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Feb 22 2016

Bernie Sanders, Lifelong Stalinist

What is the difference between an actual communist — i.e., a Stalinist — and a “democratic socialist”? Not much, if you are talking about Bernie Sanders. Investor’s Business Daily notes that Sanders spent months soaking up communist indoctrination at a hardcore Stalinist camp in Israel, and lists a few other milestones on his personal road toward the Dictatorship of the Proletariat:

1963-64: He joined the Young People’s Socialist League, the youth wing of the Socialist Party USA. Sanders also organized for a communist front, the United Packinghouse Workers Union, which at the time was infiltrated by hardened Communist agents and under investigation by the House Committee on Un-American Activities.

1971-76: Sanders helped found the socialist Liberty Union Party in Vermont, where he ran for governor and senator while calling for the government takeover of the medical industry and “all privately owned electric utilities,” as well as the “nationalization of the oil industry” — “without compensation to the banks and wealthy individuals who own them.”

Sounding like Lenin, he also demanded the government actually seize corporate assets and the wealth of billionaires, namely the Rockefellers, and redistribute it “for all people.”

1977: As founder of the socialist American People’s Historical Society, Sanders produced a 30-minute color documentary exalting his hero, socialist revolutionary Eugene Debs, who was jailed under the Espionage Act. (Today he keeps a portrait of Debs on his Senate office wall.)

1979: Sanders penned a piece for a local leftist rag arguing for the public takeover of the television industry, banishing commercial advertising and putting content under control of the government, a la Pravda.

1981: As Burlington’s new mayor, Sanders announced he didn’t believe in private charities and favored disbanding them, explaining government should be responsible for all social welfare and charity.

1981: Sanders adopted a Soviet sister city outside Moscow, as well as a city in Nicaragua to support the communist Sandinista revolution there.

1985: Sanders invited officials from the Soviet Union and communist China to stop by his office, while proposing that Washington divert military defense funds to “pay for thousands of U.S. children to go to the Soviet Union.”

July 1985: After passing a resolution pledging Burlington would defy President Reagan’s embargo on communist-controlled Nicaragua, Sanders traveled to Managua to attend, along with Soviet officials, an anti-U.S. rally sponsored by the Sandinistas.

He reportedly stood with a crowd that chanted, “Here, there, everywhere, the Yankee will die.” His trip was said to have been paid for by the Sandinista government. Sanders, in turn, invited Sandinista leader Daniel Ortega to visit the U.S.

1985: In a letter to the Sandinistas, according to the New York Post, Sanders pledged his support for their “struggle,” calling it a “heroic revolution” while accusing the Reagan administration of engaging in “terrorist activities.”

1985: In an interview with Vermont government-access TV, Sanders claimed: “The Sandinista government has more support among the Nicaraguan people — substantially more support — than Ronald Reagan has among the American people,” even though Reagan had just been reelected in a historic landslide.

1985: In the same interview, he praised Cuban dictator Fidel Castro, claiming “he educated their kids, gave their kids health care, totally transformed society.” He later showed his affection by traveling to Havana and meeting with its mayor.

1985: In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, Sanders proclaimed: “The whole quality of life in America is based on greed. I believe in the redistribution of wealth in this nation.”

1988: One day after wedding his second and current wife, Jane Sanders, the two traveled to the USSR for their honeymoon. Upon returning, Sanders praised communist health care and housing, noting “the cost of both services is much, much higher in the United States.”

1989: With the West on the verge of winning the Cold War, Sanders addressed the national conference of the U.S. Peace Council — another known front for the Communist Party USA, whose members swore an oath to “the triumph of Soviet power in the U.S.”

By now it should be clear what Sanders means when he triumphantly croaks the word “revolution.”

Sanders is much worse than some crazy but well-meaning old coot who looks like he smells bad. He is a communist — an adherent to an ideology that killed over 100 million of its own subjects during the 20th century and subjected the rest to misery and subhuman degradation. Our nuclear arsenal was developed so that we would not have to live under the rule of evil men like Bernie Sanders.

What’s the difference between a communist and a “democratic socialist” like Bernie Sanders? There is only one: what they are able to impose. The longer leftists stay in power, the more they will be able to impose, until there is no difference at all.


On a tip from Torcer.

  • Torcer

    Feel the Bern:

    Venezuela Is Out of Food: Here’s What an Economic Collapse Really Looks Like
    After several years of long lines, rationing, and shortages, the socialist country does not have enough food to feed its population, and the opposition government has declared a “nutritional emergency.” This is just the most recent nail in the beleaguered country’s slow, painful economic collapse.

    Many people expect an economic collapse to be shocking, instant, and dramatic but, really, it’s far more gradual than that. It looks like empty shelves, long lines, desperate government officials trying to cover their tushes, and hungry people. For the past two years, I’ve been following the situation in Venezuela as each shocking event has unfolded. Americans who feel that our country would be better served by a socialist government would be wise to take note of this timeline of the collapse.
    A quick review: Why Venezuela Is Out of Food

    In 2013, many began to suspect that the outlook for Venezuela was grim when prepping became illegal. The Attorney General of Venezuela, Luisa Ortega Díaz, called on prosecutors to target people who are “hoarding” basic staples with serious sanctions.

    Shortly thereafter, grocery stores instituted a fingerprint registry to purchase food and supplies.
    Families had to register and were allotted a certain amount of supplies to prevent “hoarding.”

    As the situation continued to devolve, farmers in Venezuela were forced to hand over their crops last summer. They assumed control of essential goods like food, and began putting retail outlets out of business.

    But that wasn’t enough to keep the population fed. (Isn’t it astonishing how much less motivated people are to produce food and supplies when they are no longer allowed to benefit from their hard work? Historically, collectivism and farming have never gone successfully hand in hand.) This January, the government told citizens that they would need to produce their own food. The Ministry of Urban Farming was created to oversee this. While self-reliance sounds great, it isn’t so great in Venezuela. Just so the urban farmers don’t get too self-reliant, a registry of the crops and livestock will be required. (And obviously, they’ve already proven that they have no issue forcing farmers to hand over what they’ve produced.)

    Now, it looks like all of the socialist measures and forced food production haven’t been enough to keep the people of Venezuela fed. The country is in so much trouble now that it isn’t possible to cover it up with propaganda.

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  • Foxwater

    Sanders’ “resume” translation: I have never produced anything of any value nor have worked a day in my life.

  • Davis Wenbil

    It’s scary how many Americans are voting for him. I had no idea there were so many communist sympathizers. The result of college and mass media brainwashing I suppose.

  • yourmaster

    bernie isn’t going to win 😀 looks like the DNC/Hillary Clinton have rigged the nomination against Bernie. bwahahahaha
    Hillary should be able to just barely beat him for the nomination, and then she’ll go on to lose if she faces against trump.

  • 762×51

    Sanders and his followers hate capitalism because it results in unequal outcomes. They believe that socialism will bring about social, economic and class equality.

    Socialism has NEVER produced this results anywhere it has been tried over the last 160 years.

    Marxist ideology has consistently produced:
    Mass executions

    Mounds of skulls
    Mass graves
    Mass starvation
    Mounds of personal affects of those murdered like, shoes, glasses, etc.
    Torture, despotism, sadism, fascism, war, famine, pestilence and death.

    No other ideology has so over promised and under delivered in all of human history.

    The promise vs. the reality.

  • Ol’ Uncle Lar

    So, can we start calling Bernie’s supporters “Sandernistas”?

  • Chocolate&Cheese

    What’s the difference between a communist and a “democratic socialist” like Bernie Sanders? There is only one: what they are able to impose. The longer leftists stay in power, the more they will be able to impose, until there is no difference at all.
    Very well said.

  • Chocolate&Cheese
  • Chocolate&Cheese

    Too many mouths, not enough food? Time to slaughter your own people.
    Collectivism is g r a n d!

  • Rotohammer

    House Committee on Un-American Activities. Can we bring it back?

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  • apeiron

    Good idea…I’ve been calling them Bernouts.

  • apeiron

    I suspect that Sanders was run to induce the perception that Clinton is centrist. He wasn’t supposed to win.

  • Kevin R.

    Bernie, not for the billionaires. But he is for the mass murderers.

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  • Ol’ Uncle Lar

    That was my earlier preference too. It still works.

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