(Tea Party 247) – Bernie Sanders has been owning the fact that he is an unabashed socialst as of late.
While in his later years, the 2020 contender has tried to dress it up in lipstick and call it “democratic socialism,” or claim to favor European-style socialism rather than the “bad” kind, he’s always been a very poorly veiled Marxist.
This isn’t hard to find out, as Joseph Farrah at WND writes, on the question as to whether or not the Senator from Vermont is, in fact, a communist.
Donald Trump has called Bernie Sanders a “communist” and a “maniac.”
Was he wrong?
But before I make the case that he is, consider that in my misguided youth, I would have described myself as a “communist.” I traveled in many of the same circles as the young Bernie Sanders – Students for a Democratic Society, anti-Vietnam War protests, various Marxist organizations.
I stopped calling myself a socialist and a communist a long time ago. But Bernie has never given up the utopian dream.
It began for him when he joined the Young People’s Socialist League while a student at the University of Chicago, from which he graduated in 1964. What was the mission of the Young People’s Socialist League?
It was spelled out in the preamble to its constitution: “The Young People’s Socialist League of America calls upon all young people who are interested in the emancipation of the working class from the chains of wage slavery to join its rank and through it and its associated organizations of the International Socialist Movement, to work for the overthrow of the present capitalist system in all its social and economic ramiﬁcations, and for the establishment in its stead of a worldwide socialistic cooperative commonwealth.”
Today Sanders still calls himself a socialist, but he says don’t worry – “I don’t believe the government should take over the grocery store down the street or the means of production.” I guess the next question one should ask a socialist is, “Why not?”
Has Sanders’ definition of socialism changed since he was a member of the Young People’s Socialist League that called for a complete overthrow of the capitalist system to be replaced by “a worldwide socialistic cooperative commonwealth”?
Yeah, not really. All that’s changed is the branding.
There is not much of a distinct difference between Socialism and full-blown communism.
Socialism is just communism with the training wheels on.
Sanders’ entire view of the state is antithetical to the founding philosophy of our republic.
Our nation was founded on economic and personal liberty, while Sanders believes in a nanny state where rights are traded for low-quality “care” from the government, and no one has a choice as to whether or not they’d actually like to make that trade.
Just like a communist.
Elizabeth Vaughn, over at Red State, proves how creepily similar Bernie’s “Economic Bill of Rights” is to the Soviet model:
On Wednesday, 2020 hopeful Bernie Sanders delivered a major speech about Democratic Socialism.
Sanders understands that many Americans view the term “socialist” as a “slur” and sought the opportunity to clear up some of the myths and allow us to see how great socialism really can be.
Finally, Sanders introduces the centerpiece of his platform, which he calls “a 21st Century Economic Bill of Rights.”
However, there’s something deeply disturbing about Sanders’ proposal.
In an appearance on Hannity, political commentator and historian Mark Levin points out that Sanders has “stolen his agenda from the 1936 Soviet Constitution.”
Here is an excerpt from Sanders’ speech:
A Bill of Rights that establishes once and for all that every American, regardless of his or her income in entitled to:
-The right to a decent job that pays a living wage
-The right to quality health care
-The right to a complete education
-The right to affordable housing
-The right to a clean environment
-The right to a secure retirement
These six “rights,” which define Sanders’ platform, are indistinguishable from the rights identified in the 1936 Soviet Constitution, which is also known as the Stalin Constitution.
Please read Articles 118-122 of this constitution. (Source: Bucknell University)
ARTICLE 118. Citizens of the U.S.S.R. have the right to work, that is, are guaranteed the right to employment and payment for their work in accordance with its quantity and quality.
ARTICLE 119. Citizens of the U.S.S.R. have the right to rest and leisure. The right to rest and leisure is ensured by the reduction of the working day to seven hours for the overwhelming majority of the workers, the institution of annual vacations with full pay for workers and employees and the provision of a wide network of sanatoria, rest homes and clubs for the accommodation of the working people.
ARTICLE 120. Citizens of the U.S.S.R. have the right to maintenance in old age and also in case of sickness or loss of capacity to work. This right is ensured by the extensive development of social insurance of workers and employees at state expense, free medical service for the working people and the provision of a wide network of health resorts for the use of the working people.
ARTICLE 121. Citizens of the U.S.S.R. have the right to education.This right is ensured by universal, compulsory elementary education; by education, including higher education, being free of charge; by the system of state stipends for the overwhelming majority of students in the universities and colleges; by instruction in schools being conducted in the native language, and by the organization in the factories, state farms, machine and tractor stations and collective farms of free vocational, technical and agronomic training for the working people.
ARTICLE 122. Women in the U.S.S.R. are accorded equal rights with men in all spheres of economic, state, cultural, social and political life. The possibility of exercising these rights is ensured to women by granting them an equal right with men to work, payment for work, rest and leisure, social insurance and education, and by state protection of the interests of mother and child, prematernity and maternity leave with full pay, and the provision of a wide network of maternity homes, nurseries and kindergartens.
The only “right” not stolen from the Stalin Constitution was the right to a clean environment. Climate change, obviously, was not an issue in 1936.
This isn’t a coincidence, and it shouldn’t blow your mind.
If it walks like a red, and talks like a red….
Are we really at this point? Where advocacy for a political system that has resulted in millions of lives lost and history’s most oppressive, corrupt systems is being treated like it’s actually valid?
Yes, it is.