Many people think of Bernie Sanders as a political ‘phenomenon’ and that accounts for his continual rise in popularity. I, on the other hand, consider him an ‘enigma’, because his growing popularity is a mystery based on his lack of accomplishments and radical ideological history. He is against everything America stands for, yet, many are ready to risk their way of life and future to support him. He’s their Pied Piper.
Bernie was born in New York City, NY, in 1941. He graduated from the University of Chicago in 1964 with a degree in Political Science. He says he was a mediocre student because he considered the classroom irrelevant, that real life experience was more important than “boring” formal education. He has always been very outspoken when it comes to his belief in Socialism, combined with his relentless drive and motivation to convert our Republic to a Socialized state. Many people find this an attractive alternative to our current system because they refuse to ask hard questions and search for the truth about Socialism. They will continue to find it more attractive until they no longer have it! By then, it will be too late.
Throughout his college days, he was a very committed Communist activist. Throughout the 1970’s, he spoke many times (including several TV interviews) of his support for Cuba’s Fidel Castro and his Communist state. In addition to his strong belief for communism in Cuba, in 1979 he took it a step further: “In 1979, Iran took 70 Americans hostage for 444 days. Most of America united, but one politician stood alone, Socialist Workers Party leader, Bernie Sanders. He supported the Ayatollah Khomeini who was against the US, condemned President Carter for imperialism and accused hostages of being CIA spies.” Continuing his support for communism, in 1988, Bernie and his future wife (2nd) went to Russia to take their marriage vows and a 10-day honeymoon. Since then, he softened his tone on Communism, but openly retained his position on Socialism.
In 1971, Bernie joined the Myrtle Hill Commune where, instead of doing his share of work (something expected in a commune setting), he sat around day and night discussing politics and his Socialist views. Over time, many of the commune’s members turned against him and in 1971, he was forcibly removed (by Police- photo below) for being lazy and not working. He finally got his first actual paying job in 1981 (age 40) when he became mayor of Burlington, Vt. Up to that point, his second wife (married 1968) supported him financially, almost entirely. He was reelected as mayor two more times. He won an at-large seat to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1990 and served for 16 years before being elected to the U.S. Senate in 2006 and has been there since. Since he went to Congress in 1990, Sanders only sponsored 15 concurrent House resolutions and 15 Senate resolutions, two of which passed. Once a bill/resolution (actually the same) is passed by both houses and signed by the president, they become law. Only one other long sitting Congressman shares Bernie’s low bill passage record. Note: “When bills are passed in identical form by both Chambers of Congress and signed by the president, they become laws. … There is no real difference between a joint resolution and a bill.”
After researching dozens of documents on Bernie’s background, one area of information that was glaringly missing: Credentials and Experience to be president? His absence of knowledge in the areas of Economics, Foreign Affairs, and the Military are extremely problematic and could seriously damage this Republic. He has below average practical/working political knowledge. He has somewhat more experience in the legislative process in both houses of Congress, but that does not necessarily serve him well because he has always taken the position of an oppositional antagonist! So much so, in 1991 he founded the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) while in the House of Representatives. Since then, the CPC has grown in popularity and taken on more relevance.
Sanders 2020 Campaign Platform/Promises:
A Welcoming and Safe America for All
Medicare for All (My Comment: not Medicare, but government ‘single payer’.)
Green New Deal
College For All
Expand Social Security
Housing for All
Honoring Our Commitment to Veterans
Free Child Care and Pre-K for All
Justice and Safety for All
Eliminating Medical Debt
Eliminating Student Debt
Reinvest in Public Education
Fair Banking for All
Tax on Extreme Wealth
(Source for expanded details of each): https://berniesanders.com/issues/
Although this is a much abbreviated synopsis of Sanders political life, it is enough to raise numerous questions. My biggest question is: How will he hold up (mentally and physically) performing the duties of president when he still hasn’t actually held a full time job? Congress takes nearly as many vacation days a year as they have actual working days. Presidents begin their work day at 7:00 am and more often than not, work late into the night, six, sometimes seven days a week. How will a 78 year old man who recently had a heart attack do that, especially when he is not used to working a full day? Further, how will he effectively introduce new policies and programs that are good for this country and the American people, considering he lacked the vision or willingness to produce bills during his tenure in Congress? Lastly, do we want this country converted to Socialism via Presidential Executive Orders?
The Democrats are not offering any viable candidates for president in 2020. Of those running, Bernie’s position is the farthest from following the Founding Fathers intent and vision for this country. If he doesn’t get the Democrat nomination at the Democrat National Convention four months from now, it is my belief he will split from the party and run as an Independent.