"Sanders is part of the Washington firmament."
Such shenanigans are fairly common in politics. And that’s the point: Sanders portrays himself as an iconoclast, an anti-politician. But he behaves in many ways like a conventional pol.Let the Washington Post count the ways that is so, at least seven instances in which Sanders claimed or made it appear that some heavy hitters were endorsing him--only trouble is, they weren't, and in some cases had already endorsed Hillary!
This isn’t a slur. He is no doubt sincere in his long-held beliefs, which are on the populist far left. But his actions are not those of a revolutionary. Sanders is part of the Washington firmament.
But wait! There's more!
In Sanders’s 2006 campaign for the Senate, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee — heavily funded by Wall Street interests — helped his bid with about $200,000 in contributions and ads, CNN reported over the weekend.And more typical-politician stuff!
Since he arrived in the Senate in 2007 and continuing through last summer, Sanders has regularly hosted the DSCC’s retreats on Martha’s Vineyard and in Palm Beach, Fla., for wealthy donors (including lobbyists). Sanders also allowed the committee to do a direct-mail piece signed by him, and his campaign has a joint fundraising agreement with the Democratic National Committee, just like Clinton’s.
What this does mean is that Sanders and his aides are playing the game and working the system. They are not revolutionaries storming the establishment ramparts.Maybe, just maybe, you Bernsters out there, have been had?
Iconoclasts do not typically say things such as “I’m the former chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs.” Sanders, who once said that he didn’t prepare for debates and didn’t have a pollster, now does debate prep, has a pollster and boasts about the polls. When he first kicked off his campaign, he said he wouldn’t officially declare himself a Democrat because “I’m an independent.” Then he said he would if necessary for ballot access. Last week he said, “Of course I am a Democrat.”
Like, there's a reason you're not afraid of "Socialism" (but should be):
“Socialism” has never been a dirty word for the current cohort of youth, who either didn’t live through the Cold War or don’t remember it. We are more likely to associate socialism with prosperous, egalitarian, relatively well-functioning Scandinavian states — the kinds of places that produce awesome things like Ikea and “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” — than with autocrats who starve their people.And Five-Thirty-Eight writes:
Many of us also entered the job market just as unbridled capitalism appeared to blow up the world economy.
Perhaps for this reason, millennials actually seem to prefer socialism to capitalism.
I’m just old enough (38) to have grown up during the Cold War, a time when “socialist” did not just mean “far left” but also implied something vaguely un-American. If you’re older than me, you may have even more acutely negative associations with “socialism” and may see it as a step on the road to communism. If you’re a few years younger than me, however, you may instead associate “socialism” with the social democracies of Northern Europe, which have high taxes and large welfare states. Sweden may not be your cup of tea, but it isn’t scary in the way the USSR was to people a generation ago.That article also cites research showing that, for about the last 40-45 years, "Young Americans aren't into wealth redistribution" as well.
If you're too young to remember the horrors of true socialist regimes which emerged from their love affair with Marxism, or if you're old enough to remember but are still of the mindset to prefer socialism, please, read Whittaker Chambers autobiography, "Witness."
Read it even if you're not fond of reading, even if you read no other book in your entire lives, ever again.
Read how a dyed-in-the-wool Marxist, a believer in socialism, a spy working for Communist Russia, here in our own country, over a period of time, came to renounce that belief, that his entire life and safety and that of his family was built upon, because
What Communist has not heard those screams? They come from husbands torn forever from their wives in midnight arrests. They come, muffled, from the execution cellars of the secret police, from the torture chambers of the Lubianka, from all the citadels of terror now stretching from Berlin to Canton. They come from those freight cars loaded with men, women and children, the enemies of the Communist State, locked in, packed in, left on remote sidings to freeze to death at night in the Russian winter. They come from minds driven mad by the horrors of mass starvation ordered and enforced as a policy of the Communist state. They come from the starved skeletons, worked to death, or flogged to death (as an example to others) in the freezing filth of sub-arctic labor camps. They come from children whose parents are suddenly, inexplicably, taken away from them – parents they will never see again.Seriously, for all people's love of the Saw torture movies, and the Human Centipede and James Bond and MadMax and Jason Bourne espionage, have you ever stopped to think about how gripping the suspense really is when it's all true and really happening to you and your very life depends on what you say, do, or don't say and do?
What Communists has not heard these screams? Execution, says the Communist code, is the highest measure of social protection.
This guy lived it, and he very near could have, should have, died for it.
Want a few other historians' opinions on the true underpinnings of Socialism?
According to Richard Pipes, violence was implicit in Marxism itself. He has argued that terror inevitably resulted from what Lenin saw as a Marxist belief that human lives are expendable in the cause of building Communism. He quoted Marx: "The present generation resembles the Jews whom Moses led through the wilderness. It must not only conquer a new world, it must also perish in order to make a room for the people who are fit for a new world". In 1848 Marx, commenting on a failed Vienna Uprising, wrote: "there is only one way in which the murderous death agonies of the old society and the bloody birth throes of the new society can be shortened, simplified and concentrated, and that way is revolutionary terror.". Edvard Radzinsky noted that Joseph Stalin wrote a nota bene: "Terror is the quickest way to new society" aside of the above quote in Kautsky's book, Terrorism and Communism.Just go read "Witness." It's in your local library too, if you don't want to spring for a copy. And if it's any consolation, it was written before I was even born and I didn't read it until I was middle-aged. Think of it this way, if you read it now, you'll be so much wiser than I was when I was in my 20s, 30s and 40s.
And for why Bernie's single-payer healthcare idea isn't quite all it's cracked up to be, read again, from the Washington Post. Or this article, again at the WaPo, boy they must really not like Bernie, to go into such great detail about his "fiction-filled campaign."