I can’t help but wonder how many of those now cheering the fact that Bernie has once again decided to throw his hat in the presidential ring have bothered to take any amount of time to look beyond all of his promises of ‘free’ and at the rather bizarre history of the man. After all, he is running to be the president of our country. I only ask because it was back in 1985 that old Bernie actually praised countries where people “line up for food,” calling breadlines a “good thing.” Now personally I would think that that might kind of depend on whether you were one of those in line or not.
The video of Bernie making those comments resurfaced on Tuesday after he had announced that he’s running for president in 2020. In the interview from the mid-1980s, Bernie was asked about breadlines in Nicaragua and his support for the socialist Sandinistas who ruled the country at the time. He said, “You know, it’s funny, sometimes American journalists talk about how bad a country is because people are lining up for food.” He added, “That’s a good thing. In other countries people don’t line up for food. The rich get the food, and the poor starve to death.”
Sanders’s presidential campaign will be his second bid for the White House, after losing his Democrat primary bid to Hitlery in 2016. Still, despite losing, Bernie said that his more progressive stances helped push the Democrat Party further to the left in the two years following his loss. It was in an interview just last year that Bernie said, “I can tell you very happily, and I think any objective observer would confirm what I’m saying, is that in the last year and half or so, the Democratic Party has moved in a far more progressive direction than they were before I ran for president.”
In an email to supporters on Tuesday morning, Bernie announced that he will be resurrecting many of the positions he ran on in 2016. He wrote, “Our campaign is about transforming our country and creating a government based on the principles of economic, social, racial, and environmental justice.” Bernie has campaigned on Medicare for All and a $15 minimum wage in the past. I think this time around it will be safe to assume that all manner of ‘free’ stuff will be offered, not only by Bernie, but by all of those who will be running under the ‘Democrat’ banner.
Regarding ‘free’ stuff, of those who have already made their intentions known, regarding 2020, all have made it quite clear that they are not going to be the least bit shy about offering to any of those willing to vote for them everything including the kitchen sink. The Democrat motto for the coming election will likely be. “Free, Free, Free, and even more Free!” I have no doubt that what we’re about to see from the Democrats will be an all-out competition to see who it is that offer the most ‘free’ stuff to the most people in their effort to become the next president.
As for Bernie, he has long been identified as a Democratic Socialist, drawing praise from the more progressive wing of the Democrat Party, including from presidential candidate Peter Buttigieg, now the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, who wrote a prize-winning essay in high school praising Bernie for his “energy, candor, conviction, and ability to bring people together to stand against the current of opportunism, moral compromise, and partisanship which runs rampant on the American political scene.” Last time Buttigieg chose to support Hitlery, maybe this time he’ll feel the ‘Bern.’