On Wednesday, Comrade Bernie Sanders delivered a speech defining his socialist philosophy.
Bernie the Red was a supporter of Communists in the 1980s, and he campaigned for Marxist revolutionaries extensively at that time.
As I’ve previously written, Sanders supported and actively campaigned for the Socialist Workers Party’s presidential candidate, Mel Mason. In 1984, this gem of a man was a Black Panther who praised the Russian and Cuban revolutions. He said that “the greatest example of a socialist government is Cuba, and Nicaragua is right behind it, but it’s still developing.”
At one time, Sanders was investigated by the FBI for his ties to far-left revolutionaries—which is pretty concerning, given the fact that he almost became the Democratic Party nominee for president in 2016.
That’s who Bernie Sanders really is. Don’t let him fool you.
Bernie Sanders’ Speech on “Democratic Socialism”
During a recent address to a crowd at George Washington University, Sanders spent most of his time outlining his socialist platform.
Throughout the speech, Sanders tried to equate economic rights with human rights. While doing so, he referred to the rights guaranteed to us in the United States Constitution—which is odd, because Bernie’s beliefs are the polar opposite of those held by the men who wrote and ratified the Constitution in the first place.
As he often does, Bernie tried to redefine what a “right” is. The American understanding of what a right is comes to us from the Founders. As strong believers in the idea of “natural rights,” the
Founders defined a right as something to which all people are entitled. These rights didn’t come from the government, and so the government couldn’t change them or take them away from citizens without acting unjustly. After all, anything the government can give you, it can take away just as easily. The Founders’ vision for the American government was one that existed to protect these rights.
Sanders, however, tried to change that definition to also include what he calls “economic rights.”
In his speech, he said, “Now, we must take the next step forward and guarantee every man, woman and child in our country basic economic rights: the right to quality health care, the right to as much education as one needs to succeed in our society, the right to a good job that pays a living wage, the right to affordable housing, the right to a secure retirement, and the right to live in a clean environment.”
That sounds nice, until you understand what he is saying. In order for these to so-called “rights” to be ensured, the government has to enforce them. If, for example, a doctor doesn’t want to perform a surgery, is the government going to make him? How are they going to do that? Are they going to fine him or throw him in prison?
How about business owners? Is the government going to force them to hire an unemployed worker who is not qualified for the job?
And what exactly is a living wage? Who gets to determine that? Does the government get to decide what’s fair and unfair?
You get the point.
Bernie’s view of rights require compulsion by the government. They’re not rights at all; they’re services. There is a major distinction between the two terms.
Now contrast Bernie’s view of what a “right” is with that of the Founding Fathers.
The Founders believed the primary goal of government was to protect the natural rights of its citizens.
Take, for example, the First Amendment. The government didn’t give me my right to free speech, and they also can’t take it away without violating the Constitution, but it’s still their obligation to protect it. The Bill of Rights was intended to secure us with the blessings of liberty, and to make sure that we were treated equally and fairly under the law, giving us equal opportunities.
Bernie and the Democrats want us to have equal outcomes, which is impossible without the government controlling or confiscating the wealth of the entire nation. Even still, those favored by the government would have an advantage over others, which would just create a new ruling class.
This is what happens every time a country tries socialism.
Bernie then tried to redefine the meaning of freedom, when he said, “What I believe is that the American people deserve freedom—true freedom. Freedom is an often-used word, but it’s time we took a hard look at what that word actually means.”
Ok, Comrade, enlighten us.
He continued: “Are you truly free if you are unable to go to a doctor when you are sick, or face financial bankruptcy when you leave the hospital? Are you truly free if you cannot afford the prescription drug you need to stay alive?”
Once again, rights are not financial transactions. Rights are objective, Bernie’s rights are subjective.
Throughout his speech, Sanders continued to harken back to the presidency of FDR. He kept referring to Roosevelt’s never-realized “Second Bill of Rights.”
In an address to Congress in 1944, Roosevelt called for the nation to guarantee a right to a job, home, food, clothing, and health care to every American.
So, what is Bernie’s definition of democratic socialism?
Answer: “Democratic socialism to me requires achieving political and economic freedom in every community.”
Economic freedom? Do the business owners, doctors, and teachers have complete economic freedom under Bernie’s plan?
Of course they don’t. They would be forced to comply with the wishes of the government. That is the exact opposite of freedom. A person has ultimate freedom when they are able to make their own decisions and live life the way they want without being controlled by a government worker in Washington D.C.
He says that is what Democratic socialism “means to me.”
That’s the problem with modern day Socialists. They are always changing the definition of what socialism means.
They point to European countries, many of which have government run programs but relatively free economies. They pointed to Venezuela, until that country descended into chaos. Bernie said that a person was more likely to achieve the American dream in Venezuela than in the United States. He has been awfully quite about the events in that country lately.
Hey, socialists, what is socialism?
Socialism has been classically defined as government ownership of the means of production. That is what socialism actually is.
Without realizing it, Bernie admitted as much in his speech. In order for his socialist utopian ideas to come true, it would require the government to eliminate private property and seize control of industry.
Don’t let him fool you. He is still the man who campaigned for Communists in the 1980s. He just proved it again.