Jim Carrey said Democrats should embrace their socialist beliefs on Bill Maher’s “Real Time” Friday, rather than apologize for them.
“We have to say yes to — socialism — to the word and everything,” Carrey told a nodding Maher. “We have to stop apologizing.”
Addressing Republican claims that socialism has failed in Canada and elsewhere, Carrey added:
“I grew up in Canada, OK, we have socialized medicine,” he said. “And I’m here to tell you that this bullshit line that you get on all of the political shows from people is that it’s a failure — the system is a failure in Canada. It is not a failure, and I never waited for anything in my life. I chose my own doctors. My mother never paid for a prescription — it was fantastic.”
He then labeled Republicans as heartless capitalists, who tell the poor they have to “sink or f–king swim,” and if they swim they get to “live in a box.”
To his credit, Carrey is unapologetic about his socialism. And he is right that Democrats for decades have adopted socialist policies under the guise of granting the “middle class a tax cut” by making the “rich pay their share.” Obama sometimes went off script and veered close to expressing his socialist beliefs, such as by using phrases like “spread the wealth” and asserting the rich should only be allowed a certain income.
But Carrey should take heart. Inspired perhaps by the self-described “democratic socialist” (an oxymoron if there ever was one) Bernie Sanders, a series of millennial Democratic candidates have come forward with the same label, and have beaten more traditionalist Democrats in primaries.Take Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the Democratic Party’s nominee for New York’s 14th Congressional District, for example. She is loudly socialist.
But as George Orwell once said, the worst advertisement for socialists is “socialists themselves.” And in the case of Ocasio-Cortez he would be correct. It is apparent even to the mainstream media that she is a dingbat who is the product of a politically correct education; where students are taught only the correct words to say rather any grounding in logic or empiricism.
She also typifies the left in other ways: “I have no problem saying white supremacy has no place in this country.”
And she plays fast and loose with the term “fascist.” Recently she attacked Immigration and Customs Enforcement by comparing them to a Nazi organization. In fact, the agency recently deported Jakiw Palij, a 95-year-old who had once served as a Nazi guard at a death camp in World War II Poland — this is anti-fascist work.
Before urging Democrats to embrace the socialist label, Carrey should consider the quality of candidates who say “yes to socialism.”
The rest of us should be concerned about how the far left is persistent in its cause of increasing government control — and has proven willing to kill for that cause. The belief system Carrey is urging Democrats to embrace produced gulags, Joseph Stalin and the Berlin Wall. Piles and piles of dead. Now they hope to create a “socialism” that would not result in such things.