Bernie's not the first. Just the most open.
"Socialism will get its first-ever face in the US Senate when veteran Vermont politician Bernard 'Bernie' Sanders takes a seat in the powerful upper house of the legislature."
Being the militant libertarian that I am (no; I'm not sure what it means either but the guy who labeled me as such can outshoot me so I'll roll with it) you can imagine I'm not happy about this.
"But it was hardly surprising after a three decade career in Vermont politics, where people have learned that his disheveled air of a college professor and his strong accent from his native Brooklyn, New York, don't pose a threat to US democracy.
'I'm a democratic socialist,' he says, explaining his beliefs." (link added)
So was FDR & aside from being aggressive during WW2 he caused much harm to this country. We still haven't got past the damage FDR did.
"To my mind, our goal should be a society in which you have a strong entrepreneurial class creating wealth, creating good jobs, but at the same time you need a strong government presence to make sure that all of our people receive at least a minimum standard of living."
Translated that means he wants you to be able to bust your ass & make a profit so he can strongarm whatever percentage he sees fit to help out those who he wants to share your earnings with.
Look if my sister is sick & needs medicine & I put a knife to your throat & take 50% of your cash to buy her medicine that's called theft. How the hell is it different when ol' Bernie does it?
What he's calling for is increased government muscle to take a bigger slice of a hopefully bigger pie. & I might have mentioned before that private gun ownership doesn't usually thrill those kinds of folks.
& good grief - I was gonna title this post "Love is a social disease" after an old Bon Jovi tune but I couldn't find a vid for it on Youtube. I did find something else; a commercial for socialism! (Note the name Kennedy being featured. I'm sure there's no blood relation but ideologically they may be twins.)
I can't go on. If I keep dwelling on this it'll make the nightmares I usually have seem like fantasies involving the Solid Gold Dancers & The Fly Girls doing their thing at Ron Paul's inaugural while President Paul announces Milton Friedman is alive & Sec. of Treasury & & Ludwig Von Mises is alive & chairman of the Federal Reserve. I have a feeling I'm already gonna have visions of Hillary-care that my mental blocks won't be able to keep out. Click the link, read the article & fisk it yourself. & be a little more worried than you were before, cause comrade Bernie is an ally of the majority. If it gets too much to bear re-read Rep. Paul's entry in Wikipedia, especially this part. & this one too.
Matter of fact let me leave you with a quote from Mises' Interventionism, An Economic Analysis (1940):
"The usual terminology of political language is stupid. What is 'left' and what is 'right'? Why should Hitler be 'right' and Stalin, his temporary friend, be 'left'? Who is 'reactionary' and who is 'progressive'? Reaction against an unwise policy is not to be condemned. And progress towards chaos is not to be commended. Nothing should find acceptance just because it is new, radical, and fashionable. 'Orthodoxy' is not an evil if the doctrine on which the 'orthodox' stand is sound. Who is anti-labor, those who want to lower labor to the Russian level, or those who want for labor the capitalistic standard of the United States? Who is 'nationalist,' those who want to bring their nation under the heel of the Nazis, or those who want to preserve its independence?"Posted by Publicola at January 3, 2007 04:38 AM | TrackBack