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Bernie Sanders, a so-called Democratic Socialist, has spent nearly his entire adult life running for or in public office. His shtick has not changed much in all those years, railing against the unholy alliance between commerce, money, and government, advocating for “the working man” and generally pressing for government control. He is and always has been a vocal socialism enthusiast. For Bernie, it is always asking not what you can do for the government, but ask what the government should do for you. So it is no shock that Bernie’s main presidential promises are free health care (including abortion on demand), free college (including college debt forgiveness), legal marijuana (including the release of all prisoners incarcerated for marijuana-related crimes), and finally, full implementation of the New Green Deal.
It appeals to the youth vote primarily. Must be that “new” math they teach.
But Bernie is still an old communist, so all of this is wrapped up in Bernie’s advocacy for the much-abused and maligned worker, a throwback to Bernie’s real passion: the overthrow of capitalism. He is, after all, the man who honeymooned in the USSR, the former member of the Vermont socialist “Liberty” party, and the man who at one time started up a non-profit entity to produce and sell communist propaganda films to schools. It failed.
In the late 1980s, Bernie entered public service serving his first mayoral term in Burlington, VT; he was nearly 40. Prior to that, he claims he worked as a self-employed journalist, filmmaker, farmer, and handyman. But mostly, he ran for offices (and lost) as a third-party socialist candidate. It was as Burlington’s mayor that he finally won office and earned his first real paycheck. He’s remained in public service since that heady day and every single paycheck he has since or ever earned has been a government one. Yes, he wrote a book about his time in politics, and that has earned him a great deal more (his re-election campaign allegedly purchased a half-million copies) but his living has mostly been earned in government. His wife controls his campaign media activities as a consultant, earning a solid commission on all media placement (six figures), but that is permitted, so it is fine. No conflict there. Look away.
Bernie, leader of the oppressed, hero of the working man, an opposer of all things corporate and corrupt, has never actually been a working man. His entire working life has been spent seeking and in public office. And as a result, he is rich.
“Please uncle Bernie, tell me that one about money and corruption in politics again?”Published in