Bernie’s Soviet Honeymoon- Another Brick In The Wall.

Bernie's Soviet Honeymoon

It’s been a long road for Bernie Sanders, starting from Point A to B, and not a pleasant one. From his love for the Cuban Revolution to the time President John F. Kennedy made him “nauseous”, it is clear that this is not a man whose values are in line with that of most of America. Just the same, whenever you look at a person, you’ve got to take a whole lifetime’s worth of events into account. Nobody got where they were going overnight, and to an extent, fate takes us where it will, but one thing is for certain.

In the end, we all have to take responsibility for ourselves.

We’ve got to own our choices and their consequences too. If former judge Roy Moore of Kentucky, for example, molests a 14-year old girl, he has no one but himself to blame for his political prospects being dampened later and Democrat Doug Jones taking the Senate seat he wanted. People change, but rarely to that extent. We are who we are, as the old song goes. A leopard never changes his spots.

Where is all this going, you ask? Back in time to Moscow, on the honeymoon of Jane and Bernie Sanders.

There he is, folks. The man with no shirt, drunkenly bawling out “This Land Is Your Land” to the Soviets, is the same guy who wants to be our next president.

This cannot be allowed.

This is obviously not a recent video, but it’s important nonetheless. It is a foundational part of a career-long flirtation with socialism that has distorted people’s views of it all over the world and added a good deal of confusion to what is already one of the most muddled topics discussed by the human race, making it even more of a gigantic hodgepodge.

The Nordic countries, for example, according to Bernie are “Democratic Socialist” countries.

They are not. And for the record, they find it offensive to say that.

The social democracies of the Baltic states run their country according to free-market principles just the same as we American Democrats do, it’s just that they take care of their citizens also. This is what every liberal wants, and has since before the time of Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal. It’s called Social Democracy.

Before anyone tries chalking that up as semantics, please stop to consider among other things the five million people slaughtered in Russia during the first Five-Year Plan implemented by the Bolsheviks.

Consider also that the Nordics themselves, who managed to create a model for the rest of us, consider it offensive when Americans refer to their social democratic system as socialism.

The ex-president of Denmark wrote to Bernie in 2016, saying he was “Sick of his Socialist Slurs“, and asking him specifically to stop calling their governmental systems by the incorrect and politically loaded term socialism.

Here at Millennial Democrats, we certainly can understand and thoroughly agree with anyone who is advocating a closer study of the Nordic model. But we have to draw the line when it comes time to sling mud at it. It’s important to be respectful. Call people what they want to be called, call things by the correct names they are given by their creators. “Democratic” socialism is not the correct term. Social democracy is.

In Europe, socialism is another word for communism. Communism ravaged Europe. We can look at the twelve former Soviet satellite states for a model here. Every state that bought into Soviet thinking is doing horribly now, worse than any other region of the world. The innards of deep Africa are on an upward trajectory, economically speaking, but not Moldova or Belarus. In America, we say that the Soviets were “communist”, but this is not truly accurate. What they really had over there was centralized socialism, which Bernie praises all the way.

As he campaigns for president a second time, Bernie keeps trying to take credit for moving the party to the left. This is not really fair; it’s more of jumping on the bandwagon that real Democrats have been building up since before World War Two. Donald Trump also has a lot to do with the party’s leftward swing, if only because he is so utterly revolting; people want to be where he is not, regardless of where that is.

Either way, Bernie says he is the torchbearer, but he now is finding he has plenty of competition among his mostly-younger and more effective peers in the upcoming American 2020 presidential election. He is not the only one with a health care plan anymore. As a result, Sanders has been relying on personal history, where decades of past stubbornness do indeed prove that he’s been singing the same song all his life. His march with Martin Luther King Jr. is a standard; that one got him booed off the stage of the “She the People” event last week.

As he stood on Soviet soil, Sanders at the age of 46 is seen criticizing the cost of housing and health care in the United States, while lauding the Soviet Union. There, at a banquet attended by about 100 people, “Sanders blasted the way the United States had intervened in other countries, stunning one of those who had accompanied him.” (2)

“I got really upset and walked out,” said David F. Kelley, who had helped arrange the trip and was the only Republican in Sanders’s entourage. “When you are a critic of your country, you can say anything you want on home soil. At that point, the Cold War wasn’t over, the arms race wasn’t over, and I just wasn’t comfortable with it.”

Well, Mr. Kelley, you are not alone.

Going forward, we’ve got to keep the pressure on, raising awareness about what kind of a guy the formerly unknown entity Bernie Sanders is. This guy and his crazy followers rioted in the streets of Philadelphia for no reason and at the behest of Russians back in 2016, as Hillary Clinton went to go accept her nomination. They will do it again as sure as you’re born. Letting people know why they need to stand against this left-wing demagogue is important.

That video really says it all.

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How the GOP Grew Gangrenous- Racism and Reaction, Part 2.

Racism and Reaction

II. Racism and Reaction

In our times, the Republican Party has always made it a policy to resist change of all kinds, regardless of how high the cost of remaining static. Their agenda is completely negative. They can’t get anything done, because they don’t know what they want to do. They only know what they don’t want to do. This is why their party is failing and they have all been deserted in favor of Donald Trump.

An NBC/WSJ  poll released Thursday reveals that more Republican voters consider themselves a “supporter of Donald Trump” rather than a “supporter of the Republican Party.”

The Republicans have been appealing to a white-voter strategy for a long time now, because the status quo they are desperately defending only suits white men. That poll is the dividends that strategy has reaped for them. Nor have they learned from their mistakes. If you try and discuss it with them, they’ve got an extremely disingenuous defense.

Soldiers of Misfortune

Republicans like to deflect against the accusations of racism and reaction by bringing up Abraham Lincoln, who signed the Emancipation Proclamation that ended slavery. Surely, no member of the Grand Old Party of Lincoln could ever be a racist! Perish the thought!

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President Abraham Lincoln

However, the spirit that animated the forcible ending of slavery has been gone from the Grand Old Party since at least the time of Franklin Roosevelt.  Its opposite holds sway there now, and it has for a very long time. In point of fact, every aspect of modern Republican policy is a direct betrayal of President Lincoln and all he stood for.

Furthermore, it’s not just racism.

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Former Chief Justice Antonin Scalia, 1936-2016

The living personification of this tendency, Antonin Scalia, died last year. While he was here, he was anti- gay, anti- black, anti- immigrant, anti- everything. The only thing he was for, was the death penalty. And the GOP was so desperate to find someone in that mold to replace him, that they obstructed President Barack Obama’s selection, Merrick Garland, for nearly a year, staking everything on the hope of retaking the White House.

That set the stage for what is certain to be a worsening and miserable tug-of-war, in which it becomes automatic policy on the part of both parties to harass and obstruct the other.

It is the opinion of Millennial Democrats that the death of Scalia drove them into a terrible panic, one they resorted to the desperate measure of Trump and the Russians to escape from. They knew full well that without him, it was going to be far harder to stem the rising tides. But why are these changing tides so threatening to them?

Political analysts Thomas Mann and Norman Ornstein did a study several years ago, attempting to discover why change in America comes so hard. Here is what they concluded.

“The Republican Party has become ideologically extreme; contemptuous of the
inherited social and economic policy regime; scornful of compromise; unpersuaded by
conventional understanding of facts, evidence, and science; and dismissive of the legitimacy
of its political opposition.”

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The Gangrenous GOP
In other words, the problem in this country is the Republicans.

Mann and Ornstein pointed out that the two parties moved symmetrically apart from the 1960s to the 1980s. Around then, however, the GOP began to shoot rightward, as hard as it could. More and more of them abandoned the sanity that characterizes the center. That tendency has led us to our current situation, in which we’ve become so polarized that half the country would prefer the Russians be in power than the Democrats, as evidenced by the chaos on social media and elsewhere this past year.

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Driving Miss Daisy

The racist and reactionary rightward movement of the GOP has been driven like Ms. Daisy, into this continuous state of worsening polarization. Everywhere the Republicans are in control, is an awful place to live.

The state of Missouri passed a law this year making it more difficult for victims of hate crimes to sue it for damages, leading to a new precedent being set by the NAACP, who issued an actual travel advisory to people of color, people with disabilities, and even women, stating in no uncertain terms that Missouri was no longer a safe place for them to be, and that they will now have to look out for themselves, while traveling through their own country. What a sickening state of affairs.

It is the opinion of Millennial Democrats that you can add to that list, anyone with long hair or an unconventional sense of style, and even people with license plates from blue states. The author of this article was once treated very badly by police officers in Arkansas, for no other reason than the California license plates on the vehicle in which he rode. The cop, who right down to his mustache looked like an obese Hitler, made sure that message was clear, along with another: Stay out of town. Do not EVER come back here again.

Selma, Alabama Civil Rights March

And while other states in the region may not have passed recent and specific legislation necessitating the issuance of another such advisory, let’s keep it real. The South is the South. We’ve all seen Selma, and we’ve all seen Easy Rider. Be careful.

Miles Demos, abused in Arkansas

 

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Electoral College Map, 1896

The U.S. electoral map we’ve come to find familiar, with the Democrats dominating on the East and West Coasts, and the Republicans running shop in the south and center of the country, is recent. In the past few elections, rich states have gone for the Democrats and poor states have voted Republican- a sickening irony, if ever there was one- but even a mere thirty years ago no such pattern existed. And a hundred years ago, things looked different entirely.

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Electoral College Map, 2000

The picture above shows the electoral map of 1896, one of the years historians consider pivotal in the timeline of the ideological shift of the GOP. Almost without exception, the states which went Republican in 1896 supported Democrat Al Gore, by the year 2000.

Meanwhile, nearly all the states that went blue in 1896, moved in the other direction. This seems unusual to us. We are used to the idea of liberal Democrats living in the city, and conservative Republicans making their dwellings in more rural areas. This is how it has always been, for millennials, but it used to be exactly the opposite. So the question begs asking. What happened?

In order to shed light on this, we will have to look closely at the turn of the twentieth century, and the circumstances surrounding the coming to power of Theodore Roosevelt. Some of the same changes were taking place then as now, such as large scale immigration from places such as South America, Eastern Europe, and Syria. The manner in which they were handled by this president did a great deal to set the stage for the hundred years that followed, and the modern era. In the next chapter, we will take a closer look at this.

Theodore Roosevelt