was. It's just the way it was. You didn't grow up expecting to be taken care of. I'm a Baby Boomer, that generation.
Now, I guess part of my generation did because every generation has socialists and babies and scared people in it. But it was the way it was. At some point you were expected to grow up and that's how you were raised. You were raised to grow up, to mature and to learn how to provide and take care of yourself, because someday you were gonna have your own family, and you had to do that for your family.
Now, I know feminism came along and kind of got in the way of all that. But still, there might have been some fear. Yeah, it's a big step going out on your own. But it never resulted in a debate, "Oh, my God. You know what? I think socialism would be better." No. So what is it today, why is it justified to think that capitalism is scary?
And once again, I'll bet you that we can trace it back to education. Somebody has to be providing this influence, and I know that education and media are the two most primary mechanisms that create public opinion in the country today. You may throw pop culture in there, too, as an ancillary, but those are the two, education and media.
And I'll tell you what, during this climate change stuff, capitalism has been beaten up like you can't believe.