NationalJournal.com reports that
Sen. Bernie Sanders is almost certainly running for president in 2016. He’s made allusions to his candidacy throughout the summer, most recently on Sunday’s Meet the Press, when he told moderator Chuck Todd that he was “thinking of running for president.”
At a National Journal/CNN “Politics on Tap” event Tuesday night, co-moderator Jake Tapper pressed Sanders on the issue, asking what “thinking about it” really means. He had to have decided, right?
“Nope,” Sanders said matter-of-factly, eliciting laughter from the audience. “Actually, I haven’t.”
In all likelihood, Sanders won’t ever be president, let alone win the Democratic nomination. Sanders likely knows this, or at least knows how hard a bid for president would be. He told Tapper and co-moderator Ron Fournier of National Journal that significant action on his top priorities for a campaign—nationalized health care, climate change, the wealth disparity, overturning Citizens United—could only succeed with serious support.
“That’s a pretty tough agenda,” he said. “The only way somebody with my politics can get elected is by putting together an unprecedented grassroots movement.”
According to the latest polls, a grassroots base hasn’t yet blossomed. In a poll of Iowa Democrats last week, only 5 percent said they’d vote for Vermont’s junior senator, far fewer than those who said they’d go for Hillary Clinton, Vice President Joe Biden, or Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts. But Sanders has a committed base of supporters who swoon over his decades-long attention to economic inequality.
A self-described “democratic socialist,” the longest-serving independent in the Senate has been vague about whether he’d run for president as a Democrat or on a third-party ticket. In June, he told National Journal he was no “spoiler,” and wouldn’t play the Ralph Nader to an inevitable Clinton run.
By Tuesday night, however, he’d had it with talking about Clinton. “I can’t walk down the street without being asked about Hillary,” he complained. “If I decide to run for president, it’s not against Hillary Clinton.”
He also weighed the pros and cons of running as an independent, lamenting the fact that the Citizens United decision requires him to be independently wealthy or gain major-party backing to run a serious campaign.
“If I were a billionaire,” he told Tapper and Fournier, “it might make very simple, common sense to run as an independent, because you have the money to develop independent political infrastructure in fifty states. I don’t have that money.”
On the other hand, with the anger at the two-party system, he said, “running as an independent makes sense.” Only about half of Americans actually care about which party controls Congress, according to a May Associated Press poll, and most are extremely disillusioned with government.
A Ron Paul-esque presidential bid could well be up his alley. If Sanders officially enters the race, he may be able to pull the national political conversation leftward, much like what Paul did with libertarian concerns in 2008 and 2012. Wealth inequality and campaign finance—two of Sanders’s banner issues—are topics Clinton can’t go toe-to-toe on: She won’t risk alienating her supporters at Goldman Sachs and other banking giants, and has made memorable blunders about her own fortune.
Why are Far Left Democrats (which nowadays describes the overwhelming majority of the Party) so enamored of Socialist Politicians?
Merriam-webster.com defines socialism as:
…any of various economic and political theories advocating collective or governmental ownership and administration of the means of production and distribution of goods
…a : a system of society or group living in which there is no private property b : a system or condition of society in which the means of production are owned and controlled by the state
…a stage of society in Marxist theory transitional between capitalism and communism and distinguished by unequal distribution of goods and pay according to work done
The desensitization and placating of the Middle Class, as it was in classic Marxist Theory, is a key element of the Present and Future Platform of the Democrat Party, as it has been during the Presidency of Barack Hussein Obama.
By taking the ambition of the Middle Class away, by offering a “safe and comfortable” cradle-to-grave Nanny-State, “Uncle Sugar” Federal Government, the Democrat Party, ever since the launch of LBJ’s “Great Society”, have bought the loyalty of American voters by giving them bribes of “free” money and “benefits”.
Unfortunately, as Mitt Romney alluded to during his failed bid for the Presidency, there is a great percentage of American voters who will buy and be content with this “Mother’s milk”, instead of yearning for the thrill and the challenge of the hunt for American Individual Success and Freedom.
The Marxist Ideal of
From each according to his ability, to each according to his need
has become the mantra of the Modern Democratic Party, which has become extremely adept at promising the Moon and handing out free stuff to its voting base, in order to maintain their Seats of Power and to continue to grow the Politboro, or Central Government.
Norman Matoon Thomas (1884-1968) was a six-time Presidential Candidate, representing the Socialist Party of America. In a campaign interview in 1948, he said the following:
The American people will never knowingly adopt Socialism. But under the name of ‘liberalism’ they will adopt every fragment of the Socialist program, until one day America will be a Socialist nation, without knowing how it happened.
Thanks to a highly politicized, propaganda-filled Department of Education, which has “dumbed down” a generation of voters, the “easy money” solution to poverty, promised by Socialists such as Bernie Sanders, “tickles the ears” of low information voters, the same voting bloc who continue to support Barack Hussein Obama and his failed Presidency.
Mitt Romney said during his 2012 campaign, that
…And the American people are the greatest people in the world. What makes America the greatest nation in the world is the heart of the American people: hardworking, innovative, risk-taking, God- loving, family-oriented American people.
And. that will be the main reason that Bernie Sanders will do not any better in the Democrat Primaries than Ron Paul fared in the Republican Primaries.
For, while there remains an element in American Society who wants their “money for nothing and their chicks for free”, there is a bigger element of our population who realize that hard work and self-sacrifice are noble things.
As the Merriam-Webster Dictionary says, socialism is “a stage of society in Marxist theory transitional between capitalism and communism and distinguished by unequal distribution of goods and pay according to work done.”
That being said, you know why I am optimistic that the push toward socialism and ultimately, communism , will not succeed here in America?
The greatest President of the United States in my lifetime, Ronald Reagan, once quipped,
How do you tell a communist? Well, it’s someone who reads Marx and Lenin. And how do you tell an anti-Communist? It’s someone who understands Marx and Lenin.
The Political Ideology of the majority of the population in America is still Conservatism.
…And, we understand Marx and Lenin.
Until He Comes,