Over the course of 40 years, Home Depot has grown from two meager home-improvement outlets in Georgia to a sprawling, nationwide empire ranked by Forbes as one of the nation’s largest publicly held companies.
According to Ken Langone, one of the key investment bankers who helped found the outlet in 1978, Home Depot owes its success to America’s capitalist system. Why? Because the endless opportunities provided by capitalism allowed him to rise up from poverty through hard work and eventually establish the multi-billion dollar franchise.
The problem is that socialists like failed 2016 Democrat presidential candidate Bernie Sanders aspire to replace America’s capitalist system with a socialist one equivalent to, say, the socialist nightmare of Venezuela, one of the most oppressive regimes on Earth. And this rightly frightens Langone.
“In 2016 I saw Bernie Sanders and the kids around him. I thought: This is the antichrist!” he said in a recent interview with The Wall Street Journal regarding his upcoming memoir, “I Love Capitalism!: An American Story.”
His astute point was that Sanders is effectively brainwashing younger generations into willfully sacrificing the very sorts of opportunities that helped propel him to the top.
“If I can make it, everyone can!” Langone said, adding that this is why he chose to write a memoir — to articulate to confused young adults why capitalism (not socialism) is the answer to their problems..
Set to be published May 15, the book could not be arriving at a more opportune time. A shocking poll conducted just months earlier by YouGov and the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation found that nearly half of U.S. millennials would prefer to live in a socialist country.
“Millennials now make up the largest generation in America, and we’re seeing some deeply worrisome trends,” the foundation’s director, Marion Smith, said at the time. “Millennials are increasingly turning away from capitalism and toward socialism and even communism as a viable alternative.”
And all thanks to the mindless nonsense of Sanders, a man who’s never held a real job, never started a business and never really contributed anything meaningful to society — yet believes he somehow has the answer to all of America’s problems:
The ones with actual answers are successful entrepreneurs like Langone.
“I disagree with socialism not (as you might believe) because I’m a rich guy trying to hold on to my money. I disagree because socialism is based on the false notion that we should all be exactly equal in every single way,” he reportedly writes in his memoir.
He keenly understands that success isn’t determined by what a man or woman is born with, but rather by what they choose to do with himself or herself.
Langone chose to use the opportunities and resources available to him to build a business empire, while Sanders wasted every opportunity given to him to chase after a utopian dream best suited for a dystopian fiction novel, not real life.
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