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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?”

“OK.”

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  1. Judge Mental, Secret Chimp Member

    Doug Kimball: and the man who at one time started up a non-profit entity to produce and sell communist propaganda films to schools. It failed. 

    Should have mentioned that when Bloomberg asked if anyone had ever started a business.

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    • February 21, 2020, at 9:46 AM PST
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  2. Full Size Tabby Member

    My recollection is that very few of the politicians who have claimed over the past 150 or so years to be “for the working man,” and especially not the politicians advocating socialism and communism, have been actual working men.

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    • February 21, 2020, at 11:16 AM PST
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  3. Doug Kimball Thatcher
    Doug Kimball

    Full Size Tabby (View Comment):

    My recollection is that very few of the politicians who have claimed over the past 150 or so years to be “for the working man,” and especially not the politicians advocating socialism and communism, have been actual working men.

    Truth in that (see “Obama”) however none have used the language of Bernie and his reference to “workers” in a manner right out of the thirties and the “communist manifesto.” The populist “working man” may be simple pandering and may not allude to Marx and Engels, or it might be a hedge (liberals never want to admit their alliegance to socialism) to avoid being labelled.

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    • February 21, 2020, at 11:42 AM PST
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  4. Kozak Member
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    It suddenly occurred to me that the Democrat Superdelegates have to be licking their chops at the loot Bloomie is going to toss their way if it looks like a brokered convention. The amount of graft available for their votes is going to be astronomic.

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    • February 21, 2020, at 12:11 PM PST
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  5. Judge Mental, Secret Chimp Member

    Kozak (View Comment):

    It suddenly occurred to me that the Democrat Superdelegates have to be licking their chops at the loot Bloomie is going to toss their way if it looks like a brokered convention. The amount of graft available for their votes is going to be astronomic.

    He’s already working that angle, among the uncommitted and those committed to Biden and Warren.

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    • February 21, 2020, at 12:16 PM PST
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  6. Doug Kimball Thatcher
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    Judge Mental, Secret Chimp (View Comment):

    Kozak (View Comment):

    It suddenly occurred to me that the Democrat Superdelegates have to be licking their chops at the loot Bloomie is going to toss their way if it looks like a brokered convention. The amount of graft available for their votes is going to be astronomic.

    He’s already working that angle, among the uncommitted and those committed to Biden and Warren.

    I predicted that a few weeks ago here!

     

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    • February 21, 2020, at 4:25 PM PST
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  7. Jim McConnell Member
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    As I have reviewed Sanders’ life and career, one word jumps out at me: Grifter.

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    • February 21, 2020, at 7:39 PM PST
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  8. Doug Kimball Thatcher
    Doug Kimball

    Jim McConnell (View Comment):

    As I have reviewed Sanders’ life and career, one word jumps out at me: Grifter.

    Ed Zachary!

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    • February 22, 2020, at 7:54 AM PST
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  9. I Walton Member

    He is what he is, and it has enriched him more than if he had learned to work. We’ve always had left wing kooks and there’s obviously enough room for a few of them to get rich off it. His problem is that he actually believes the nonsense and our problem is that there are a growing number of idiots who think what he says is cool and will vote for him. He’ll fail but next time some left wing demagogue will threaten to take power and might succeed. We have to dismember Washington and the self interested bureaucrats who will support anyone who promises them more budget. Bernie is giving us insight on the dangers we face.

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    • February 24, 2020, at 4:58 AM PST
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  10. Miffed White Male Member
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    Doug Kimball: He’s remained in public service employment since that heady day and every single paycheck he has since or ever earned has been a government one.

    FIFY.

    I hate the phrase “public service”.

     

     

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    • February 24, 2020, at 5:05 AM PST
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  11. Doug Kimball Thatcher
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    Miffed White Male (View Comment):

    Doug Kimball: He’s remained in public service employment since that heady day and every single paycheck he has since or ever earned has been a government one.

    FIFY.

    I hate the phrase “public service”.

    I know. It’s not like they are doing it for free. But I stayed with the jargon, euphemistic as it is. Perhaps public grifting should be the term used on this site. Trump passes the test as he donates his paycheck to charity.

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    • February 24, 2020, at 6:26 AM PST
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  12. Western Chauvinist Member
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    I Walton (View Comment):
    His problem is that he actually believes the nonsense and our problem is that there are a growing number of idiots who think what he says is cool and will vote for him.

    Agreed. I believe he believes what he says. He’s fundamentally a lazy man who desires the Marxist utopia for the country, in which we can sit at home and write poetry, or hang out in the public library and read Marx all day. And that’s a good thing! 

    This election is going to be very clarifying. It will be “free stuff” versus MAGA. We’ll know how corrupt the people are the first Tuesday of November. I’m hopeful, but not confident. Personal responsibility is a hard sell.

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    • February 24, 2020, at 7:33 AM PST
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  13. Jeff Hawkins Coolidge

    Perception is more important than reality

    The world is coming to an end because we haven’t taken swift bold action on fossil fuels

    The economy isn’t working for me because I’m struggling

    I should be able to live a middle class lifestyle in a big urban city 

    I went to college, I should be making 6 figures when I’m 23

    It’s unfair I have to pay my student loans, because it’s keeping me from living a middle class lifestyle in a big urban city.

    If we re-write the Constitution with a diverse group of people, it will be more representative.

    The rich are rich because they’re greedy.

    Things we all use should be free 

    All of these things are something a Bernie voter believes that isn’t true

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    • February 24, 2020, at 7:57 AM PST
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  14. WI Con Member
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    Judge Mental, Secret Chimp (View Comment):

    Doug Kimball: and the man who at one time started up a non-profit entity to produce and sell communist propaganda films to schools. It failed.

    Should have mentioned that when Bloomberg asked if anyone had ever started a business.

    “Bernie Sanders, putting the ‘non’ in profit!”

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    • February 24, 2020, at 11:00 AM PST
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  15. Full Size Tabby Member

    Jeff Hawkins (View Comment):

    Perception is more important than reality

    The world is coming to an end because we haven’t taken swift bold action on fossil fuels

    The economy isn’t working for me because I’m struggling

    I should be able to live a middle class lifestyle in a big urban city

    I went to college, I should be making 6 figures when I’m 23

    It’s unfair I have to pay my student loans, because it’s keeping me from living a middle class lifestyle in a big urban city.

    If we re-write the Constitution with a diverse group of people, it will be more representative.

    The rich are rich because they’re greedy.

    Things we all use should be free

    All of these things are something a Bernie voter believes that isn’t true

    I would like every person who is inclined to vote for Bernie (and actually for any Democrat these days), “You don’t even leave the home screen of your phone in its factory configuration. Why do you think a government employee in a distant city will make better decisions about every aspect of your life (what food you eat, what kind of housing you have, what you wear, how you get to work, whether and how you get medical care, what kind of job you have, etc.) than you can? And don’t allow the person to get away with a response like, “Oh that will never happen” because that is exactly what they are voting for. 

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    • February 24, 2020, at 11:03 AM PST
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  16. Miffed White Male Member
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    WI Con (View Comment):

    Judge Mental, Secret Chimp (View Comment):

    Doug Kimball: and the man who at one time started up a non-profit entity to produce and sell communist propaganda films to schools. It failed.

    Should have mentioned that when Bloomberg asked if anyone had ever started a business.

    “Bernie Sanders, putting the ‘non’ in profit!”

    That’d be a good bumper sticker.

     

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    • February 24, 2020, at 11:23 AM PST
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  17. Gazpacho Grande' Coolidge

    Jim McConnell (View Comment):

    As I have reviewed Sanders’ life and career, one word jumps out at me: Grifter.

    You’re too polite.

    I found many reasons to write about how awful he was a few years back. A sampling below.

    Some folks I listen to have been saying “At least he’s honest about his positions”. No. No, no, no.

    This is all a scam from one of the laziest people you’ll ever meet. Being consistently lectured by a loser does not make the loser honest. He and his wife have been milking idiots for decades. They have 3 houses to prove it.

    https://dangerwaffles.wordpress.com/2018/09/02/when-fascists-flirt/

     

    https://dangerwaffles.wordpress.com/2018/05/19/bernlandia/

     

    https://dangerwaffles.wordpress.com/2018/04/15/bernie-sanders-too-big-and-failed/

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    • February 24, 2020, at 3:28 PM PST
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  18. Ralphie Member

    Western Chauvinist (View Comment):
    I’m hopeful, but not confident. Personal responsibility is a hard sell.

    Ignorance is an easy sell. He likes to point to the Scandanavian countries as an example, and a lot of people think things are free there; as my niece said, you may pay high taxes, but they take care of everything for you. You just have to go to work and be happy. That’s how simple the world works in socialist utopia.

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    • February 25, 2020, at 6:28 AM PST
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