Bernie Sanders’s Revolution Has Already Been Won - part1
by ANDREW MIILLER
On the evening of Jan. 11, 1996, Barack Obama signed a contract promising to publicly support and associate himself with the New Party, a socialist organization in Chicago, Illinois, that was deeply hostile to the idea of American capitalism. When journalist Stanley Kurtz revealed this fact to the public in 2008, the Obama campaign sharply denied the claim, calling it a “crackpot smear.”
It wasn’t until 2012 that records from the Wisconsin Historical Society definitively established that Mr. Obama did sign the New Party contract.
Now, after enduring eight years of European-style socialist principles pushed by the Obama administration, America once again has a presidential candidate with a radical socialist past!
As a student at the University of Chicago, Bernie Sanders was involved in the Young People’s Socialist League. He backed the People’s Party in the 1972 presidential election, which famously called for a maximum income of $55,000. Sanders also served as a presidential elector for the Trotskyist Socialist Workers’ Party in 1980. This election year is the first time Sanders has actually sought the Democratic nomination.
While President Obama obtained office by striving to hide his radical past, Sanders has PROUDLY EMBRACED the fact that he is a democratic socialist. The most shocking part of this narrative is that America has changed so much in the past generation that Sanders is now considered a viable candidate for office by almost half the nation.
As of March 21, well over 1.5 million people under age 30 had voted for Senator Sanders, nearly three times more youth votes than any other candidate in either party. An Iowa caucus entrance poll found that Sanders had received an overwhelming 84 percent of the millennial generation vote.
Whether or not Sanders receives the Democratic Party nomination for president, the socialist ideology he espouses has taken root in the next generation of American voters. Unless something drastically changes, the future of the United States lays in the hands of a new silent majority that favor socialism over capitalism!
A national YouGov survey from January found that 43 percent of Americans under age 30 viewed socialism favorably, compared to only 32 percent who thought well of capitalism. Despite socialism’s apparent popularity among young Americans, however, it seems very few of them actually know what it is. Another survey, conducted by the New York Times in 2010, found that only 16 percent of millennials could accurately define socialism as government ownership of the means of production.
When respondents were asked to define socialism in their own words in a Reason-Rupe survey, those who viewed it favorably were likely to describe it with phrases such as “being kind” or “being together.” Others had a more clear understanding, describing it as a system where “the government pays for our needs.” For many millennials,
socialism is shorthand for free health care, free education and subsidized child care.
Other surveys have revealed an almost incoherent political ideology among American millennials. “Millennial politics is simple, really,” writes Derek Thompson in an Atlantic editorial. “Young people support big government, unless it costs any more money. They’re for smaller government, unless budget cuts scratch a program they’ve heard of. They’d like Washington to fix everything, just so long as it doesn’t run anything.”
Millennials love Bernie Sanders’s message about a political revolution that will break up the big banks, free students from oppressive student loans, and bring free health care to all. Yet most of them haven’t thought through the pragmatic ramifications of how all this would be accomplished. Sanders’s proposals would increase total federal spending by about 30 percent, a projected $68 trillion over the next decade. So far, his tax proposals only include increases for those who earn over $250,000 per year, but his budgets contain massive deficits.
Sooner or later, you have to accept that a Scandinavian-style welfare state means Scandinavian-level taxes. Denmark has a top marginal tax rate of 60 percent, which applies to all incomes over 1.2 times the average income in Denmark. Translated into American terms, this means that all incomes over $60,000 would be taxed 60 percent under a Scandinavian-style socialist system.
Most millennials don’t actually support tax hikes on the lower middle class, yet they haven’t done the math to determine how to pay for Sanders’s proposals. Eileen F. Toplansky, a social commentator and adjunct English instructor, recounts the example of an emotion-driven English student who was totally unmoved by Dr. Thomas Sowell’s explanation of how the minimum wage hurts the poor by driving up unemployment. She couldn’t refute his argument with logical reasoning or statistics; she could only sputter and yell that the current minimum wage was due to the “greed, greed, greed” of the companies.
As Americans prepare to choose their next president this November, a disturbing study from Xavier University finds that approximately one in three U.S. citizens would fail the civics portion of an immigration naturalization test.
Key findings from this study show that 85 percent of respondents could not define “the rule of law.” Seventy-one percent couldn’t identify the Constitution as the “supreme law of the land.” Seventy-five percent didn’t know the function of the judicial branch, and 57 percent couldn’t define an “amendment.”
Another survey of recent college graduates in the United States found that 43 percent couldn’t identify freedom of speech as a First Amendment right, and 10 percent thought Judge Judy was on the Supreme Court!
Former U.S. President Thomas Jefferson said, “If a nation expects to be ignorant and free in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be” (emphasis added throughout).