Bernie Sanders: The Crackpot Who Could Be President

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The world is full of crackpots. Always has been, no doubt always will be.

Most people once thought that of Bernie Sanders.  Now he’s poised to win the Democrat nomination for President. How did that happen?  Unlike many Republicans, I’m not gleeful by Bernie’s rise, I’m frightened.

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We underestimate Bernie at our peril. He’s morphed from crackpot to credible. And not because he’s changed, but because over the last 50 years we’ve changed. That’s how long the public schools have been indoctrinating children in the wonderful benefits of the socialist utopia.

A lot of establishment Democrats seem to agree with Republicans that Bernie would spell doom for the Democrat Party. They remind us of the implosion George McGovern’s candidacy caused Democrats in 1972. Back then, Nixon won 49 of 50 states. McGovern received a pathetic 17 electoral votes. Some Democrats, and almost every Republican, predict the same outcome if Bernie wins the nomination this year.

I’m not so sure. We’re dumber today than we were in 1972, a lot dumber. Especially about things like economics, history, and logic. We don’t seem to understand that when you devalue a someone’s labor, you damage something essential and vital about who they are. You loot them of their personal dignity, their individual worth.

I don’t mean to suggest it’s quite yet time to barricade our homes and stockpile supplies for the coming Bern-pocalypse. I am saying we should take him seriously. Remember the number of candidates who raised their hands on that debate stage when asked if they worried about a socialist leading the Democrat Party? Only one of 7 Democrats for president thought that might be a problem.

For Bernie, politics is not about bringing voters together, it’s about polarizing them. The ideal campaign for Bernie is making the election about those who hate crack dealers and those whoare crack dealers. But instead of crack dealers, it’s billionaires. And all the other Democrats running for president have gone along, including the two billionaire Democrats running for President.

Like all socialists through all time, Sanders accuses his opponents of greed while appealing to envy and calling it justice.

Bernie demonizes the rich making us believe we’re owed because we don’t have their money. All while asserting they’re determined to keep us down.

Nothing could be more ridiculous. The key to capitalism is capital. Competition is important, but cooperation is vital. The more who have weatlh, the richer everyone gets. The only chance the wealthy have to get greater wealth is to sell things to those who can afford to buy.

Under Bernie’s plan the wealthy lose, but so does everyone else. Bernie would drain capital from the wealthiest so they could not invest, create, and manufacture. He would drain the wealth of everyone else too so we could not buy.  He’s admitted the prior by saying, “billionaires should not exist.” He’s only partly admitted the latter by saying he’ll raise taxes on everyone making as little as $29,000 a year. But he hasn’t said how much.

His health care plan alone will more than double federal spending – and that’s before he adds the 30 million illegal immigrants to whom he wants to give free healthcare.

Bernie promises that government health care will cost less than private health care. But has any government program ever cost less? All the government can do is add rules, regulations, and costs.  And yet, Bernie’s convinced plenty of people out there that when it comes to healthcare the earth will start spinning a different direction.

Sure, lots of countries spend less on health care. They ration it. They deny procedures, medicines, and tests to the sick, elderly, and terminally ill. They also use equipment invented by American innovators. They provide medicines subsidized by American taxpayers. Once Bernie and the socialists have strangled that goose there will be no more golden eggs and everyone everywhere will suffer. Life-saving research will slow, and no one will come to America to get the treatment their own countries can’t provide because we won’t provide it either.

If Bernie wasn’t a hypocrite, he’d release his medical records. But at 78 years old he he doesn’t want us to see the health care he’s received and would deny the rest of us. As a Senator, Bernie gets the best health care insurance in the world. He doesn’t use medicare for all and he never will.

Bernie got a huge share of the Hispanic vote in the Nevada caucuses. He did it by supporting open borders, easy citizenship, and free health care for illegal immigrants, along with free education, food stamps, and welfare.

No promise of free stuff is beyond the pale. That’s the promise of socialism. Take from those who earn and give to those who refuse. But the promise reveals the flaw. People won’t work when their work is devalued. Why work if you’re going to end up on the bread line anyway?

As Margaret Thatcher said, “The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money.”

It’s how you end up in Venezuela where people eat their pets to survive and where inflation since 2016 has increased 53,000,000%. Yes, 53 million percent!

That’s what Bernie wants for America. And he justifies forcing the rest of us to go along because he’s doing it for our good. Bernie, who’s never worked a day in his life in any but a government job, is convinced he knows best.

It’s the same attitude that brought so much misery by people like Hitler, Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot, Chavez, Ortega, and Castro. And it’s the same attitude that makes Bernie so dangerous now.  A crackpot?  Maybe, but a very scary one indeed.

John Philip Sousa, IV

John Philip Sousa, IV is an entrepreneur, political activ-ist, author and accomplished business person. John has worked in the financial services industry for over 40 years, built a highly successful marketing company, ran for congress at age 24, and in 2016 created and led the successful movement to draft Dr Ben Carson into his candidacy for President of the United States. John is author of John Philip Sousa, A Patriot’s Life in Words and Pictures and Ben Carson, RX for America.

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