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Bernie Sanders Is Disturbingly Near the Democratic Presidential Nomination

Brett Davis

Posted on February 25, 2020 19:17

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Too close for comfort.

Bernie Sanders hasn't secured the Democratic Party's nomination for president of the United States. However, barring a successful kneecapping of Sanders' campaign by establishment Democrats, he appears – for now, although nothing is certain – on his way to being the party's challenger to President Trump this November.

On one hand, Sanders is an utterly unserious person. On the other hand, the threat he poses to the nation is as serious as the heart attack he suffered last fall. As such, he should be kept as far away from the presidency as possible.

That Sanders is the current frontrunner of the Democratic Party is absurd on many fronts. For one thing, Sanders isn't even a Democrat; he's a self-identified democratic socialist who pretends to be a member of the party when he runs for president. Odder still is millionaire Sanders' monetizing his brand of socialism, which undercuts his preferred image as a man of the people fighting economic royalists.

Furthermore, during his nearly 30-year career in Congress, he's accomplished next to nothing, barely having a legislative impact for all his time in Washington. This isn't surprising, given Sanders was allegedly once kicked out of a commune for laziness.

And yet this man – unimpressive in terms of tangible achievements – says he will lead a sweeping political revolution based on thoroughly discredited ideas. Though Sanders appends the word "democratic" to a failed ideology in an attempt to soften his radicalism, the facts are clear: He envisions policy proposals that would create a government far more intrusive than it already is, rendering people de facto serfs to a state vastly increased in size and scope.

Sanders' laundry list of big-government ideas – Medicare for all, tuition-free college, "Green New Deal," forgiving student loan debt, a federal job for anyone who wants one, free universal child care, etc. – is so economically unviable the candidate himself doesn’t know how much his grandiose plans would cost. A trillion dollars here, a trillion dollars there; Sanders is a central planner without a plan.

Perhaps most disturbing of all is Sanders' well-documented useful idiocy during the Cold War for the Soviet Union, Cuba and Nicaragua, which he now downplays or ignores. Only a few years ago, Sanders was applauding the socialist government of Venezuela.

Sanders' even more recent praise for the late dictator Fidel Castro's literacy program in Cuba and then doubling down on that – and lauding the Chinese government in the process – exposes Sanders as a true believer in socialism. The candidate's half-hearted statements decrying the authoritarian nature of tyrannical socialist-communist regimes can't mask the fact Sanders admires the system; plain and simple, Sanders worships socialism.

And that’s dangerous. Whether or not a President Sanders could actually implement his disastrous policy prescriptions that would, at the very least, further bloat the bureaucracy, explode the national debt and dramatically raise taxes on everyone, is unclear. What is clear is that he shouldn't be given anything even remotely resembling the chance to do so.

Brett Davis

Posted on February 25, 2020 19:17

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