If there is no “ideological divide” then why was Bernie “the Independent Senator from Vermont” for so long?
While speaking with MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell, DNC Chair Tom Perez says that there is no “ideological divide” between Bernie’s “democratic socialism” and the mainstream of the Democratic Party.
PEREZ: Well, you know, I think the real thing that folks understand is that what unites us far exceeds what our differences are. There’s no ideological divide on the need to ensure that people with preexisting conditions keep their health care. There’s no ideological divide about the need to ensure we hold pharmaceutical companies accountable so that we can lower the cost of prescription drugs. There’s no ideological divide on the need to make sure that one good job should be enough. The differences between the Democratic Party candidates and Donald Trump, whoever the nominee is, are 100%.
DNC Chair TomPerez "there is no ideological divide" within the Democratic Party over Bernie Sanders' Socialist policies. pic.twitter.com/2v7lHg9zE0
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The thing is, Bernie hasn’t been sufficiently queried on his views that weren’t just “democratic” socialist, but all-in communist at some points. Meanwhile, he’s been praised for his consistency in his ideology.
It makes people wonder… which of Bernie’s views (if any) have changed?
Back in January of 2016, Paul Sperry wrote an article in the New York Post highlighting some of Bernie’s more collectivist and pro-communist beliefs.
He begins the piece this way:
Mainstreaming Sanders requires whitewashing his radical pro-communist past. It won’t be easy to do.
If Sanders were vying for a Cabinet post, he’d never pass an FBI background check. There’d be too many subversive red flags popping up in his file. He was a communist collaborator during the height of the Cold War.
Source: New York Post
Yet, making Bernie mainstream is precisely what the Democrats have done and are continuing to do because… Orange Man Bad.
Here’s a summary of what Sperry noted in his article:
- 1964 while attending the University of Chicago, Sanders joined the Young People’s Socialist League, the youth wing of the Socialist Party USA.
- organized the United Packinghouse Workers Union, a communist front organization that was under investigation by the House Committee on Un-American Activities at that time.
- after graduating, Bernie moved to Vermont and headed up the American People’s History Society, a Marxist propaganda outfit.
- the American People’s History Society under Bernie produced “a glowing documentary on the life of socialist revolutionary Eugene Debs.” Debs was jailed for espionage under the Red Scare and Bolsheviks called him “America’s Greatest Marxist.” As of 2016, Sanders had a photo of Debs in his Senate office.
- in the 1970s, Sanders started the Liberty Union Party, which called for the nationalization of all US banks and the public takeover of all private utility companies.
- when he was the mayor of Burlington, “he restricted property rights for landlords, set price controls and raised property taxes to pay for communal land trusts.”
- in 1985, Bernie traveled to Managua to celebrate the “heroic revolution” which brought to power the Marxist-Leninist Sandinista government. He also violated America’s antii-communist policy by writing a letter to the Sandinistas denouncing the Reagan administration’s backing of the Contra rebels.
- Sanders also lobbied the government to end the proxy war and adopted Managua as a sister city. He even invited Sandinista leader Daniel Ortega to visit.
- the much-touted “honeymoon” in the USSR was actually a visit to a Soviet “sister city” to Burlington shortly after he was married.
- in 1989, right before the U.S. won the Cold War, Bernie addressed the US Peace Council — a known front for the Communist Party USA.
Bernie’s policies are taken from what he admires from the former Soviet Union, Cuba, Nicaragua, and all of the other places where socialism has failed. (Or not “properly implemented” as the Ché-shirt wearing crowd would say.)
He wants to:
- nationalize healthcare
- put drug companies out of business
- break up big banks
- control the energy industry
- give out “free” college tuition
- a “living wage”
- guaranteed housing and jobs through big government projects
How will he pay for it? Taxes, taxes, taxes, of course!
- “The rich” will pay first — 90% or more tax rate
- “Speculation” tax on Wall Street trades
- Green New Deal-style “carbon” tax on pretty much everything
So, is Tom Perez saying that the Democratic Party supports these positions? After all, he says that there is “no ideological divide” between mainstream Democrats and Bernie, and it’s looking more and more like that’s true.