You say you want a revolution …
But if you go carrying pictures of chairman Mao
You ain’t going to make it with anyone anyhow
Oh, this is delicious. We are Montgomery Burns, steepling our fingers and cooing, “Excellent!”
We loves us our schadenfreude, served cold with a twist of lemon and a dash of Angostura. We’ve won the lottery on someone else’s lost ticket.
We are watching Progressivism — humorless, strident, and intolerant — earn the ignominy that long ago put the term “liberal” into bad odor.
Bernie Sanders will be the death of progressivism as surely as Jeremy Corbyn killed off Labour in the U.K.
It is not coincidence that both were unreconstructed socialists, for progressivism is rule by experts and only experts can determine the proper allocation of resources — who gets what and from whom, what gets taken. The market economy — Adam Smith’s unseen hand making millions of independent decisions, fostering innovation and creating wealth — cannot be trusted.
Which is why Bernie Sanders “sees the good in murderous international tyrants.” That’s not Sean Hannity talking, that’s Paul Fanlund, editor of Dane County’s Progressive Voice, The Capital Times.
Marc Thiessen in today’s WI State Journal reviews Bernie’s hero worship of the Sandinistas, his praise of Fidel Castro’s Cuban revolution, his honeymooning in Soviet Union, and his current support for Nicolas Maduro in impoverished Venezuela.
Sanders claims he is not a communist but a democratic socialist. You know who else might have made that claim? The German Democratic Republic (East Germany), the Democratic Republic of Vietnam (North Vietnam), and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea). If you see the modifier “Democratic” in a country’s name, it’s a dead giveaway that it ism a socialist dictatorship.
Hate America first
No one who shares Middle America’s core values of freedom, democracy and entrepreneurship would choose to honeymoon in the Soviet Union,” Joseph C. Sternberg writes in the Wall Street Journal. “No one who values American achievements in science, the arts or education would heap praise on Cuba’s schools.”
Every other Democratic candidate on a debate stage with Mr. Sanders has been able to communicate even the most fantastical policy ideas with an undertone of patriotism. Mr. Sanders alone sounds as if he wants to replace America rather than transform it.
Fanlund notes that Second District Rep. Mark Pocan “is a big Bernie guy, and I know many who regard Sanders’ ideological purity as refreshing and energizing.”
Indeed, Bernie is the first or second choice of 42% of Wisconsin Democrats, according to the Marquette Law School poll. In the 2016 Democrat(ic) primary, Bernie got 62.5% of Dane County’s vote to 37.3% for the Hildabeast.
Sanders is the front-runner partly because none of his many rivals has taken on Bernie’s full-bore socialism. They just cavil about the benjamins.
The Democrats need a Sanders candidacy,
so the existing party can be completely
defeated, humiliated, and rebirthed.
Turn around being fair play
Fanlund is promising some quid pro quo of his own. Castigating Bernie and his heavy breathers for sitting out the Hillary defeat four years ago, Fanlund now warns:
Should Sanders prevail in getting the Democratic nomination, you expect your targets — conscientious mainstream liberals who disagree with you — to forgive and forget and enthusiastically climb onto Bernie’s bandwagon?
That’s a big ask.
Blaska’s Bottom Line: Bernie losing to Donald Trump is Democrats’ worst nightmare. Bernie winning the presidency will be America’s worst nightmare. Bernie says he wants a revolution? President Sanders will get one.