“Pawn Stars” host Rick Harrison is speaking out on socialism and warning Americans who are fawning over Socialists lawmakers like Democrats Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Senator Bernie Sanders.

Harrison, the star of Pawn Stars, an outspoken conservative, delivered his speech on ‘the stupidity of socialism’ at one of the largest annual gatherings of conservatives just outside Washington, D.C.

“The majority [of] people in this room know that socialism is just stupid,” he said.

It’s literally like heroin. The first shot is great. For a little bit it’s wonderful, but then the rest of your life is a living hell. And that’s literally what the socialists are doing.”

He continued later in the speech: “Once you give someone something it’s hard to take it away… then you get Venezuela.”

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You can watch his awesome speech here:

The rise of socialism has been a hot topic at CPAC, with two prominent GOP House Oversight Committee members warning of “radicals” in the Democratic Party and saying they believe congressional Democrats are laying the foundation for Trump impeachment efforts.

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Rick Harrison sat down with Mark Levin on his Life, Liberty and Levin show to discuss his upbringing, and what made him the incredibly successful businessman that he is today.

Conservative news outlets, personalities, and publications have been begging Americans to pay attention to what’s happening in Venezuela, a real-life example of how quickly Socialism can destroy a once prosperous nation. They’ve been warning Americans of the danger of falling for the promise of “free stuff” by Socialist lawmakers like Rep. Ocasio-Cortez and Senator Sanders. Venezuela, a once beautiful and prosperous South American country is now a living hell for almost everyone with the exception of the very wealthy and of course, members of the government.

The New York Post tells the story of how Venezuela devoured itself when it became a Socialist nation:

Venezuela is a woeful reminder that no country is so rich that it can’t be driven into the ground by revolutionary socialism.

People are now literally starving — about three-quarters of the population lost weight last year — in what once was the fourth-richest country in the world on a per-capita basis. A country that has more oil reserves than Saudi Arabia is suffering shortages of basic supplies. Venezuela now totters on the brink of bankruptcy and civil war, in the national catastrophe known as the Bolivarian Revolution.

Watch this stunning video from two years ago. Since this video was aired, things have gotten much worse for the citizens of Venezuela:

The phrase is the coinage of the late Venezuelan strongman Hugo Chavez, succeeded by the current Venezuelan strongman Nicolas Maduro. The Western Hemisphere’s answer to Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey, Maduro has instituted an ongoing self-coup to make his country a one-party state.

The Chavistas have worked from the typical Communist playbook of romanticizing the masses while immiserating them. Runaway spending, price controls, nationalization of companies, corruption and the end of the rule of law — it’s been a master class in how to destroy an economy.

The result is a sharp, yearslong recession, runaway inflation, and unsustainable debt. The suffering of ordinary people is staggering, while the thieves and killers who are Chavista officials have made off with hundreds of billions of dollars. At this rate — The Economist calls the country’s economic decline “the steepest in modern Latin American history” — there will be nothing left to steal.

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