The rise of Comrade Bernie

The rise of Comrade Bernie February 26, 2020


Soviet concentration camps
A map of the Gulag forced labor system in the former Soviet Union, showing the location of concentration camps with over 5000 prisoners   (Wikimedia Commons public domain image)


It’s increasingly likely that the major-party presidential choice in 2020 will come down to Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders.  I could not possibly be more thrilled to realize that, after all of the expensive sifting of candidates during this round, these are the two best that our republic can propose out of a population of roughly 330 million people.


My low esteem for Mr. Trump, despite the admirable judicial appointments of his administration and despite other policies that I can applaud, is on public record.


But please permit me to share a few links about the execrable Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT):


“What Bernie Sanders Missed on His Soviet Honeymoon”


“I Lived In Soviet Russia When Bernie Sanders Visited, And He’s A Communist Dupe”


“The Moral Failing of Bernie Sanders: Sanders was not a liberal during the Cold War. He was an outright Communist sympathizer.”


“Bernie Sanders, the Most Useful Idiot”


And here are some links on one specific issue that has recently re-emerged:


“Senator Sanders Is Wrong on Cuban Education and Healthcare”


“Why Bernie Sanders’s Praise of Fidel Castro Matters: He’s defended virtually every Communist tyrant he’s ever been asked about over the past 50 years.”


“No, Fidel Castro Didn’t Improve Health Care or Education in Cuba: Cuba has made less educational and health care progress than most Latin American countries over the last 60 years, data show.”


“Education and Health Care in Castro’s Cuba”


“Think the Cuban healthcare system is ideal? No cigar. Not even close.”


Donald Trump or Bernie Sanders?  Oy veh.  I’ve never, ever, voted for a Democrat in a partisan political race.  Had the Democrats shown any capacity to nominate a reasonable presidential candidate for 2020, however, I might perhaps possibly have considered maybe doing it in November.  (And probably, in the end, would not have done so.  I am, after all, a serious conservative.)  But their overall field of candidates has been profoundly disappointing, and the rise of Bernie Sanders is nothing short of catastrophic.


I find myself in strong sympathy with this piece by Bernard Goldberg from a couple of days ago:  “I’ll sit out this presidential election because of the yahoos running”


But good grief.  We’re about to have an avowed socialist — it’s his choice of words — as a major-party presidential nominee?



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