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Bernie Sanders: “We Need to do a Better job Explaining What We Mean by Socialism”


In an interview with Government-run State radio Comrade Sanders, Bernie Sanders speaks to many topics. But the one I found most interesting was socialism. How do you address the socialist label, which for those who forgot is a label he more or less gave to himself.

Bernie Sanders is an independent who is a socialist, running for President as a Democrat. And being a good socialist the first thing he does is refuse to accept what socialism is.

“I think what we have to do, and I will be doing it, is to do a better job maybe in explaining what we mean by socialism — democratic socialism.  …”What I mean by democratic socialism is that I want a vibrant democracy. 

He follows with the liberal narrative that the people labeling him are simultaneously suppressing voters. That’s funny. The only vote suppression I’ve ever witnessed was perpetrated by Democrats, both locally and nationally.

Anyway, Rich-ass Bernie then goes on to point out that as a rich country we should be able to afford to allow the government to decide how much health care should cost, and what an hour of labor is worth. See what I did there?

Here’s the quote.

“Second of all, what it means, Rachel, is that in the wealthiest country in the history of the world we can provide a decent standard of living for all about people. That’s just the reality. That’s not Utopian dreaming; that is a reality. Health care for all can be done, and we can save money in doing it. We can have a minimum wage which is a living wage, and I’m delighted to see that, you know, right now, five states already passed $15 an hour minimum wage. 

What’s missing?

He leaves out the use of force. You need to use force to steal from people.

“We” means the state. “People” means those the state chooses.

The State advocates mob rule (vibrant democracy) to gain the power to deny you your rights and your property.

The government takes your rights first so that you cannot legally object to them taking so much of everything else. Then it gets fat while you get thin. It grows corrupt and ultimately despotic.

When you rise up in protest, perhaps even vibrant protest, they put you down using force. Which is easy because they probably disarmed you along the way. They had to do that.

This Isn’t Going to Be Like Venezuela (yes it is!)

Sanders makes a point of saying that “my right-wing colleagues here want to paint that as authoritarianism and communism and Venezuela, and that’s nonsense.”

Wasn’t Venezuela a rich country before socialism?  Yes, it was. It had a few years of socialism and what is it now? A poor country where despots use soldiers to silence dissenters. So, much for the vibrant democracy.

It always ends that way. If not this generation then one that follows. Eventually, someone will say why are we working so hard to finance our own oppression? 

And then a lot of people will die because of socialism.