Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., announced the official launch of his 2020 presidential campaign on Tuesday, and within just 24 hours, he managed to raise a whopping $6 million. Although Sanders joins a crowded field of contenders, many analysts say the 77-year-old Sanders is the frontrunner to be the Democrats' choice to challenge President Trump. Sanders, who nearly defeated Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination in 2016, is a self-described socialist who has been peddling destructive collectivist policies for decades--everything from single-payer health care to punitive taxes and radical climate change agreements. Make no mistake about it, Sanders, who honeymooned in Soviet Russia, wants to fundamentally alter American society and impose a socialist agenda on tens of millions of Americans who want the federal government to stay out of their homes and businesses. Sanders is undoubtedly hoping that his candidacy will benefit from the recent rise of socialism in the United States.
"Socialist!" is no longer a McCarthyite slur. Rather, the fresh celebrity "Squad" of newly elected identity-politics congresswomen – Ilhan Omar, D-Minn.; Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y.; Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass.; and Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich.; – often either claim to be socialists or embrace socialist ideas. A recent Harris poll showed that about half of so-called millennials would like to live in a socialist country. Five years ago, septuagenarian Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., was considered an irrelevant lone socialist in the U.S. Senate – Vermont's trademark contribution to cranky quirkiness. But in 2016 Sanders' improbable Democratic primary run almost knocked off front-runner Hillary Clinton, even as socialist governments were either imploding or stagnating the world over.
Deputy campaign manager and communications director for Joe Biden, Kate Bedingfield weighs in. They want to launch a second American Revolution run by a gigantic government bureaucracy, supported by enormous tax increases, and featuring a massive number of intrusive new government regulations. These revolutionary comrades would have you believe they would turn America into a utopian paradise where poverty would disappear, everyone could get "free stuff" including college degrees and health care, climate change would be halted, and on and on and on. And they claim the only Americans who would suffer would be the super-rich – greedy capitalists whose pockets could be picked to get trillions of dollars every year to pay for all the free goodies for the rest of us. "Workers of the world unite! You have nothing to lose but your chains," Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels wrote in "The Communist Manifesto" in 1848.
Are younger Americans just misinformed or do they believe in these practices? Campus Reform editor-in-chief Cabot Phillips weighs in. Exactly 30 years ago – on Nov. 9, 1989 – the occupants of Berlin tore down the wall that divided their city, marking the beginning of the end for the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics and nearby nations then known as its communist satellites. Within two years, the world's largest socialist economy would also crumble in Russia, and the satellites gradually fell out of orbit and abandoned socialism as well. East Germany and East Berlin ceased to exist when a united Germany and united Berlin were created.
The Republican National Committee Thursday attacked Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., after a CNN report detailed the self-described Democratic socialist's calls to nationalize "utilities, banks and major industries" while leading a far-left political party in the 1970s. "If there were any doubt that Democrats are the party of socialism ..." RNC spokesman Michael Ahrens said in a tweet linking to the report, which detailed Sanders' political positions as the standard-bearer of Vermont's Liberty Union Party. During the 1970s, Sanders ran for public office a total of four times as the Liberty Union Party's nominee -- twice for governor and twice for U.S. Senate. During that period, Sanders called for a 100 percent tax on incomes above $1 million, reasoning that no one could spend more than that in a lifetime. He also called for "socialized medicine," "the public ownership of utilities, banks and major industries," and said corporations that attempt to leave towns and cities should be converted into "worker-controlled enterprises" through "legislation which will bring about the public ownership of the major means of production."