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Bernie Sanders: Spend Trillions or America Will Turn to ‘Authoritarianism’

 I have already written against the congealing left-wing conventional wisdom which suggests that, if Democrats don’t get everything they want, then democracy itself has failed. Dan McLaughlin has also weighed in. Alas, this foolhardy notion has already been taken up as a talking point by left-wing politicians. Here’s how Vermont senator Bernie Sanders is attempting to justify the trillions that Democrats want to spend:

It’s on one level disheartening for Sanders to sound like this. He was once a somewhat interestingly heterodox figure, deviating from the Left on guns and immigration. But in his pursuit of and proximity to power, in his two runs for president and now as part of a (narrow) majority in the Senate, he has abandoned his ideological quirks, leaving only the hard-left core of someone willing to mouth talking points from progressive blogs.

On another level, it’s as dishonest as the other left-wing voices who have made this argument. Sanders is not explicitly threatening dictatorship if he doesn’t get what he wants. He’s “just” saying that, if he does not, then some people will conclude that our system doesn’t work, and thereby will be forced to abandon it. Lost on Sanders is the idea of, say, crafting policy on the basis of Democrats’ narrow congressional majorities instead of trying to force a second New Deal or Great Society — whose programs passed with overwhelming congressional approval — on tiny margins in the House and Senate. Or of creating expectations based on those same margins instead of irresponsibly inflating them to exploit the resultant discontent.

And on a third level, Sanders’s second-order threat isn’t even original. When FDR was trying to get his so-called Second Bill of Rights (all economic, all things granted by the state) through Congress in 1944 (Sanders was 2), he engaged in similar demagoguery:

One of the great American industrialists of our day—a man who has rendered yeoman service to his country in this crisis—recently emphasized the grave dangers of “rightist reaction” in this Nation. All clear-thinking businessmen share his concern. Indeed, if such reaction should develop—if history were to repeat itself and we were to return to the so-called “normalcy” of the 1920’s—then it is certain that even though we shall have conquered our enemies on the battlefields abroad, we shall have yielded to the spirit of Fascism here at home.

Bernie Sanders apparently either expects so much of the government spending he wants to see that he thinks it will save America from authoritarianism, or thinks so little of America that it is on the brink of collapse if not for the trillions he is seeking. Either way, it’s partisan hyperbole that should be rejected.

1 comment:

  1. Bernie Sanders is the problem, not the solution.

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    "Thanks to the terrible power of our International Banks, we have forced the Christians into wars without numbers. Wars have a special value for Jews, since Christians massacre each other and make more room for us Jews. Wars are the Jews' Harvest: The Jew banks grow fat on Christian wars. Over 100-million Christians have been swept off the face of the earth by wars, and the end is not yet." -- Rabbi Reichorn, speaking at the funeral of Grand Rabbi Simeon Ben-Iudah, 1869

    "The individual is being replaced by the worship of the community. This is a basic tenet of Communism. The basis of this country’s political system, as is the case with all political systems, is that the group or mob is more important than the individual. Once the individual is destroyed, nothing of value remains. Freedom is impossible to achieve or hold when the group has power over the individual. Critical thinking disappears.
    Since the basis for this groupthink paradigm begins at an early age, it is imperative that any solution sought to remedy this psychotic collective mentality should begin by abolishing compulsory schooling. A daunting task indeed, but necessary if individual intelligence, common morality, and entrepreneurial spirit are to be restored. There is genius in the free individual but only ignorance in the collective mind." Gary D Barnett

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    - Pope Clement VIII, Caeca et obdurate ("Blind Obstinacy", 1593).

    "The master planners devised the strategy of a merger - a Great Merger - among nations. But before such a merger can be consummated, and the United States becomes just another province in a New World Order, there must at least be the semblance of parity among the senior partners in the deal. How does one make the nations of the world more nearly equal? The Insiders determined that a two-prong approach was needed; use American money and know-how to build up your competitors, while at the same time use every devious strategy you can devise to weaken and impoverish this country. The goal is not to bankrupt the United States. Rather, it is to reduce our productive might, and therefore our standard of living, to the meager subsistence level of the socialized nations of the world. The plan is not to bring the standard of living in less developed countries up to our level, but to bring ours down to meet theirs coming up... It is your standard of living which must be sacrificed on the altar of the New World Order."
    --Professor Arnold Toynbee, in a June 1931 speech before the Institute for the Study of International Affairs in Copenhagen.