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Sanders Rising

bernie sanders unaffordableSooner or later, the Democrats’ decades-long march to the left was bound to end in the explicit embrace of socialism. That moment may now have arrived. A self-described socialist, Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, has won the New Hampshire primary after getting the most votes in Iowa’s shambolic caucuses. Sanders has strong supporters nationwide — cadres, you might call them — and enough money to go the distance.

Socialism remains unpopular, for very good reason, in the United States, and it is least popular among those Americans who saw what it meant in the era when the senator took up the cause. They learned something from the world’s experience even if he did not. Many Democrats remain dubious about socialism. In New Hampshire, Sanders got only a quarter of the vote while the relatively moderate candidates (Joe Biden, Pete Buttigieg, and Amy Klobuchar) combined to get a majority among them.

Except, of course, that they did not combine, and show no sign of doing so. And another claimant for the not-Sanders position in the primary, Michael Bloomberg, decided to skip New Hampshire. A dedicated core of Sanders supporters could keep forming a plurality and win the most delegates for Sanders. Because Sanders had a strong showing in the primary four years ago, this possibility startles us less, perhaps, than it should. America’s rejection of socialism has made it exceptional among advanced nations. For the country’s oldest political party to nominate a proud supporter of it would be a major change for the worse.

Sanders has for decades praised left-wing authoritarian dictators, especially in Latin America, so much so that it is fair to question the importance of the adjective in his label of “democratic socialism.” His agenda involves federal spending increases of a fantastic $100 trillion, according to a critic who, unlike the senator, has thought it worthwhile to add it all up. And he has the ideologue’s habit of wishing away aspects of reality that are inconvenient for him. Thus our economy, with falling poverty rates and rising wages, is in his mind failing; and the country will save money by giving more lavish health benefits to a larger number of people.

The Sanders phenomenon thus raises two urgent questions: Will the Democratic Party decide to walk off a cliff? And will it manage to get Americans to come along for the trip?

Reprinted with permission from - National Review

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g. walker

I am too old to live under socialism, I am addicted to luxuries like toilet paper,electricity,food, clean water and shoes.

JerryH

If Sanders does indeed get the nomination, the battle lines will have been clearly drawn. The greatest danger for conservatives is not Sanders per se, but the specter of complacency. After the Dems impeachment scam, President Trump’s popularity has been surging. That is great news, yet we must remain vigilant. In 2020, the outcome of this election will be determined by turnout. The momentum that President Trump now has must carry over into the fall. None of us can rest comfortably assuming that the Dems will be defeated. Sanders political machinery will continue to convert new wide-eyed followers who have zero education about the failures of socialism. They will grasp tightly to his pie-in-the-sky promises while ignoring the consequences. WE MUST STAND FIRM. We MUST show up at the polls. We MUST retain the White House. We MUST regain the House, and we CANNOT lose the Senate. The future of… Read more »

Paul DAscenz

Bernie doesn’t have a chance against President Trump.
Don’t turn your back on Mayor Pete, that guy is a Dangerous individual.
He’s snoozing people acting like a Boy Scout! Trump will prevail!
Trump 2020! Trump Jr. 2024!

J. FARLEY

WAKE UP AMERICAN, IT DOESN’T MATTER WHICH OF THESE COMMIE DEMONRATS GETS ELECTED AND THE DEMONRATS GET CONTROL OF CONGRESS, AMERICA WILL BECAME A THIRD RATE NATION , SAY GOOD BY TO CONSERVATIVE FREE SPEECH, SAY GOOD BY TO THE 2nd AMENDMENT , AND MOST OF ALL SAY GOOD BY TO YOUR CHRISTIAN WORSHIP IN GOD YOU WILL BE
REQUIRED TO KEEP YOU FAITH OUT OF SIGHT. EVERYONE OF THE DEMONRATS FROM THE FAT RUNT BLOOMBERG TO FAKE INDIAN WARREN WITH NO EXCEPTION WILL DESTROY THIS NATION . PRAY TO GOD THAT THEY DO NOT GET CONTROL .
TRUMP/PENCE 2020
GOD BLESS DONALD J. TRUMP
GOD BLESS AMERICA
GOD BLESS THE NRA
SAVE AMERICA VOTE REPUBLICAN

Sharon Boyd

Bernie Sanders would be a disaster for the American People. Having Radicals support him was a bad move also. Most Americans don’t want change and that is why MY President is doing so well. America needs President Trump 4 more years so we can keep advancing. Look what he has done already with all this trash being publicized to destroy his presidency and all the Americans that voted him. These Democrats should be ashamed of themselves.

Marcia

Conservatives need to craft their concerns in easily understandable terms. $100 trillion is too abstract. Ask an A student to share her high grade point with a D student who didn’t study so they each get a C+. Stories like that help to explain what Bernie’s about.
If a student get her college loans paid off, that means that when she’s in the workforce, she has to pay for the students who come along behind her for the rest of her life.

Wayne D Peterkin

Frankly I hope Sanders wins the nomination. That’s because I like to think that our nation would never come close to electing him and that his nomination would almost guarantee another term for an excellent president. I think Sanders would be the easiest to beat in November. While he may have an enthusiastic base of idiots, I would be shocked if America went socialist. Sanders is purely anti-American.

Norman Schrock

My parents were missionaries in Argentina, a “democratic socialist” country, I being born and raised in that country, have seen first hand how that way of thinking holds back a country that is entitled in their thinking. Winston Churchill said that socialism is like standing in a bucket and trying to lift yourself up. Further more Margaret Thatcher said that socialism depends on a source of money that sooner or later runs out. Sooner or later, the middle class will run out of money and be among the poor. What I don’t understand is that these “democratic socialists” have made their millions by capitalists means and now they condemn it, and I don’t see them housing the illegals with their money nor handing out their millions to help the needy. And, isn’t the government supposed to do what we have mandated of them instead of us doing what they mandate… Read more »

Francis Elliott

Sanders has claimed to be a socialist, but he been a known communist for decades.Socialism is used because it is not so politically objectionable, but historically , those who embrace socialism on the cycle of political evolution, they always migrate to communism. The only difference in the two terms is that under socialism there is private ownership of property, and this does not exist under communism. The term: socialist democratic is contradictory because under either there is nothing democratic. Socialism sounds better, and today the government of China does not accept communism as their proper title. They call it socialism with Chinese characteristics. However, I lived and taught two years in a Chinese university an I asked students and professors what were the Chinese Characteristics and no one could give me an answer. I saw the power or propaganda, and it does work. Both terms demand complete control of the… Read more »

cheryl

WE must start with-judges,mayors,governors ,county clerks everyone who has an opinion and works for the gov’t must be voted red-make sure you check out the candidates to make sure they are true conservatives not pink or blue. School boards also since the dems control them. Heard of Deep Equity that is being pushed by the dems in our schools?
This must be stopped-we have been asleep too long!

JimR

My concern is for the not to distant future!
The electorate will not elect a socialist in 2020 but what about 2024 as more of the mush head college age voters want everything for nothing.
The Majority of learning institutions have done a good job of brain washing them even though socialism has never worked ANYWHERE it has been tried!
We are doomed to socialism and worse.
It’s just a matter of time!
If they ever succeed in gun confiscation it will come sooner rather than later.

Wayne

Bernie Sanders is a card carrying COMMUNUST!

Alfonso Bedoya

The author made some good points. I think the Democrats will rethink their support of Sanders, considering that his Socialist philosophy is so different than what the core Dem philosophy once was. But…..maybe I’m wrong. The Democrats (who now call themselves “Progressives”) have become so militant in the last couple of decades that anything is possible. They have achieved success here by lying and using their arm of the media (Mainstream Media) to spread myths, misinformation, and just plain lies that the uneducated and the ignorant have fallen prey. The education system also appears to have been hijacked by the “Progressives,” so fighting against these people has become an uphill battle for what was once a solid Republican Party. Anyone who has fallen for Sanders’ form of Socialism that promises to deliver everything for free has not thought far ahead, nor looked to the failures of Socialism in every other… Read more »

Patriot Will

Bernie the Great Deceiver
Destroying the Country that gave him so much.
Jane Doe the Ignorant Believer
Following the Leader who serves as a Crutch.

Mike

I still say level them as domestic terrorist because that’s all they really are

Arthur Casanova

Bernie Sanders has appropriate initials, i.e., BS and he wants us to shovel plenty of it. Here is why. He is reaping the benefits of a generation of lowered standards in the public school system which must be very weak in truthfully teaching history. Some major examples, just to name a very few, as Russia, China, Iran, Venezuela, Cuba, North Korea, all Socialist/Communist countries; all are led by dictators which is the ultimate effect of that type of government. Citizens are devoid of their god given rights. Senator BS as other Congressional leaders who are in Congress

three and four decades, eventually become dictators spouting Do As I Say, Not as I Do.
The lowered educational standards of a percentage of our Citizens, deprives them of critical thinking and seeing Senator BS’s BS.

Stephen Russell

Dems future:
Party suicide, Chap 7
Embrace & retain DS Party name: Dem Socialist Party
& see Mass resignations of Old Dems in system etc.
Embrace socialism &get Millenial vote if that??

Brendan Bierch

The Dems will figure out a way to get rid of Bernie and get Bloomberg in as their nominee. With Obama on Bloomberg’s side Trump’s re-election will be a done deal.

John Karkalis

I just raised the question of Bernie’s rise with a conservative friend,noting that mainstream Dems are in a panic over the prospect of Sanders clinching the nomination.
Mother said, “The chance of America electing an avowed Socialist as president is many times less likely than Attila the Hun becoming president of the Red Cross.”
Mother was politically savvy.
Walking off a cliff? Forming a circular firing squad? That’s the Dems alright.
Amac members should sit back and enjoy the comedy.
First Iowa, then New Hampshire. What’s next?

Shoe

Bernie will not make it to the Dims finish line but the other candidates have tilted more left in response to his early success. Whoever makes it will become the darling of the media. One CNN host already stated that Mayor Pete is “Chicken soup to her soul”😳😂.