4-1-14 – Bernie Sanders’ Presidential Race

by John McClaughry

Last Sunday WCAX aired an interview with Senator Bernie Sanders, in which Kyle Midura and Paul Heintz tossed him softball questions, and Bernie explained his recipe for installing his current variety of socialism.

I must say, Bernie is rigorously on message. According to him, the desperately needed remedy for America’s ills is to amend the First Amendment so that Bernie’s opponents can’t buy air and print time to counter his views– mandating higher wages for employees, regardless of how many unproductive workers lose their jobs and how much commerce migrates to other countries – investing more borrowed money in accelerated  government spending to create jobs – battling the menace of global warming to shorten our growing seasons and increase our heating bills – and exiling the hated Koch brothers to some distant planet, for the crime of defending free markets and limited government. .

Note that there is absolutely nothing new in this recitation. It is the hard Left’s standard program and Bernie has been advocating it for decades, including back when he was a presidential elector for the Socialist Workers Party whose leaders were expelled from the American Communist Party for being too radical.

Bernie is thinking about running for President on this platform. He probably hopes to outpoll the Socialist Workers Party Candidate he supported in 1980 – the unforgettable Clifton DeBerry – who pulled in about 39,000 votes nationwide.

I say go for it, Bernie.

John McClaughry is the founder and current vice-president of the Ethan Allen Institute.

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Christian Matthews April 4, 2014 at 10:03 pm

Couldn’t agree more. I hope Bernie runs as an independent to really spice things up.

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Robert April 4, 2014 at 10:20 pm

Bernie Sanders has proved one can build a success political career by fighting almost everything and accomplishing almost nothing. Unfortunately his brand of politics necessitates there be a winner and a loser instead of improving the lot of everyone.

Although it has been widely reported in all the newspapers and history books for nearly a century, Bernie seems oblivious to the reality that socialism (the equal distribution of pain) just plain doesn’t work. Eventually, when the idle find they are richly rewarded for being idle, and the productive realize they are punished for being productive, the idle continue to demand more, and the productive stop producing. Economic collapse ensues. It might be good to poll the subjects of Bernie’s hero, murderous dictator Hugo Chavez to see how well socialism works out for them.

Whenever I have occasion to hear Bernie in the throes of one of his tirades about the villain du jour, I find solace in reminding myself he’s not a Vermonter, and he ain’t from Vermont.

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Gary Richardson April 6, 2014 at 12:26 am

Let’s cleverly move Bernie into a run for President. He might win, based on the large number of Socialists in America. Bernie could then hire Annie Noonan to run the Federal office of Labor, announcing at that time they will maintain the growth of Socialism in America.

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Doug Richmond, Underhill April 5, 2014 at 3:58 pm

The third and final segment of the movie, “Atlas Shrugged” will be in theaters
in Mid September.
There you can see where Socialists and crony power brokers inside government’s unlimited power will be taking us.
The first and second segments of Atlas Shrugged are already out and likely can be bought, rented or watched on line.

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