Condemning Socialism

Floor Speech

Date: Jan. 31, 2023
Location: Washington, DC


Mr. CLINE. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to stand in support of the House concurrent resolution to denounce socialism in all its forms.

For decades, the embrace of socialist ideas around the world has led to evil regimes denying their people of their fundamental human rights and subjecting them to imprisonment and abuse.

Countless Cubans, Venezuelans, Russians, Chinese, Cambodians, and Koreans have escaped from murderous regimes to come live a better life in America. They are all a true testament to the promise of the American Dream and the hope of prosperity.

These survivors are members of our family, our friends, and our neighbors, like Pablo Cuevas from Rockingham County.

Born and raised in Cuba, Pablo worked on his parents' farm, which was apparently dispossessed by the Marxists. Pablo fled Cuba in 1958 during the Cuban Revolution and resettled here in America. He served on the Rockingham County Board of Supervisors in my district for 30 years and continues to be a leader in our community.

Mr. Speaker, socialism has led to painful human tragedies such as starvation, torture, and mass murder, taking more than 100 million lives around the world.

As oppressive and violent regimes still exist today, this resolution reaffirms our support for freedom, democracy, and human rights. May we always ensure that dangerous socialist, un-American policies are never brought to pass here in our great country. Woodstock Fire Department Celebrating 200th Anniversary


Mr. CLINE. Mr. Speaker, I rise to recognize the 200th anniversary of the all-volunteer Woodstock Fire Department.

Tracing its history back to 1823, the department has served the Shenandoah Valley as one of the oldest departments in the Commonwealth and the Nation.

Today, the department has 40 active volunteers who selflessly risk their lives every day to ensure the safety of their neighbors and the preservation of the community.

The department is led by Captain Zach Hottel, a third-generation volunteer himself, and truly represents the spirit of service. Captain Hottel and the volunteers' dedication to serving others, who are sometimes experiencing the unimaginable, defines what it means to serve your neighbor. It is an example we should all strive to follow every day.

The Woodstock Fire Department is commemorating its founding of February 8, 1823, with a bicentennial birthday bash at the Woodstock fire station.

Congratulations again to the Woodstock Fire Department on this incredible milestone. I wish them another 200 years of success in serving the people of the Shenandoah Valley.