Today the Washington Post presented “Inside Bernie Sanders’s 1988 10-day ‘honeymoon’ in the Soviet Union,” an oddly timed hit piece—yes, I think that’s fair—showing a deluded, middle-aged ,anti-American politician gawking with approval at the marvels of Communism while slamming his own country and ignoring the obvious signs that the worker’s paradise is crumbling around him. Here’s a sample:
The just-married socialist mayor from Vermont was on what he called “a very strange honeymoon,” an official 10-day visit to the communist country, and he was enthralled with the hospitality and the lessons that could be brought home. “Let’s take the strengths of both systems,” he said upon completing the trip. “Let’s learn from each other.”…As he stood on Soviet soil, Sanders, then 46 years old, criticized the cost of housing and health care in the United States, while lauding the lower prices — but not the quality — of that available in the Soviet Union. Then, 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.
“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.”
…Sanders had visited Nicaragua in 1985 and hailed the revolution led by Daniel Ortega, which President Ronald Reagan opposed. “I was impressed,” Sanders said then of Ortega, while allowing that “I will be attacked by every editorial writer for being a dumb dope.” At the same time, Sanders voiced admiration for the Cuban revolution led by Fidel Castro, whom Reagan and many others in both parties routinely denounced.
Sanders, in turn, said Americans dismissed socialist and communist regimes because they didn’t understand the poverty faced by many in Third World countries. “The American people, many of us, are intellectually lazy,” Sanders said in a 1985 interview with a Burlington television station.
Do read the whole thing. Then explain to me how any party that has substantial numbers of supporters enthralled by someone like this can be trusted…well, to take care of a cat over a weekend. Bernie wasn’t 17 when he acted and spoke this way; it was 31 years ago, but there are no signs that he has changed. He was young leftist fool then, and is an old one now. Yet he is currently second only to clueless old Joe Biden in polls of Democratic Presidential candidates, and worse, his demonstrably bad ideas are the ones most of the rest of the field are advocating to appeal to the young programmed leftists the colleges are vomiting into the voter pools.
Some related observations:
- None of this is news. I knew about Bernie and his “honeymoon” in 2015; it wasn’t hard to find out about. Why does the Post pretend that its crack investigative Woodsteins have extracted another scoop?
Where was this article during the 2016 campaign?
- I hear that Hillary Clinton’s minions are really good at digging up dirt—or manufacturing it—on political opponents. Have you heard that? Funny: Hillary didn’t mention Bernie’s love affair with Stalin’s Children during the debates, or at any other point. Odd, because the many ignorant Democrats voting in the primaries and listening to Bernie’s blather about free, well, everything might have wanted to know that the guy never met a Communist regime he didn’t admire.
Well, maybe not that odd, because Hillary needed an opponent, and she knew the nomination was rigged.
- Why the hit piece now? It couldn’t be, could it, that the Post knows that the Democrats risk handing another term to the man they detest if they nominate a Socialist, so it is trying to clear the path for the most electable—dim, hypocritical, creaky and ever-groping, but electable (and how disturbing is THAT?)—Joe Biden by finally spilling the red beans bout Bernie—beans that should have been spilled, cooked and devoured long ago?
Nah, the mainstream news media Big Boys don’t try to manipulate public opinion, the electorate and elections! How could you suggest such a thing?
- It is remarkable, isn’t it, that the same party that has been exploiting the false accusation that the President had conspired with Russia to try to take him down is dominated by a man who openly admired the far more sinister and oppressive incarnation of the same nation?
To be fair, Sanders has been very quiet about “Russiagate.” To be really fair, no wonder.
- The existence of a Bernie Sanders as any kind of serious influence on national politics, not to mention a viable Presidential candidate, shows how negligent and incompetent those entrusted with our core ideals, values and institutions have been since Bernie’s honeymoon, allowing our educators, popular culture, scholars and opinion leaders to drift away from a belief in America and what it was designed to stand for, dragging our young along with them.