Did you know that infamous Nazi Hermann Göring was a great lover of animals, a protector of birds, and head of the forestry service in Germany? Unless you’re a history buff, probably not. After all, almost no one feels the need to preface their comments about the Third Reich with “Sure, the authoritarianism was pretty bad, but, boy, that Göring was one hell of an environmentalist!” Western elites, however, like to use this kind of absurd criterion whenever they talk about socialism, ignoring its vast failures and praising its piddling and alleged successes — you know, “Denmark,” but not Algeria, Albania, Angola, Bangladesh, Bulgaria, Burma, Cambodia, China, Congo, East Germany, Ethiopia, Hungary, Latvia, Mongolia, Romania, Somalia, Venezuela, Vietnam, Yemen, Yugoslavia, and so on and on. And unlike many modern progressives, Bernie Sanders is old-school, still in the habit of praising old comrades. “When Fidel Castro came into office, you know what he did? He had a massive literacy program. Is that a bad thing?” Bernie told 60 Minutes this past weekend, reacting to criticism of his near-complete praise of the dictator back in the 1980s. The answer is: Yes, massive literacy programs instituted using the machinery of a tyranny are, indeed, a bad thing. For one thing, you can institute massive literacy programs without authoritarianism, just as you can build impressive highways without fascism or alleviate most poverty without collectivism. Just ask the United States, or any other capitalistic nation with wealth and high literacy rates. Even then, Sanders is regurgitating Communist propaganda. Cuba already had the highest literacy rate in Latin America before the revolution, and it basically kept trending in the same direction as every other nation in the region. When Castro triumphantly entered Havana in 1958, he didn’t bring truckloads of books; he ordered thousands of arrests and summary executions. When Castro “came into office,” he canceled elections, terminated the free press, and turned Cuba into the island prison that still exists today. Cubans haven’t been able to freely read about their own oppression since Castro took power. (Cuba, though, has nearly eradicated the scourge of “inequality,” with most people making around 20 bucks a month.) And the only possible reason any American would feel the need to defend that dictator’s programs — Sanders once said Castro “educated the children, gave them health care” — is because they’re sympathetic to the cause. What might be “helpful” in explaining “the nuances of [Sanders’s] views on the Soviet Union & the international left would be a degree of literacy about them from commentators,” CNN’s Andrew Kaczynski recently noted. Bernie, after all, “was always critical of authoritarianism in the Soviet Union.” Can you imagine this kind of goodwill being extended to someone who had spent 50 years praising fascist regimes? It’s truly unfathomable. The Soviet Union was authoritarianism — it had no other way to exist. When Sanders was honeymooning in Moscow, refuseniks — fellow Jews he didn’t think enough about to mention once between the singing and drinking — were still begging to leave the place. But okay, let’s concede for the sake of argument that Bernie was genuinely impressed by some of the commissars’ more liberal reform ideas. Sanders claimed that Americans could learn a lot from the Soviet Union. So which of these nuanced ideas did Bernie admire? Does he still admire them? It’s a shame there’s no one at CNN who has access to the candidate and can ask these questions. When Vox’s Ezra Klein, joining the effort to reimagine Sanders as some innocuous idealist, argued that the now–Democratic Party favorite isn’t really running on socialist economic ideas (highly debatable) but rather on a “socialist ethic,” “a deep, animating belief that our political and economic system is unjust,” he inadvertently hit on an ugly truth. There’s little doubt that Bernie believes collectivism — the discarding of property rights, for starters — offers a more equitable and decent option than capitalism. Bernie’s career has never been propelled by policy, most of them untenable here, but rather by class warfare. And younger voters are, and often have been, more susceptible to the “ethics” of socialism. At this point in history, they’ve not seen the economic infeasibility of those ideas, many of the massive disasters spawned by them, or the coercion that’s inevitably required to make them “work.” Or, maybe they don’t care. A number of people – some on the right, who are increasingly comfortable with statist economic ideas — have told me that no one wants to relitigate the 1960s or Bernie’s old opinions. “Socialism” is not the pejorative it once was. Voters, they say, are uninterested in a candidate’s decades-old actions or positions. I suspect there are a few thousand people in Florida who still care very much about Cuban totalitarianism and who might disagree. It’s also worth remembering that Bernie defended a Communist dictator this weekend — a dictator whose brother still holds millions of people hostage. Bernie has never walked back his positions. No, Bernie isn’t Stalin, but he also isn’t some naïve college freshman high off of reading his first Chomsky screed. Bernie is a socialist. He’s been a lifelong defender of authoritarians. We’re debating his positions. If it were really about “Denmark,” Bernie wouldn’t have defended virtually every Communist tyrant he’s ever been asked about over the past 50 years. This is who he was, and more importantly, this is who he is right now.
Exactly. Bernie is a communist, plain and simple. He hides behind the term “democratic socialist.” But, the man who spent his honeymoon in Moscow back in the 1980s when it was the Soviet Union, and who leaps to the defense of brutal communist dictators past and present, is a communist. Don’t let anyone tell you differently. What’s worse, he’s a spectacular hypocrite. He regularly rails against the wealthy; the “1%.” And yet, as “mini” Mike Bloomberg recently noted in a debate, Bernie is a millionaire many times over and has three mansions…and doesn’t feel bad about that fact. And, when he’s challenged about such brazen hypocrisy, he gets all indignant and defensive. What a tool… Thanks to David Harsanyi over at National Review for that excellent piece. David is the author of First Freedom: A Ride through America’s Enduring History with the Gun. @davidharsanyi
Sen. Bernie Sanders, the frontrunner for the Democrats’ presidential nomination, doubled down on his support for some of Cuban dictator Fidel Castro’s policies, saying in an interview that aired Sunday, “it’s unfair to simply say everything is bad.” Speaking to CBS News’ “60 Minutes,” Sanders, a self-proclaimed democratic socialist, pointed to social welfare programs introduced under Castro’s regime that he described as redeeming, despite the communist dictator’s often repressive human-rights violations against Cubans. “We’re very opposed to the authoritarian nature of Cuba but you know, it’s unfair to simply say everything is bad. You know? When Fidel Castro came into office, you know what he did? He had a massive literacy program. Is that a bad thing? Even though Fidel Castro did it?” Sanders told Anderson Cooper. Fidel Castro relinquished power to his brother, Raúl, in 2011 after nearly half a century in charge of the island nation; Fidel died in 2016. Some Republicans jumped on Sanders’ comments. “It really makes a difference when those you murder at the firing squad can read & write,” Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, tweeted. In a resurfaced speech given at the University of Vermont in 1986, Sanders praised the socialist policies implemented in Cuba by the Castro regime and criticized bipartisan efforts in the U.S. to tamp down on Castro’s spread of communism. While Sanders said in the new interview he “condemns” any human rights violations Castro committed, he also took aim at President Trump for his unlikely friendships with some dictators or strongman leaders, including North Korea’s Kim Jong Un and Russia’s Vladimir Putin. “I do not think that Kim Jong Un is a good friend,” Sanders said. “I don’t trade love letters with a murdering dictator. Vladimir Putin, not a great friend of mine.” Despite victories in all three of the earliest state contests, the Vermont senator has faced criticism from other party contenders, including billionaire Michael Bloomberg, who lambasted his socialist policies declaring they would never fare in a November matchup with Trump. Sanders went on to define his brand of democratic socialism, which has tapped into a more progressive ideology that has been gaining traction with young voters across the country. “When Donald Trump was a private businessman in New York, he got $800 million in tax breaks and subsidies to build luxury housing. That’s called corporate socialism. What democratic socialism is about is saying, ‘Let’s use the federal government to protect the interests of working families,'” he explained. Trump has used Sanders’ policy initiatives, including “Medicare-for-all” and free college tuition and elimination of student loan debt, to take aim at the senator, even going so far as to label him a communist. “You know what? We will fight back,” Sanders said of these attacks. “This is what we will bring up… that the president of the United States is a pathological liar, and it is increasingly clear that many people just don’t believe anything that he says. He is a fraud. I look forward to taking him on.”
Of COURSE Bernie is a communist! The man and his wife spent their honeymoon in Moscow back when it was the SOVIET UNION, for crying out loud! But, admitting to that would probably be a bridge too far for his base. Soo.. he settles for “democratic socialist.” Heck, he’s not even a registered Democrat. At any rate, the fact that he’s currently defending a brutal communist dictator like Fidel should surprise nobody. He recently defended China in a similar way. Bernie is a nauseating, self-righteous, and brazenly hypocritical communist. “Mini” Mike Bloomberg even recently call him out for his millions and his three mansions. For Bernie it’s “do as I say; not as I do.” He’s such a hypocrite. Anyway, for more on this story, click on the text above.
Dem Congressman: ‘We’ve Proved That Communism Works’
Rep. Joe Garcia (D-FL) is awful. I saw that video of him eating his own earwax.. And then this.. Wow.. I hope the good people of Florida that live in Joe’s district bounce his disgusting bum out of office in November. Not only is he disgusting, but he’s factually challenged, and intellectually dishonest. I’ve been stationed in El Paso, TX. It is NOT as safe as he is claiming. I’ve seen the bullet holes on the sides of American schools in El Paso from the narco violence on the OTHER side of the border that has spilled over to the U.S. side because there isn’t an impenetrable wall. So, don’t know what report he’s referring to. But, its bs. And he’s trying to spin the whole limited government position espoused by conservatives. Of COURSE conservatives are for a strong military, and strong military budget for the DoD (Dept of Defense) as well as increased funds for securing our borders. That’s one of the primary roles of our federal government; to protect us from threats to our national security, and our sovereignty as a country. But, compared to the rest of the federal budget, its a VERY small percentage. Also, such budgetary items in the federal budget fall into what is called discretionary funding; things that are easily cut. That’s why Obama has proposed cutting the Army down to levels not seen since before WWII. Its an easy cut, and Dems tend to like cutting the military. Beyond that, most things the federal government does, it shouldn’t. Per the 10th Amendment, they should be left for the states to address how they see fit. And, most of those things are domestic entitlements (i.e. social security, Medicare, etc.); “non-discretionary” spending. In other words, they are things that can’t be cut no matter what. And that’s why we’re in the $17.5 TRILLION dollar debt we’re in. Its not because of the military. But, nice try, Joe. Have another mouthful of your earwax..