- The Washington Times - Saturday, December 19, 2020

Build back better — it’s the campaign call of coronavirus-savvy high-rankers like Joe Biden, the guy who ostensibly beat Donald Trump at the ballot boxes, or at least, at the ballot boxes pulled from beneath tables and added to the counts. It’s the campaign call of leftists everywhere who want to see a better nation, nay better world, emerging from all this coronavirus stuff and shutdown nonsense.

It’s such a catchy phrase, right?

But it’s so socialist.

And like all socialist policies and agendas and programs and strategies, the sappy sounding, happy, slappy, snappy singsongy sounding phraseology is strategically designed to disguise the “catch.” The catch with socialism is always in the payment plan.

“The trouble with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people’s money,” as Margaret Thatcher once said.

Truer words are rarely spoken.

That’s why socialists — socialists and communists masquerading as socialists and socialist and communists who are nothing more than collectivists in the end — that’s why these people will go to such great lengths to disguise their socialism/communism/collectivism: a) they know it’s anti-American and b) they know it doesn’t work.

Socialism is utter failure. It preys on the utter incompetencies and utterly ugly jealousies of the utterly secularized of human hearts. It stirs the pot of anger; brews the storm of envy; sows the seeds of hate. It pits doers versus non-doers and demands doers do all for the non-doing class. And in the process, it steals and rips and destroys creativity, motivation, inspiration, optimism, individualism and all that’s to be admired of the human spirit.

Nowadays, they call this “Build Back Better.” The coronavirus has offered up some juicy opportunities for leftists to bring about a socialist and collectivist world, one where America’s riches are redistributed to the world’s poorest, and Americans with entrepreneurial minds and talents galore of God-given skills are brought low and humbled — exploited — for the purposes of elite global masters.

“The pandemic has also laid bare some unacceptable truths. Even before COVID-19, the Trump administration was pursuing economic policies that rewarded wealth over work and corporations over working families,” the Joe Biden-Kamala Harris campaign “Build Back Better” webpage read.

As if wealthy people don’t work and corporate executives are nothing but Wall Street fat cats whose sole source of prosperity is the backbreaking labors of middle- and lower-class America.

“After COVID-19: How America’s communities can build back better,” one opinion contributor just wrote to The Hill. “COVID-19 will permanently change the economic geography of many regions.”

How so?

“To build back better, we must reinvent capitalism,” the World Economic Forum explained.

“The virus has highlighted many vulnerabilities — within businesses, supply chains, economies, health systems and political institutions … It has underscored the interconnectedness of our natural, social and economic systems,” the World Economic Forum explained.

“A true recovery from COVID-19 will not be about putting things back together the way they were: we need to ‘build back better,’ to ‘reset’ … building back better is about … reinventing capitalism itself,” the World Economic Forum explained.

And if you read all the print, fine and otherwise, it’s clear: the left’s imagined reinvention of capitalism is a forced socialism.

America fought wars to overcome such collectivist manner of thinking and politicking. America’s glorious Constitution, in fact, testifies to the many battles, both physical and ideological, that were fought just to etch into print a form of government that would guarantee for the long-term a regard for individualism, not groupthink, and on individual liberties coming from God, not government.

As Christmas season comes and coronavirus continues to come, let’s remember the exceptionalism of our nation isn’t rooted in government. It’s rooted in the people — the never dying spirit of a free people, formed by their Creator in the image of their Creator, as personified in and protected by the words founding documents.

Instead of stimulus dollars, instead of building back better, instead of great resets and reinventions of capitalism, America’s Christmas wish for the country should be a return to freer days.

A return to times of looking for that which is God-given, not government-granted.

After all, a nation without these traits of exceptionalism is neither exceptional, nor for long, a sovereign nation. For the sake of America, for the sake of America’s post-coronavirus times, for the sake of liberty-cherishing free Americans, the only build back better moves that matter are those that compel a return to the limited government principles of the Constitution.

America’s greatness depends on Americans’ ability to do just that.

• Cheryl Chumley can be reached at cchumley@washingtontimes.com or on Twitter, @ckchumley. Listen to her podcast “Bold and Blunt” by clicking HERE. And never miss her column; subscribe to her newsletter by clicking HERE.

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