Jose Vargas is a Turning Point USA student activist and Venezuelan immigrant. On April 24, Vargas sat down with Breitbart News, offering a first-hand experience of socialism and its outcomes.
As part of the weekly TPUSA campus report, Vargas talked with Breitbart Daily News host Alex Marlow.
“There is not a single socialist that is not a liar,” said Vargas to Marlow on Wednesday, “and that’s what we have here — that’s pretty much the base of the Democratic Party as of today, they all praise socialism and they say, ‘Oh, no Venezuela was not real socialism.’ No, it was.”
“It’s actually socialism, what happened in Venezuela,” added Vargas, “Don’t let yourself get fooled by them, that’s actually what they want to implement in America — that’s a point of no return, and I would hate to see that happening in the greatest country in the world.”
Vargas was recently featured a Turning Point USA video, where he and other Venezuelan immigrants shared a message with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) about the actuality of socialism.
“I thank God every single day that I was able to get here legally, which is very, very important,” said Vargas, “It’s very concerning, a lot of people complaining, playing victim, ‘Oh, I’m this, I’m that, I’m an immigrant, I’m Hispanic,’ no, this is the country of opportunities, and you work hard enough, whatever you do, you’re gonna get far in life.”
Vargas stated that believes many immigrants come to American to live out their American Dream: working hard and living a better standard.
“For instance, you can actually hear my accent,” said Vargas, “but I learned English, because I’m in America. It’s a must. My English might not be perfect but I’m trying to assimilate and I think I’ve done a pretty decent job in that manner.”
“I think most of us are here to assimilate, we want to have a better life, and we want to try that freedom that you guys have here in America,” continued Vargas.
He is currently a student a Valencia College and is in pursuit of a degree in psychology.
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Marlow began to prob deeper, asking him questions about the current political landscape:
“How surprised are you when you see the popularity of socialism growing [in the United States]?” asked Marlow.
“I’m not quite surprised,” said Vargas, “because let me tell you something, I know socialist politicians and they tend to be very persuasive. Now the thing is that, before they are elected, everything sounds fine, such as here in America, they’re offering free tuition, they’re offering free healthcare, they’re offering money just for sitting there.”
“But in reality, they just do that to get your vote,” continued Vargas, “and once they are elected, they will let go. They would put all of the means, all of the resources that they can get to not get out from power — they will even point guns at you for you not to take them down.”
Coming from Venezuela, Vargas understands the true meaning of dictatorships and authoritarians. Marlow asked for his response to leftist calling President Donald Trump a “dictator.”
If president Trump were to be a dictator, to begin with, nobody would be able to call him a dictator, they would be almost immediately imprisoned and tortured — [President Trump] has a particular way of saying things, I’m not going to lie, which I honestly like, but he’s really, really far from being a dictator, really far. If he were a dictator, you’d have dungeons of people being tortured, just like we have in Venezuela — he would have his own armed group, just like we do in Venezuela — if Trump were a dictator, or anybody, it doesn’t matter, in the United States, was a dictator, you wouldn’t have no opposition whatsoever. To an extent, it makes me laugh, Alex. It makes me laugh when people try to compare Trump to a dictator — no, you’re in the freest country in the world. You can literally say or do anything you want here without any consequences whatsoever, unless you commit a crime, obviously.
Vargas admitted that while he may miss his home country, “I can guarantee you that America has given me more in less than three years that my country ever gave me in almost twenty years.”
The Venezuelan native also expressed what he would say to socialist politicians, or self proclaimed democratic socialist politicians such as Rep. Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT).
If they want socialism so bad, why don’t they go to a country where it’s always implemented? I have an apartment back in Venezuela, they can go there and live for as long as they want, rent-free, that’s fine. They need to get that true shock of what socialism is, they need to see the people starving with their own eyes to actually be aware of what they are trying to preach, what they are trying to implement here. I would tell them personally, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Senator Sanders, stop lying to American people — we all know that ultimately, you just want to take control, you want to take power and [not] let it go, because that’s how it usually goes, historical records show it that way.
Vargas closed his interview by emphasizing how crucial it is that the United States never gives it deference to socialism, “because if it happens here, where are we supposed to live then?” said Vargas, “There’s no other place to live if America falls under those harmful ideologies.”