Fact checking Bernie Sanders' socialism BS

Oh, right, Bernie, you’re not talking about “communism” and you accused Mike Bloomberg of a “cheap shot” when, in the Democrat presidential debate, he said the Marxist system doesn’t work.

You instead said, “Let’s talk about democratic socialism. Not communism, Mr. Bloomberg….Let’s talk about—let’s talk about what goes on in countries like Denmark …”

 (John J. Kim / Chicago Tribune)

(John J. Kim / Chicago Tribune)

It’s Sanders’ familiar charade, intended to mask his long history of advocating for autocratic, centralized government. Let’s clear it up by referring to Jonah Goldberg’s fine and revealing article in The Dispatch, “Bernie Sees Only What He Wants to See. That’s a Problem.He talks a good game about ‘democratic socialism’ but has demonstrated affinity for authoritarian regimes.’

In it Goldberg notes:

  • First, while it’s true that Sanders does not advocate communism, it’s also true that when communism was still a live proposition in the Soviet Union, Sanders lavished praise on it.”
  • “Sanders supported a Marxist-Leninist party that backed the Iranian Revolution and the hostage-taking of Americans. In 1985, he supported the effort by Daniel Ortega, the Soviet-backed Sandinista leader of Nicaragua, to suppress opposition newspapers. Until recently, Sanders was supportive of the dictatorship in Venezuela.”
  • The Nordic countries that Sanders says are his preferred kind of democratic socialist nations, are not as successful as he would have us believe and are no longer the kind of system that Sanders advocates.

Supportive details are provided in the article.

Sanders knows all this, but he reveals himself as just another political hack who’ll bend the facts to suit his goals.



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  • Bullet point #1: Trump during his presidency has repeatedly praised Vladimir Putin, a cold-blooded murderer and ironfisted autocrat.

    Bullet point #2: Trump says he's in love with North Korean dictator Kim Jung Un , another cold-blooded murderer and an existential threat to America.

    Bullet point #3: Those Nordic countries are among the happiest in the world.

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    Point #1: You're right. Trump should pick better friends.

    Point #2: Same as point #1

    Point #3: I don't know how you measure happiness for an entire country, although I know that people have tried. I'll concede that they are happier, but I don't know how in weather that makes Chicago look like Florida. Thanks for the thoughts; appreciated as always.

  • In reply to Dennis Byrne:

    I thought the Scandinavian countries like Finland and Norway actually have very high suicide rates.

  • According to the World Health Organization in 2016 the U.S. had a slightly lower suicide rate per 100,000 people than Finland, and a much higher rate than Sweden and Norway.

  • Happy? I thought the Scandinavian countries like Norway and Finland actually have very high suicide rates.

  • Sorry, I didn't mean that comment to get posted twice!

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