Dr. James Veltmeyer’s on his editorial, “Democrat Party Elites are the modern Slavemasters”
LA JOLLA (KUSI) – Dr. James Veltmeyer is a prominent La Jolla physician voted “Top Doctor” in San Diego County in 2012, 2014, 2016 and 2017. He wrote an editorial voicing his opinion on the government shutdown and how it has impacted the United States of America.
Veltmeyer’s opinion piece titled, “Democrat Party Elites are the Modern Slavemasters” can be read below.
By James D. Veltmeyer, M.D.
As a child immigrant from South America, I can only watch with anguish
as the migrant caravan from Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador
marches through Mexico and seeks to enter the United States.
However, my anguish is not because I believe the U.S. government is
in error by strictly enforcing our nation’s laws and blocking a foreign legion
from violating our sovereignty. The Trump Administration is absolutely
correct that illegal entry into the United States must be stopped; if the migrants
have a legitimate claim for asylum due to political or religious persecution, they
must apply at a valid port of entry and be processed legally. I should know. I
came to America legally, waiting years to get a visa. If there needs to be some
reform of the immigration system, it is not by erasing national borders and
Every country has an inherent right to determine who it accepts into its
bosom. This is fundamental to the very concept of nationhood. Most of the
migrants are economic refugees and the U.S. obviously cannot absorb every
person on the planet who thinks they can get a better job here.
Yet, the existence of a welfare state in the United States since Lyndon
Johnson’s “Great Society” of the mid-1960s has done exactly what Nobel Prize-
winning economist Milton Friedman once argued was impossible: “open
borders with a welfare state.” It is impossible and unsustainable because
such a system will automatically attract most of the world’s population to
our shores to gain access to the liberal social benefits we offer, from free
education and health care, to food stamps, welfare, and even subsidies to
attend college! Now, San Francisco even maintains that the right to vote
Having come to the United States from Ecuador, I know a little about
how socialist welfare states destroy societies. Look at Venezuela as a prime
example. An oil-rich nation, once the pride of the continent, is now an economic
basket-case that can’t print additional zeros fast enough on its worthless
currency. This is the result of socialism.
Socialism does not uplift individuals; it impoverishes them. It does not
raise living standards; it decimates them. It does not advance human potential,
but, as Franklin D. Roosevelt said, it subtly destroys the human spirit. This
failed ideology—of whatever variety– has never worked successfully anywhere
and never will. Neither Bernie Sanders $30 trillion “Medicare for all” nor the
latest giveaway scheme mouthed by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez can succeed
because as Margaret Thatcher noted, “You eventually run out of other people’s
money.” Or, the ink on the printing presses runs dry.
Of course, socialism itself has never been a system intended to help
anyone, anyone other than the elite ruling class of a nation who see it not as a
way to raise up the poor and working class, but as a way to keep them down
and under control, stifling their ambition and upward mobility. Socialism is
slavery or serfdom, pure and simple. I’m from South America, so I know a little
about tyranny. And, socialism is tyranny. Even Marx saw socialism as only the
phase preceding communism. However, far from the “withering away of the
state,” socialism’s final stage –communism — only leads to a totalitarian terror
state that bulldozes human liberty and enslaves the human soul.
The socialism ( or what is currently mislabeled “progressivism” ) that the
Democrat Party offers new arrivals from abroad – be they legal immigrants or
illegal aliens – is not the freedom they crave, but the slave state of political
and economic regimentation lorded over by a ruling elite that seeks only to
expand and maintain its power. That is exactly what the Pelosis, Schumers and
company seek – not to help a suffering population or rescue those escaping
poverty or persecution abroad, but to use these unfortunate people in a cynical
political power play to solidify their electoral position through creating a
permanently dependent underclass willing to trade its votes for the promise of
cradle to grave security. It is an illusion and it is despicable. Yet, it is the history of
the Democrat Party in America for more than a century—from being the party of
southern slaveholders to being the party of Tammany Hall, which cruelly
manipulated our earlier generations of immigrants— exchanging jobs for votes.
They are still at it, now exchanging food stamps and Medicaid for votes.
The Democrat Party detests the idea of its immigrant underclass becoming
self-reliant and independent, business owners and entrepreneurs. That may lead
them to becoming Republicans, after all!
Far from being the party of working people, the Democrat Party today is
the party of the billionaire plutocrat elites – the Steyers and Soros and
Bloombergs – which draws its greatest strength from the millionaire enclaves of
Silicon Valley, Manhattan, and suburban Washington. D.C. And, these are the
folks whose aspirations for the migrant caravans yearning for the American
Dream is to consign them to a future of despair and dependency where their
hopes for the future remain buried in sub-minimum wage jobs and tending to the
lawns, toilets, and estates of their present-day slavemasters.