In a recent interview on Fox Busness Network’s ‘The Intelligence Report’, Thor Halvorssen slammed Socialism as being antithetic to basic human rights. Going over several definitions of Socialism and what they essentially mean, the Human Rights Foundation Founder and President cites personal experience when it comes to how Socialist Governments usually end up operating. However, the biggest shock in the interview came when he announced that he had actually made the largest allowable contribution to Senator Sanders’ Campaign.
One might wonder why someone who has experienced personal tragedy at the hands of an Authoritarian Socialist Government might donate to a Presidential Campaign that many, even on the left decry as Socialist. Thor Halvorssen explains that while he does not consider Socialism itself to be the issue, rather the way the policies are varied out by the Government in charge, he mentions that the other Democratic frontrunner is, in fact, much worse.
He goes on to explain that the other candidate for the Left has taken in the past, and continues to accept donations and other funds from nations that practice questionable Human Rights policies. She has accepted “… Millions and millions of dollars” from Dictatorships like Algeria and Bahrain (to name a few) that execute people for being homosexual, have little to no freedom of the press, and even “ban Christmas.”
Mr. Halvorssen then goes into more detail about his personal experiences with Dictatorships that operate with a Socialist Mask: that his Mother was shot by the Venezualen Government under Hugo Chavez, his father was a Political Prisoner, and his first cousin currently is one, as well. It is easy to see that Thor is passionate about Human Rights, especially as they translate to the US Presidential campaign, and how the candidates stack up with regards to world Human Rights issues.
The interview really brings into focus the idea that Americans face a huge responsibility at this time in the election cycle. We must all do our own research into the candidates for whom we are considering voting, because the victor will be responsible for relations with nations who may or may not be involved with egregious human rights violations.
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