Skip to comments.Defining Socialism Down: Bernie Sanders left out a few details about his political creed.
Posted on 06/15/2019 3:24:34 PM PDT by reaganaut1
Part of Bernie Sanders apparent political appeal is his authenticity. He may be a socialist, but at least hes honest about it. Then again, his speech on Thursday defining his idea of democratic socialism may begin to erode that reputation.
The Vermont Senator presents himself as the ideological descendant of FDR, whom many seniors still revere and millennials incorrectly believe rescued America from the Great Depression. Medicare for All, a federal jobs guarantee and energy-industry takeover? Mr. Sanders says they are merely an extension of New Deal programs like Social Security, unemployment insurance and the Tennessee Valley Authority.
Like today, the quest for transformative change was opposed by big business, Wall Street, the political establishment, by the Republican Party and by the conservative wing of FDRs own Democratic Party, the Democratic Socialist declared. While he stood up for the working families of our country, we can never forget that President Roosevelt was reviled by the oligarchs of his time, who berated these extremely popular programs as socialism.
We can understand why Mr. Sanders wants to define socialism in this way, since the polls show the word is politically toxic for most Americans. But hes underselling his own contributions. FDRs social programs were based on the principle of work in return for benefits. Workers chipped in part of their payroll to finance their own retirement many years hence. The benefits are unsustainable now, but at least they require someone to work.
Mr. Sanders pitches Medicare for All as an income transfer program. Take from billionaires like Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and give to everyone else. But there arent enough Bezoses to finance government health care for everyone, so Bernie will eventually have to go after the middle class. This did not show up in his Introduction to Socialism lecture.
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Just get pictures of Bernie attending various communist rallies, conferences, coffee-house book readings, and crap like that.
Soft selling socialism. I’m just like FDR. We all have warm and friendly feelings about him, right? Socialists are wolves in sheep’s clothing. Personally, I don’t know what I like more about socialism, the totalitarian oppression, or the descent into abject poverty.
He’s the typical commie liar.
Socialism hell! These people are Marxists!
>> Im just like FDR. We all have warm and friendly feelings about him, right?
I sure don’t. A realistic view of the history is that he turned what should have been a 3-4 year bad recession into a decade-long Great Depression with his governmental solutions, when free markets should have been allowed to work.
Many of FDRs policies were just a continuation of policies that were already started under Hoover.
And? FDR held on for almost 10 years.
Archie Bunker : [Maude refuses to get out of Archie’s chair] Well, I got the secret weapon that can lay this little lady right away. Here we go. This country was ruined by Franklin Delano Roosevelt!
Cousin Maude : You’re fat.
Archie Bunker : Sticks and stones may break my bones, but Franklin Delano Roosevelt...
Edith Bunker : Archie, you promised never to say that name again in front of Maude.
Archie Bunker : Franklin Delano Roosevelt!
Edith Bunker : [to Maude] He don’t mean nothing. His whole family was for Roosevelt.
Archie Bunker : That was for two terms. But that was it. We didn’t know the guy was going to hold on to the job like a pope!
Its been an absolute failure everywhere
Bernie needs to retire. To Venezuela
Or a pic of him honeymooning in the USSR to be close to his idol - J Stalin
BINGO! You win the Internet today!
Bernie forgot to mention the fact that people in Venezuela are straining sewage to get drinking water.
The Venneswellan peeps just need a Economic Bill Of Rights as well. Hell, the EBOR could’ve fixed Cuba, The Killing Fields, Mao’s Cultural Revolution and Soviets as well.
Bernie edited the EBOR before that speech and deleted...
The Right To Ivy League Degrees.
The Right to be Middle Class.
The Right to have an Investment Portfolio.
The Right to own a Mercedes or an Audi and become a micro-Nazi.
The Right to be in a Police State, watching your Social Credit Score.
Thats the thing about Rights granted by Men, by Judges, by Kings and Five year Plans. Stalin signed the Human Rights for the Worker’s State of the USSR, then he suspended them “for the greater good”. Mao’s Red Guards enjoyed the same bonfire, burning books and burning political plans. The needs of the many outweigh the needs of individuals.”
Rights bestowed by God Almighty are permanent, and meaningful.
Bernie’s kibbutz: “But as much as agriculture or industry, ideology drove Shaar Haamakim in the 60s. The kibbutz belonged to the Israeli political party Mapam, which in the 1950s had been a communist, Soviet-affiliated faction. Kibbutz members had admired Joseph Stalin until his death, and they would celebrate May Day with red flags. They spoke of controlling the means of production, taking from each according to his abilities and giving to each according to his needs.”
Thats why our Founding Fathers declared that our rights came from God.
Our rights come from God. But we have to protect them with Guns.
Guns are the last resort, a defense, a marker that the situation is desperate and overwhelming.
The Crusades of Billy Graham did more for America than NRA meetings. A revival of biblical proportions is needed.
I like Trump, and his slogan, but after we have full employment and national security ...will the flash-mobs at the local Mall vanish? The drug and crime epidemics? And when the Trump admin has run the clock what then? MAGA needs a longer term than 8 years. Breitbart said all politics is downstream of culture and I see liberal -urban- messes that will vote against MAGA forever. Unless...
The die hard Bernie bros don’t seem nearly as loyal as the last go round. I give him credit for having such loyal fans, but he seems done.
NOW you've done it!!
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