Video of the Day: Bernie Sanders and his long history of misleading followers and hiding socialism’s horrors

Via Reason:

Shortly after he was elected mayor of Burlington, Vermont, in 1981, Sanders told a room full of charity workers, “I don’t believe in charities,” because only the government should provide social services to the needy.

He traveled to Nicaragua in 1985 to meet Sandinista leaders, who had installed a socialist government after overthrowing an American-backed dictator. Sanders attended the sixth-anniversary celebration of the Sandinistas’ revolution and praised Nicaraguan president Daniel Ortega.

In 1988, he visited the USSR, three years before it collapsed. After his trip, Sanders praised the Soviets’ social and cultural programs, saying American leaders had much to learn from the communist system. In 1989, Sanders traveled to Cuba to seek a meeting with Fidel Castro—though he ended up settling for the mayor of Havana.

Today, Sanders calls himself a “democratic socialist” and has become a millionaire. He favors single-payer health care, free public college for all, and a $15 minimum wage. And he has distanced himself from some of his former positions in support of the Sandinistas and Castro, pointing instead to Nordic countries as examples to follow.

But one thing has remained constant as Sanders has shifted his focus from Nicaragua, Cuba, and the USSR to Denmark, Finland, and Sweden: In all of these countries, he’s misled his followers about the political and economic realities on the ground.

2 thoughts on “Video of the Day: Bernie Sanders and his long history of misleading followers and hiding socialism’s horrors”

  1. The NY Times used to have anti communist headlines? Will wonders never cease.

    Sanders, go home and wallow in your millions. You refuse to give them away even if you did earn them because fools are willing to buy your book,. if you were sincere, the first thing you would do is give up your millions.

    Socialists go away. Spare me your free” health care”.
    The Democrat party as now constituted – go away.

    Such a disturbing video to watch. And more disturbing is that so many voters want this to happen here.
    Ugh.

  2. Like Raul Castro, Sanders looks better as an old fart than as a young man. Just so you know, that’s a bad sign.

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