Bernie Sanders, the old, angry and bitter man calling for a revolution among the working class, in a pale imitation of one of his heroes, Lenin, a young, angry bitter man, bills himself as a Democratic-Socialist. As I’ve mentioned before, all that matters with these hyphenated names is the word to the right of the hyphen.
Bernie should be running as a Socialist. Those folk have never done particularly well in our presidential elections. The highest percentage of the vote ever was back in 1912 when Eugene V. Debs received around 6% of the vote. So Bernie dresses himself in Democratic clothing and participates in the election under that disguise.
In 2016 he ran for president in the same clothes in the Democratic primary. He happened to be the only opponent of Hillary Clinton who had worked it so that she would get the nomination no matter who opposed her. Because Hillary had such high negative numbers and was related to a former president often called Slick Willie, Bernie attracted voters who otherwise were repelled by Hillary. He also attracted a large group of younger Democratic voters with his promise of free things.
Hillary was a moderate Democrat who had no intention of trying to imitate Bernie’s give-aways. She lost to Trump. The message taken by the Democrats as a result of that was that perhaps had she been more Bernie-like she may have won. It was not long after the defeat that the Democratic Party reorganized and appointed a new chairman. One of his first acts was to go on a nationwide tour with Bernie cementing the idea that Bernie was to be the face of the party even though he was not a Democrat.
Bernie would continued to offer free stuff. Free as used by Bernie and others in the Democratic Party doesn’t really mean free; it means taxpayer-funded. As the idea of free caught on others jumped on board. The leader became Elizabeth Warren who was intent on offering free stuff in as many areas as she could think of doing. No matter how much she offered another candidate would call her and raise the amount of free stuff he or she would give.
Which brings me to the Democratic Party debates that I watched last night and the night before. At one point I sat there wondering after listening to Williamson and Yang whether one of the plans being put forth was to give a thousand dollars to every adult in New Zealand. It was confusing to say the least but you have to admit Yang’s plan to give every adult in the country a thousand dollars a month forever is the best free plan out there.
Of course that is ridiculous but what is as ridiculous is that almost all of the Democratic Candidates have swallowed the Bernie pill and are all offering Bernie-type solutions. As best I can tell the Democratic candidate that is eventually nominated will be asking the American people to swing far left into the land of everlasting socialism. That candidate, that won’t be either of the two old men, Joe or Bernie, who showed their oldness during the debate, has already embraced a program that will alienate moderates and independents throughout the country.
Independents and moderates are not seeing the country that the Democrats see. They are not ready to embrace abortion on demand up through the third trimester. Nor are they anxious to pay more taxes, as the Democrats insist will happen with their programs to pay for strangers who may wander over the borders of our country.
No Democratic candidate objected to a program of universal health care for all, either immediately run totally by the government or delayed a bit as private insurance plans are eliminated. Every Democratic candidate would make this free health care available for undocumented immigrants. No Democratic candidate would deport from this country any person who arrived here in violation of our laws who had not committed a serious crime after arriving. All candidates plan to make college free at least at community college levels and would lessen the burden of loans. They are all disciples of Bernie.
The Democratic nominee for president will be asking Americans to vote to increase taxes on themselves so that people from other countries can come here against our laws and remain here without fear of being sent away and immediately benefit from free health care and education. We see the attraction of America to those poor folk from other countries who risk all to come here without these new benefits being available. How much more will the influx grow when these offerings are put into place?
I suggest the guys and gals who get up every morning and truck off to their forty hour work weeks, not including commuting time, the people who the Democrats are supposed to be seeking to bring back into the fold, are going to find this distasteful. The road to Trump’s reelection has been paved by Bernie.