Bernie Sanders


The Democratic Party is moving further to the political left, and adjectives like Socialist are no longer being avoided.  Some of the candidates who are being enthusiastically promoted by the party are indistinguishable from communists.  For years, the Democratic Party platform has been completely out of sync with the American mainstream, even though it has the reliable support of the national news media.  Mr. Sanders calls himself a socialist, but he is indistinguishable from a communist.


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Bernie Sanders Secures Support from Half of Senate Democrats In Bid to Defund the Pentagon.  Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) on Wednesday [7/22/2020] touted securing the support of half of the Senate Democrats for his amendment to defund the Pentagon by 10 percent and invest in "distressed communities" instead.  Sanders' amendment to cut 10 percent of the Pentagon's budget to invest in "human needs" gained support from 23 members of the Senate Democrat Caucus — half of the 45 Democrats in the Senate.

Beware the Biden-Sanders radical lefty manifesto.  Joe Biden signed the death warrant for his campaign last week, even if he doesn't know it.  The joint manifesto he released with Bernie Sanders is 110 pages of radical far-left policies — from a job-killing $2 trillion climate agenda to eliminating cash bail and dismantling border protection.  It betrays the working-class voters Biden claims to represent and destroys any pretense that he is a "moderate."  As Sanders has boasted, Biden would be "the most progressive president since FDR."  Well-meaning people might stick their fingers in their ears and vote for Biden out of nostalgia for a Democratic Party that no longer exists or out of exhaustion at the relentless anti-Trump barrage.

Cry the Beloved Country.  [Scroll down]  No socialist country ever produces equal results.  If it worked here, with equal results for all, then everyone would be a millionaire with three houses, just like Bernie Sanders, who fled the diversity of Brooklyn, New York, for lily-White Vermont.  That is why millions have risked their lives to get here, whether sneaking in steerage aboard rickety boats crossing the Atlantic to the Statue of Liberty or paying coyotes to smuggle them in down south, even desperately lunging across the border in their ninth month of pregnancy, like a football quarterback trying to lunge into the end zone from the one-yard line, so that their unaborted fetus can come out on American soil. [...] Who on earth desperately tries to immigrate into China, into Russia (other than Edward Snowden), into Cuba (other than FBI-wanted Black Panther terrorist and murderer Joanne Chesimard), into Venezuela?  When Germany was divided after World War II, the wall was erected to prevent people from fleeing communist/socialist East Germany to the capitalist West.  Who tries to flee from South Korea to North Korea?  The massive, never-ending onslaught onto our borders demonstrates our country's unique greatness.

Defund the police?  How many sharks can the Democrats jump?  No normal person needs an explanation of how profoundly stupid and unpopular is the idea of defunding or disbanding our local police forces.  Yet that idea has speedily established a foothold in today's Democratic Party less than five months out from a presidential election they are desperate to win.  Does this make sense?  It makes sense if you appreciate how thoroughly the party's ostensibly "moderate" leadership has lost control to its extreme left wing.  Future historians will make careers out of examining how the party got to this point.  One thing they may likely conclude is that allowing an avowed socialist who was not even a member of the party to seek the party's presidential nomination in 2016 was a watershed event.  Bernie Sanders' trick, of course, was to tack "democratic" in front of "socialist".

Sanders Dismisses Progressive Calls to Defund Police, Says Departments Need More Resources.  Senator Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) broke from progressive counterparts in calls to defund the police, saying instead that the country needs "well-trained, well-educated, and well-paid professionals in police departments."  Sanders addressed progressive critics who viewed him as an obstacle to growing calls for defunding the police in the wake of national unrest following the death of George Floyd in a New Yorker interview published Tuesday [6/9/2020].

As Biden struggles, Hillary waits for the call.  Democrats' obstacle to pushing Biden aside is Bernie Sanders.  The Vermont senator was the runner-up in the primaries, and continues to hold onto his delegates.  Democratic leaders do not want to see Sanders resurgent; they are convinced he is unelectable.  But they also know that if they move to replace Biden at the top of the ticket, and don't elevate Sanders, the Bernie Bros would revolt.  Indeed, it seems clear that party officials are so worried Sanders might stage another run that they cancelled the 224-delegate rich New York State primary.  They claimed the vote would have been dangerous in that epicenter of COVID-19, but since they still plan to host a primary for state and local officials, that excuse seems weak.

Coronavirus closers, a Jonestown redux.  [Scroll down]  Fast forward 42 years.  The opiate of the masses is still socialism, along with pot and, of course, opiates.  When they're not physiologically high, they're emotionally high on promises of "equity" and "social justice," self-medicating themselves into a delirium that sounds good in theory (once you swallow the big bitter pill that people deserve something different than what they earn) but never works in practice.  For the first time, in America anyway, the pushers of this druggy dream almost won this year.  They almost nominated an avowed socialist for president.  This guy admired the Castro regime and honeymooned in the Soviet Union.  Like Jim Jones, he ranted about American capitalism and imperialism.  He didn't win the nomination, but by his own account he pushed the Democrats far leftward toward socialism.

Will the Republican Establishment Survive the Coronavirus?  The coronavirus has brought this question into focus like never before.  Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), a supposed populist of the Left, dropped out in a humiliating and shameful surrender, right in the middle of an economic catastrophe that threatens to wipe out what is left of the working class he claims to champion.  For his part, Donald Trump has not turned out to be, so far, as aggressive a populist as some might have expected.

Bernie Sanders endorses Joe Biden after dropping out of the 2020 race.  Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont officially endorsed former Vice President Joe Biden in the 2020 presidential race on Monday [4/13/2020].  "We've got to make Trump a one-term president, and we need you in the White House," Sanders said in a livestreamed video with Biden.  Sanders, a progressive firebrand who hit the ground running with a series of wins in early primary and caucus states, dropped out of the race on Wednesday after failing to pick up momentum, making Biden the presumptive Democratic nominee.

Sanders endorses Biden for president.  Ex-Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) endorsed former rival Joe Biden during a virtual event Monday [4/13/2020].  "We need you in the White House.  I will do all that I can to see that that happens, Joe," Sanders told Biden during the former vice president's virtual event on the coronavirus.  "Today, I am asking all Americans — I'm asking every Democrat, I'm asking every independent, I'm asking a lot of Republicans — to come together in this campaign to support your candidacy, which I endorse," Sanders added.

Report: Obama Had 'Long Conversations' With Bernie Sanders, Pressed Him Out Of Primary Race.  Former President Barack Obama "nudged" Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) out of the race for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, holding "long conversations" with the Vermont socialist over the last couple of weeks, trying his best to press Sanders out of the primary in service of defeating President Donald Trump.  "For months, [Obama] kept in close contact with senior party officials, in hopes of preventing a repeat of the protracted and nasty 2016 primary race," the Chicago Tribune reported Tuesday, echoing suggestions from earlier in the year that Obama was playing a considerable "behind the scenes" role, streamlining the race for the Democratic nod.

Sanders campaign reps revolt after Sanders endorses Biden, openly attack former vice president.  Bernie Sanders endorsed Joe Biden for president on Monday, but any illusions that the move would bring an end to long-simmering tensions between the Democratic Party's liberal and moderate wings quickly evaporated in a matter of minutes.  Briahna Joy Gray, who served as Sanders' national press secretary, and prominent Sanders surrogate Shaun King immediately took aim at Biden — and they made it clear just how much the former vice president's platform differed from Sanders' longstanding policy goals.

What Bernie Sanders accomplished while failing again.  Bernie Sanders pulled off an impressive failure in his doomed, five-year quixotic quest to become the presidential nominee of the party he's refused to join.  A failure because he did not become the Democratic Party's pick — twice.  Amazing because in losing again, the democratic socialist almost single-handedly succeeded in coaxing, pushing and drawing the party of Andrew Jackson far to the left of where it needs to be to win a normal White House assignment from American voters.

Bernie supporters' next steps: 'I will NEVER vote for Joe Biden'.  Joe Biden quietly secured the Democrat Party's nomination this week after socialist Bernie Sanders abruptly suspended his campaign.  However, Biden faces an uphill battle to unite his splintered party because many Bernie supporters refuse to vote for Joe.  After the Democratic Party rigged the 2016 primary election in Hillary Clinton's favor, many Bernie Bros were so enraged that they either voted for Donald Trump out of spite or didn't vote at all.

You May Have Thought Bernie Left the Race; He Actually Did Something Far More Dangerous.  ou may have noticed there was something peculiar about Sen. Bernie Sanders' announcement on Wednesday that he was suspending his campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination. [...] Sanders calls Biden a very decent man, but he does not endorse him.  Then, he tells viewers he will remain on the ballot and will continue to gather as many delegates as possible at the convention.  Hmmm.  What's Bernie up to?

Bidenites mock and insult grieving Bernie voters — and expect party unity.  The screams of the Bernie Sanders supporters are all over, now that their socialist hero has decided to pull out of the presidential race. [...] Biden supporters are mocking, taunting, kicking, and insulting the Bernie-ite voters while they are grieving and down, even though the Democratic nominee needs their votes to win.

Jill Biden celebrates Sanders dropping out: 'We can finally get to work'.  Dr. Jill Biden rejoiced to supporters about Sen. Bernie Sanders' decision to withdraw from the Democratic primary, officially making her husband, Joe, the party's presumptive nominee.  "Thank goodness we can finally get to work!" Biden told donors at a virtual coffee fundraising event Wednesday [4/8/2020].  "We could never presume that before.  This has all been all brand new and happened so, so quickly," she continued.  The former second lady took part in the campaign event just hours after the Democratic socialist announced that he would be withdrawing from the race, citing his lack of a path to the nomination.

Bernie Sanders, Sellout.  Yesterday [4/8/2020], Vermont senator Bernie Sanders officially dropped out of the race for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.  Despite early successes in Iowa, New Hampshire, and Nevada, Sanders failed to put up much of a fight against Joe Biden after the latter convincingly won South Carolina.  And so, for the second campaign in a row, he has come up short against a weak but well-known presumptive front-runner.

Donald Trump Welcomes Bernie Sanders Supporters to Republican Party.  President Donald Trump opened his arms to supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) on Wednesday [4/8/2020], noting that they both agreed on trade issues. [...] Trump suggested that supporters of Sanders were cheated by the Democrat establishment.  "This ended just like the Democrats & the DNC wanted, same as the Crooked Hillary fiasco," Trump wrote.

Bernie fought the law and the law won.  The Democrats have managed to strangle dissent within the party and smother Sen. Bernard Sanders' vibrant crusade in the crib — for the second time in four years.  Yet again, The Man won.  Doddering, bewildered and bumbling former Vice President Joseph R. Biden "will be the nominee," Mr. Sanders told supporters in a strange quarantine video Wednesday [4/8/2020].  Four years ago, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was The Man and she used every pulse of power inside the Democratic National Committee to strongarm the nomination away from Mr. Sanders.

Why now? Sanders' abrupt dropout came ahead of more bad news likely for campaign.  Sanders has always stressed that his two presidential campaigns were more than just that — that they were a political revolution.  And on Wednesday [4/8/2020], the senator emphasized that "while this campaign is coming to an end, our movement is not... the fight for justice is what our campaign has been about.  The fight for justice is what our movement remains about."

Bernie Sanders Is Suspending His Presidential Campaign.  Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders suspended his 2020 presidential campaign Wednesday, bowing to the commanding delegate lead former Vice President Joe Biden established.  "I wish I could give you better news, but I think you know the truth.  And that is that we are now some 300 delegates behind Vice President Biden, and the path toward victory is virtually impossible," Sanders told supporters in livestreamed remarks, shortly after he had broken the news to campaign staff.

Nominate Biden, blame Bernie.  Over at Jeff Bezos's Tax Write Off, Washington Post reporters Sean Sullivan, Michael Scherer, and David Weigel filed, "Bernie Sanders now adamant he's staying in the presidential race.  Many Dems fear a reprise of their 2016 defeat."  The gist is Biden will lose and it is all Bernie's fault.  The argument is Bernie cost Hillary the 2016 election and by staying in the race, he will cost Biden in 2020.  Philippe Reines, a lackey of Hillary, said in Paragraph 4, "It's the equivalent of a World War II kamikaze pilot.  They have no better option than to plow into USS Biden."  Paragraph 17 said, "Although Sanders personally is not waging a scorched-earth campaign against Biden, some of his most visible supporters continue to rail against the former vice president's policy ideas and question his cognitive abilities — a trend that worries party leaders."  Way down in Paragraphs 27, 28, and 29, readers discover what the real problem is.  Ideas.  It is not that Bernie is a kamikaze pilot.  It is that Bernie is a communist taking over the party.

Poll: 15 Percent of Bernie Supporters Will Vote for Trump Over Biden.  A new ABC News/Washington Post opinion poll has some very bad news for former Vice President Joe Biden.  If he secures the Democratic presidential nomination — which he will, of course — a full 15 percent of Bernie Sanders supporters plan to cast their vote for President Donald Trump's reelection.  That's extremely troubling for Biden, because in 2016, only 12% of Bernie's supporters broke for Trump after their guy's historic intraparty fight with Hillary Clinton.  But, USA Today reports, there's some good news in there. [...]

Sanders Didn't Have What It Takes.  The Bernie Sanders revolution is about to wind down and be sold for spare parts.  This is happening in part because Sanders suffers from an unwillingness to fight for it.  Many of Sanders's supporters are going to be bitter that Joe Biden is defeating him while constantly lying and dissembling about his own record as a senator and about his own positions since then. [...] Biden has been willing to lie about his own record to win.  Sanders has been unwilling to tell hard truths about Biden's record.

Briahna Joy
Why Can't Liberals Do Arithmetic?  Who can forget the wonderful moment on MSNBC when Brian Williams and a guest from the New York Times Editorial Board assured us that Michael Bloomberg's $500 million campaign spending worked out to $1 million for each one of the 327 million people in the United States?  That was mind-numbingly stupid, but Bernie Sanders' press secretary has equaled it, curiously with another 500 million mistake:  [Tweet]  There are not 500 million Americans, let alone 500 million who go bankrupt each year, let alone 500 million who go bankrupt on account of medical expenses.  It is hard to understand where Ms. Gray got her 500 million figure.


Why not $3,000?  Why not $10,000?
Bernie Sanders proposes $2,000 per month check to every household.  Sen. Bernard Sanders said Tuesday the federal government should consider giving every household $2,000 per month to help them deal with the financial fallout from the coronavirus.  Mr. Sanders outlined a broad bailout package for Americans, saying unemployment compensation should be expanded to cover everyone who loses a job and to cover 100% of an individual's salary up to $75,000.  He said he will be presenting his package of proposals to Senate leaders this week.

Biden would make America dependent on foreign oil again.  Fifteen years ago, the United States was importing most of its oil — 12.5 million barrels per day, or nearly twice total domestic oil production at the time.  Also 15 years ago, the U.S. was emitting about 20% more in greenhouse gases than it does today.  Most Americans are glad that the U.S. has reduced emissions so much while simultaneously achieving energy independence — and it's all due to fracking.  Unfortunately, both Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders want to turn the clock back to the days of higher emissions and greater dependency on foreign oil.  That is the certain practical result of the policies that both men outlined in their Sunday debate.

The Rise and Inevitable Fall of Biden.  Although running a more elaborate campaign this time than in 2016, Bernie Sanders was up against a less villainous opponent in Joe Biden.  At this point in the campaign, Sanders is in worse shape than he was four years ago.  Some Sanders supporters are noting that Sanders went somewhat wobbly on immigration when he formerly supported some restrictionist policies.  Others are privately complaining that he became too "intersectionally woke" in style.

Bernie's Billionaire:  How the Richest Man in Hawaii Funds Bernie's PR and Opposition Research.  If there's one thing everyone knows about Senator Bernie Sanders, it's that he hates billionaires.  Now a newly minted millionaire and member of the 1%, Sanders reserves all his old hatred for millionaires, exclusively for billionaires.  Billionaires shouldn't exist, he insists.  And while Bernie virtue signals about not having a PAC or taking money from billionaires, a big chunk of his media operation is financed by Pierre Omidyar, the founder of eBay, and the richest man in Hawaii.  Omidyar, a Franco-Persian who lives in Hawaii, pledged $250 million to First Look Media.  FLM's signature project is The Intercept, a radical leftist, anti-American, and anti-Semitic media hate site.  And The Intercept has a clear and definite candidate in the 2020 race.  The Intercept's election coverage is filled with hysterical Sanders cheerleading, [...]

Bernie Sanders Warns Deaths From Coronavirus Could Exceed 400,000.  Never let it be said that Bernie Sanders isn't doing his level best to spread fear and panic across America.  At a doom-and-gloom press conference today, Sanders pleaded with Trump to pay for everyone to be tested for COVID-19, demanded paid leave for all, and generally transplanted his political agenda onto the coronavirus response that the U.S. should make.  How convenient.  But most of all, Sanders is telling Americans that they are in grave danger because the president has fallen down on the job.  And the ultimate cost of Trump's incompetence will be hundreds of thousands of dead.

Bernie Sanders, all washed up.  Have the Miami Cubans saved America from socialism?  Sure looks like it.  Sanders was on the top of the heap in the Democratic presidential race ... right until he made remarks praising Fidel Castro on 60 Minutes.

Bernie Sanders Brings On Terrorist Supporter as Senior Adviser.  On September 1970, terrorists from the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine hijacked four passenger planes headed for New York City.  The Marxist terrorists separated Jewish passengers and took them hostage.  The hijackings ushered in the age of modern airline security with x-ray machines and armed sky marshals, and the War on Terror, when President Nixon ordered an attack on the terrorists.  On another September, 31 years later, Islamic terrorists successfully repeated the same feat, and bypassed the antiquated security measures, to hijack four planes, and kill thousands of Americans.  Philip Agnew, Bernie's new senior advisor, had celebrated the PFLP and had commemorated a 9/11 anniversary by tweeting, "Tomorrow America remembers the day that she turned on herself, dismantled her constitution, and killed her own citizens in the name of money."  "I am excited to welcome Phillip to our team," Sanders was quoted as saying.  "He is a gifted organizer."

Sanders holes up in Vermont after stunning setback.  Bernie Sanders chose not to give a speech Tuesday night after getting an electoral drubbing from Joe Biden in Michigan, Missouri and other states.  It was a defeat that one of his most prominent supporters, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, did not deny. [...] It was not immediately known if Sanders still intends to fight a long primary battle against Biden as he did against Hillary Clinton in 2016, after a night when delegate math swung decisively against him.

Younger Bernie Sanders voters love to show up on Twitter, but not to vote.  Fox Nation host Tomi Lahren reacted to a Fox News voter analysis poll that showed low turnout among young Michigan voters, calling out those who support free "handouts" but may not be inclined to take out time to go vote.  "They show up to rallies, they show up for the fun events, of course, they show up on Twitter to support the revolution, but, as many of us expected, it's very different to support a revolution from Twitter when there's crowds involved — when you can have your moment in the sun and you can be part of a movement and when you actually have to go the polls on 'Bachelor' finale night," Lahren told "Fox & Friends."

Bernie's Solution to Full Employment.  The case for socialism is bleaker now than it was even back in Wayland's day or in Owen's day.  The reason is that by now it has been tried all over the world, and it is a bust.  A humanitarian bust, and an economic bust — in every respect it is the God that failed.  Before the Soviet Union fell, the Soviets had turned every country that they controlled into a prison and every economy that they controlled into a poverty zone.  Africa and South America were only marginally better off.  Where today is the economic model for viable socialism?  Is Bernie summoning up Venezuela?  How about Cuba?  Actually he is pointing to Cuba.  The young people of Cuba have shiny white teeth and they can read, he claims.  Well, let them read Armando Valladares' Against All Hope, a book about the author's existence for decades in a Castro prison for having done nothing wrong.  There are dozens of books like this written by brave Cuban freedom fighters.  Many are still wasting away in Cuban dungeons.  When I turn to thinking about life in a Cuban hellhole today, I am reminded that Bernie Sanders' socialism is no joke.

Bernie's Hotel Rooms Must Be 60 Degrees, and Someone Must Stand In Them Even When He Isn't There.  It's good to be a socialist, if you're a party member, not one of the peons paying for the whole thing. [...] Assigning someone to stand in a hotel room so the temperature is just right for Bernie sounds like the worst job in the world.  But any job interacting with Bernie is the worst job in the world.

Bye-bye, Bernie.  Four years ago, Sen. Bernie Sanders pulled off an upset in Michigan that gave life to his insurgent challenge to front-runner Hillary Clinton.  On Tuesday [3/10/2020], Sanders suffered a crushing defeat in the state, and whether he's ready or not to acknowledge it, he is now without a realistic path to the Democratic nomination.

The Democrat Party By Definition.  It is known that the Democrats are a bigger threat to freedom and capitalism than the Republicans, but it is a narrow lead.  All elected officials see their constituents as tax cattle or tax chattel, either one works for the purposes of making the point.  But, every couple of years we have to hear the Democrats call their opposition every rude name in the book, endure lies and even threats, such as Bernie's campaign staffers talking about putting Republicans into re-education camps.  No one thinks that is really going to happen, but it does demonstrate the freedom with which they believe they can suggest it without the media, other campaigns or their leadership calling them out on it, either.  That is unnerving.  A Republican who suggested such a thing would be denounced immediately, run out of town, never to be seen again.

Why Do the 2020 Democrats Lie About Everything?  Joe Biden and Bernie Sander continually evade the question when asked about how to pay for their health care ideas.  Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren were asked repeatedly about how they would pay for Medicare for All.  Other than nebulous "wealth tax" answers they couldn't tell you.  But with plans starting with costs of $92 billion to $1.3 trillion, even if you taxed every worker making more than $60k per year at 100 percent, it couldn't be funded.  But no worries — the party that said that Pete Buttigieg won Iowa (with 6,000 fewer votes than Bernie), and took nearly a full week to get them counted — believes it can offer such an expansive program and run it with precision on less money than currently exists.

Trump and Bernie Aren't Two Radical, Populist Peas in a Pod.  It is true that both Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders ran for president as "outsiders" whose candidacies the two respective parties sought to derail.  But the similarities begin and end there. [...] Bernie Sanders is a revolutionary whose ideas are radically socialistic and entirely un-American, and he doesn't seem to like this country much, either.

No, Conservatives, Biden's Rise Is Not a Victory against Socialism.  Bernie Sanders came within an eyelash of becoming the nominee of a major political party despite being an avowed Marxist with a long record of pouring praise on history's vilest regimes.  He did it while running under the worst possible conditions for a Marxist.  A scorching hot economy improving the lives of nearly all Americans does not create fertile ground for a Marxist revolution.  He also did it while running as a very old, health-challenged, and not particularly charismatic standard-bearer in a party with a strong allegiance to identity politics.  Finally, he did it in a year where nearly every Democrat was clamoring to find the most electable candidate, which served as a net drag on his candidacy.  On top of that, he spectacularly self-sabotaged by blowing kisses to Fidel Castro, practically rule number one on the "don't" list for remaining a viable candidate in politics due to the importance of Florida.

Here's Why It Won't Be Either Biden or Bernie.  To understand the present state of the Democrat race, there are a few questions that must be answered before one can believe that either Joe Biden — the resurrected front-runner — or the Communist Bernie Sanders will obtain the Democrat nomination for president at the Democrat National Convention in Milwaukee in July.
  [#1]   Will the party that touts identity politics be sanguine with either as their standard-bearer?
  [#2]   Will the Democrats run someone years older than President Trump after snidely arguing for four years that he is "old and fat"?
  [#3]   Is either capable of uniting the Democrat Party and energizing the Democrat base?
  [#4]   Can either stand on the presidential debate stage and hold his own with a successful president with a string of accomplishments that cannot be countered by their rhetoric?
  [#5]   Can either withstand the onslaught of negative ads that will surely be broadcast against whomever gets the nomination?
Those are just a few of the questions, and the short answer to all is "no," but when viewed as a whole, the resounding answer is "no" for both candidates.

Jane Fonda Endorses 'Climate Candidate' Bernie Sanders at Global Warming Rally.  Actress and climate activist Jane Fonda has endorsed Bernie Sanders for president, calling him the "climate candidate" prior to leading her latest environmental protest in Southern California.  During her demonstration, the actress decried oil and gas companies while blaming "a small bunch of white men getting really rich" for causing pollution and health problems for those who live near drilling sites.

DNC Wants Bernie Defeated This Month, Well Ahead of Milwaukee Convention.  A couple of recent data points highlights a purposeful plan where the DNC Club wants Bernie Sanders crushed this month, well ahead of the Milwaukee DNC convention.  Last night [3/5/2020] the New York Times posted a blistering expose' on Bernie, complete with journalists traveling to the former Soviet Union city of Yaroslavl Russia, to dig up opposition research they could deploy framing Senator Sanders as a comrade to Russian interests.  The Times research team presented an 89-page "Bernie Dossier" of sorts.

Morbid undertow as Sanders, 78, and Biden, 77, consider vice presidents.  The ages of the Democratic race's two remaining contenders are becoming a central issue in the increasingly bitter primary fight, focusing more attention on their prospective running mates.  If elected, Joe Biden, 77, or Bernie Sanders, 78, would be the oldest president to hold office in history.  Since announcing his candidacy last April, Biden's rambling oratory style and penchant for, intentionally or not, mixing up details in the stories he tells on the trail, have become a hallmark of his third White House bid.  Sanders, meanwhile, had a heart attack last October but has refused to provide more health records.

Bernie Sanders's 'Democratic Socialism' Is The Same Kind That Destroyed Venezuela.  He told his supporters during one presidential campaign that this nation's wealth "was stolen from its citizens by the evil capitalists and the evil corporations."  He assured them that once he was elected, he would end corruption in the current political system, eradicate poverty, strengthen democracy, and return the power back to the people.  His name was Hugo Chavez, and those were his campaign promises in 1998. He became president of Venezuela in 1999 and remained in power until 2013, when he lost his battle to cancer and died in office.  Why bring up Chavez now?  The more I listen to Sen. Bernie Sanders's talks and analyze his policies, the more he reminds me of Chavez.

Bernie Defended Fidel's Cuba — To American Hostage In Havana.  Imagine being held as a political prisoner in Fidel Castro's workers' paradise for a few years, a Yanquí accused of espionage for bringing wider Internet access to a small enclave of Jews in Cuba.  Your guards allow you to dress in normal clothes to greet a congressional delegation of three senators from your home country.  The first two bring you sympathy, conversation, pledges of assistance, and candy.  The third sits quietly throughout most of the meeting, and then at the end wonders why everyone talks badly of your jailers.  You can afford to imagine it.  Alan Gross had to live it with Bernie Sanders, and he's through being quiet about it:

How Bernie blew it.  [Scroll down]  I hope this is obvious by now but there is zero conceivable political benefit to soft-pedaling your criticism of Fidel.  Pro-Castro voters in America are like less than 1 percent of the electorate.  As Andrew Yang might say:  MATH.  Someone in a position of authority in the campaign needs to pull Sanders aside and just give him a script about the 1970s and 1980s and tell him never to deviate from it.

Progressive Big Lies.  On Sixty Minutes, for example Sanders defended his affection for Fidel Castro by saying, "But, you know, it's unfair to simply say everything is bad.  When Fidel Castro came to office, you know what he did?  He had a massive literacy program.  Is that a bad thing?  Even though Fidel Castro did it?" Of course, the real question is what are you teaching them to read — regime propaganda or facts?  Moreover, apart from the moral idiocy of suggesting that improving literacy is worth imprisoning and torturing political enemies, and murdering up to 140,000 people, saying that Castro substantially raised Cuban literacy rates is a big lie.  So too are other excuses for Castro's tyranny, such as improving health care, infant survival in childbirth, access to food and consumer goods, and per capita GDP.

Bernie Sanders's Shameful Lies About Cuba.  Has anyone besides myself noted the irony?  America, which spilled so much blood, money and effort to beat back Communism throughout the world, is on the verge of having a Communist candidate for the presidency.  Have Americans learned nothing?  Are they really that stupid, that ignorant?  Have their children been thoroughly brainwashed in Marxist schools and colleges?  Over the years, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) repeatedly has sung the praises of Communist dictatorships in Cuba, China, Nicaragua, and the Soviet Union (he also compared America's involvement in the Vietnam War as identical to Hitler's). He even went on his honeymoon to the Soviet Union.  Did he tour the gulag, too?

Bernie Sanders's paranoid style.  It's true that establishment Democrats are worried about Sanders being the Democratic nominee.  It's also true that socialists are worried that Sanders won't win the nomination.  What's the problem?  All factions and ideologies have the right to worry about the other faction or ideology gaining the upper hand.  Conspiracies are problematic, but where is the conspiracy to deny Sanders the nomination?  Candidates dropping out and supporting Joe Biden isn't a conspiracy.  In all sharply contested nominating processes, candidates drop out when it becomes clear they can't win.  Usually, they then endorse the rival with whom they have the most affinity and/or the ones they think might offer them a job.

LA County judge rejects Bernie Sanders emergency motion to keep polls open in California.  A Los Angeles County judge Tuesday evening denied an emergency motion filed by Sen. Bernie Sanders' campaign to keep polling locations open an extra two hours in the county, in a state he is projected to easily win.  LA County Registrar Dean Logan said any voters in line when polls close at 8 p.m. would get to vote, FOX LA reported.  "My commitment is we will serve you tonight and make sure you have the opportunity to cast your ballot and that ballot will be included in the final returns for this election," he said.

A Fantastic Night ... If You Don't Like Bloomberg, Warren, or Sanders.  For Bernie Sanders, the bottom just fell out from underneath his feet.  The Vermont senator and his campaign probably expected Biden to win the southern primaries, and Sanders didn't need to win those.  But in addition to sweeping the southern states by a wide margin, Biden is winning in Massachusetts, Oklahoma, Minnesota, and he's above the delegate-threshold line just about everywhere.  Sanders could still salvage the night by winning Texas and California.  But overall, the story of Super Tuesday is the utter collapse in momentum for Sanders.

What Sanders' Success Tells Us:  Authoritarians Are Alive In America.  Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders didn't run away with the Super Tuesday Democratic primaries, as some thought he would, but the intemperate socialist is still a legitimate contender.  While his ascent should be shocking to a nation founded on freedom, it has provided something of a public service, having drawn millions of closeted authoritarians into the open.  There they can be identified, and hopefully politically marginalized.  Much of the Vermont socialist's popularity is due to his promise of redistributing wealth, from those who have earned it to those he believes need it more than its rightful owners.  It's played well among Democrats, who have played the politics of jealousy for decades.  As the Manhattan Contrarian has said, "if you're the party of free stuff, why shouldn't the guy who offers the most free stuff win?"  But Sanders also appeals to another base instinct:  The desire to grind a boot on others' necks and run their lives.

The Sixty Trillion Dollar Man.  Bernie Sanders faced more pointed attacks last night [2/25/2020] over his potential vulnerabilities than he ever has at a debate.  But the blustery and disorderly session once again failed to fully explore what could be the Vermont senator's greatest general-election weakness: the massive size and scope of his spending and tax proposals, which, depending on the estimate, would cost $50 trillion to $60 trillion over the next 10 years.  That would roughly double the size of the federal government, an unprecedented increase outside of wartime.

Silicon Valley Leaders' Plea to Democrats:  Anyone but Sanders.  Silicon Valley venture capitalist Keith Rabois, onstage in January at a tech conference, said his first choice for president was a Democrat, Pete Buttigieg.  And, sure, it would be a close call for Joe Biden over President Donald Trump.  But Bernie Sanders?  At that, Rabois, who has been a top executive at or invested in LinkedIn, Square, Yelp and PayPal, balked.  Speaking to the crowd, he drew the line at democratic socialism.  "I would certainly vote for Trump over Sanders," Rabois declared.

A warning:  Socialist Bernie Sanders vows to govern through executive actions.  As if Bernie Sanders's extremist positions alone weren't enough to give one pause, a look at how he intends to enact them is even more disturbing. [...] Instead of governing through the legislative process, he intends to govern like a dictator, pen and phone in hand, enacting extremely sweeping diktats through one-man rule.  This is pretty much what his heroes, such as Fidel Castro of Cuba, Hugo Chávez of Venezuela, and Nicaragua's Sandinistas did:  proclaim the democratic bona fides, quiet the critics and fool the New York Times — and then move in for the kill, going all in on the maximo leader dictatorship model, proclaiming it in the name of "the people."  You want to know how all socialist regimes end up as dictatorships?  This is how, and we all know who Sanders's heroes up to now have been.

Bernie Sanders's proposed policies will bring vigilante justice to America.  [Scroll down]  Modern America sees very little in the way of vigilante justice, but vigilantism is common in nations in which citizens believe that the legal system is either unfair or nonexistent.  The internet is teeming with stories about people beating to death someone claimed to be a child predator or murderer or arsonist. [...] One of the hallmarks of a successful society is a reliable criminal justice system, one that provides due process for all who are called before it and that ensures that those who have committed crimes suffer a proportional consequence for their actions.  Without that consequence, there is no incentive to avoid crime, with the result that innocent people suffer.

Bernie Sanders's Campaign Embraces Radical Group That Wants To 'Abolish Prisons' And Promoted Palestinian Terrorists.  Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders's [...] 2020 presidential campaign website touts an endorsement from the radical group, Dream Defenders, and the group's co-director, Phillip Agnew, is a top Sanders surrogate.  The group's political arm, Dream Defenders PAC, has been holding twice-weekly phone banking events in support of Sanders.  Dream Defenders aims to abolish the use of prisons, according to the group's website and public statements.  "Police and prisons have no place in 'justice.'  Police and prisons aren't just racist but they work to enforce the separations of rich and poor," Dream Defenders's website states.

CNN Dismantles Democrats' Socialist Talking Points.  Sen. Bernie Sanders holds the pole position of all Democratic presidential hopefuls.  This has caused heartburn for many Democrats who consider themselves "moderates".  CNN, the anti-Trump network, decided to dedicate a segment to dismantle many of the ideas of talking points of Bernie Sanders.  What CNN failed to realize, is that Joe Biden, Michael Bloomberg, Elizabeth Warren, and even Amy Klobuchar all support most, if not all, of these very same policies.  One of the most eye-opening parts of this segment is that the United States has fewer billionaires per capita than Sweden or Norway.  Additionally, under Sanders' plan, which is essentially the same plan as the other Democrats, the tax rate on individuals making $65,000 would increase to an astonishing 55.9%.

Bernie Sanders promises broad executive action at California rally.  Addressing a crowd of thousands, Sen. Bernie Sanders gave a glimpse of what his first days as president would look like.  The Vermont senator pledged executive orders effectively legalizing marijuana in all fifty states as well as expunging the records of many of those who have been arrested for possession of the substance.  "We are going to end the destructive war on drugs.  It turns out that you can legalize marijuana in every state in this country by executive order," he said.  "We will move forward to expunge the records of those arrested for possession of marijuana."  He also said his administration would ensure that 1.8 million illegal immigrants would be protected from deportations.

Levin: From China to Cuba to California, "How Many More Examples of 'Democratic Socialism' Do We Need?".  "What is this 'Democratic Socialism?'" Constitutional scholar and conservative pundit Mark Levin asked his audience at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on Saturday [2/29/2020], commenting on the political philosophy promoted by liberals such a Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), a frontrunner to become the Democrat presidential nominee.  Democracy is anathema to Socialism, Levin said, explaining that, when citizens vote to put Socialists in power, that's the last vote they'll ever get.  [Video clip]

How the Democratic establishment helped set up Biden vs. Bernie showdown.  Despite a deluge of debate-night gaffes and sagging poll numbers, Joe Biden is poised to take on Bernie Sanders virtually head to head on Super Tuesday — thanks in large part to a Democratic Party establishment that fears having the socialist Sanders atop its 2020 ticket, insiders said Monday [3/2/2020].  Pete Buttigieg and Sen. Amy Klobuchar suspended their campaigns on Sunday and Monday, respectively, and said they would endorse fellow moderate Biden, in a last-ditch effort to stop the Vermont senator, who appeared to be steam-rolling toward big wins in delegate-rich states like California and Texas.  "That's a big show of force that the left-of-center wing of the Democratic Party is consolidating around Joe because they understand what's at stake," Adrienne Elrod, a Democratic strategist and veteran of Hillary Clinton's White House bids, told NBC News.

Ripping the mask off of Bernie Sanders' democratic socialism.  Bernie Sanders' hard-left sympathies just keep bubbling up like an overheated pot of red stew. [...] The Vermont socialist's plan goes beyond even Elizabeth Warren's and Pete Buttigieg's means-tested schemes, which would allegedly cost taxpayers "only" $700 billion. [...] It's hard to calculate the potential cost of Bernie's Medicare for All, free college tuition, student loan "forgiveness" (i.e. you taxpayers cover it), and Green New Deal, but the City Journal took a stab last October.  "Sanders's current plans would cost as much as $97.5 trillion over the next decade, and total government spending at all levels would surge to as high as 70 percent of gross domestic product," wrote Brian Riedl.  "Approximately half of the American workforce would be employed by the government."

Caravans of Cuban-Americans Protest Bernie Sanders and Rally for Donald Trump.  Caravans of Cuban-Americans rallied in support of President Donald Trump on Saturday after Sen. Bernie Sanders defended Cuban dictator Fidel Castro's policies.  Photos and videos emerged on social media in Miami featuring long lines of cars and trucks flying Cuban and American flags and honking their horns.  Others wore MAGA hats and waved Trump 2020 flags to show their support of the president.

Is Bernie Sanders the American Version of Jeremy Corbyn?  With Bernie Sanders's relentless rise, the specter of Jeremy Corbyn now hangs over the Democratic race.  At times, it's uncanny how similar the two left-populist leaders are.  An outlier long at odds with his party's establishment?  Check.  A legislator with decades of voting who has almost no legislation to call his own?  Yep.  A 70-something beloved by 20-somethings?  Check.  An insurgent movement with cultish overtones that took over the party from more moderate figures?  Yes.  A more left-wing platform than any in his party's history?  Uh-huh.  A man with many, many embarrassing connections in the past with hard-left figures across the globe?  Oh yeah.  Someone who hasn't changed his mind on almost anything since the 1970s?  Pretty much.  Some highly unsavory hangers-on and followers?  To put it mildly.  But there are two versions of what happens when this kind of nostalgic left radicalism is put to the public at large.

One more thing for Bernie on Cuba's glorious free health care:  It killed Hugo Chavez.  [Scroll down]  The Cubans, it turned out, gave Chávez the wrong cancer treatment — probably radiation or chemotherapy, which has limits on uses — and, as a result, were unable to correct it after they discovered the error.  That doomed Chávez, a victim of the very Castrocare he touted, as Bernie Sanders does now, as the solution to all of Venezuela's ills.  Venezuela's hospitals now look like Cuba's or, given the lack of water, electricity, and money, probably worse.  But it was Castrocare itself, the elites-tier version, that did Chávez in.  Would Bernie Sanders consent to Cuban-style health care for his own heart condition?  Not if he wanted to live.  The examples of Castro, treated with Western medicine, and Chávez, going down with a treatable illness made untreatable by Castrocare, tell the whole story about the worth of such a system.  Someone should ask him.

Miami's Cuban population has an impromptu pro-Trump rally.  When it comes to Fidel Castro, Bernie just can't quit him.  The problem for Bernie is that Florida, with its 248 delegates for the Democrat primary and its 29 Electoral College votes, may be finding it increasingly easy to quit Bernie.  Bernie has a man-crush on Fidel Castro.  Given the opportunity, he keeps lavishing love on a dictator who drove thousands of his country people to exile, slaughtered thousands more, imprisoned tens of thousands of his people, and drove his country into decades of poverty. [...] Bernie's stubbornness on this issue has cost him.  While he once had a lead in Florida, home to the majority of refugees from Cuba, as well as their descendants, now Biden is in the lead.  And here's something that may be related:  Cubans are coming out strongly in support of Trump, a man who not only does not praise Castro but who reinstated the embargo that Obama, the last Democrat president, revoked.

An Imam at a Bernie Rally Had Called for the Destruction of Israel.  When Imam Omar Suleiman appeared at a Bernie rally in Mesquite, TX, the hateful Islamist cleric spoke in front of a backdrop of giant American flags and signs urging donations to Sanders.  Before Bernie took the stage, he called for an, "America where we uplift our most vulnerable, celebrate our diversity."  The Imam did not mention, as he has before, that he believes that, "Zionists are the enemies of God."  By "god", the Imam meant Allah.  The occasion for that hateful outburst was Operation Protective Edge which began after Hamas kidnapped and murdered three Jewish teenagers.  One of them American.

Cuban Ex-Political Prisoners to DNC: Bernie Sanders Should Apologize for Praising Castro.  Four former Cuban political prisoners, who spent a combined 81 years in prison for their opposition to communism, have sent a letter to Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez condemning presidential candidate Bernie Sanders (I-VT) for praising the late dictator Fidel Castro.  In remarks to 60 Minutes Sunday [2/23/2020] and in subsequent remarks on Monday, Sanders insisted that it was "unfair" to categorically condemn the Castro family's over half-century-long stranglehold over Cuba, claiming that Fidel Castro imposed a successful "literacy program" on the country.

Bernie's own private Denmark.  Whenever Bernie Sanders's socialism comes up in the Democratic debates, he deflects criticism by saying he favors something along the lines of Denmark's model.  Sanders's debate rivals almost invariably let this answer pass.  In reality, the policies Sanders advocates bear little resemblance to those of Denmark and other Scandinavian countries today.  They do resemble many of the policies these countries tried 50 years ago.  However, these policies failed and were discarded.  The Vermont socialist is getting away with false advertising, including bait and switch.  But with Sanders now the clear frontrunner, and perhaps on the verge of nailing down the nomination, some liberals are starting to look behind Sanders's Denmark dodge, as Buttigieg tried to do in the most recent debate.

The creature that Bernie Sanders morphed into.  The mainstream "fake news" media chose to ignore a major piece of essential information that came out of the recent Democrat debate.  The media failed to report it because it was a devastating fact about socialist front-runner Bernie Sanders.  If Sanders becomes the Democratic nominee, this is information his media allies will try to sweep under the political rug.  It was Mike Bloomberg who outed Sanders, by ridiculing Sanders' plan to require American companies, including all publicly-traded companies, to "give up to 20% of their company stock to their employees".  Sanders' intention, fulfilling nicely the communist slogan "Workers of the World, Unite", is to give workers more power over their bosses. [...] Sanders' website also reveals his plan to require companies to give their workers 45% of the seats on a company's Board of Directors. [...] If Sanders' plan becomes reality, it would devastate any incentive that entrepreneurs would have to start up new businesses.

Bernie Sanders Receives Glowing Praise From Cuban Communist Government — Florida Poll Shows Immediate Collapse.  Well, it might not exactly be the best endorsement for the American political aspirations of Bernie Sanders but the official communist propaganda outlet in Cuba, Granma, is heaping high praise upon Bernie "Fidel" Sanders for his support for the communist regime.

Bernie Sanders' magic math:  Double the government, pay with unicorn dust.  Bernie Sanders on Monday night released a plan for "how we pay for every program that we have developed."  No one's surprised that the numbers don't remotely add up — or even pass the laugh test.  The list only covers 10-year costs for seven of his headline items:  $16 trillion for the Green New Deal; $4 trillion for free college, pre-K and day care; $2.5 trillion for affordable housing and so on.  Independent estimates from progressive outfits like the Urban Institute put the price for Medicare for All at well over $30 trillion.  Sanders insists it will cost half that because he'll magically cut costs.  It adds up to easily doubling what the federal government spends now.

The Necessary (Temporary) Democratic Party Suicide.  The debate in Charleston on Tuesday [2/25/2020] was like a scene from Lord of the Flies as a disorderly, screechy group of misbehaving superannuated juveniles spoke and shouted over each other, waving their arms in the air and exchanging epithets.  Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), her hopes withered by her mendacity, robotic uniforms, and humorless righteousness, is reduced to hurling vitriol at Mike Bloomberg. [...] Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), finally targeted as the frontrunner, was querulous and belligerent, shouting back at the audience and more demonstrative and short-tempered than ever.  He is almost majestic, barricading himself into his praise of Fidel Castro and not budging an inch on the authoritarian extravagance of his compulsory medical care plan that would sweep away the satisfactory arrangements that 180 million Americans have already made with their physicians of choice.

Here's a Devastating, Little-Known Story About Bernie Sanders.  Why Haven't His Rivals Exploited It?  As someone who follows politics quite closely, I'm often fascinated when a potent piece of opposition research against a major candidate for office percolates below the radar for years, yet never quite breaks through.  Have you ever heard of 'Sierra Blanca,' as it relates to Bernie Sanders?  Neither had I.  Neither had hardly any voters, I'd wager. [...] Bernie drew up an environmentally-controversial proposal to dump nuclear waste in a Latino community, then refused to meet with the people it impacted.  Oh, and he managed to secure a little sweetheart deal to enrich his wife in the process.  Funneling public and campaign money to his spouse (no stranger to financial scandal) has been something of a pastime for this socialist, who was a jobless deadbeat before becoming a career politician who is now a millionaire with three homes.  This episode is problematic for Bernie on the subjects ranging from environment, to race, to his "man of the people" persona, to graft.

Fake News and the 2020 Election.  The fake news and disinformation emanating from the Kremlin continues.  This is ironic because in March 2019, Putin signed a bill for punishment of individuals and on-line media for spreading fake new[s] and information that disrespects the state.  This involves material considered insulting to Russian officials, which can then block websites publishing the information. [...] In spite of fake news, it is unlikely that Russia or Putin himself is supporting a particular U.S. candidate, but very likely it is attempting to sow discord in the U.S. system, and trying to persuade supporters of Bernie Sanders to think the system is rigged.

Breadline Bernie Makes It Harder for the Left to Hide Its Love Affair with Communism.  On a recent episode of 60 Minutes, as Anderson Cooper narrates, a video is shown of Bernie Sanders suggesting, in the 1980s, that the Cuban people didn't help to overthrow Fidel Castro because the Castro regime had "educated their kids, gave them health care, totally transformed the society."  While it might have been politically prudent to walk that contention back, Bernie doubled down.  "We're very opposed to the authoritarian nature of Cuba," Sanders said, "but you know, it's unfair to simply say that everything is bad.  When Fidel Castro came into office, you know what he did?  He had a massive literacy program.  Is that a bad thing?" That's not a bad thing in Bernie Sanders's estimation.  He thinks of "massive literacy programs" much the same as he once described government breadlines: "that's a good thing."  In Tuesday night's [2/25/2020] debate in South Carolina, he tripled down, telling the audience that, like Barack Obama, he thinks "Cuba made progress on education."  This statement was met with loud boos.  "Really?  Literacy programs are bad?" Sanders asked.

Communist Cuba Praises Bernie Sanders On Front Page Of State-Run Newspaper.  Communist Cuba praised socialist Bernie Sanders, the front-runner in the race for the Democratic nomination for president, for his recent praise of the communist nation.  "Granma, the Communist Party newspaper, prominently displayed a report about Sanders and his praise of 'some of the social programs implemented by the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution Fidel Castro,'" The Miami Herald reported.  "Adding its own analysis of the Democratic race, the newspaper said Sanders seemed 'unstoppable' in his move towards the nomination."

Berning Down the Democratic Party.  Bernie can't even to this day denounce communist regimes, instead looking for the bright side of dictators who killed their own people.  In a manner of "Mussolini made the trains run on time" justification, he just this week defended Castro for his "literacy program."  I wonder what the kids were reading.  The history of western civilization or the propaganda praising the wonders of Castro and communism?  Other neighboring countries were also raising their literacy rates at the same time, without murdering their people.  Good luck to Bernie selling the wonders of Castro to Florida Democrats and anyone else aside from the hard-core Bernie Bros.  His "free stuff" will also be challenging for him to defend on a debate stage with Donald Trump.  His programs are pushing a price tag of $100 trillion, or about $10 trillion per year, requiring a near tripling of federal expenditures by a government that is already spending a trillion dollars more than it takes in.  We are already spending money we don't have so why not spend even more?  Even Bernie can't explain it and the New York Times agrees that it "may not all add up."

NeverSanders?  In the frenzy to abort the Trump presidency, the Left advanced the construct that the Republican Party was fragmented, self-destructive, and soon to disappear as a serious political force.  All those prognoses better characterized the current state of the Democratic Party.  2020 Sanders is their presumed 2016 Trump, at least as mainstream Democrats see it.  Bernie is a supposed destructive outsider who loathes the party establishment and has a fervent base that is oblivious to their candidate's inconsistencies and prior embarrassing associations and rhetoric — and doesn't [care] whether he takes down the party in the 2020 election on his singular, narcissistic crusade to become president.

Nancy Pelosi says she's all good with socialist Bernie being the Democrat nominee.  Nancy Pelosi, the Speaker of the House, says she's comfortable with having socialist Senator Bernie Sanders at the top of the Democratic Party's presidential ticket.  Pelosi also dismissed speculation that she's terrified of Democrats losing control of the House of Representatives if Bernie became her party's nominee.  Congresswoman Pelosi made the remarks Wednesday [2/26/2020] in response to questions from reporters.

A Party At War With Its Own Soul.  The Democratic Party is in a state of panic over an unelectable extremist emerging as the possibly unstoppable frontrunner for its presidential nomination.  When an institution is in a crisis like this, its leaders get called on to step in and exercise some leadership.  The problem for Democrats is that their official leaders aren't their real leaders.  "Bernie Sanders cannot beat Trump," warns 94-year-old longtime party mega-donor and Joe Biden backer Bernard Schwartz, who is appealing to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer to come forward and back one of Sanders' rivals.  Worse, Bernie at the top of the ticket could have a reverse coattail effect and hurt Democrat House and Senate candidates.

Wrong.  Leave him on the ballot and let the voters decide.
Registered Democrats Sue to Kick Commie Bernie Sanders Off Ballot in Florida.  Two registered Democrats in Florida sued to kick Crazy Bernie Sanders off the primary ballot.  The lawsuit seeks to keep Bernie Sanders, an Independent, from appearing on Florida's primary ballot next month, citing the state's closed primary system.

Bernard Sanders:  Consistently Communist.  Senator Bernard Sanders (I-VT) is the first socialist since Henry Wallace (FDR's second vice-president) to have a realistic, if long shot, chance of becoming President of the United States.  With his status as frontrunner for the Democratic Presidential nomination secured, following his victory in the Nevada caucus, had come increased scrutiny.  In an interview with 60 minutes, which aired on CBS, last Sunday evening, Sen. Sanders was asked about some comments he had made in the 1980s about Fidel Castro and his regime.  The comments were laudatory.  Instead of trying to walk the comments back, the self-professed Democratic Socialist, doubled-down saying:  "We're very opposed to the authoritarian nature of Cuba but, you know, it's unfair to simply say everything is bad.  You know, when Fidel Castro came into office; you know what he did?  He had a massive literacy program.  Is that a bad thing?"

Bernie Sanders, the Most Useful Idiot.  Bernie Sanders is, to put it gently, either terminally obtuse, mentally unbalanced, or dangerously dishonest.  That Sanders could've visited the Soviet Union during the Cold War and, with all of the evidence before him, come back extolling the country's systems, programs, and infrastructure, reveals either stupidity on a galactic scale, certifiable delusion, or a willingness to perpetuate the greatest lie in modern history.

Even With New Pay-Fors, Bernie's Agenda Still Has A $25 Trillion Hole.  Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders has made some extraordinary promises in his campaign for president, including free health care, a federal jobs guarantee, universal forgiveness of all student debt, and radical expansions of nearly every government program from Social Security to housing subsidies.  When asked at a CNN town hall last night how he would pay for this gargantuan expansion of government, Sen. Sanders presented moderator Chris Cuomo with a new document that Sanders claimed detailed how he would pay for his proposals.  But don't be fooled: these numbers still don't add up, and Sanders should be pressed to explain his magic math at tonight's debate.  The first problem is that the list of Sanders' proposed spending increases is incomplete.  Sanders has proposed costly plans for K-12 education, expanding disability insurance, paid family leave, and more that were not accounted for in the new document.

Progressive group:  Sanders has proposed $53 trillion in new spending (and new taxes to pay for about half of it).  I've seen plenty of commentators worried about Michael Bloomberg trying to buy the election.  But the money Bloomberg has spent on his campaign is a rounding error compared to the new spending Bernie Sanders is promising his voters in the form of free tuition, free health care, etc. if he is elected.  A group called the Progressive Policy Institute now estimates that Sanders has proposed an additional $53 trillion in new spending over the next ten years.

Sanders Presents Democratic Party With a Fatal Choice.  [Scroll down]  It is correct, but unsurprising given that he sat as a socialist in the Senate, to say that he has introduced 364 bills as a senator, of which only three have passed, and two of them were to name post offices.  Bernie Sanders believes in mobilizing the less advantaged 50.1% of the voters in America, as in Vermont and in Burlington, by promising them a sufficient share of the wealth and status of the upper 49.9% of society, while assuaging any reservations about confiscating the wealth and income of others by denouncing the system and representing such redistribution as fairness.  Mr. Sanders wants an environmental revolution, no doubt to reduce pollution as a side benefit, but more importantly as a planet-saving cover for his assault on capitalism and his acquisition of the votes of the relatively disadvantaged.

How Can Bernie Sanders Happen in America?  [Scroll down]  It's completely unsurprising that Bernie once defended the Viet Cong.  Because many of us over 40 immediately recognize who Bernie is.  I grew up with people like him.  In those days, though, adults generally didn't take their crazy disheveled Commie uncles who taught economics at the local commuter college very seriously.  Maybe that's the problem.  It's true that Bernie's fans aren't acquainted with socialism (and, incidentally, this is true only if we ignore the existence of Cuba, Venezuela, North Korea, China, etc.), but the fact is that most Bernie supporters don't seem to have a rudimentary grasp of basic economics much less the "socialism" they think exists in Scandinavian nations.  What they do have are lots of feelings.

Be quite careful if you're wishing for a nominee named Bernie.  Stop rubbing your hands with glee over the opening turmoil in Democrats' primary struggles centered on the current front-runner status of ancient Bernie Sanders.  Yes, he's older than anyone ever to occupy the White House, entering or exiting.  Sure, he's a loon.  He's done some crazy stuff in writing and speaking.  You bet party elders are worried sick about nominating a socialist in a center-right nation.  But it's still quite early in their selection process.  We'll know a little more come Saturday night with the results of South Carolina's primary, assuming that beautiful state doesn't pull an Iowa or Florida with a flood of irregularities and hanging chads.

The Worship of Dictators.  This week, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., the socialist Democratic presidential front-runner, made waves when he merely reiterated his lifelong warmth toward the viciously evil Cuban communist regime.  Brushing off the human rights violations of Fidel Castro — a man whose revolution ended with the murder or imprisonment of tens of thousands of his countrymen, and decades of impoverishment and repression for millions — Sanders explained:  "We're very opposed to the authoritarian nature of Cuba, but you know, it's unfair to simply say everything is bad. ... When Fidel Castro came into office, you know what he did?  He had a massive literacy program.  Is that a bad thing, even though Fidel Castro did it?"  But, of course, Sanders hasn't merely praised Castro's literacy programs (which, by the way, were propagandistic exploits.  Cuba had an 80% literacy rate before Castro's coup).  Back in the 1980s, Sanders explained that he was "physically nauseated" by former President John F. Kennedy's "hatred for the Cuban revolution."  In 1989, Sanders stated after visiting Cuba:  "I did not see a hungry child.  I did not see any homeless people."  He said that the Cuban people "had an almost religious affection" for Castro.  As it turns out, there is hardly a single communist regime of the past half-century for which Sanders has not expressed some level of moral support.

Bernie Sanders Praises Fidel Castro Again at Townhall, Lauds Communist China.  Emboldened by his success in the Democrat primaries, radical presidential candidate Bernie Sanders continued his public praise of dictator Fidel Castro at a town hall event Monday night [2/24/2020].  He even tossed in some accolades for communist China for good measure. [...] [CNN host Chris] Cuomo noted widespread condemnation for the Vermont senator's statements.  Yet, Bernie remained undeterred by the backlash.  Sanders, in his response, continued to bizarrely focus on Castro's literacy program.

Bloomberg Adviser Hints At Mother Of All Oppo-Research Drops On Bernie.  Just how committed is Michael Bloomberg to winning the Democratic primary?  Enough to have his adviser Tim O'Brien drop this bombshell on a stunned Alisyn Camerota this morning on CNN's New Day.  Just as Camerota made an argument that Democrats might not want to go full tilt against Bernie Sanders if he's likely to end up the nominee against Donald Trump, O'Brien promised that Team Bloomberg would hammer Sanders with everything they have.

Cuban Americans share some personal knowledge of Castro's Cuba with Bernie Sanders.  Since Bernie Sanders decided to look at the bright side of the Cuban revolution a few Cuban Americans have come forward to offer their personal perspectives as people who actually lived under Castro's regime.  Shockingly, their memories of Cuban communism are not, primarily, positive tales of expanded literacy.  Miami Herald columnist Fabiola Santiago described her family's experience after Castro took over: [...]

Is Bernie Sanders leading a 'revolution' or a Castroite repudiation mob?  [Scroll down]  This sort of brute thuggery is more characteristic of life in communist Cuba than any so-called Cuban "literacy programs" or "free health care," both of which are vastly exaggerated at best for the sake of propping up the brutal regime.  Trashing up a political rival's campaign offices, threatening independent unions, and threatening dissenters with blacklists are exactly how the Castroite regime operates with its so-called "repudiation mobs," which are capable of far worse, specializing as they do in surrounding a dissident's house with screaming, baying, and throwing excrement.  It's not just the Castro regime that specializes in this, but all its derivatives, such as the Nicaraguan Sandinistas' famous "turba" mobs targeting "class enemies" and the hooded, motorcycled Chavista "colectivos" who mob and target (and behead) dissidents.  Sanders, by the way, has yet to condemn any of these practitioners of violence in this regimes he embraced until they failed.

Don't Be So Confident:  Here's How Bernie Sanders Could Win The Election.  Bernie Sanders has the lead in the Democratic primary and, while far from over, his supporters' enthusiasm greatly outpaces any of the rival campaigns and he is poised to continue winning contests and delegates.  Party leaders and a good deal of their supporters in the media are in a full panic, struggling to derail the socialist insurgent's campaign before he leads the party to what they predict is electoral ruin and four more years of President Donald Trump.  Republicans, including the president, seem to believe much the same and are cheering Sanders on against the media and Democratic leadership.  In The Bernie vs.  The Rest primary battle, a good number of GOP politicos see a win in Democratic corruption, cannibalism, and potentially party civil war.  In the title match, they predict a win-win — running against a battered and weakened moderate or an easily dispatched and radical socialist.

If Democrats Aren't Terrified of Bernie, They're Not Paying Attention.  At the heart of Sanders's campaign is a hard-core socialist vanguard which is indifferent to the Democratic Party except as a potential vessel for the Bernie revolution.  Their calculation is perfectly rational.  Even if Sanders is likely to lose, the small chance of success is worth the risk to a party they don't care for to begin with.

Bernie Sanders' Road To Serfdom And Corruption.  Front-runner Bernie Sanders portrays himself as the antidote to corruption in Washington.  But his own policies guarantee it will vastly increase.  "We will transform our political system by rejecting the influence of big corporate money," Sanders said when he released his sweeping anti-corruption plan last fall.  It includes such things as bans on lobbying, mandatory taxpayer financing of elections and a constitutional amendment restricting free speech.  But at the same time, Sanders' spending spree would more than double the size of the federal government.  He's proposed free health care, free college, free daycare, guaranteed jobs, a "green new deal."  When we added up the proposals he'd made, it came to almost $6 trillion in new spending each year.  That was as of last August.  Sanders has added to his spending plans since then.

Bernie Sanders Gives the Worst Possible Answer When Asked About How Much His Agenda Will Cost.  Over the weekend, when Democratic (Socialist) frontrunner Bernie Sanders was asked how much all of his ambitious plans would cost if they were implemented, he gave the worst possible answer.  Simply put, he didn't know. [...] According to Ron Brownstein, a CNN contributor, Bernie's proposals would cost a whopping $60 trillion.

The massive media miscalculation on Bernie Sanders, and why he needs more scrutiny.  Bernie Sanders is cruising toward the nomination in what is being widely described as a moment of reckoning for the Democratic Party.  It's a moment of reckoning for the press as well.  Now that the airwaves are filled with chatter about whether other candidates need to drop out to stop Bernie, it's time for virtually everyone in the news business — myself included — to admit that we badly underestimated the Vermont senator.  In fact, it may turn out that the miscalculation of the Sanders movement mirrors the magnitude of the failure to realize that Donald Trump could win the presidency.

Florida's Democrats in panic after Bernie Sanders blows a kiss to Castro.  Bernie Sanders has always had a soft spot for Fidel Castro and the communist dictatorship the latter created.  But instead of keeping it to himself and off the air, he went all out to praise Cuba's brutal regime for its phony "literacy" and "free" health care on 60 Minutes.  Now Florida's Democrats are panicking. [...] That's a big — real big — exploding cigar.  The only reason people didn't overthrow Castro was their great love of all his "free" health care?  No, he tortured, killed and imprisoned them first.  [Stuff] like that is likely to cost the Democrats Florida.

Bernie Sanders:  Fidel Castro Wasn't So Bad.  The Latino, Cuba, Argentina and Venezuelan community in/around Miami-Dade is the central voting block for democrats; proud and loud.  However, there is one issue, one central issue so encompassing they will walk away.  The murderous bloodthirsty Cuban dictator Fidel Castro is hated with the blazing sun of a thousand supernovas.  This is a non-optional outlook.  Get on the wrong side of that position and there is NO recovery.

Voto Latino CEO: Dems Can 'Kiss Florida Goodbye' if Sanders Is Nominee.  Appearing Sunday on MSNBC's "AM Joy," Voto Latino CEO Mar'a Teresa Kumar said Democrats could "kiss Florida goodbye" if Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) was the Democrats nominee in the 2020 presidential election.  Kumar said, "We can all agree is you can kiss Florida goodbye.  I say that Floridians — Latinos that have fled socialism, they have fled and they are in Florida, and they have sensibilities that are different from the rest of the Latino community."

Feeling the Bernski.  A couple of funny things happened recently, just after the mainstream media's latest round of unsubstantiated accusations that Russia is interfering in our election process by (ahem) "again" supporting Donald Trump.  First, it turned out that Russia is actually interfering by trying to help Bernie Sanders' campaign.  Second, Bernie had a surprisingly (indeed, almost suspiciously) large primary win in Nevada thanks to a large plurality of vodka-scented voters.  Of course, the mainstream media is now calling Bernie's win a fake and a fraud, and American intelligence agencies are planting spies in the Sanders' campaign team and opening multiple investigations with an eye towards prison sentences for Comrade Bernie and all of his co-conspirators.  Just kidding!  That's what was done to Donald Trump!

Maybe Obama is cool with Bernie.  [Scroll down]  And for Democrats, how bad can Breadline Bernie be.  He's for universal health/single-payer/Medicare for All/whatever.  So are they.  He is for ending capital punishment (except for babies in the womb). So are they.  He is for $15 an hour minimum wage.  So are they.  He is for reparations.  So are they.  He is for open borders.  So are they.  He did not join the Democrat Party.  The Democrat Party joined him.  But his reputation is that of a wild madman who will turn America communist.  Some say this puts Democrats in a bind.  I say not.  They have nothing to lose.

Democratic panic over Sanders reaches fever pitch as socialist candidate cements front-runner status.  Tensions between Democratic Party loyalists and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders are reaching a boiling point as the democratic socialist cemented his front-runner status for the party's 2020 presidential nomination.  Ahead of his decisive victory in the Nevada caucuses, Sanders tweeted out a message that has been a central theme in his campaign:  "I've got news for the Republican establishment.  I've got news for the Democratic establishment.  They can't stop us."  Such a message, though pivotal to his campaign and adorned by his supporters, sparked anger among traditional Democrats across media and politics.  With strong Sanders showings in the early voting state contests so far, multiple candidates in the Democratic field have begun ripping the Vermont senator for his ideology of socialism, which they claim is not representative of the public.

Bernie Sanders may have just lost Florida to President Trump.  Sen. Bernie Sanders, who has cemented his position as the 2020 Democratic primary front-runner, is still defending Fidel Castro, claiming as recently as this weekend that the late communist tyrant was not all that bad.  After all, the Vermont senator explained during a Sunday appearance on CBS's 60 Minutes, the murderous Castro regime had literacy programs.  And just like that, Sanders has made winning Florida and its 29 electoral votes a whole lot more difficult for the Democratic Party.  Anyone who knows anything about Florida politics knows you never, ever defend the regime responsible for why there are so many Cubans in the Sunshine State in the first place.  Yet, here is Bernie Sanders, the man with the clearest path to the Democratic nomination, doing exactly that.

Bernie Sanders defends Fidel Castro's socialist Cuba: 'Unfair to simply say everything is bad'.  Sen. Bernie Sanders, the frontrunner for the Democrats' presidential nomination, doubled down on his support for some of Cuban dictator Fidel Castro's policies, saying in an interview that aired Sunday, "it's unfair to simply say everything is bad."  Speaking to CBS News' "60 Minutes," Sanders, a self-proclaimed democratic socialist, pointed to social welfare programs introduced under Castro's regime that he described as redeeming, despite the communist dictator's often repressive human-rights violations against Cubans.  "We're very opposed to the authoritarian nature of Cuba but you know, it's unfair to simply say everything is bad.  You know?  When Fidel Castro came into office, you know what he did?  He had a massive literacy program.  Is that a bad thing?  Even though Fidel Castro did it?" Sanders told Anderson Cooper.

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Surging Sanders terrifies Democrats — do they actually want to win in November?  Bernie Sanders is on a roll.  After a strong showing in Iowa and New Hampshire, and "Berning" through Nevada, the socialist senator from Vermont is without a doubt the Democrat front-runner.  Odds-makers are giving Bernie a 55 percent chance of becoming the Democrat nominee.  Which raises a legitimate question:  Do Democrats actually want to win the White House in November?  I ask because it is generally agreed that ousting President Trump will require winning back those blue-collar workers in swing states who crossed party lines to vote Republican in 2016.  Sanders is most definitely not the most likely candidate to do that.

Bernie Sanders, Too Honest For The Media.  The most radical major candidate in history being on track to getting the Democratic presidential nomination should spark celebrations in their newsrooms and studios.  After all, whether it's the New York Times or MSNBC, most print and TV journalists want a revolutionary transformation of American society just as much as Bernie does.  Yet instead, somehow, they're in a state of panic.  At MSNBC, Chris Matthews was comparing the rise of Bernie to the fall of France to the Nazis, and even pondered whether four more years of President Trump would be better for the Democratic Party than a Sanders Administration.  "Democrats need to sober up," warned his fellow MSNBC host Joy Reid.

I Lived In Soviet Russia When Bernie Sanders Visited, And He's A Communist Dupe.  Democratic presidential front-runner Bernie Sanders likes to market himself as a wise old man who just happens to have clown hair but is right about everything, such as the War in Iraq.  Yet his opposition to the Iraq War was dictated not by cool-headed geopolitical calculations, but the lifelong habit of romancing American enemies — as is typical for communism-lovers.  The recently surfaced press conference Sanders gave following his return from his honeymoon in Yaroslavl, USSR, is a great example of leftist naïvité about totalitarian regimes.  For Bernie to fawn over Soviet culture the way he did indicates a staggering degree of incuriosity.  I was only 15 and growing up in Kharkiv, now Ukraine, when the couple visited the USSR, and I'm not impressed when I watch Sanders sing Moscow's praises[.]

Ronald Reagan warned us about Bernie Sanders — over 40 years ago.  After his term as California governor ended and before he became president, Ronald Reagan recorded daily commentaries broadcast by about 350 radio stations and heard by tens of millions of Americans.  When I listened to a collection of these broadcasts recently, it sounded like Reagan was warning us about the socialism preached by Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.  With Sanders' victory in the Nevada Democratic caucuses Saturday — making him the current front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination — the words of warning from Reagan struck me as something more Americans ought to be aware of today.  Throughout his nearly five-year radio run, Reagan preached that the promises of socialism were lies.  He noted that we often grow so accustomed to them, however, that we lose the fear of the ideology itself.

Stalin's last laugh.  Has Bernie Sanders ever lavished the kind of praise on the United States that he has heaped on the old regime of the Soviet Union, the dictators of Venezuela, or the Communist masters of Cuba?  Has he ever praised the United States, period?  When it comes to the United States versus its enemies, the guy is on the other side.  It's probably past time to take Sanders seriously and take a look at the kind of foreign policy he is most likely to pursue.  It is certainly past time to get a clue about the deep meaning of Bernie Sanders.

Bernie Sanders Praises Fidel Castro's 'Massive Literacy Program' In '60 Minutes' Interview.  Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders praised former Cuban dictator Fidel Castro's "massive literacy program" during a CBS "60 Minutes" clip that aired on Sunday.  CNN anchor Anderson Cooper introduced the topic by playing a clip of an 1985 interview with government-access Vermont TV in which Sanders said the Castro regime "educated their kids, gave them healthcare" and "totally transformed the society."

A Bloomberg-Clinton Conspiracy To Shaft Bernie?  Is there a conspiracy between former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Hillary Clinton to stop Bernie Sanders?  I'm beginning to smell a rat!  Here's how it would work:  After Bloomberg's disastrous debate performance on Wednesday, he has no realistic chance at winning the nomination by amassing primary victories.  Nor does Joe Biden after his shellackings in Iowa and New Hampshire.  But they do have a good shot of denying Sanders a first ballot majority if they both stay in the race and Bloomberg's checks continue to flow.  And, if Warren, Buttigieg, and Klobuchar stay in the race, winning smaller vote shares, so much the better.

The Coming Bloomberg-Sanders Train Wreck.  While Michael Bloomberg's Nevada debate performance was justly and widely panned, he attacked Bernie Sanders effectively, demonstrating he's probably the only candidate who can derail the Vermont senator's nomination.  By the same token, Sanders can wreck Bloomberg's hopes by mobilizing his own base against the billionaire at the convention or even running as an independent candidate.  Each man has the ability to take the other one down, and that dynamic is the key to who eventually wins the nomination.  The sudden ascent of Bloomberg to the top ranks of Democrat contenders is generating plenty of speculation about machinations within the party to derail Sanders, quash the Democrat far left, or sacrifice the presidency in return for down-ticket success.  Such conspiratorial speculation is natural, but it requires assumptions about backroom plotting for which there is little or no evidence.  Better to go with what we can see with our own eyes, which suggests that, whether by design or accident, Bloomberg has the capacity to severely damage Sanders and vice versa.

Bernie Sanders' Nevada Victory Is Another Humiliating Defeat for Never Trump.  Never Trump actually believed it had the Kingmaking power to stop Bernie Sanders.  The result?  Bernie is now the first presidential candidate in history to win the trifecta: the popular vote in Iowa, New Hampshire, and Nevada.  In one very important way, Never Trump is like the establishment media:  just like their Media Masters, Never Trump doesn't have the dignity to change or go away, so the rest of us get to witness their humiliation and impotence over and over and over again.

Bernie Sanders Faces Backlash for Saying Neither Republican Nor Democrat Establishment Can Stop Him.  Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders was accused of "egomania" and accepting Russian assistance Saturday, after he remarked that neither the Democratic Party nor the Republican Party can stop his 2020 presidential campaign.  Sanders and his supporters warned establishment leaders of both of America's two major political parties that rumors of Russian help and continued hopes for a brokered July Democratic convention won't slow down the presidential front-runner.  "I've got news for the Republican establishment.  I've got news for the Democratic establishment.  They can't stop us," Sanders tweeted Friday evening.

Bernie Sanders Celebrates Big Nevada Win:  Americans Are Sick of a President Who 'Lies All of the Time'.  Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) on Saturday [2/22/2020] celebrated his big Nevada caucus win with supporters in San Antonio, Texas, declaring that the American people are "sick and tired of a president who lies all of the time."

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For an example of "a president who lies all of the time," one can easily refer to Barack H. Obama.

With Bernie Sanders as nominee, Democrats face tough task of running against capitalism.  [A]fter Nevada, Democrats are now one step closer to having an avowed socialist at the top of their ticket.  At a time when unemployment is at a 50-year low, they'll be running against a capitalist system that is responsible for spreading more freedom, ending more hunger, and lifting more people out of poverty than any other system in world history.  If the time is ripe for Sanders's socialist revolution, most American voters don't know it yet.  Contrary to his claim that vast swaths of workers aren't "making a nickel more than they did 45 years ago," people in the United States currently have record-high confidence in their personal finances, with nearly twice the same number of Gallup poll participants reporting that they're better off financially now than they were a year ago than they did in 1977.

Chris Matthews Melts Down — Compares Commie Bernie Sanders Winning Nevada to France Falling to the Nazis in 1940.  Apparently Bernie Sanders does not give Chris Matthews a tingling sensation up his leg. [...] Communist Bernie Sanders won big in Nevada with 55% of the vote with 5% reporting[.]  MSNBC's Chris Matthews melted down and compared Communist Bernie Sanders winning the Nevada caucuses on Saturday to France falling to the Nazis in 1940.

After Nevada win, Bernie Sanders can only be stopped at great cost to Democrats.  After racking up a big win in Nevada, Sen. Bernie Sanders is in a commanding position in the 2020 Democratic presidential race.  Though he may not yet be inevitable, we've reached the point where it will be hard for establishment Democrats to stop him without inflicting a great cost on their eventual nominee.  Sanders arguably won Iowa, and he now has added a big win in Nevada to his victory in New Hampshire.  So, there's a case to be made that he's already won the first three contests, and he should do no worse than second in South Carolina.

Washington Post (CIA) Starts:  "Bernie is a Russian Asset" Narrative.  The CIA leaks narrative spin to the Washington Post.  The FBI leaks their narrative spin to the New York Times; and the State Dept. primarily uses CNN for the same purposes.  This media distribution model is the one constant in an ever changing universe.  Today's Club narrative was too predictable.  Everyone who does not support the DC intel apparatchik immediately becomes a Russian asset.  Now, "according to people familiar with the matter", the Russians are trying to help Bernie Sanders.

Bernie Sanders leads the polls, but Democratic Party superdelegates won't commit.  Sen. Bernie Sanders, who is narrowly leading a pack of Democrats seeking the presidential nomination, lags in support among critical superdelegates who have mostly remained on the sidelines rather than commit to Sanders or any other candidate thanks to the uncertainty of the race.  Superdelegates will play a pivotal role in deciding the party's presidential nominee if the top candidate fails to win a majority of a separate set of delegates up for grabs in the primaries and caucuses now underway.  The vast majority of superdelegates remain undecided.

Why would Vladimir Putin be rooting for Bernie Sanders for U.S. president?  The Russians have always had Sanders as a first-draft choice for president, not just in this election, but in the 2016 election, too.  It was obvious enough from three things:  One, the content of the 2016 hacking of the Democratic National Committee's emails.  What did those expose?  Underhanded Democratic establishment activity to deny Bernie Sanders the 2016 nomination.  Cui bono?  The beneficiary was Bernie Sanders, who up until then had no idea this kind of conniving was going on.  The meddling was viewed by the press and punditocracy as tied to Russia's bid to help elect Trump.  But somehow, it aided Bernie.

The million-dollar property listings of Bernie Sanders and Mike Bloomberg.  Socialist Bernie Sanders likes to vacation in a fixer-upper wood cabin in Vermont, calling it his "summer camp."  Billionaire Mike Bloomberg's summer camp, on the other hand, consists of a $10 million waterfront mansion in Bermuda and a $20 million estate in Southhampton.  The presidential wannabes traded blows on Wednesday's debate stage when Bloomberg suggested Sanders was a hypocrite posing as a humble socialist who in fact owned three homes.

Sanders Criminal Justice Adviser Caught Plotting Violent Jailbreak.  A former adviser on criminal justice issues to Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) was plotting a violent prison escape, stashing guns and ammunition inside a soon-to-be-opened prison, authorities said this week.  Nashville police said Wednesday that Alex Friedmann, a prison reform advocate who helped shape the Vermont senator's criminal justice agenda, spent months plotting an escape for inmates of the city's detention center.  Sanders worked with Friedmann to develop positions on criminal justice in the lead up to his 2016 presidential campaign — positions Sanders still touts.  Davidson County sheriff Daron Hall, at a press conference on Wednesday [2/19/2020], said Friedmann hid at least three loaded guns upon breaking into the detention center in December.

Scurrilous Bernie Trashes 'Racist' Israel.  Strong words; to my knowledge Bernie hasn't called any other U.S. democratic ally's government or leader "racist."  Although he says that he's "very proud to be Jewish and I look forward to becoming the first Jewish president in the history of this country," he seems to single Israel out.  But are his words true?

Bernie Sanders' three homes - one in D.C. and two in Vermont.  Despite being a self-described socialist and a scourge of the elite classes, Bernie Sanders is in fact a millionaire with a property portfolio that includes three homes, which are pictured in exclusive DailyMail.com photos.  The 78-year-old Vermont senator's property portfolio was mocked by presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg during Wednesday night's debate, as he remarked: 'The best known socialist in the country happens to be a millionaire with three houses.  What did I miss?'  'You missed that I work in Washington, house one,' responded Sanders. 'I live in Burlington, house two.  And like thousands of other Vermonters, I do have a summer camp.  Forgive me for that.  Where is your home, which tax haven do you live in?'

Fact Check:  Bernie Sanders Falsely Says Green New Deal Will Create 20 Million Jobs.  Although Sanders has been touting this 20 million figure for months, there is no evidence that the vast changes to the American economy his plan entails would actually add more jobs than it would subtract.  While some new jobs would be created to shift America's economy toward renewable energy, many jobs would also be eliminated.

The Dems Deserve Bernie.  If nothing else is learned during the 2020 election season, this one lesson must be taught, shared, and passed down through the ages: the Democrat Party of 2020 absolutely deserves Bernie Sanders.  Of course, many Democrats will deny this, because they well know that Crazy Bernie is a presidential electoral disaster just waiting to happen.  Every caucus and primary he wins or finishes strongly in puts the democrats closer to that well-deserved reality.  Despite their recent efforts — Mike Bloomberg entering the race, Hillary declaring Sanders a "career politician" that "nobody likes," James Carville complaining that Sanders wants criminals and terrorists to vote from jail cells, Chris Matthews lecturing the American left on the perils of socialism — Bernie keeps polling well and winning races.  Much to the chagrin of Democrats, whether he wins or loses a particular primary, Bernie is going nowhere soon.

Will the Bernie Bros Burn Down the Democratic Party?  The Bernie Bro's natural habitat is the internet.  In the wild — meaning on Twitter, or poking around in the depraved brush of Reddit — the stalwart of the socialist septuagenarian truffles for unconverted Democrats to their cause.  Spotting a Sanders skeptic, or Joe Biden-supporter, they descend with ravening ferocity, unleashing broadsides that recall Maoist struggle sessions. [...] Sanders must win, or the glorious democratic-socialist future is lost.  Bernie Bros have their entire ideological identity affixed to this providential vision.  So they'll bully, abuse, harass, degrade, shout down, insult, and tear apart whoever stands in their way.  And the Democratic establishment can only sit and watch.

The Myth of Bernie Sanders's Honesty.  Love him or hate him, and avowed socialist Bernie Sanders does evoke extremes in feeling, even conservatives often credit him with being honest.  They shouldn't.  Not only has the Vermont senator and presidential contender changed positions to capture today's "woke" Democrat Party left flank, but there are three factors to be considered when assessing honesty, and Sanders fails in the most dangerous way possible.

Bernie Sanders Compares Voting for Him to Voting for Nelson Mandela.  Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) compared himself to the late South African President Nelson Mandela in an address to supporters at the University of Nevada, Reno, on Tuesday morning [2/18/2020].

The Democrats' Doom Loop.  Bernie is a sure loser in November.  I get the readers who say they'd prefer not to take the chance of having someone like Bernie that close to the presidency, but if someone like Sanders could win under current economic conditions then the country is already lost.

Bernie Sanders Is The True Face Of Today's Democrats.  Bernie Sanders' surge in the polls, and his increasing odds of getting the nomination, are supposedly alarming the party's leaders.  What are they worried about?  That the public at large will finally learn how radical Democrats have become?  According to Real Clear Politics, polls show Sanders leading Joe Biden by an eight-point margin nationally — a complete reversal from a month ago.  Assuming that Elizabeth Warren's supporters will go to Sanders, he's polling at close to 40%, compared with Biden's 17%.  The RCP's average of betting odds has Sanders favored over Biden by a 31-point margin.

Interlopers poised to take control of Democratic Party like Trump took GOP.  It's a familiar plotline.  An interloper runs for a party's nomination and, with an anti-insider pitch, scores wins and near-wins in the first contests with vote pluralities.  His numerous opponents, fearful of antagonizing his enthusiastic supporters, launch attacks on one another that, predictably, hurt the attacker as well as the target.  Party establishment types, convinced the interloper is a sure loser in November, dither and tilt things mildly against him while trying to maintain the impression of fairness.  Candidates with no chance remain in the race, dividing the anti-interloper vote, hoping the interloper will collapse.  But he doesn't — and even starts winning absolute majorities in late contests.  That's how Donald Trump won the GOP nomination in 2016, and so far, it's consistent with how Bernie Sanders is doing in the 2020 race.

The Rise of Democratic Idiocracy.  [Scroll down]  When asked by Norah O'Donnell of CBS — as friendly a liberal media TV interviewer as there could possibly be — what his universal Government-run health plan would cost, Sanders replied, "I don't know, no one knows."  She was incredulous (which is kind of incredible in and of itself).  He calls himself a "Democratic Socialist," but is never asked to specifically explain exactly what that means, or what percentage "democratic" and "socialist" things are in his imaginary world.  Like the cost of his healthcare plan, Bernie doesn't know.  His plans and thought processes are idiotic.

Bernie Sanders Releases Final Ads in Nevada:  Trump Is 'Most Corrupt President in American History'.  Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) released two more ads this week ahead of the February 22 Nevada caucuses, one that focuses on the "climate crisis" and another that takes on President Trump, calling him the "most corrupt president in American history."  The Sanders campaign is rolling out two more ads ahead of Saturday's caucuses in Nevada.  The first, titled "Nevada First," focuses primarily on the "climate crisis," describing the socialist senator as the only candidate who "has a plan bold enough to avert the climate crisis and put Nevada first."

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There is no climate crisis.  If you vote for a candidate who claims to be able to mitigate a crisis, you should first determine if such a crisis actually exists.

How Climate Hysteria & Left-Wing Extremism May Turn The U.S. Into A Socialist Nightmare.  Bernie Sanders's victory in New Hampshire on top of his tie in Iowa makes him a favorite for the Democratic presidential nomination.  Hard to believe, but in a winnable race against President Trump the opposition may nominate a socialist who wants the government to control energy production and health care, who wants nationwide rent control, and who calls America a "racist society from top to bottom." [...] Yet Mr. Sanders wouldn't be this close to the White House if not for the complicity of Democrats and the liberals who dominate the academy and media.  Rather than fighting the ideas that animate him and his millennial voters, they have indulged and promoted them.  They created the political environment in which he could prosper.

Schweizer: Sanders' Family Has 'Become Quite Wealthy Through His Public Service'.  During an interview with CBS 12 on Friday [2/14/2020], Breitbart News senior contributor and Government Accountability Institute President Peter Schweizer [...] stated that 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders' (I-VT) family has "become quite wealthy through his public service."  [Video clip]

The Media's Bernie Sanders Makeover Begins.  Just you watch:  By the time Election Day rolls around in November, liberal columnists will be telling us that Bernie Sanders is the "real conservative" in the presidential race.  Many among the center-left commentariat are struggling to come to terms with the likelihood that the Democratic Party will nominate an authoritarian leftist for president.  A lot of this anxiety is, no doubt, driven by recent polls that find a majority of Americans are more open to voting for a non-binary Martian atheist than for a socialist.  Others, however, have begun reinventing Sanders, who, they now contend, isn't actually a socialist socialist, because he'll never send you to die in an icy gulag and few of his policy ideas will ever come to fruition.

Bernie Sanders [is] a Bum Who Didn't Earn His First Steady Paycheck Until He Was 40.  As Socialist Bernie Sanders continues to take control in the Democrat Party Primary here is a good reminder of this man's shameful record.  Bernie Sanders was a bum who didn't earn a steady paycheck until he was 40 years old.  He was a slob who lived in a shack with a dirt floor.  He later wrote [...] for left-wing rags for $50 a story.  The Socialist then wormed his way into politics.  Bernie had his electricity cut off a lot so he'd run an extension cord down to the basement.  He couldn't pay his bills.  And today he's running for president so he can take your money and redistribute it.

Bernie Sanders, The Bum Who Wants Your Money.  [Scroll down]  His family managed to send him to the University of Chicago.  Despite a prestigious degree, however, Sanders failed to earn a living, even as an adult.  It took him 40 years to collect his first steady paycheck — and it was a government check.  "I never had any money my entire life," Sanders told Vermont public TV in 1985, after settling into his first real job as mayor of Burlington.  Sanders spent most of his life as an angry radical and agitator who never accomplished much of anything.  And yet now he thinks he deserves the power to run your life and your finances — "We will raise taxes;" he confirmed Monday, "yes, we will."  One of his first jobs was registering people for food stamps, and it was all downhill from there.  Sanders took his first bride to live in a maple sugar shack with a dirt floor, and she soon left him.  Penniless, he went on unemployment.

Civil War:  An Amazing Democratic Socialists of America Election Poll.  Talking heads on CNN and MSNBC have been hand-wringing about Bernie since the Iowa caucuses, and there has been a crescendo since he won the New Hampshire primary.  They have even dragged out the 75-year-old fossil James Carville to complain that a Bernie candidacy would be a disaster for the Democrat Party.

Socialist Bernie looks nervous after he's caught flying first class.  Bernie used to ride coach like us commoners, but no longer.  He is now a millionaire with three homes who spends exorbitantly on air travel.  That makes him a socialist hypocrite as he travels the country ranting against the 1%.  He is the 1%.  A passenger caught Bernie flying first class, and he does look nervous having his photo taken.  The tweet has since gone viral.

Report: Bernie Sanders Campaign Fears Ocasio-Cortez's Rhetoric Will Alienate Voters in Rust Belt States.  Sen. Bernie Sanders' (I-VT) campaign is reportedly unhappy with the stump speech Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) delivered in Sanders' absence on the campaign trail during the Senate impeachment trial and fears her strong rhetoric could alienate voters in Trump-won battleground states like Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Michigan, according to a report from Vanity Fair.  Ocasio-Cortez went on the campaign trail for her candidate in Iowa during the Senate impeachment trial, which kept Sanders locked down in the nation's capital, compromising his ability to campaign in the Hawkeye State ahead of its caucuses.

The 'Conservative Case' for Bernie Sanders Has Been Made.  [Scroll down]  This is where he gets into the real nonsense.  One, the notion that an authoritian loving communist like Bernie is somehow a safe bet to observe the "rule of law" is laughable.  Two, the idea that Donald Trump not getting removed from office for obviously non-impeachable things undermines the "rule of law" is equally laughable.  So we are barely in and we've already got a false dichotomy.  But it gets dumber.

Faltering support for Bernie Sanders reflects strength of Trump economy.  Certainly, Mr. Sanders is the clear front-runner for the Democratic nomination in a far more crowded field.  But the underlying numbers suggest that Mr. Sanders already has lost an alarming amount of support over the past four years.  In Iowa this year, he fell from getting 49% of the vote to just 26%, earning 130 fewer delegates than he did in 2016. [...] Far more troubling for Mr. Sanders is that his support in New Hampshire collapsed from 60% in 2016 to a mere 25% this week.  That means 80,000 voters who pulled the lever for Mr. Sanders in 2016 pulled the lever for somebody else this year.

Bernie Bros and the Catastrophe of Socialism.  The love affair of young Americans with Bernie Sanders is the result of their disturbingly disastrous belief that they are entitled to what other people worked for.  Pied Piper Bernie seduces young followers with his seductive lie:  "You deserve and I will give you everything for free."  Ponder that, folks.  In Bernie's America, no one has to work for anything.  [...] Bernie's free everything means everyone will get a crumb — long lines waiting for a crumb of healthcare, food, and so on.  Far too many youths are Bernie Bros, true believers of his absurd mystical Promise Land where everyone gets a free ride.

A Trump-Bernie Brawl Would Benefit the Nation.  ernie Sanders is making a lot of Democrats nervous.  Every day brings fresh warnings about the perils of pitting a soft socialist palooka like Sanders against a battle-scarred capitalist brawler like the president. [...] This is, of course, the Vermont senator's glass jaw.  He has a very long record of praising communist regimes, he campaigned for the Socialist Workers Party, there is that inconvenient video of Bernie heaping praise on the Soviet Union, ad infinitum.  Yet, from the perspective of sane Democrats, a knock-down-drag-out between Trump and Sanders could end a threat to their party far more dangerous than the loss of any single election — its steady slide to the left.

Bernie Sanders's Rise is Like Death Knocking on America's Door.  When Barack Obama vowed five days before he was first elected to fundamentally transform the nation he soon would lead, few who voted for him thought to ask themselves, Transform it into what?  America always needs improving, but is it such a sorry place that it must be fundamentally transformed?  Apparently so, according to Obama.  And that goes double for the Democrat who would follow him, post-President Trump, Bernie Sanders.  To fundamentally transform a nation means to bring about profound changes to its principles, values and institutions.  In the case of America, that means radically transforming the economic and governing systems that made it the greatest nation the world has ever known. [...] The only difference between self-avowed socialist Bernie Sanders on the one hand, and Obama and the party he leads on the other, is that Obama and his party are being coy about their unbreakable affinity for socialism.

2020 Campaign:  The Democrats' Hot Mess.  The Democrat Party is deathly afraid of Bernie Sanders.  The Party solons may like the enthusiasm and engagement of his base but greatly fear the possibility that he will lead the Democrat ticket this year.  Why is that so?  Because he isn't even a Democrat — and has never been one, except beginning in 2015 for political expediency purposes in order to run in Democrat Party presidential primaries.  He is a lifelong and self-described "Democratic Socialist" although he is registered as an "Independent."  And he has ripped off the masks of the Democrat Party to reveal the socialism that is rampant among all of the top-tier members of the Star Wars bar scene this year, as all of the candidates largely agree with his positions on the issues.  The dirty little secret is that the Democrat Party has been taken over by socialists over the past 50 years or so, but they have purposely obfuscated that fact by calling themselves "liberals" and "progressives."

James Carville fires back after Bernie Sanders calls him 'hack': 'At least I'm not a communist'.  James Carville is embracing the "political hack" label Sen. Bernard Sanders gave him Wednesday night, saying it's better than being a "communist" in an obvious dig against the socialist presidential candidate.  "Last night on CNN, Bernie called me a political hack," Mr. Carville told Vanity Fair contributor and host of Snapchat's "Good Luck America" Peter Hamby in a phone interview Thursday, Twitchy reported.  "That's exactly who the [expletive] I am," Mr. Carville said.  "I am a political hack.  I am not an ideologue.  I am not a purist.  He thinks it's a pejorative.  I kinda like it.  At least I'm not a communist."

Senate Democrats queasy over Sanders as nominee.  Democratic senators have been careful not to criticize Sanders publicly, fearing that it could undermine party unity heading into the November general election, which they view as a must-win contest.  But they have serious questions about the electability of their self-described democratic socialist colleague and the problems he may create down-ballot for vulnerable Senate candidates.

"Doomsday Scenario": Washington Moves To Crush The Sanders Revolution.  The coverage of Sanders remains slanted and negative.  His victory is only begrudging acknowledged by some while immediately suggesting that he does not have broad base support.  What is interesting is how such biased reporting can cause a backlash.  Many people resented how the media seemed in a uniform drumbeat for Hillary Clinton in 2016.  For voters who want to see a challenge to the Washington establishment, the media bias only worked to the advantage of Donald Trump.  It may have the same impact in favor of Bernie Sanders.

In the 1960s, this kind of person was called a "commie sympathizer."
Supercut video shows Bernie Sanders heaping praise on communist regimes.  A social media manager for the Daily Caller posted a supercut video on Twitter Wednesday showing clips of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) heaping praise on several communist regimes.  "From the Soviet Union, to China, to Cuba, to Nicaragua, to Venezuela, Bernie Sanders has never met a communist regime he didn't praise, regimes that killed millions of people in the 20th century," Greg Price wrote in the supercut post.

Ted Cruz Smashes Bernie by Sharing Video of Climate Activist Unable to Explain Where Socialism Has Worked.  It all started after Australian political blogger/illustrator Keira Savage posted on Twitter what's now become a classic video clip of Sky News' Andrew Bolt methodically interviewing Jacob Andrewartha, an Australian proponent of socialism and self-described climate activist.  The interview came after a protest that happened in Melbourne in October 2019 in which 50 protesters were arrested during a mining conference where violence erupted.  During the segment, Bolt noted the destruction and death that socialism has caused wherever it has been implemented, and asked the activist if he could provide an example of where socialism had actually worked.

Bernie Sanders:  A Greater Existential Threat to Democrat Party Than Donald Trump.  Mr. Sanders is now the clear frontrunner for the nomination.  And, even more terrifying for party leaders, his campaign owns 100 percent of the enthusiasm in this primary.  Four years ago, these same party leaders saw Mr. Sanders surprising rise and moved swiftly to kill his campaign.  You see, the rise of Bernie Sanders is so much more of an existential threat to them than even losing an election to a Republican — even Donald Trump.  The rise of Bernie Sanders means they lose control of the Democratic Party.  They would literally prefer to lose an election than to lose their grip on the party.  Standing before King Solomon, they would be the ones happily agreeing to his proposal to split the baby.  After all, for them, killing a baby is no big deal.  Even their own.  So long as they keep their grip on power.

New Hampshire Takeaways the Mainstream Media Missed.  [#5] Communist Bernie Is Celebrating, But Probably Prematurely.  Bernie the Communist was on a victory parade the minute the New Hampshire results came in.  Perhaps he indeed will emerge with the Democrat nomination, but not as probably as he now exults.  Bernie's Vermont is next door to New Hampshire.  He won New Hampshire four years ago against Hillary by a mega-landslide of more than 20 points, 60-38.  But, interestingly, this time — not.  The 2020 results show that he only inched by Buttigieg, a do-nothing mayor of an Indiana college town that has not been governed well, and Bernie did not much trounce Klobuchar either, beating her only by some five points.

Joe Biden's My Guy.  [Scroll down]  There is Crazy Bernie Sanders, who is 78. Incidentally he recently had a heart attack while on the campaign trail.  According to my vast research staff, Bernie is the first presidential candidate ever to have a heart attack while campaigning for president.  So it should be no surprise that he favors health care for all, even for household pets.  Yet is this not a conflict of interest or self-dealing or a breach of the emoluments statute?

Sanders: 'I Am Not a Communist' — But Maybe Trump Doesn't Know the Difference.  Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) on this week's broadcast of "Fox News Sunday" accused President Donald Trump of possibly not understanding the difference between communism and socialism.  In a video clip, President Trump said, "I think he is a communist.  I think of communism when I think of Bernie.  You can say socialist.  Didn't he get married in Moscow?" Sanders said, "It gives me no pleasure to say this, we have a president who is a pathological liar.  He lies.  No, I did not get married in Moscow.  I participated in creating a sister city program."  He continued, "Obviously, I am not a communist.  I presume the president knows the difference.  Maybe he doesn't."

The Editor says...
It is far from obvious that Sanders is not a communist.  To what part of communism does Bernie Sanders object?

The Sandersnistas Feel the Bern of Socialism and They Don't Like It.  Suddenly, it must feel like 2016 for Bernie and his supporters all over again.  Things like this shouldn't be happening in a democracy, should they?  Prearranged results.  Rigged elections.  But Bernie is an avowed Democratic socialist.  He aspires to transform our democratic republic into a socialist republic.  And this is the stuff of socialist republics.  I came across an amusing tweet from Newsmax reporter Emerald Robinson sent in the aftermath of last weeks' debacle in Iowa.  Robinson wrote:  "You wanted more socialism... Last night you got more socialism... Third world tech, missing vote counts, chaotic rules, rigged elections... The only thing missing:  Food shortages."

Bernie Sanders Excommunicates Pro-Life Democrats:  Being Pro-Choice Is 'Absolutely Essential'.  Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) closed the door on pro-life Democrats Saturday night at a presidential forum called "Our Rights, Our Courts," hosted by the Demand Justice Initiative, the Center for Reproductive Rights and NARAL Pro-Choice America.  The forum was focused on so-called "reproductive rights" per New Hampshire Democratic National Committee members Kathy Sullivan and Bill Shaheen, according to local media in the state, giving candidates the opportunity to speak on "the threat to our courts and our reproductive rights," per an interview Sullivan gave with WMUR.  Every candidate for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination expressed unqualified support for abortion rights during the four-hour event, but Sanders was confronted, pointedly, about the "problem" of Democrats who are committed to opposing abortion, many of whom have expressed support for the Vermont socialist.

Also posted under Abortion is a vital component of the Democratic Party platform.

Bernie Sanders is unstoppable — even if Democrats won't admit it.  The Democratic Party has fed off the energy of Sanders' ideology hoping that, eventually, the voters would come to their senses.  Leading candidates have echoed Sanders' talking points.  Sen. Elizabeth Warren adopted and then abandoned Medicare for All, and former Vice President Joe Biden mirrored Sanders' Howard Zinn historical perspective.  Those who have attempted to siphon off Sanders' base and approximate his authenticity have failed dramatically.  Instead, Sanders continues to resonate with the base.  After all, if you're going to go with an anti-Constitution, anti-free market, intersectionality-based perspective, why water it down with insincerity?

Anti-billionaire Bernie has billionaire Bloomberg to worry about.  Bernie Sanders has been agitating against billionaires for years.  From the Senate floor to the presidential campaign trail, Sanders targets the billionaire class and the outsized influence of moneyed interests.  Now, the anti-billionaire candidate may face an extraordinary showdown with a real billionaire.

Sanders: The United States Is a 'Racist Society'.  Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) on Friday said the United States has a "racist society from top to bottom" on everything from health care to criminal justice to education.  "We have a racist society from top to bottom impacting health care, housing, criminal justice, education, you name it.  And clearly this is an issue that must be dealt with," Sanders said during the debate hosted by ABC News.  "But in terms of criminal justice, what we have got to do is understand the system is broken — is racist.  We invest in our young people in jobs and education, not more jails and more incarceration."  Sanders continued by calling for an end to the war on drugs, saying it has unfairly impacted African Americans, Latinos, and Native Americans.

Bernie Sanders calls for nationwide end to cash bail during Democratic debate.  Sen. Bernie Sanders called for an end to cash bail across the country at the Democratic debate on Friday night, saying there are hundreds of thousands of people locked up because they can't afford a several-hundred-dollar fee.  Sanders made his call to end bail as the candidates debated America's criminal justice system and how it affects minorities in the United States.  "Most people don't know this.  Tonight in America, 200,000 people are in jail without having been convicted of anything.  Two hundred thousand people — because they can't afford the 500 bucks they need to get out of jail," Sanders said.  "That is outrageous.  We are going to end cash bail in America," he added.

Bernie Sanders won't admit it, but socialism is a liability.  Bernie Sanders is popular in New Hampshire, and so is socialism, but the rest of the nation feels differently.  When asked about this dichotomy during Friday's Democratic primary debate, Sanders dismissed concerns about his socialist label and how it would isolate centrist voters in the general election.  The moderators noted that President Trump will undoubtedly use Sanders's socialist label against him if he wins the Democratic nomination, but Sanders didn't seem to care.  "Donald Trump lies all the time," Sanders said.  "It doesn't matter what Donald Trump says.  This is a sad state of America."

The Editor says...
If Donald Trump "lies all the time," tell me what he lied about yesterday.  Name a specific example of anything he lied about last week.

Sanders Interrupts Candidates Fighting Over Who Has More Of The Black Vote.  2020 presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders said Friday [2/7/2020] that "we have a racist society from top to bottom."  The Vermont senator spoke Friday evening at ABC's Democratic debate in New Hampshire, where he discussed racism in the United States as former Vice President Joe Biden and billionaire Tom Steyer argued over who has more support from black voters.  "We have a racist society from top to bottom," Sanders said, adding that this "racist society" is "impacting health care, housing, criminal justice, education — you name it."

Sanders, Bloomberg, and Warren are Fracking Idiots.  Vermont's Socialist and presidential wannabe, Sen. Bernie Sanders, in a bill introduced last week that Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) helped craft would ban fracking nationwide by 2025, a death sentence if passed for the American economy.  Like fellow political lemmings Elizabeth Warren and Michael Bloomberg, Sanders has swallowed the lies the greenies have fed him about fracking, as shown in a statement he released supporting his legislation shortly before the disastrous Iowa caucuses: [...] Not only is none of this nonsense true, it is actually the reverse of what is true.  The American technology of fracking has helped the United States lead the world in curtailing carbon dioxide emissions and therefore is a leading contributor to climate stability and to the quality of the air we breathe.  We are in more danger from the carbon dioxide released during one of Bernie's speeches as he crisscrosses the electoral map in private jets.

Bernie Sanders:  The Best Man on Trump's Team.  Monday's Iowa caucuses certainly confirmed the Democratic penchant for chaos.  They also highlighted the party's suicidal tendencies.  Any doubt on this score should be cleared up by Bernie Sanders' Iowa showing, the ulcers it is causing at the Democratic National Committee (DNC), and the glee it inspires among Republicans.  For the GOP, his campaign has no downside.  If Sanders is again denied the Democratic nomination due to DNC skulduggery, his supporters will stay home in November.  If he captures the nomination, Trump will crush him.

Bernie Sanders Dominates Muslim Majority Precinct Who Used 'Translators' During Caucus.  On Monday, January 3, 2020, over 140 people were packed into the Bosnian Islamic Center Zen Zen in northern Des Moines, Iowa.  They were gathered for the Iowa caucuses in overwhelming support of Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.  This caucus was catered to immigrants and non-English speakers.  The Des Moines Register reported that the caucus room "was almost exclusively non-white."  Sanders received 129 of 142 supporters after the first alignment.  One more person supported him in the second and final alignment.

AOC warns Dems it's a "dangerous" mistake to stand in Bernie's way.  Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the Democratic Socialist (communist) icon, who is currently Sen. Bernie Sanders' most powerful campaigner, warns that Democrats will be making a "dangerous" mistake — and hurt their odds of beating Donald Trump in a general election — if they do not rally around the eventual Democratic nominee.  Her comments, made in a phone interview with TIME Magazine, come on the eve of the first-in-the-nation caucuses in Iowa, amidst reports of Democratic efforts to block Sanders.

Bernie Sanders Wants to Impose National Rent Control.  Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders wants to impose national rent control.  He unveiled the policy proposal last September and recently reiterated his support via Twitter.  Sanders proposes a national cap on annual rent increases to 1.5 times the rate of inflation or 3 percent — whichever is higher.  Ironically, the article Sanders tweeted out attributes increasing rent prices, in part, to government control over the private housing market.  This irony reinforces what many economists already know to be true: the left's prescriptions for lowering housing prices are precisely what keeps prices high and supply low.  Rent control would be a flagrant infringement of American property rights and a vast expansion of the federal government's control over the private housing market.

Howie Carr:  Sanders' fracking ban could 'turn Ohio, Michigan into West Virginia' for 2020.  Massachusetts radio host Howie Carr said Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., is taking a political risk by urging a ban on fracking, a sentiment also expressed by fellow 2020 Democratic contender Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass.  Carr said Sunday on "Fox & Friends" that Sanders risks ceding two key states to President Trump in November — similar to how Hillary Clinton's comments about coal moved longtime blue state West Virginia to the New York Republican's column.  "It's not just Medicare-for-all and abolishing student debt.  He's talking about, and so is Elizabeth Warren, ... shutting down fracking," he said.

Bernie Sanders claims he can create 20 million jobs.  Against the violent talk and now actual violence coming out of the Bernie Sanders campaign for president, Bernie's soaring in the polls anyway.  He's doing so because unlike pretty much any Democrat except his probable nearest rival, Michael Bloomberg, he's actually talking about the economy, something TeamTrump has held a monopoly on.  Problem is, he's promising economic paradise, a full creation of 20 million jobs.

Bernie's climate play:  A federal takeover of electricity production.  Sen. Bernie Sanders has put nationalizing health insurance at the center of his presidential campaign, but his proposal to fight climate change also calls for a government takeover of a fundamental segment of the economy — electricity production.  Sanders has laid out a $16 trillion climate change plan that would transition U.S. electricity generation away from fossil fuels to renewable resources like wind, solar and hydropower by 2030.  That's far faster than any other Democratic candidate's target and sets a pace that rivals like former Vice President Joe Biden say is unrealistic.  And like Sanders' healthcare plan, the green energy push would muscle many of the country's biggest companies out of the business.

Democratic voters could stay home — or even defect to Trump — if Bernie Sanders snags the nomination, warn party donors and insiders.  Democratic insiders are warning that party voters could cast their 2020 vote for President Donald Trump if Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders wins the Democratic nomination.  They believe that 'the vast majority of Democrats' just 'do not believe in socialism' and would not cast a vote, would vote third party, or even vote for Trump if self-proclaimed socialist Sanders was the Democratic option.  Sanders has led recent polls in Iowa ahead of Monday's caucus and has also shown a strong lead in New Hampshire.  Former Vice President Joe Biden maintains his national lead.

Why America Needs a Trump Versus Sanders Election.  The Democratic Party presidential race these days appears to be tilting toward Sen. Bernie Sanders.  It could turn into a runaway if Bernie wins by solid margins in the rapidly approaching Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary.  His chances in the Feb. 22 Nevada Democratic caucuses, which are traditionally dominated by the unions, aren't bad either.  A lot of people are alarmed, not the least of whom is Hillary Clinton, who branded Bernie as "disliked" in a new documentary and is reported as having the "urge" to run herself.  (When has she not?)  More substantively, mainstream Democrats, even those who lean pretty far left, such as New York Magazine's Jonathan Chait, are concerned they could be headed for "McGovern II" — in other words, a blowout.

American Postal Workers Union Endorses Bernie Sanders for President.  The American Postal Workers Union (APWU) endorsed Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) for the Democratic Party's 2020 nomination for president on Thursday [1/30/2020].  The financially troubled United States Postal Service (USPS) has an estimated 500,000 full-time employees, almost all of whom are members of a union.  There are seven different unions that represent USPS employees.

DNC Plotting Against Sanders Again To Avoid Brokered Convention.  This week's NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll brought some shocking and (for some) sobering news for Democrats.  For the first time this cycle, Bernie Sanders pulled into first place nationally, albeit by only one point ahead of Joe Biden.  And party leaders at the DNC have definitely been noticing this trend.  This has reportedly left some of them wondering just what the heck they can do to stop Bernie from winning the nomination, and at least a few of them have come up with a plan.  It's both simple and radical at the same time.  Just bring back the superdelegates when they vote on the rules at the convention.

Rashida Tlaib Incites Crowd To Boo Hillary Clinton At Bernie Sanders Event.  Democratic Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib incited a crowd at a campaign event for Independent Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders to boo Hillary Clinton Friday night [1/31/2020].  Tlaib was in Clive, Iowa assisting Sanders' Democratic presidential campaign as a participant on a panel discussion with Democratic Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar and Democratic Washington Rep. Pramila Jayapal, The Hill reported.  Tlaib decided to voice her discontent over the former secretary of state who has become increasingly critical of Sanders and his presidential candidacy.

Establishment Dems Looking for Ways to Torpedo Bernie at Convention.  Establishment types at the Democratic National Committee are so terrified that Bernie Sanders could end up as their party's nominee — or that there could be a messy brokered convention — that they're discussing changing the superdelegate rules at this year's convention.  In the 2016 primary election, Sanders and his supporters claimed the superdelegates determined the nominee, ignoring the will of the people.  Between 2016 and 2018 the party debated changes to the rules, and in 2018 the DNC changed the rules so that superdelegates don't vote until the second ballot at convention.  Given Sanders' current strength in the polls (as Bonchie covered earlier), "about a half-dozen" members of the DNC executive committee are proposing reversing the 2018 policy.

Politico Confirms DNC Will Likely Kneecap Bernie Once Again.  Supporters of Bernie Sanders can be forgiven if they are experiencing a serious case of deja vu now that the party establishment is actively working to torpedo his latest run for the White House.  The braying old socialist has defied the so-called experts by amassing a huge war chest comprised largely of individual donations and despite mostly negative media coverage is leading in Iowa only days before the state's critical caucuses.

The Democrats May Have Lost, but They're Still Smarter than You.  [Scroll down]  Now the DNC is backstroking hard against an apparent Sanders tidal wave.  The DNC just changed the threshold rules for participation in debates, allowing in billionaire nanny Mike Bloomberg, when, as Democrat Julian Castro complains, they refused to make concessions on the rules for Cory Booker.  Politico reports there's also a move afoot to quickly change the convention rules to give the super delegates the first vote, instead of making them wait in the event of a needed second ballot — a move clearly designed, as was this in 2016 under the old rules, to block Sanders.  Looks to me like a lose-lose.  If they fiddle with the game to block Sanders again, they'll lose the votes of his supporters.  If they don't, and he gets the nomination, Trump will handily defeat him.

DNC members discuss rules change to stop Sanders at convention.  A small group of Democratic National Committee members has privately begun gauging support for a plan to potentially weaken Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign and head off a brokered convention.  In conversations on the sidelines of a DNC executive committee meeting and in telephone calls and texts in recent days, about a half-dozen members have discussed the possibility of a policy reversal to ensure that so-called superdelegates can vote on the first ballot at the party's national convention.  Such a move would increase the influence of DNC members, members of Congress and other top party officials, who now must wait until the second ballot to have their say if the convention is contested.

The Problem with Bernie.  Supposedly in the new four-hour (yikes!) documentary Hillary the subject says of Bernie Sanders "Nobody likes him."  As with most of Hillary's judgments, especially when it comes to gauging human desires, she is way off the mark.  In fact, Sanders appears to be a reasonably likable guy, which accounts in part for his spike in the Democrat polls.  There is a strong possibility he'll end up the party's nominee, a frightening prospect for the Democrat establishment and the country as a whole.  Current polling suggests Sanders might win the Iowa primary. [...] This has reportedly alarmed top Democrats.  Not only does Sanders present the type of truly radical socialist that wealthy Democratic elites really don't want jiggling with the economy and their stock portfolios, they think a Sanders candidacy effectively will secure Trump's reelection.

Establishment Dems Are Chumming the Waters for Bernie.  Behind the scenes, the Dem establishment is making moves against Sanders much as they did in 2016 to tip the scales towards Hillary Clinton.  The Hill's Jonathan Easley reports that the Sanders camp is fuming "at DNC Chairman Tom Perez over his initial appointments to the committees that will oversee the rules and party platform."  Those just installed by Perez include longtime Clinton cronies Barney Frank and John Podesta.  The Sanders campaign accused Frank last time around of being an "aggressive attack surrogate for the Clinton campaign." [...] The establishment is moving against Sanders publicly and behind the scenes, but what I see is a lot of chum being tossed into the water behind the leaky boat known as the S.S. Democratic Chances.  Sanders supporters are incensed that their party would try to cheat their guy out of the nomination for a second time.  John Kass wrote earlier today that "Sanders' base hasn't forgotten how the Democratic National Committee rigged the nomination for Hillary Clinton last time."

Tyranny is waiting in the wings.
Sanders Readies Dozens of Executive Orders: 'We Cannot Accept Delays from Congress'.  Bernie Sanders doesn't trust you.  He doesn't trust you to make intelligent decisions for yourself or your family.  He believes you need to be led by the nose to the water trough and told exactly what is in your best interests.  And since the chances pretty slim of even a Democratic Congress doing what he commands, he will fall back on using the "executive order" to govern. [...] Democrats hate Trump.  But Sanders would go far beyond Trump-hatred and consciously, deliberately wreck the American economy.

Bernie Sanders Plans To Sign 'Dozens' Of Executive Orders To End Immigration Enforcement, Close Prisons, End Exportation Of Crude Oil.  Sen. Bernie Sanders' (I-VT) team is reportedly preparing "dozens" of Executive Orders for "President Sanders" to sign in his first several days in the White House, effectively reversing Trump administration policies and enacting a comprehensive, socialist agenda without the advice and consent of Congress.  The Washington Post reportedly obtained a memo discussing the "early work" of a Sanders presidency, prepared by members of Sanders' team.  The document discusses signing executive orders that "would reverse President Trump's policies on immigration, including an immediate halt of border wall construction, removing a limit on accepting refugees for asylum, and reinstating the Obama-era DACA program," according to National Review.

Bernie Sanders praised segregationist George Wallace as 'sensitive' in 1972.  Seven years after Martin Luther King, Jr. referred to George Wallace as "perhaps the most dangerous racist in America today," a young Bernie Sanders praised the segregationist Alabama governor.  In an interview with the Brattleboro Reformer in 1972, Sanders, then 31, said Wallace "advocates some outrageous approaches to our problems, but at least he is sensitive to what people feel they need."  Sanders, now a Vermont senator and 2020 Democrat, said, "What we need are more active politicians working for the people."  The 1972 remarks surprised the interviewer at the time, who wrote that "even though [Sanders] has been labeled a 'leftist radical' by some persons, Sanders had some praise for [Wallace]."  On other occasions, Sanders was more critical of Wallace and warned about the allure of white identity politics.

New polls show Bernie Sanders opening up large lead in California Democratic primary.  Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is opening up a sizable lead in the 2020 California Democratic presidential primary, two new polls show.  A UC Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies poll of likely voters released Tuesday [1/28/2020] shows that Sanders is leading the field with 26 percent of survey respondents.  He's followed by Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren at 20 percent and former Vice President Joe Biden at 15 percent.

'Extreme action:' Project Veritas unearths more radical Bernie Sanders staffers.  Apparently it isn't that tough to find radical left-wing staffers on the Bernie Sanders presidential primary campaign.  Project Veritas released Tuesday the third video in its #Expose2020 series featuring hidden-camera footage of two South Carolina field organizers — paid staff, not volunteers — expressing support for upending the U.S. government and overthrowing capitalism.  A field organizer identified as Daniel Taylor said in the hidden-camera footage that even if Mr. Sanders wins the Democratic nomination and the presidency, there may still be the need for "extreme action."

Peter Schweizer:  Bernie Sanders rails about common good but public service has made him (and his family) rich.  Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., has been a loud and constant voice for socialist policies throughout his 30 years in Washington, D.C., a self-proclaimed champion of the collective good.  But in researching my new book, "Profiles in Corruption:  Abuse of Power by America's Political Elite," I discovered that while Sanders may talk about the common good, his public service has made him and his family quite wealthy.  Perhaps no one has benefited more from Sanders's career in politics than his wife Jane.  When Bernie was first elected mayor of Burlington, Vermont, he appointed his then-girlfriend, Jane Driscoll, to head his administration's Youth Office.  Though the position was originally unpaid, Bernie eventually put Jane on the payroll over objections of the city council.  The job was never advertised so that others could apply.  A local paper noted that Sanders never bothered to provide evidence as to Jane's "qualifications" for the position.

Bernie Can't Win.  "Left but not woke" is the Bernie Sanders brand.  If anybody failed to recognize it before, nobody can miss it now. [...] Bernie Sanders is a fragile candidate.  He has never fought a race in which he had to face serious personal scrutiny.  None of his Democratic rivals is subjecting him to such scrutiny in 2020.  Hillary Clinton refrained from scrutinizing Sanders in 2016.

Democrats' student debt lies — here's what Sanders and Warren are not telling you.  No one can deny that the United States is facing a student debt crisis.  With more than $1.6 trillion in outstanding student loan debt, tens of millions of Americans are forced to pay huge sums of money every month — this writer included — to private and government lenders, slowing down growth in other important areas of the economy, like the housing industry.  As usual, Democrats' plans to fix this important problem is to throw even more money at it and give greater power to the very same government agents and politicians that messed the system up in the first place.

The Crisis in the Left's Two Totalitarian Faiths.  Sitting in the bleachers watching the Democratic presidential campaign I get the feeling that there are two religions at work among the Democratic faithful.  The first is the straight Commie religion of Bernie Sanders, that progressive dialectical geniuses will implement Everything-for-All administrative programs as far as the eye can see.  It feels so good handing out benefits to the proles.  The second is the woke morality of the academy, with its intersectional preachers prophesying hell and damnation on deplorable sinners.  It feels so good teaching morality to the Commoners from your social media pulpit.

Armed revolution?  Aren't the Democrats opposed to guns and "sensless gun violence?"
'Guillotine the rich': Sanders staffer says he's ready for armed 'revolution'.  Project Veritas has apparently snared another pro-Soviet, pro-gulag Bernie Sanders campaign staffer, this one saying in a hidden-camera video released Tuesday that he was ready to "get armed" for the "revolution" and musing about sending Republicans to "reeducation camps."  The footage featured a man identified as "paid" South Carolina field organizer Martin Weissgerber was posted a week after the release of video featuring radical Iowa field organizer Kyle Jurek, part of the undercover journalism outfit's #Expose2020 series.  In the video, Mr. Weissgerber described himself as a communist and said that he was in contact with groups that planned to hold mass "yellow-vest" protests like those that have roiled France if Mr. Sanders loses.

Bernie's History With Iran.  Sanders was a member of the Trotskyite Socialist Workers' Party.  Not just any member, either; he was the SWP's presidential elector for Vermont, and he appeared with, and campaigned for, the SWP's presidential candidate. [...] Not much has changed since 1980.

Campaign Rider Shows Bernie Sanders Demands Hotel Rooms Be Freezing And Bathrooms Not Have 'Slow Flushing Toilets'.  According to a leaked campaign rider from his 2020 presidential campaign obtained by The Smoking Gun, the Democratic socialist from Vermont demands that his hotel rooms be cold and his bathrooms not have slow flushing toilets.  Called the "Senator Comfort Memo" — marked "Confidential:  For Campaign Staff Use Only" — the document instructs the exact arrangements that must be met for Sanders' hotels, food, drink, family and staff.  "After a hard day of campaigning, Senator Bernie Sanders likes to settle down in a frigid hotel suite with a cozy down comforter and a bathroom that has been checked for "leaky faucets, slow flushing toilets, slow draining bathtubs," according to a tour rider prepared by the candidate's staff," The Gun wrote.  The Sanders rider advocates the poaching of "mini honey bottles or single honey packs" encountered at hotels.

The Impossibly Expensive Promises of Bernie Sanders.  I've written about some of Elizabeth Warren's statist proposals, but watching last night's Democratic debate convinced me that I need to pay more attention to Bernie Sanders' agenda.  When he ran for president last time, I warned that his platform of $18 trillion of new spending over 10 years would be "very expensive to your wallet."  This time, "Crazy Bernie" has decided that his 2016 agenda was just a down payment.  He now wants nearly $100 trillion of new spending!

Sympathy for Sanders?  I have none.  [Scroll down]  To a greater degree than even Warren, Sanders hates the foundations of our country and, probably in part for that reason, is deeply sympathetic to our enemies.  He despises our system of free enterprise and has little regard for many of our basic freedoms.  Sanders claims to be a democratic socialist.  That, in itself, places him somewhat to the left of even Warren.  But Sanders is worse than a democratic socialist.  The democratic socialists I knew were anti-communists.  They were deeply hostile towards the Soviet Union.  Sanders had a friendly view of the Soviet Union where he honeymooned in 1988.  The Soviet system was collapsing before his eyes, and he was told by local officials that it was collapsing.  Yet he praised it — not just while he was there, but upon his return.  Shortly thereafter, Sanders repeated this performance in a trip to Cuba.  He couldn't get enough of communist dictatorships.  I've seen little evidence that Sanders's sympathy towards communism has abated.  And it's clear that his contempt for free enterprise and for America has not.

Bernie Sanders's refusal to fire violent pro-gulag communist on staff speaks volumes.  Bernie Sanders has spent years convincing voters that his Soviet honeymoon, his support for the Nicaraguan Sandinistas, his admiration for Fidel Castro and Hugo Chávez were all a misunderstanding.  See, it's Denmark, Danish-style socialism he wants for America, not a second Venezuela.  He was really quite reasonable in intentions all along.  It was exposed as garbage the other day, when James O'Keefe released an undercover video of a top-line paid Iowa staffer, Kyle Jurek, praising gulags, re-education camps, burning cities, beaten cops, and killing anyone who resists the "revolution" as the plan all along.  Worse still, he said the Bernie campaign was loaded with such people, and Bernie's moderate claims were a mask.  So much for Bernie's rebranding bid.  Ordinarily, that would be a firing offense. [...] Sanders's response?  Nothing.  No firing.  No denunciation of all the sick plans and praise for the world's most odious dictators.

18 Signs That The Social Decay In America Is Worse Than It Has Ever Been Before.  [#17]  An organizer for Bernie Sanders was recently caught on camera saying that U.S. cities will "burn" if President Trump wins again in November.  Sadly, he is probably right.

The Dems Could Bern It All Down.  Communist curmudgeon Bernie Sanders is having his moment, threatening to actually win some of the early primaries and maybe even the nomination.  This is bad, at least for the Democrats, since the idea of a weird crusty admitted socialist as their candidate is problematic — the problem being Americans aren't insanely stupid enough to elect this guy president.  We hope.  Also note that I am excluding Vermont, New York and California from that statement, if you have somehow confused those mutant provinces with America.  But with Bernie rising in the polls, and his poisonous ideology gathering steam among the Democrat base, can we really laugh off this Soviet Union-loving crank?

Project Veritas:  Sanders Staffer Suggests "Nazi" Trump Supporters be Sent to Gulags, Re-Educated.  Project Veritas is at it once again, and this time they've brought us something shocking not altogether surprising.  A few clips released by PV shows a Bernie Sanders campaign operative, Kyle Jurek, actually stating a few ludicrous things.  Firstly that Stalin and his gulags weren't actually all that bad, and that at least in gulags you got paid a living wage.  According to Jurek, the CIA has been lying to us about how bad these gulags were for ages.  Moreover, you'll never guess who he wants to send to gulags.  According to Jurek, billionaires and Trump supporters should be sent there because it will break you of the "privilege" you have.

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Project Veritas Highlights Violent Wing Inside Bernie Sanders Campaign.  Project Veritas spent some time in Iowa with the revolutionary communists at the heart of Bernie Sanders campaign.  In a video expose' (see here) the Veritas group showcase Bernie Sanders campaign workers who are prominent Antifa activists.  The calls to violence are quite disturbing but familiar for those who followed the "Occupy Wall Street" movement, RevCom, or the Democrat Socialists of America; all factions of the same far-left ideology.


Bernie 2020 Field Organizer [...] Calls for Violence, Mass Murder of Opposition, and "Reign of Terror".  A Bernie Sanders Presidential Campaign Field Organizer, Kyle Jurek, was secretly recorded bragging about his extreme left-wing fringe views, calling for violence and death to those who oppose Sanders' radical policies.  Kyle Jurek, who works out of the Sanders campaign Iowa office, has been paid at least $9,775 since starting in his official campaign role.  Project Veritas Action Fund's undercover journalists secretly recorded Jurek's statements for months; recording footage on multiple occasions where he lashes out against Sanders' Democratic opposition, President Trump's supporters, and others.  The recordings give insight into the mentality of many Sanders staffers and what they truly believe.

Undercover video:  If Trump wins 'cities will burn' vows Sanders staffer.  A member of Sen. Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign is vowing there will be violent repercussions and even death to those who oppose the candidate.  An explosive new video from Project Veritas features disturbing comments from Kyle Jurek, a Sanders campaign staffer working out of the Iowa office who is calling for cities to "burn" if President Donald Trump is reelected.

This assumes the Legislative and Judicial Branches will let Sanders do whatever he wants.
Campaign Staffer Reveals Life Under President Bernie:  Riots, Gulags, Reeducation.  An Iowa field organizer for Sen. Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign believes he knows what the Vermont socialist is thinking and has been willing to share it.  The staffer's taste for violence, and his eagerness to punish those who'd rather not be forced into the commune, are almost exactly as we would have expected.  Apparently believing that he was speaking to a friendly journalist from the mainstream media over the course of several months, Kyle Jurek, described by Sanders' Iowa field director as a "top-tier organizer," went off on a tirade that sounded like Politburo talking points.  When asked if "MAGA people could be reeducated," for instance, Jurek chuckled and said, "we got to try."  Jurek was actually talking to a Project Veritas operative, who was secretly recording their conversations.

Democrats No Longer Dismiss Bernie Sanders's Odds.  In 2019, Sanders raised an eye-popping $100 million.  The grassroots he cultivated in Iowa and New Hampshire four years ago have vaulted him into first place in both states in the RealClearPolitics average of all polls.  Sanders also has the backing of Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and is the only candidate offering a full-throated defense of Medicare for All, now that Elizabeth Warren has admitted she wouldn't push for it during the first two years of her presidency.  For a 78-year-old who suffered a heart attack last fall and has always insisted on serving in Congress as an independent, he displays an astounding resilience that rivals that of Trump.

Is Pelosi Timing the Impeachment Articles' Release so as to Damage Bernie?  The conventional wisdom regarding Nancy Pelosi's holding of the impeachment articles is that, as someone put it, she'd pulled the pin on the grenade and then didn't know what to do.  Yet even if she has bumbled into her current predicament, which seems likely, is there now some method to her madness?  Has she found a way to turn lemons into at least a thimble of lemonade by using the situation to damage the presidential candidate she doesn't want to see capture the Democratic nomination — burgeoning Bernie Sanders — and help the establishment choice, Joe Biden?

Fears of Sanders win growing among Democratic establishment.  Increasingly alarmed that Bernie Sanders could become their party's presidential nominee, establishment-minded Democrats are warning primary voters that the self-described democratic socialist would struggle to defeat President Donald Trump and hurt the party's chances in premier House, Senate and governors' races.

Commie Bernie says Trump designated Soleimani a terrorist just so he could kill him, but Obama gave him amnesty.  Voters in Vermont who have returned Bernie Sanders to Congress year after year after year have done a bigger disservice to American than the lunatics in California who keep electing the likes of Dianne Feinstein, Adam Schiff, and Nancy Pelosi.  Vermonters for Bernie are worse because they continue to elect an avowed Communist to serve a country with a form of government 180 degrees the opposite.

Bernie Sanders Dominates Democratic Candidates Among College Voters, New Poll Shows.  Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders continues to hold a commanding 15 percentage point lead over the rest of the Democratic presidential candidates among college students.  The latest weekly Chegg election tracker survey of Democrat or Democratic Party-leaning undergraduates across the U.S. saw Sanders close out of the year with 38 percent support, which ties his top approval rating for the year.  Sanders has dominated polling at the college level through much of the 2020 campaign, although former Vice President Joe Biden has seen the most significant decline in support since the survey started last March.

Bernie Sanders isn't a joke — he's dangerous.  Pundits wrote off Sen. Bernie Sanders's campaign back in October after his heart attack evoked the risks of nominating a candidate who would turn 80 during the first year of his presidency.  But since then, Sanders has made a remarkable comeback — and not just in terms of his health.  Having climbed to second place nationally and raised a whopping $34.5 million in the fourth quarter, he now finds himself leading in New Hampshire and tied for first place in Iowa, according to the latest CBS/YouGov poll.  Perhaps Joe Biden, who enjoys much stronger support among black voters, is still in a better position to win the Democratic nomination.  But Sanders's candidacy is for real, and that means he must be taken seriously.

Obamaworld Hates Bernie, and Has No Idea How to Stop Him.  Former President Barack Obama's top lieutenants are eager to poke every conceivable hole in Bernie Sanders' resurgent bid for the Democratic nomination.  But ask about a coordinated effort to stop his ascending campaign and you'll get crickets.  Less than a month before voting begins, Obama has declined to offer a preferred pick to take on President Trump in 2020, only occasionally waxing philosophical about the perils of moving too far left and reminding voters to be "rooted in reality" when exploring nominee options.  But as Sanders gained new flashes of traction in recent weeks, the former president's lack of official guidance to halt his momentum, and the scattering of his inner circle to rival campaigns, have hampered any meaningful NeverBernie movement.

Yes, Bernie Sanders Could Be the Nominee — and It Would Be an Epic Nightmare for Democrats.  It suddenly seems that Bernie Sanders — the democratic socialist candidate competing in the Democratic primaries — might actually have a chance of winning a significant number of primaries, thus becoming the Democratic Party's nominee for president in 2020. [...] hould Sanders actually pull off the feat of capturing the nomination, Donald Trump would have been given a gift that almost assures his re-election.  Trump already refers to the Democrats as "the far-left Democrats" and has branded all of the potential candidates as socialists.  "We will not live in a socialist America," he said to cheers in one of his rallies, suggesting that such an outcome would occur should any Democrat win the White House.  With Sanders as the presidential candidate, he could say without distortion that the Vermont senator's end goal is a socialist United States.

Bernie Sanders, Communist.  His supporters try to portray him as a lovable, well-meaning curmudgeon.  In reality, Bernie Sanders is a communist.  That is to say, he is evil.  If he and people like him take over the USA, tens of millions will die of starvation, exactly as happened when the same sort of people with the same ideology took control of Russia (20 million dead) and China (65 million dead).  Don't take my word for it.  Over the years, Sanders has made it clear where he is coming from:  [Video clip]

Bernie Sanders:  Americans Should Support Impeachment Because Trump Is a 'Pathological Liar'.  Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) was unable to provide a sound argument in favor of the impeachment of President Trump during the Democrat debate on Thursday [12/19/2019], reverting to vague talking points and calling the president a "pathological liar."  Moderators kicked off the event by asking candidates how they can persuade more Americans to support the impeachment of the president.

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Was that a moderator, or a Democratic Party cheerleader?

Bernie Sanders unveils plan to boost broadband access, break up internet and cable titans.  ernie Sanders unveiled a plan Friday [12/6/2019] to expand broadband internet access as part of a push to boost the economy and reduce corporate power over Americans.  In his sprawling "High-Speed Internet for All" proposal, the Vermont senator and Democratic presidential candidate calls to treat internet like a public utility.  His campaign argues that the internet should not be a "price gouging profit machine" for companies such as Comcast, AT&T and Verizon.  Sanders' plan would create $150 billion in grants and aid for local and state governments to build publicly owned broadband networks as part of the Green New Deal infrastructure initiative.  The total would mark a massive increase over current funding for broadband development initiatives.

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Bernie Sanders wants the Internet to go faster, reach more people, and get cheaper, without private investors making a profit.  Nothing of the sort will ever happen without private investors.  Bernie Sanders apparently hopes you don't understand capitalism.  And if you attended public schools, you probably don't.

Bernie Sanders leans into anti-Semitism.  America's Magic Grandpa, Bernie Sanders, is a socialist with American characteristics, a millionaire whose life was recently saved by the insertion of an ingeniously capitalist heart stent into his clogged arteries.  Being rich, Bernie could, if he needed it, expect to receive a replacement kidney without it first being cut out of a tax defaulter.

Is Bernie Sanders Still a Communist at Heart?  Socialism appears to be all the rage on the Democratic left.  But for the most part the talk is a rhetorical fake.  Most of the Dems like capitalism because it generates the cash they want to seize, spend, and redistribute.  Even Bernie Sanders, a millionaire with three homes, appears to be a fan.  Sanders, however, was once a genuine socialist, if not a communist, even while serving in public office in America.  In 1980 Sanders was an elector for the ticket of Clifton DeBerry and Andrew Pulley.  Don't recognize the names?  When most Americans were voting for Ronald Reagan, Jimmy Carter, or John Anderson, a few were casting ballots for the Socialist Workers Party standard-bearers, "a ticket which a total of 75 Vermont voters found irresistible," as my friend, Jeffersonian activist, and former state senator John McClaughry noted.  Presumably Sanders was one of them.  The SWP was a communist party, just not the regular one.  In 1928, the "real" commies expelled the Trotskyites, who then founded the Communist League of America.  A decade later the Socialist Party expelled the Trotskyites, leading them to organize the Socialist Workers Party.  So the SWP was communist, but not in sync with the guy then running the Soviet Union.

Does the Left Hate America?  Leftists want to "fundamentally transform" the United States.  Five days before the 2008 presidential election, candidate Barack Obama told a huge audience in Columbia, Missouri, "We are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America."  More recently, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) announced that she plans to "fundamentally transform our government," that America needs "big, structural change" and that her proposed Accountable Capitalism Act would bring about "fundamental change."  Likewise, Senator Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.) said earlier this year, "We're going to try to transform the United States of America," and last month he said, "This campaign is about fundamental change."  Examples are legion.  So, here's a question:  How can one claim to love what one wishes to fundamentally transform?  The answer is obvious:  It isn't possible.

Correcting Voters' Mistakes.  None of the top-tier candidates in the Democrat field are fit to be president; they are all too old, too infirm, too crazed, and most of all, they are too un-American.  Take Bernie Sanders. [...] If Americans were so dim as to actually elect Sanders, we'd have finally shown ourselves to be no longer capable of self-government.

A Totalitarian Marxist, Not a "Social Democrat".  Not that we needed any further confirmation of Bernie Sanders's deep-seated contempt for the United States and its heritage, but a monumentally significant tweet that he sent out on Tuesday [10/29/2019] made it crystal clear that his political agenda has nothing whatsoever to do with defending the Constitution of the United States.  Rather, it is entirely about gaining limitless power and dominance over the lives, the actions, and even the private thoughts of every living American.  In a manner reminiscent of Barack Obama's pledge to "fundamentally transform the United States of America" during his presidency, Sanders tweeted:  "Our campaign is not only about changing the system politically and economically.  We will change the value system of this country."  Sanders is made of precisely the same totalitarian stuff as Obama.  And like Obama, Sanders's entire adult life has been devoted to giving aid and comfort to America's totalitarian enemies.

Is an electable Democrat not nominable and a nominable Democrat not electable?  The Democrat field for president may see its second billionaire, Michael Bloomberg.  The former New York City mayor laments that the current field of Dems are "not the way to run a railroad."  Indeed. [...] Most of the riders are secret socialists, but one cranky codger actually admits it.  Like a lot of socialists, he's angry about the cards that life has dealt him but noticeably quiet about how he's played them.  He has no chance of winning but he's on the train anyway, just as he was last time, because it's free and at each station he gets an audience to shout at.  He mostly shouts that he's not a billionaire, and so billionaires are bad.  He's only a millionaire with three houses and a fat contract for a book in which he complains about that.  To right this wrong, he wants to make America more like Venezuela.

The Death Throes Of A Party.  Bernie Sanders has not completely lost his appeal for the collectivist demographic.  The heart attack barely broke his stride.  His line of [flimflam] remains consistent:  20th century nanny-state "solutions" for the problem of a sunsetting industrial economy.  The perception out there remains that the unearned riches of the rentier class can be rationally harvested to support the floundering multitudes. [...] Note:  Bernie raised his hand along with everybody else on the debate platform to give free medical care to border jumpers, and it's all on tape, too, like the Liz Warren vapor trail.  Guess how that will play in the reddish states.

The Bonfire of the Democrats.  [Scroll down]  Sanders. [...] He expresses fully the ambitions of the marxist left in America.  People understand that their well indoctrinated marxist children love Bernie because their marxist professors, spawn of the 60's and 70's, told their children to love Bernie.  Unlike most Americans he detests Israel as an example of the "Western Imperialism" that his ally Ilhan Omar says they are going to fight when they are in office as a team along with Rashida Tlaib and AOC.  BTW AOC has now stated that the 900 prisoner release is a good idea because we should not have prisons.

Democrats and the 'Fight Against Western Imperialism'.  At a recent Bernie Sanders rally in Minneapolis, Representative Ilhan Omar endorsed him for President with a rousing declaration that Sanders "will fight against Western imperialism."  Yes, you read correctly — "western imperialism."  And Sanders' supporters attending cheered.  Who would have thought it possible that a U.S. presidential candidate, from one of the nation's two main parties would accept, and do nothing to correct or outright rebuff an endorsement that included an exhortation to "fight against Western imperialism"? Or that other Americans would cheer such a statement.  But it was "Bernie," and he reveled in the introduction.  Do both Representative Omar and Senator Sanders need to be reminded of how this nation voluntarily chose to "extend its national power through diplomacy and military force" — as dictionaries define "imperialism" — to rescue her native Somalia and its people?  A history lesson is in order.

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The first time I got my hands on a good shortwave radio, in about 1969, I was surprised that I could easily pick up Radio Moscow, Radio South Africa, the BBC, the Voice of America, and with a little luck and patience, Radio Hanoi.  The "news" broadcasts on Radio Moscow persistently and continually railed about "the Yankee imperialist aggressors" in Viet Nam.  It was a stark contrast to Huntley and Brinkley.  I had never heard of anyone calling the U.S. an imperialist aggressor.  Fifty years later, here's another communist complaining about imperialism.  And he's a U.S. Senator!

Sen. Sanders Says U.S. Will Admit 'At Least 50,000 Climate Migrants in His 1st Year in Office'.  Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) says he will create a new program that will admit "at least 50,000" people fleeing climate change in his first year in office, if he's elected president. [...] By 2050, "200 million people will be displaced by climate change," Sanders says, promising to welcome them into the U.S.

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This proves one (or both) of two things:  Either the U.S. has the best climate in the world, or climate change is just a pity party and an excuse to bring in more welfare-addicted freeloading Democrat voters.  Can you name one person who is "fleeing climate change" today?  Fleeing?  How much has the climate changed, so that these people find it necessary to flee?  And if the U.S. has such a huge "carbon footprint," as the alarmists claim, why would anyone want to come here and add to it?  This is all political flimflam!

Bernie and Liz differentiate.  When the presidential campaign season began, Bernie Sanders may have figured, as many of us did, that Elizabeth Warren would not make a strong run for the nomination.  Polls did not place her at or near the top of the pack.  Warren may have figured that Sanders, though polling well, would fade.  To many, he seemed like yesterday's man.  Whether for these reasons or some other, neither Sanders nor Warren has seen fit to attack the other.  This, despite the fact that both are thought to be competing for the left-most Democratic primary voters and caucus goers.  But Warren has emerged as a top tier candidate — arguably the frontrunner — and Sanders has not faded.  Thus, as we approach the Iowa caucuses, the two are now seeking to distinguish themselves from each other.

Bernie Sanders:  Trump Is Racist, Sexist, Xenophobe, Homophobe, Religious Bigot.  Presidential hopeful Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) campaigned in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on Sunday night alongside Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and attempted to slam President Donald Trump with unsubstantiated labels.  "This is, in addition to all of that, a president who is a racist, who is a sexist, who is a xenophobe, a homophobe, and a religious bigot," Bernie Sanders claimed.  "This is a president who is trying to divide us up based on the color of our skin, where we were born, our sexual orientation, or our religion."

Bernie Sanders: 'We Will Change the Value System of This Country'.  Sen. Bernie Sanders (D.-Vt.) sent out a Tweet on Tuesday vowing to change the value system of the United States of America.  "Our campaign is not only about changing the system politically and economically," he said.  "We will change the value system of this country.  "We're not going to worship corrupt billionaires anymore," he said.

Bernie: 'I Don't Think I Have To' Explain How To Pay For Socialized Medicine.  2020 Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders of Vermont said in an interview published Tuesday that he doesn't believe he needs to tell voters how it's possible to fund his massively expensive plans for socialized medicine dubbed "Medicare for All."  When pressed by CNBC's John Harwood on how a Sanders administration would come up with enough revenue for the program, Sanders dismissed the concern.

Sanders tells black student he should 'respect' police to avoid being gunned down.  Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders told a black student during a forum at South Carolina's Benedict College to "respect" police "so that you don't get shot in the back of the head."  The Vermont senator's comments were in response to the male student, who asked:  "If I was your son, what advice would you give me the next time I would be pulled over by a police officer," according to online video.  "I would do my best to identify who that police officer is in a polite way, ask him or her for their name," Sanders replied during the Second Step Presidential Justice Forum on Saturday at the historically black college.

How Bernie Sanders became a favorite among Muslim Americans.  "Sanders has taken an active role in elevating Muslim communities and Muslim spokespersons in the national presidential debate," said Robert McCaw, director of the government affairs department at the Council on American-Islamic Relations.  "He's not shy in going into Muslim spaces publicly and endorsing our issues and making them a part of the campaign."

More about CAIR.

Democratic Debate: 10 Questions Left on the Cutting Room Floor.  [#2] Sen. Bernie Sanders, for years, you've said, "We are now spending twice as much per capita on health care as do the people of any other country."  And for years, PolitiFact has said that's false.  So why do you keep saying it?

Ocasio-Cortez, Omar, Tlaib set to endorse Bernie Sanders: reports.  Three members of the so-called "Squad" of far-left freshman members of Congress are lining up behind Sen. Bernie Sanders for president.  Fox News has learned that Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., will appear with Sanders on Saturday in Queens, N.Y., at a "Bernie's Back" rally designed to generate excitement for the senator's campaign following his recent heart procedure.  Rep. Ihan Omar, D-Minn., will also endorse the candidate, Fox News confirmed.

Time for Brutal Honesty About Bernie Sanders.  Two stents mean that the long-term prognosis for Bernie is almost certainly not encouraging.  In fact, it might be downright discouraging — there is no telling where else the plaque will form, or where else the thrombuses and emboluses will show up.  Raising $25 million in Q3 was nice, but all the money in the world isn't going to help you, if you are not there to enjoy it.

Billionaires Could Face Tax Rates Up to 97.5% Under Sanders.  Billionaires may have much more to fear from a Bernie Sanders presidency than they do from an Elizabeth Warren administration, according to two economists advising both candidates.  That's one of the conclusions of a new interactive website developed by University of California, Berkeley professors Emmanuel Saez and Gabriel Zucman.  If Sanders had his way, they calculate that the 400 richest Americans, on average, would have an effective tax rate of 97.5%.  That includes not only their income, but also a wealth tax that whittles away at the family fortune.

Bernie Sanders on Remaining in 2020 Race: 'I'm Not a Quitter'.  In a sit-down interview with CNN, 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) discussed remaining in the race despite suffering a heart attack, saying he feels "really good" now.  Sanders was asked if he thought about dropping out of the race following the heart attack, to which he simply replied, "No."

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You may not be a quitter, but you may be a tired old commie, and at some point it's time to give it up.

Elizabeth Warren's way of winning 2020 nomination risks re-electing Trump.  It's the Elizabeth Warren moment.  She has risen in the polls and is now tied with Joe Biden atop the Real Clear Politics average.  And that rise will likely continue, since she is bound to benefit from Bernie Sanders' health crisis.  She and Sanders have spent the year so far splitting the progressive Democratic vote, and his heart attack last week, as well as the three days of prevaricating his campaign did about it, will likely hasten his polling decline.  Sanders did not appear in the CNN town hall dedicated to gay issues due to his ongoing recovery, which surely raises questions about whether he will actually be on the stage Tuesday when the Democratic field meets for its October debate.

Bernie Sanders Says Heart Attack Will "Change the Nature of the Campaign".  Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders admitted that how he runs his campaign will have to change after he suffered a heart attack last week on the campaign trail.  The Vermont senator was hospitalized in Las Vegas for three days last week when he complained of chest pains during an event.  Sanders had two stents inserted and returned home to Burlington, Vermont, over the weekend to recuperate.  The episode appears to have changed the tenor of the hard-charging 78-year-old senator who winces at the personality contest involved in presidential politics.

The Politics of Futility.  What is the point of Bernie Sanders running for president at the age of 78?  Leaving aside the miracles of modern medicine, what is the guy thinking?  He would be 83 on leaving office in January 2025.  And the guy hasn't had an original thought in decades.  Remember when our Democratic friends were scornful of Ronald Reagan running for president at the age of 69?  As I recall, his age and decrepitude were a constant refrain from the Democratic operatives with bylines throughout his transformative presidency.

Bernie Sanders released from hospital, doctors say he suffered heart attack.  Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders was discharged from a Nevada hospital on Friday, as his doctors acknowledged for the first time that the 78-year-old had suffered a heart attack earlier in the week.  The Sanders campaign released statements from his treating physicians acknowledging Sanders was diagnosed with a myocardial infarction — commonly known as a heart attack.

Doctors Reveal Bernie Sanders Had A Heart Attack.  The campaign for Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) revealed on Friday, as the 78-year-old was discharged from a Las Vegas hospital, that he had suffered a heart attack earlier in the week.  Sanders canceled all campaign events on Tuesday after experiencing chest pains and being rushed to the hospital.  Shortly after arriving at the hospital, the senator underwent surgery "to treat a blocked artery, having two stents inserted to prop open the artery," Reuters reported.

Bernie Sanders Could Have Died Under Medicare-for-All.  On Tuesday night [10/1/2019], Senator Bernie Sanders, the socialist candidate who has run on a plan to nationalize medicine and ban health insurance, began to feel ill while doing an event at a Pakistani Halal restaurant.  Sanders requested a chair in the middle of answering a question.  He appeared even more confused than usual and stumbled through his response.  The event at the Halal restaurant was cut short and the millionaire campaigner against wealth was rushed to the hospital and admitted that very night.  The Sanders campaign failed to state and the media failed to report the name of the hospital.  Why keep the name of the hospital secret?  Sanders is most closely associated with a plan to take away everyone else's access to the kind of health care he just benefited from.  Releasing details about his level of care could prove as embarrassing as the socialist millionaire's recent ascension to the ranks of the 1%.

Bernie Sanders Should Be Grateful We Don't Have 'Medicare for All'.  Within hours of suffering chest pains Tuesday night, Bernie Sanders had stents inserted to relieve the blockage in an artery.  He's lucky.  Because if Sanders lived under "Medicare for All," things likely would not have gone as well.  Sanders, along with every other Democrat pushing "Medicare for All" and its variants, constantly bleat about how the U.S. spends far more on health care but gets worse results than countries such as Canada or the U.K.  But the quality measures — infant mortality and longevity — are notoriously unreliable for international comparisons.

Sanders says he's ready to beat Mike Pence should Trump be forced out.  Sen. Bernie Sanders is already gearing up to defeat Vice President Mike Pence at the ballot box if President Trump does not make it past the Democrats' impeachment attempt.  The Vermont senator and 2020 presidential hopeful tweeted out his blunt message on Monday [9/30/2019], essentially declaring victory no matter who the Republican will be on the ticket.

The Beginning of Bernie's End.  Elizabeth Warren is rising in the polls.  In a recent Quinnipiac survey, she even topped Joe Biden.  In the past month, she has held steady at 23 percent in an average of the polls that qualify a candidate for the debate stage, reflecting a five-point climb after the last debate, and putting her just a few ticks behind Biden.  Parallel with Warren's rise is another phenomenon:  Bernie Sanders is sinking, slowly.

Sanders fires up friendly crowd as teachers union starts strike votes.  The senator and presidential candidate visited CTU headquarters Tuesday [9/24/2019] for a rally to mark the start of a strike vote.

Bernie Says Billionaires Shouldn't Exist.  True to form, 2020 White House candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) told The New York Times Tuesday that billionaires should not exist, while a new survey published by the libertarian-leaning Cato Institute on the same day reveals that Americans decisively disagree.  "I don't think that billionaires should exist," Sanders said in the interview.  "I hope the day comes when they don't."

Sanders targets highest-income Americans with 'extreme wealth tax' and 'national wealth registry'.  Sen. Bernie Sanders on Tuesday proposed an "extreme wealth tax" on the highest-income Americans, along with a "national wealth registry" that he said would help prevent them from avoiding the tax.  The tax rate would start at 1 percent on net worth of more than $32 million and rise with income above that, topping out at 8 percent on wealth over $10 billion.

Bernie Sanders has the teachers in his wallet.  Sanders, by and large, has reaped his biggest whirlwind of support from the so-called educated crowd.  From teachers, he's received $949,470; from professors, meanwhile, he's received an additional $361,408.  That's $1.3 million and some change from those who are supposed to be the better educated batch of the country — from those who are supposed to be schooled in history and government and civics and law — given directly to the one who is trying with every campaign step to tear down the fabric of the country.

Why many Muslims treat Bernie Sanders like a rock star.  Sanders has maintained a fervent following as he campaigns for the Democratic presidential nomination and tries to attract key voting blocs such as African Americans and Latinos.  He has found success among a smaller group rarely on the radar for White House hopefuls:  Muslims.  Other Democratic presidential candidates have visited mosques on the campaign trail this year or spoken to Muslim groups.  But Sanders has done it first and done it bigger, building on relationships with Muslim communities that took off during his previous presidential campaign, said Youssef Chouhoud, a political science professor at Christopher Newport University who studies the role of Muslims in politics.

Sanders unveils plan to cancel all $81 billion of US medical debt.  Bernie Sanders released a plan to erase all of America's medical debt — about $81 billion — as part of his multifaceted strategy to dramatically reshape the provision of healthcare.  The Democratic presidential candidate's proposal, released Saturday morning, would not only forgive debt through government negotiation with collectors, but also would reform the means by which debt is collected and upend the system that he says only hurts people seeking protection by filing for bankruptcy.  His plan would also replace credit reporting agencies like Equifax with a public credit registry that ignores medical debt when calculating scores.

Bernie Sanders says the climate in the United States is the best in the world.
Sanders: 'I Would Be Positively Disposed to' Expanding Asylum to Include Climate Refugees.  During an MSNBC climate change forum on Thursday, 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) stated that he believes he "would be positively disposed to" expanding asylum categories to include people who are pushed out of their homes due to climate change.  Moderator Chris Hayes asked, "Would you favor expanding the asylum categories, which are enumerated, right, to include a category for people that are specifically climate — pushed out by climate?"

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Nobody in the world is "pushed out" of their country by the climate, and even if they were, it is a mistake to presume that the best place for such "refugees" is the United States.  If the weather is too hot for you, move away from the equator.  If the weather is too cold, move the other way.

The New Road to Serfdom.  Senators Sanders and Warren are battling for the heart and soul of the progressive wing of the democrat party by making outlandish promises.  Neither claims to be a socialist, Sanders says he's a democratic socialist whatever that is, but their proposals and philosophy certainly have the trappings of Socialism.  Their basic philosophy is to promise programs that guarantee individual security and deliver on those promises by increasing government authority over all aspects of life and the economy.  Senator Sanders has just introduced his Green New Deal with a price tag of $16 trillion over 10 years.  This is on top of Medicare for All, free tuition, family leave, and expanded social security.  Depending on whose analysis is used, the cost of these promises has to exceed $4 trillion annually.  The Federal Government's budget for this fiscal year is only $4.4 trillion.

Sanders campaign wracked by dissension.  Some of Bernie Sanders' fiercest supporters are sounding the alarm that the campaign is bogged down by disorganization, personality clashes and poor communication between state operations and national headquarters.  After a pair of setbacks this week — the acrimonious shakeup of his staff in New Hampshire on Sunday and loss of the Working Families Party's endorsement to Elizabeth Warren a day later — Sanders' allies and former aides are worried that recent disappointments are not one-off stumbles but rather emblematic of larger problems in his bid for the White House.  The concerns are particularly acute in New Hampshire.

Bernie Sanders's Anti-Semitic Surrogate.  Senator Bernie Sanders's announced last week that Palestinian-American activist and Women's March co-chair Linda Sarsour would be joining his presidential campaign as an official surrogate.  Sanders is in a fierce competition with Senator Elizabeth Warren and other Democrats for the votes of the party's left-wing base, which united behind him in opposition to Hillary Clinton four years ago.  So it says something important about the tone of the nomination battle that Sanders and his team think Sarsour will help them more than her baggage will hurt them.  Sarsour became a celebrity in the months after Trump's election as one of the organizers of the Women's March, which mobilized the "resistance" to the new administration even before it took office.  The group gave her a prominent platform, but from the very start of the massive anti-Trump rallies that launched it on the day after Trump's inauguration, it was clearly tainted by anti-Semitism.

Why Bernie Sanders' 'overpopulation' theory is total bunk.  Bernie Sanders is a real blast from the past.  Not only does the aging pol peddle failed socialist ideas that are better at producing tyranny than prosperity, now he's recycling the long discredited idea that we are breeding ourselves off the face of the planet.  Even that other New York City newspaper long ago abandoned the cherished leftist belief in "overpopulation," calling it one of the myths of the 20th Century.

Dem Nomination Is Warren's to Lose — and That's Dangerous.  Not just because of the latest poll, but barring the unforeseen at Thursday night's debate or whenever, the Democratic Party presidential nomination is Elizabeth Warren's to lose.  Joe Biden is too... let's be kind... memory-challenged to survive in the long haul and Bernie Sanders has so completely revealed his Marxist (and anti-Semitic... like his idol Karl, Bernie is a Jewish anti-Semite) soul by making an alliance with the terrorist-friendly, femo-Islamist Linda Sarsour that Ms. Warren has the playing field to herself.  And if that isn't enough, the Vermont senator recently advocated for abortion as a solution to climate change at the same time as he is calling for the expansion of every social program under the sun from free college to free healthcare for illegal aliens.  Any ninth grader (well, not in our country, but possibly in China) could tell him you can't logically have both, expanding programs and population contraction.

Bernie Sanders Attends ISNA Convention With Islamists Who Backed Killing Gay People.  When ISNA, an Islamic group accused of supporting terrorists, announced a presidential forum for ISNACON 2019, the expectations were low.  The Islamic Society of North America had been created by Muslim Brotherhood members and was named as an unindicted co-conspirator in the Hamas Holy Land Foundation trial.  And even if the 2020 Democrats were willing to overlook the minor matter of murdering Jews, which they usually are, Muzammil Siddiqi, ISNA's former president who chairs its Fiqh Council, which dispenses Islamic sharia law, has assented to the death penalty for homosexuality.

NYT Keeps Readers In The Dark On Bernie Sanders' Population Control Comments.  The New York Times is keeping readers in the dark about Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders' embrace of population control, including abortion, as a means of combating climate change.  Sanders was asked during CNN's climate town hall on Wednesday whether he would support measures to curb population growth in order to protect the climate.  The Vermont senator answered yes, and said using taxpayer dollars to fund abortion abroad, "especially in poor countries around the world," is something he "very, very strongly" supports.

Sanders under fire for remarks on population control.  Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) has came under fire from conservatives on social media Thursday [9/5/2019] after he said he would be open to discussing population control as a means to combat climate change.  The presidential candidate made the comments on Wednesday at a climate town hall on CNN after he was asked by an attendee about rising populations and how the planet "can not sustain this growth."  The questioner, identified by CNN as a teacher named Martha Readyoff, said that she realized linking population control to climate was a topic "poisonous for politicians, but it's crucial to face."

Sanders under fire for remarks on population control.  Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) has came under fire from conservatives on social media Thursday after he said he would be open to discussing population control as a means to combat climate change.  The presidential candidate made the comments on Wednesday at a climate town hall on CNN after he was asked by an attendee about rising populations and how the planet "can not sustain this growth."  The questioner, identified by CNN as a teacher named Martha Readyoff, said that she realized linking population control to climate was a topic "poisonous for politicians, but it's crucial to face."

Bernie Sanders Calls on Accelerating Abortions in Countries Populated by People of Color.  In a bizarre, almost surreal CNN town hall event that repeatedly claimed hurricanes are all man-made, Democrat presidential candidate Bernie Sanders called for a global-scale eugenics program to reduce the human population by accelerating abortions in countries populated by people of color.  Advocacy for all this came from Sanders' response to a pre-screened question from an audience member named Martha Readyoff, "a teacher from New Milford, Connecticut."  Her question is heavily peppered with presuppositions, such as claiming abortion is "empowering women."  The question was obviously intended to push Sanders toward a more radical left-wing position, and he took the bait.

Bernie Sanders says abortion and birth control should be used to fight climate change.  Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has been criticised after arguing population control should be part of tackling climate change.  The Vermont senator told a TV debate that women "in poor countries" should have access to birth control.

Bernie Sanders Reaches A New Level Of Depravity.  I'm not sure calling those pushing climate hysteria a cult is enough anymore.  We are at the full blown human sacrifice stage.[...] This is a level of depravity that you'd expect to see in 1930s Nazi Germany.  It's sick, sick stuff that should be immediately disqualifying.  The idea that people must be culled in order to "save the environment" is not a new one.  It has its roots in eugenics and the ridiculous musings of Malthusian theory, which has been proven be absolute horse crap over the decades.  The planet is not nearing peak population, nor resource use.  There is simply no science to back up such craziness.  But with climate change, that kind of garbage has seen a new rise because it's no longer about resources for these people.  Now they claim it's about too many people emitting carbon.  Climate change has went from just being overwrought insanity to a death cult.

Bernie Sanders says he supports worldwide funded abortions to combat climate change.  Socialist presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders says if he's elected, he wants American taxpayers to pay for abortions in poor countries around the world to limit population growth.  Why?  Because Sanders claims mass abortions will limit climate change.  Sanders made the assertions at the CNN townhall discussing the "climate crisis."

Climate experts want more nuclear power.  Sanders and Warren pledged to eliminate it.  I'm grateful that others had the time and patience to sort through that seven-hour "climate crisis" ratings debacle on CNN this week, because I certainly couldn't sit through it.  One of the key moments, at least in terms of the nation's future energy policy, came from Elizabeth Warren when she decided to weigh in on America's nuclear energy capabilities.  The consensus among virtually every expert in this field, including scientists who are concerned about carbon emissions and climate change, is that we need more nuclear power (actually, a lot more) not less.  And yet there was Warren, vowing to shut down every reactor in the country as quickly as possible.

Bernie Sanders: '...When We Pass The Green New Deal and Medicare for All, We Will:  Save the Planet'.  Sen. Bernie Sanders sent out a Tweet on Tuesday [9/3/2019] responding to a Tweet from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in which McConnell said that Democrats who want to enact The Green New Deal and Medicare for All seek "to turn America into a socialist country."  Sanders argued that those programs would "save the planet."

Sanders supports US taxpayer funding of third-world abortions to combat climate change.  Sen. Bernie Sanders threw his support behind U.S. taxpayer-funded abortions in third-world countries when an audience member stressed the importance of curbing the human population because of climate change.  "Human population growth has more than doubled in the past 50 years.  The planet cannot sustain this growth," an audience member said.  "I realize this is a poisonous topic for politicians, but it's crucial to face.  Empowering women and educating everyone on the need to curb population growth seems a reasonable campaign to enact.  Would you be courageous enough to discuss this issue and make it a key feature of a plan to address climate catastrophe?"

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It seems to me that overpopulation is an indication that the world-wide climate is ideal, and getting better.  If there were a billion fewer in the world, the climate would not be affected.  The climate is the same today as it was when the world population was half of what it is now.

Dems Aim To Win Back Working Class With ... A Meat Tax?  There's been a spate of articles in recent days about how Democrats need to win back working-class voters who defected to President Donald Trump in 2016 if they want to regain the White House.  Right in the middle of this discussion, Sen. Bernie Sanders provided yet another reminder of how incredibly, unbelievably out of touch the Democratic Party is with those voters. [...] At a campaign event in South Carolina last week, an attendee noted how Germany is considering a 19% meat tax to fight climate change, and asked Sanders if he would support one to "ensure that Americans limit their consumption of animal products?"  "You're right," the Vermont Democrat responded.  "We've got to look at agriculture, we've got to look at every cause of the crisis that we face."

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There is no climate crisis, and eating meat does not make the weather change.

Bernie Sanders' Perpetual Motion Green New Deal.  First, Bernie will "ban the imports and exports of fossil fuels".  There will also be bans on fracking, coal mining and offshore drilling.  And he'll also "ensure fossil fuels stay in the ground by stopping the permitting and building of new fossil fuel extraction, transportation, and refining infrastructure."  You wouldn't want those fossil fuels escaping the ground and sustaining human civilization.  Then, President Bernie will use the SEC to force "financial institutions, universities, insurance corporations" to divest from oil and gas and buy "clean energy bonds".  Those "clean energy bonds" will be subsidizing the failed "renewables" strategy that doesn't work, but will now have been mandated.  Federal pension funds will also be forced to throw away the futures of their workers in the same way.  By 2030, the entire country's electricity and transportation grid will be powered by "100 percent renewable energy."  Which is to say you'll spend a lot of time sitting around in the dark.

Sanders Unveils Plan To Cancel $81 Billion Worth Of Existing Medical Debt.  Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders previewed a plan to cancel about $81 billion worth of existing medical debt in the United States.  The plan, which will be released in September, would cancel $81 billion in past-due medical debt, repeal sections of the 2005 bankruptcy reform bill and protect credit scores from being affected by medical debt, according to a press release obtained by The Hill on Saturday [8/31/2019].

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Wow, that sure was a remarkable feat of journalism when The Hill "obtained" that press release.  Good job!  It's not like press releases are handed out to anyone who will accept them.

Bernie Sanders is coming for your meat.  Not content with his proposals for how Americans are to live their lives, Bernie Sanders now suggests he's open taxing meat as another means of virtue-signalling on global warming.

Sen. Sanders preps a plan to 'end all medical debt' in US.  In addition to canceling student loan debt, Independent Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders will introduce a new proposal to eliminate Americans' medical debt.  During a town hall in South Carolina on Friday [8/30/2019], the 2020 presidential hopeful said he is working on legislation to "end all medical debt in this country."

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Why don't you just cancel the national debt while you're at it?

Bernie Sanders is coming for your newspaper.  In a little noted op-ed published in Columbia Journalism Review, socialist Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders outlined his "plan" for journalism, headlined:  "Op-Ed:  Bernie Sanders on his plan for journalism."  Plan?  Just that word "plan" ought to give any self-respecting journalist the creeps.  After all, journalists operate under the First Amendment, an inalienable protection and right, in the same way gun-owners derive their right to bear arms through the Second Amendment.  The press doesn't operate under five-year plans from all-knowing central planners, which is exactly what Sanders's logic has more than a whiff of.

Bernie Sanders' Red Roots Are Starting To Show.  [Scroll down]  2015 Sanders is also inconsistent with the Sanders of spring 2019, who, according to People's World, which claims to be the "voice for progressive change and socialism" in America, "will propose workers take ownership of individual plants and businesses, removing them from the hands of the bosses and financiers who back them."  Ownership won't change hands unless a coercive government becomes involved and socializes business.  The workers can't simply vote companies over to themselves.  Last week Sanders appeared on MSNBC, where he seemed to agree with the host that nationalization of electricity production is necessary.  While discussing "how power is generated and distributed," Chris Hayes told Sanders "you propose essentially a takeover of the whole thing.  Essentially a Tennessee Valley Authority extension for the whole country.  Am I understanding that correctly?"  "Yeah, yeah, you're in the ballpark, that's right," Sanders replies.

What Industry Doesn't Bernie Want Government To Take Over?  The news media!  [Video clip]

Sen. Bernie Sanders Envisions a Federal Takeover of U.S. Renewable Energy Production.  "Climate change is a global emergency," Sen. Bernie Sanders declared, and on Thursday [8/22/2019], he unveiled a $16.3 TRILLION plan — that's Trillion with a "T," to fight climate change.  According to Sanders' campaign website, he aims to reach 100 percent renewable energy for electricity and transportation by no later than 2030 and complete decarbonization by 2050 at latest.  He would do this by "expanding the existing federal Power Marketing Administrations to build new solar, wind, and geothermal energy sources."

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Bernie Sandizzz is apparently a flat-out communist.  I have no doubt that he "Envisions a Federal Takeover" of all the means of production.  Hey, Bernie, what happens when the wind stops at sunset, and all we have is wind mills and solar panels?  There is no climate emergency, Bernie, and even if the weather gets warmer or colder (at the rate of two degrees over the course of a lifetime), it's not worth shutting down the country to fix it.  SWRpb3Qh

Bernie and the Democrats:  How Anger Makes You Stupid.  In case you missed it, or are exclusively a reader of the New York Times, late last week Bernie Sanders tweeted this nugget:  "Fossil fuel executives should be criminally prosecuted for the destruction they have knowingly caused."  No, that wasn't The Onion or The Babylon Bee.  It was the real deal.  The always-furious Vermont senator wants to incarcerate the very people who are responsible for keeping the lights on and the air conditioners running in the operating rooms of almost every hospital, not only in America but across the globe.  And that's just the beginning of the myriad necessities of human life provided for at this point in human history by these supposed criminals in the eyes of the self-described democratic socialist of the multiple houses and private jets.

Sanders Announces $16 Trillion Green Energy Plan:  "You Can't Nibble Around The Edges" On Climate Change.  During an interview Thursday night [8/22/2019] with MSNBC's Chris Hayes, Sen. Bernie Sanders explained how his version of the Green New Deal would essentially nationalize energy production by creating a nationwide sustainable version of the Tennessee Valley Authority in order to completely replace fossil fuels with wind, solar, and other sustainable methods.

Bernie Sanders: The $6 Trillion Man.  Over 10 years, Sanders wants to spend:  almost $33 trillion on Medicare for All, more than $16 trillion on a Green New Deal, $2 trillion on free college and debt forgiveness, $3.5 trillion on a jobs guarantee, and $1.8 trillion on new Social Security benefits.  Add it all up, and it's more than $5.6 trillion a year.  Assuming that every one of these programs costs more than Sanders claims, the grand total would easily reach $6 trillion a year.  For those keeping score, that would more than double the size of the federal government, which this year will spend a total of $4.5 trillion.

Sanders to Displace Homeless in Sacramento for Campaign Event.  Sen. Bernie Sanders' (I-VT) upcoming campaign event in Sacramento, California, is expected to displace some of the homeless population in the area.  Sanders is slated to hold a campaign event in Sacramento on Thursday in the Cesar Chavez Plaza, an area where the magnitude of the homelessness crisis in the city — and state — is visibly apparent.  An op-ed published in the Sacramento Bee on Wednesday [8/21/2019] notes the effect Sanders' stop will have on the homeless population in the area and suggests that it makes for a less-than-ideal situation from an optics standpoint.

Sanders puts out massive plan to fight climate change.  Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), a 2020 White House hopeful, on Thursday [8/22/2019] unveiled his sweeping Green New Deal to tackle climate change, a plan he says would take on "the single greatest challenge facing our country" and create 20 million jobs.  "This is a pivotal moment in the history of America — and really, in the history of humanity.  The climate crisis is not only the single greatest challenge facing our country; it is also our single greatest opportunity to build a more just and equitable future, but we must act immediately," said Sanders.

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Can Bernie Sanders prove there is a "climate crisis," or any extraordinary change in world-wide weather?  Yes, it's a lot hotter than it was six months ago, but that's a condition called, "summer."  What exactly will 20 million people do, that will stop the climate from changing?  Who will pay these 20 million people?  What are those 20 million people doing today?  Must they all earn a "living wage?"  Will they all qualify for paternity leave, taxpayer-funded abortions, and sex-change operations?  Must they all be U.S. citizens?  Will they all be unionized, so that a large portion of their dues will go straight to the Abortion Party?  Is the weather really the "the single greatest challenge facing our country?"  Not China, Iran, or North Korea?  Not Islam, Antifa, or Fake News?  The answers should be obvious.

Bernie Sanders targets 'institutional racism' in criminal justice overhaul.  Declaring the criminal justice system ruined by pervasive racism and "corporate profiteering," Sen. Bernard Sanders proposed a massive overhaul Sunday [8/18/2019] that would free many drug convicts, abolish the death penalty and solitary confinement, and promote an unarmed "civilian corps" to replace the police for lower-level calls.

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In other words, the "civilian corps" will be a group of vigilantes and busybodies.  Of course they will be unarmed at first.  They will have tasers and pepper spray, and when one of them gets killed while butting into a family argument, or writing a ticket for jaywalking, then they will all be armed.  Just like the regular cops, but with less training and no skills.  I know several people who will volunteer to be self-important para-cops as soon as this program starts, just to get the discount price at the all-you-can-eat buffet.

Bernie Sanders threatens to 'leverage' US aid to combat Israel 'racism'.  Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., threatened Tuesday to use billions of dollars in aid to Israel as "leverage" to combat what he called "racism" from the Jewish state's government, while going so far as to compare America's Israel alliance to its relationship with Saudi Arabia.  Sanders, one of the leading candidates in the Democratic presidential primary race and an increasingly vocal critic of the Netanyahu government, said during a New Hampshire town hall event that the U.S. should take a broader view of the Middle East — and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in particular — and not always side with Israel.

Bernie Sanders staffers manhandle press at Iowa State Fair.  A campaign staffer for Bernie Sanders was screamed at by a local photojournalist who was repeatedly shoved following the Vermont senator's remarks at the Iowa State Fair.  The confrontation erupted after members of the campaign relentlessly pushed the local journalists to make room for Sanders as he made his way to various attractions at the fair on Sunday [8/11/2019].  The press pool erupted in chaos as Sanders left the campaign event, which was hosted by the Des Moines Register.

Bernie Sanders has made the same false claim about health spending for 10 years.  Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont is once again saying on the campaign trail and in interviews that the US spends twice as much on health care, per capita, as any other country in the world.  It's a claim he has been making since at least 2009, when PolitiFact noted that it was false.  He made it again in 2015, when PolitiFact noted that it was still false.

Bernie Sanders:  Tax the rich to pay for Medicare for All (and everything else).  Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders said the U.S. could afford universal healthcare, canceling student debt and making tuition free at public colleges — by slapping higher taxes on wealthy individuals and big companies in order to pay for it all.  Addressing a room in Miami on Thursday [8/8/2019] at the annual National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) Convention, the 2020 Democratic presidential contender elaborated on his campaign proposal to cancel federal student loans for 45 million Americans, and make public higher education free.

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Public education has never been provided at no cost.  Elementary, middle, and high schools are all funded by thousands of taxpayer dollars per student, per year.  Even the residents who have no children attending public schools are paying taxes as if they did.  Nothing is free.

Ben & Jerry unveil new Bernie Sanders flavor, fans disappointed it's not free.  Ice cream creators Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield are known for their line of bizarrely named creamy confections, as well as their left-wing political advocacy.  Hailing from Vermont, their love for Bernie Sanders and his particular flavor of socialism is no secret.

Bernie's campaign union strife is what he proposes for the whole country.  For many conservatives, the labor struggles of socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders are greatly amusing.  The senator has never seen a favor to Big Labor that he didn't support, yet his presidential campaign staff complain to the press about their working conditions.  He also neglects to pay them the mythical $15 an hour minimum wage he promotes on Capitol Hill and in his stump speeches.  More incongruous was the senator's response.  He told the press, "It does bother me that people [i.e., union members and officials] are going outside of the process and going to the media. ... That is really not acceptable.  It is really not what labor negotiations are about, and it's improper."  To the contrary, taking the campaign to the media is precisely what modern labor negotiations are about.

Sanders says he would 'absolutely' consider cutting US military aid to Israel.  U.S. presidential hopeful Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) says while he is "not anti-Israel," America "cannot just be pro-Israel, pro-Israel, pro-Israel," but has to be "pro-region."

Bernie Sanders Campaign Accused of Retaliating Against Staffers for Unionizing.  Sen. Bernie Sanders' (I-VT) presidential campaign has been accused of retaliating against staffers for unionizing, as new details of the federal labor complaint made on July 19 continue to surface.  An unnamed individual filed the complaint to the National Labor Relations Board on July 19 and alleged five potential violations, including retaliation, discipline, discharge, interrogation, and repudiation.  Details of the complaint against the Bernie Sanders campaign have been scarce, but Bloomberg Law obtained a copy of the charge, which details the allegations further.

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Bernard Sanders:  Stretch Limousine Liberal.  Why should any of us buy what Sanders is selling if he himself won't buy what he's selling?  Sanders wants businesses to pay $15.00 per hour to their employees, but some of his own campaign staff earn less than that due to the number of weekly hours they work.  Now some of those employees are demanding they be paid what Sanders wants to force upon all business-owners.  Sanders has responded by limiting the number of hours some staffers work in order to keep their hourly pay at $15.00.  This is what we call "irony."  Democrats believe in "higher taxes," "redistribution of wealth," "publicly financed elections," "democratic socialism," "fundamental transformation," or "it takes a village" not for themselves; they all love money as much as anyone else.  They just believe in these guaranteed-to-fail policies for everyone else.

Bernie Sanders campaign hit with unfair labor practices federal complaint.  According to a complaint to the National Labor Relations Board filed July 19, the Bernie Sanders campaign is behaving like a ruthless anti-union corporation of labor history lore. [...] It is not known who filed the complaint, and Bloomberg notes that any person can file such a complaint, so it is not even clear if a campaign employee was responsible for it.  Nonetheless, the complaint automatically triggers an investigation.

The minimum wage is known for killing jobs, but what else does it do?  Congress voted to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2025 as HR 582 passed 231-199.  The "Raise the Wage Act" garnered the support of three Republicans, but it did not receive votes from six Democrats.  It will now move to the GOP-controlled Senate, making it potentially dead on arrival as Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said that he does not plan on taking up the legislation.  It was reported that staffers on the Sanders 2020 presidential campaign are upset that they are not earning $15 an hour, something that the long-time socialist has demanded for years.  Rather than lead by example, his campaign compensates employees $13.  When Sanders was asked about this, he seemed to be more upset by personnel going to the media, [...]

Bernie Sanders Just Destroyed the Case For A $15 Minimum Wage.  Last week he tweeted:  "There's nothing 'extreme' about raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour."  Then over the weekend, Sanders had to go to an extreme.  After taking fire for paying some members of his salaried unionized campaign staff the equivalent of the market rate of $13 an hour, he had to announce "he will cut staffers' hours so that they can effectively be paid a $15-an-hour minimum."  Sanders, who has never started a business, and therefore doesn't understand how companies meet payroll responsibilities (or refuses to acknowledge the financial realities of having to do so), found out that there are consequences when wages are increased by artificial means rather than market forces.  Companies have to either cut jobs or cut hours — and sometimes both.

Pay Attention Millennials — Bernie Sanders Will Cut Campaign Worker Hours to Achieve $15 Hour Wages.  After coming under fire for not delivering on his promise to pay campaign workers $15/hr, communist Bernie has a solution:  Cut their hours.  Then workers will be forced to get another job.  Perhaps, just perhaps, democrat voters will notice this was/is the outcome of the Obama economic wage/labor scheme that led to people having to get two and three jobs.  An outcome those same democrat candidates openly rail against in talking points.

Bernie Sanders campaign responds to staffers' demand for $15 minimum wage by cutting back hours.  Congrats on finally becoming a capitalist, Bernie.  If you missed Ed's post on Friday about Team Bernie's crash course in real-world economics, read it now for background.  The campaign's field organizers realized they've been working an average of 60 hours a week at a rate of $36,000 per year, which shakes out to a bit less than $15 per hour — the magic number Bernie himself has demanded be set as the new federal minimum wage.  He can't pay us less than what he wants every American to be paid, his staffers rightly reasoned.  So they've complained to management and the complaints leaked into the press and now there's a hubbub over the country's most prominent socialist nickel-and-diming his own labor force and, quite simply, it's the feelgood story of the summer.

Bernie Sanders Refuses to Pay His Campaign Workers $15/hr.  Bernie Sanders is upset that his campaign workers have gone to the media with their concerns about Bernie's wage hypocrisy.  "It does bother me that people are going outside of the process and going to the media," he said.  "That is really not acceptable.  It is really not what labor negotiations are about, and it's improper," he grumbled.  The campaign pay and benefit issue is a little funny considering how Bernie Sanders holds himself up as the global arbiter of all that is righteous and indignant about worker's pay.

Bernie Sanders' campaign workers complaining, fleeing over 'poverty wages': report.  Presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders has pledged to American workers that he would institute a $15-per-hour minimum wage if he wins the White House in 2020.  But unionized workers on Sanders' own campaign say they wish he would start now — by paying a higher wage to them.  According to a report, members of Sanders' staff have been using the senator's own campaign rhetoric against him as they try to wrestle more pay from the self-described democratic socialist.

Roosevelt versus the refugees:  One FDR policy that Bernie Sanders never mentions.  In his recent major policy speech at Georgetown University, Bernie Sanders repeatedly invoked the name of President Franklin D. Roosevelt.  He hailed "the bold and visionary leadership" of FDR, recalling how "Roosevelt led a transformation of the American government and the American economy."  Sanders often cites Roosevelt as his role model and the New Deal as the template for Sanders's vision of America.  Yet at Georgetown, as on so many other occasions, there was one important area of Roosevelt's policies that Sanders conspicuously failed to mention:  immigration.  Sanders favors a much more liberal U.S. immigration policy.  Not Roosevelt.  In fact, FDR's immigration policy was so strict that if Sanders's father, Eli, had not arrived from Poland before Roosevelt became president, he probably would not have been admitted.

No Bernie, the Police and Fire Departments Are Not Socialism.  In their incessant propaganda war to move the United States leftwards, leftists often claim that this country already is partly socialist.  And they are partially correct.  But in their urgency to fool us all, they often stretch their argument to include many institutions that are decidedly not socialist.  In the war of ideas, it's important that those of us who love liberty and oppose socialism actually understand the difference.  Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who knows socialism better than anyone, often plays this deceptive game.  As he recently said:  "When you go to your public library, when you call your fire department or the police department, what do you think you're calling?  These are socialist institutions."  Yes, no, no, Bernie.  I'll concede your point about public libraries, but the police and fire departments are most definitely not socialist institutions.

America under Attack.  One of the greatest dangers at this time is the unlawful seizure of property through taxation and other legislation.  Bernie Sanders's promise to tax stock market transactions for the sake of paying off student loan debt and offering free tuition in the future is precisely this sort of seizure.  Sanders's proposal would confiscate an estimated $2.2 trillion over ten years, much of it from retirees and small investors.  This massive transfer of funds from one class of citizens to another, based entirely on political expediency, violates the Constitution's protections of equality and its prohibition of unlawful seizure.

Bernie Sanders Uses Footage of Assassination Attempt on Trump in his Latest Political Ad to Raise Money.  In March 2016 anti-Trump protester Thomas Dimassimo who jumped the security fence and stormed Donald Trump on stage.  Dimassimo was quickly arrested.  Thomas Dimassimo threatened murder and posted about being a "martyr" on social media.

Bernie Sanders joins New Hampshire Homosexual march.  Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders showed his support for the LGBTQ community by marching in a New Hampshire Pride parade Saturday [6/29/2019].  The Vermont senator was seen posing for pictures and chatting with attendees as he marched in the Nashua Pride Festival in Nashua, New Hampshire.

Democratic socialism Newspeak.  Capitalism is an economic system based on private ownership of property coordinated through voluntary exchange in markets.  Socialism is an economic system that abolishes private property in the means of production — the land, capital, and labor used to make everything — and replaces it with some form of collective ownership.  Whenever socialism has been implemented at a national level, collective ownership in practice has meant state ownership, and government plans have replaced markets as the primary mechanism to coordinate economic activity.  Capitalism and socialism can be thought of as two poles of a spectrum.  Some countries are more capitalistic, and some are more socialistic, but all fall somewhere between these two poles.  This is where Sanders starts mucking things up.  He [Bernie Sanders] claims that "unfettered capitalism" is causing economic problems in United States.  The reality is that capitalism in the United States is far from "unfettered."

Bernie Sanders, The Bum Who Wants Your Money.  [Scroll down]  He explained his family couldn't imagine his "success," because "my brother and I and Mom and Dad grew up in a three-and-a-half-room rent-controlled apartment in Brooklyn, and we never had a whole lot of money."  It wasn't as bad as he says.  His family managed to send him to the University of Chicago.  Despite a prestigious degree, however, Sanders failed to earn a living, even as an adult.  It took him 40 years to collect his first steady paycheck — and it was a government check.  "I never had any money my entire life," Sanders told Vermont public TV in 1985, after settling into his first real job as mayor of Burlington.  Sanders spent most of his life as an angry radical and agitator who never accomplished much of anything.  And yet now he thinks he deserves the power to run your life and your finances [...]

Bernie Sanders' own state showed 'Medicare for all' won't work.  Bernie Sanders is offering a lot of government services, including "Medicare for all," which promises to pay for everyone's healthcare.  So when he becomes president, will he raise taxes on the middle class?  Sanders was offered up this question as a lead-off in the June 27 Democratic presidential debate.  He blathered for a full minute without answering, then he had to be asked a second time before he finally produced an answer:  "Yes, they will pay more in taxes," he said, "but less in healthcare."  OK, maybe.  But this answer actually raises far more questions than it answers.

The Democrat debate farce.  [Scroll down]  This writer was expecting Bernie Sanders to come out speaking in Yiddish last night.  This would be his answer to Jewish critics who say his support for Israel is at best too equivocal and at worst a betrayal of his Jewish identity.  However, Bernie did not take the same demagogic path as Booker or O'Rourke.  Instead he took a more farcical path intended to leave us rolling in the aisles as we contemplated his "vision for America."  He came out saying that the policies and laws in themselves were not at issue, but the country needs a president who comes out foursquare against the rich, the corporations, the banks, insurance companies, big oil, big pharma, private practice of medicine (hence, he's against the AMA), and the military-industrial complex.  He basically was screaming in his best barking Brooklynese accents that his leadership is defined by what he is against, not what he is for. [...] Sanders wants to overthrow the United States of America and is asking the public for permission to do so.  His view is so vicious and pathetic, and at the same time is being given a credible platform by NBC.

Bernie Sanders' plan to take from the poor and give to the rich.  In a weird twist on socialism, Bernie Sanders on Monday rolled out a plan to hand a $1.6 trillion gift to college-loan borrowers — who tend to be better off than the average taxpayer.  He'd cancel all student debt, public and private — even for grad students and no matter the borrower's income.  Another $600 billion would go to make public universities and community colleges free.  Sanders claims a tax on Wall Street transactions can raise $2.4 trillion to pay for it.  But critics say the tax would lead to fewer trades — and generate far less revenue.  Plus, many of those transactions are made on behalf of middle- and working-class people's retirement savings.

Bernie Sanders won't commit to leaving the race if he fails to secure the democratic nomination.  White House hopeful Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) declined to commit to exit the presidential primary race before the Democratic convention if he fails to win the party's nomination.  "I intend to be the Democratic nominee," he said on MSNBC Wednesday [6/26/2019].  "Some people say that if maybe that system was not rigged against me, I would have won the nomination and defeated Donald Trump.  That's what some people say.  So I think we're going to play it out," he added.

NBC's Debate Moderators' History of Hating Trump.  It could get nasty tonight and tomorrow when NBC's moderators bring up the topic of Donald Trump during the Democratic candidates debate.  If recent history is a guide expect the moderators to ask questions that push the candidates to criticize Trump and his administration's policies while treating some candidates — like Bernie Sanders — as heroes.  The selected team of moderators (Today show co-anchor Savannah Guthrie, NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt, Meet the Press host Chuck Todd, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow and Telemundo anchor Jose Diaz Balart) have exhibited open hostility to Trump and his supporters and their conservative positions since Trump announced his candidacy in 2015.  Back in May, Guthrie actually asked Joe Biden's wife Dr. Jill Biden if she thought Trump was "a threat to the very essence of this country."

Airheads, Bimbos, Crazies:  ABC's of the 2020 Democrat Presidential Candidates.  Democrats have definitively jumped the shark in 2019. Every day brings a new proposal less sane or necessary than anything offered the previous day.  Today's Democrats have turned into children, a collection of temper tantrum throwing toddlers who demonstrably have yet to graduate from their ABCs.  Taken as a whole, the current roster of Democrat presidential contenders contains an assorted bunch of airheads, bimbos and crazies.  To avoid wasting time on candidates that will soon drop out of the race, let us separate the main contenders by category.

'He Is The Enemy Of Every Entrepreneur' — Home Depot Founders Blast Socialism, Issue Dire Warning For Bernie Supporters.  Home Depot founders Bernie Marcus and Ken Langone had strong words for socialism and the politicians who espouse it, particularly 2020 presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, during a Monday [6/24/2019] interview with Fox News host Neil Cavuto.  The wide-ranging interview with the billionaire businessmen included topics like trade, the company's history and philosophy, and even tax policy, but Cavuto hit a "red flag" for Marcus when he brought up the topic of Sanders and his socialist campaign proposals.

The Middle Class Will Pay Bigly For All The Dems' 'Free Stuff'.  This week, Sen. Bernie Sanders upped the ante on free stuff the legion of Democratic presidential candidates are promising voters.  In what he called a "revolutionary proposal," Sanders says that if elected he would forgive "all student debt" — that's $1.6 trillion worth — and end "the absurdity of sentencing an entire generation to a lifetime of debt for the 'crime' of getting a college education."  It would be hard to devise a plan that would shower more benefits on the wealthy than this one.  Just 12% of college debt is owed by those in the bottom quarter of income earners, according to the Urban Institute.  "In other words, education debt is disproportionately concentrated among the well off," the report notes.

Why not cancel the national debt while you're at it?
Bernie Sanders to unveil plan to cancel all $1.6 trillion of student loan debt.  Sen. Bernie Sanders is set to stake out uncharted territory in the Democratic presidential primary, offering up a plan to completely eliminate the student loan debt of every American.  On Monday [6/24/2019], Sanders will submit legislation that cancels $1.6 trillion of student loan undergraduate and graduate debt for approximately 45 million people.  His ambitious plan has no eligibility limitations and would be paid for with a new tax on Wall Street speculation.

Bernie Sanders Wants to Give 11M Illegal Immigrants Health Care Under Medicare for All.  On Friday [6/21/2019], Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), the runner-up for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination and a 2020 candidate, said his "Medicare for All" program would extend health care coverage to the 11 million illegal immigrants in the U.S.

What? Bernie Claims Trump 'Is a Religious Bigot'.  [Video clip]

Basically, Bernie Sanders Is a Communist.  The fact that Sanders has not shot people at midnight nor put people in a Gulag prison chain nor forced normative Orthodox Jews like me to be concentrated in a Reeducation Camp means nothing.  He never has had the power to do so.  But what does he really stand for?  What would he do if he had the power that he realistically never will have?  We know he would give the Boston Marathon bomber the right to vote, that he would extend that franchise to all American terrorists. [...] A first indicator has got to come from his having opted to honeymoon in the most repressive, criminally evil empire of its time:  the former Soviet Union.  What kind of American would honeymoon in the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics?

'Socialist' Countries' Retreat From Bernie's Socialist Health Care Solution.  In case anyone might be uncertain, Bernie Sanders' support for socialist health care is made clear by the many banners and signs demanding "Medicare for All" that appear at his rallies.  He should hope his staff didn't burn too much of his campaign budget on the message, though.  If the other side plays it smart, one of his signature issues could slip away from him.  "I happen to believe from the bottom of my heart, and I've believed this for my whole adult life, that health care is a human right and not a privilege," Sanders said at a townhall in April, "and the best way to go forward in my view is through a Medicare for All, single-payer program."  As President Trump's re-election campaign spokesman Kayleigh McEnany has said, "so-called 'Medicare for All' means private insurance for none, kicking 180 million Americans off of their current plans."

Bernie Sanders pushes for drastic change to US economy: 'We need a political revolution'.  Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., is in full force with his push for democratic socialism as he looks to increase support for his 2020 presidential campaign, and is calling for a "political revolution" in the United States.  Days after an address at George Washington University in which he rolled out his platform, Sanders brought his message of income equality to "Fox News Sunday."  "If we're going to bring about real change in this country ... we need fundamental change.  We need a political revolution," Sanders told Chris Wallace [6/16/2019].

Uncle Bernie Saws Off His Own Limb with Outlandish Socialism Defense.  [Scroll down]  For some inexplicable reason — perhaps tempting polls showing that 70% or more of Democrats find socialism attractive, or young gun Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's rock-star status — Crazy Uncle Bernie didn't just climb out on a similar political limb with his own daffy idea to cling ever more tightly to the banner of "democratic socialism."  Like [Walter Mondale], he proceeded to saw the branch off himself.  Roared the Vermonter:  "It is my very strong belief that the United States must ... find the moral conviction to choose a different path, a higher path, a path of compassion, justice and love.  It is the path that I call democratic socialism."  Uh, huh.  Certainly, going all-in on socialism is the new ticket!  So why isn't the far-savvier Elizabeth Warren shimmying down the "socialism" branch in her own new platform, though her ideas are quite similar?  Maybe because she's instead cleverly purloining a page from nationalists by rebranding her equally far-left ideas as "economic patriotism."

DNC Club Releases Debate Line-Up, Elizabeth Warren Positioned Over Sanders.  It's important to remember President Obama's ideological ally, former DOJ Civil Rights Division head Tom Perez, is the current Chairman of the DNC. [...] Despite the nonsense that might be spun by NBC, the selection was not random draw (they never are) by the club.  The DNC selected the candidates for each night and coordinated with NBC.  Interestingly, Elizabeth Warren is the biggest winner and Bernie Sanders is the biggest loser.  That's a tell.  The DNC is shaping the perspectives of the college crowd.  By positioning Elizabeth Warren on the first night (highest rating night); and positioning her with little intellectual or policy challenge; it appears the Perez DNC activist wing wants Warren over Sanders.

The Editor says...
You can still vote in the primary election if you want to, but the DNC has already selected the nominee, and it's not Bernie.

Question For Bernie:  What Happens To Those Who Don't Want To Join Your Commune?  Much like Hillary Clinton feeling the need to reintroduce herself to voters multiple times, Bernie Sanders has decided to tell us again exactly what democratic socialism is.  Maybe the need for so much explaining indicates that voters know what DemSoc is and want no part of it.  Sanders, the nominally Democratic but realistically socialist senator from Vermont, made a speech Wednesday that the AP declared was "a strong defense of democratic socialism, the economic philosophy that has guided his political career."  It was "his most aggressive attempt yet to reframe the conversation about his political views."  The big question that never goes addressed regarding these and other "explanations" of socialism is:  Why do the self-identified "democratic socialists" feel it's OK to force those who'd rather be free into their collective?

Democrats:  The 'Post-Truth' Party.  Post-truth thinking is why Bernie Sanders can claim that his version of socialism will work when all others have failed.  Only in a post-truth world can the failures of socialism play out right before our eyes, while the American Left claims, "Venezuela didn't collapse because of socialism.  It's a story about epic mismanagement."  In the 20th century alone, with no exceptions, dozens of socialist nations "mismanaged" their way into enslaving and murdering millions.  Only a post-truth mindset would fail to learn from such.

Comrade Bernie's American Socialist Dream would be a nightmare.  Comrade Bernie's proud to be what he calls a "democratic socialist" and he wants everyone to know it.  On Wednesday [6/12/2019], Sanders — one of the leading contenders for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination — delivered a speech featuring so much socialist propaganda that it would have probably drawn a standing ovation and tears of joy from Karl Marx, Vladimir Lenin and Josef Stain if those comrades were still with us.  Sanders spent much of his speech ranting about what he contends is an "oligarchy" of wealthy individuals and businesses that supposedly controls every aspect of American society.

Bernie: 'A Lot of People in the Country Would Be Delighted to Pay More in Taxes'.  Democrat presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) said on Wednesday night [6/12/2019] during a CNN interview that "a lot of people" would love to pay more in taxes if it meant that they got government-run health care.

Why Are America's Socialists — and Democrats and Journalists — Always So Angry?  Bernie Sanders is mad.  He fulminates about the abundance of consumer choices, such as "23 underarm spray deodorants" and "18 different pairs of sneakers."  He rails against credit card companies because he thinks their interest rates are too high.  He thunders over the prices Americans pay for prescription drugs.  The Democratic senator from Vermont, who is truly a socialist, having campaigned for a Marxist group in the 1980s, is perpetually upset with the way private banks conduct their business, and forever enraged at corporations for making profits.

Bernie Sanders' latest socialist pipe dream:  Taxpayers pay for millions of new 'affordable' homes!.  Presidential hopeful Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., is once again proving that it's easy to be a democratic socialist.  All you have to do is make wildly unrealistic promises and blame rich people for the world's problems.  After that, most of the left-wing media will fawn all over you for your "revolutionary" and "innovative" thinking — no matter how foolish the policy proposal might be.  Sanders' newest idea is to have government build "millions" of new housing units to help improve access to "affordable" housing.

Sanders Twice Campaigned for Socialist Workers Party.  Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) actively campaigned for the Socialist Workers Party during earlier presidential elections, a report revealed Thursday [5/30/2019].  The Washington Examiner documented Sanders's "deep and enduring" ties to the Marxist SWP.  Sanders is currently seeking the nomination of the Democratic Party.  Sanders reportedly "proudly endorsed and supported" two SWP candidates — Andrew Pulley in 1980 and Mel Mason in 1984 — during their respective runs for president.  Pulley once called for American soldiers to open fire on their officers.  Mason is a former Black Panther and admirer of Cuba's socialist revolution.

Socialist Sanders Glosses Over Sandinista Sympathies By Calling Trump An Authoritarian.  ernie Sanders, the most authoritarian figure in the mob of authoritarian candidates being fielded by the Democratic Party, says President Trump wants to establish an authoritarian government.  It's one thing for Sanders alone to be convinced of this.  It's entirely another when the majority of his party and virtually all the mainstream media nod their heads in self-satisfied agreement. [...] "We believe in democracy, not authoritarianism."  To see how empty Sanders' statement is, to understand how he's covering up his own authoritarianism, let's make a few comparisons.

Sinking Bernie Grasps At Impeachment As Poll Numbers Begin To Crater.  In the latest episode of the incredible shrinking socialist, Bernie Sanders is ready to saddle up to ride with the impeachment mob as he struggles to keep pace with Joe Biden who is rapidly pulling away from the rest of the pack.  According to the most recent polls, the former vice president is running way ahead of Crazy Bernie and putting the revolution in doubt even as younger Americans are drawn to the seductive promises of free stuff and collective punishment of their enemies in increasing numbers.

Bernie Sanders says there there is 'no choice' but to impeach 'pathological liar' Trump.  Impeachment is becoming and a more and more popular term for Democrat lawmakers.  Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) is the latest to pander to the extreme left by coming out in support of impeaching President Donald Trump.  In a Thursday [5/23/2019] tweet, Sanders called Trump a "pathological liar" and said the president does not "understand the Constitution," which is rich coming from a socialist like Sanders.

Bernie Sanders flips off urban minority kids.  Few things offend Bernie Sanders as much as people escaping from command-and-control government systems, even minority students whose parents are desperate to get their kids a decent education.  The socialist wants to turn George Wallace on his head and not block black children from attending traditional public schools but block them from exiting them for something better.

For Bernie Sanders, Union Bosses Matter More than Poor Kids.  Bernie Sanders is a delusional hard-core statist, but that's part of what makes him attractive for some voters. [...] Today, though, I want to highlight something that's unambiguously bad.  He's decided that currying favor with union bosses at the National Education Association is so important that it's okay to trap kids from poor families in failing schools.  And that, to me, makes him a political hack rather than an honest leftist.

Sanders and AOC in 2020
Socialism Humor, the Bernie Sanders Edition.  I'm not a fan of Crazy Bernie, to put it mildly.  His policies would turn us into serfs and condemn people to poverty and deprivation.  But the silver lining of that dark cloud is that he is the unwitting source of some great humor.


2020 Democrats — Socialists Every One of Them.  Knowing why Socialist Senator Bernie Sanders is — for a second time in the Democrat Primary race — is knowing down to a 't' what the Democrat Party is really all about:  power and control by any means possible, because for Socialists the end always justifies the means.  For the second time in recent election history, the Democrat Party is out there trying to pull a fast one on the masses.

Bernie Sanders downplays socialist label on campaign trail.  Despite signs of growing support for socialism among young Democratic primary voters, America's most famous socialist doesn't want to dwell on the ideology.  Instead, Bernie Sanders prefers to focus on the individual populist measures that make up his platform.  "It's a long discussion, but all I would say is virtually all of the initiatives we are supporting are supported by a majority of the American people," said Sanders, the independent senator from Vermont who has long styled himself a "democratic socialist."  "So you can call them whatever you want, and of course programs like Social Security, and Medicare, and the Veterans Administration have been attacked as being quote-unquote socialist."

Impeachment as Political Panic Button.  Bernie Sanders wants to abolish private health insurance, provide government jobs for all, offer free tuition to college students, and allow the Son of Sam, the BTK Killer, and Sirhan Sirhan to vote.  Donald Trump does not need Lee Atwater to make an effective television ad from all that.  Tommy Lee could do the job.

Mainstream Media Let Bernie Sanders Distort His Version of Socialism.  Mainstream media have let Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders claim that his version of democratic socialism is modeled after a softer, gentler strain of European socialism (though even that claim is dubious, given that many northern European countries actually have freer or similarly free markets than the United States), newspaper archives dug up by journalist Maxim Lott show that Sanders praised corrupt socialist third-world regimes in Chile, Cuba and Nicaragua.

A Lie, a Myth and a Question.  Socialists like Bernie Sanders tell us that "the rich get richer, and the poor get poorer."  That's a lie.  Yes, rich people got absurdly rich.  Last year, says Oxfam, "the wealth of the world's billionaires increased (by) $2.5 billion a day."  I say, so what?  The poor did not get poorer.  Bernie's wrong about that.  The poor are much better off.

15 Serial Killers, Rapists, Kidnappers, Child Molesters [who are] Eligible to Vote Under Bernie Sanders' Plan.  This week, socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) endorsed a plan that would allow felons serving time behind bars the right to vote from their prison cells.  "So, I believe people who commit crimes, they pay the price and they get out of jail, they certainly should have the right to vote," Sanders said during a town hall.  "But, I believe even if they are in jail, they're paying the price to society, but that should not take away their inherent American right to participate in our democracy."  Initially, Sen. Kamala Harris said, "I think we should have that conversation" when asked about allowing convicted criminals to vote from their cells, but she has since backtracked on that statement, declaring that she actually opposes giving felons in prison the right to vote.  "Do I think that people who commit murder and people who are terrorists should be deprived of their rights, yes I do," Harris said.

The Gray Race for the White House.  For decades, the Democrats' path to the presidency has been about offering something new.  But the two front-runners are among the oldest candidates ever.

Calling socialism 'democratic' is like putting lipstick on a pig.  When asked in a recent townhall by a Harvard student whose family fled Soviet Russia why he embraced the same type of socialist policies that had failed there and worldwide, presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., did what he always does.  He deflected.  According to Sanders, he isn't advocating for that kind of socialism.  No, he has dressed his philosophy up with a fancy moniker called "democratic socialism."  It's a phrase that many on the far left have embraced as they push anti-free market propaganda and policies that seek to concentrate more power within the hands of a few political elites.

Millionaire Senator Bernie Sanders' Old Comments About Millionaire Senators Resurface.  Democratic presidential candidate and millionaire socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) previously described millionaire senators as being "immoral" during his first campaign for office in 1971, according to a new report from CNN.  CNN's Andrew Kaczynski and Nathan McDermott reported that Sanders "harshly criticized the wealth of US senators" at the time, "calling it 'immoral' that half the members of the Senate were millionaires."

Bernie Sanders called millionaire senators 'immoral,' unearthed 1971 newspaper article shows.  Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., who is now a millionaire, had called millionaire senators "immoral" when he first ran for Senate in the 1970s.  On Wednesday [4/24/2019], CNN dug up a 1971 issue of the Bennington Banner, a local Vermont newspaper that reported on then-Liberty Union Party Senate candidate Sanders, who declared it was "immoral" that half the U.S. senators at the time were millionaires and insisted that they represented "the interests of corporations and big business — their fellow millionaires."

Bernie Sanders discovered yesterday that a white male nominee is a problem for a huge chunk of the Democrats' base.  Assembling a collection of grievance-based identity groups works well for the Democrats, until it doesn't.  And with President Trump driving a substantial number of Democrats into clinical derangement, the angry, angry ethno-sexual-economic group partisans are fed up with waiting for their turn.  Bernie's own partisans feel, with considerable justification, that they were robbed of the nomination in 2016, and with Bernie turning 79 years old by Election Day, they can't wait for another election cycle to receive their vision of "justice."  But the problem is that other angry Democrat constituent groups have had their fill of white males stepping into positions of power.  Do you think black voters will turn out at a higher rate than whites and vote above 90% for the Democrat if an elderly Jewish-heritage guy is on the ticket instead of an African-American?

Bernie Sanders Claims He Doesn't Support Authoritarian Communism (He Does).  During a town hall on CNN Monday night, socialist Bernie Sanders was asked about his long history of supporting socialist and communist regimes around the world.  "My father's family left Soviet Russia in 1979 fleeing from some of the very same socialist policies that you seem eager to implement in this country.  So my question is, how do you rectify your notion of democratic socialism with the failures of socialism in nearly every country that has tried it?" student Samantha Frenkel-Popell asked.  "Is it your assumption that I supported or believe in authoritarian communism that existed in the Soviet Union?  I don't and never have.  And I opposed it," Sanders replied.

Wait, this 2020 presidential campaign scenario seems eerily familiar.  The 2020 primary scenario seems like one of those weird moments when you're certain you've had this identical experience before:  an immense, fractious field of ambitious candidates splintering party support while competing for the presidential nomination in a Midwestern city at a summer convention that could well open in an ominous deadlock.  A renegade septuagenarian front-runner from the Northeast with loads of campaign cash who's recently adopted the party as a convenient political home brings energized grassroots supporters posing a fervent challenge to a stuffy Washington establishment.  He's a senior citizen proposing drastic policy ideas so unrealistic, far-fetched and outside the party's mainstream as to make him clearly unelectable.  But this time, that senior citizen is not Donald J. Trump, the surprise Republican victor.  It's Sen. Bernie Sanders, the longtime democratic socialist from Vermont.  He's beginning to scare the Thomas Jefferson out of Democratic establishment elders who know a socialist can't win against a populist.

Notice that he didn't say "every person over 18," or "every U.S. citizen."
Sen. Bernie Sanders: 'Every Person Has a Right to Vote,' Including Convicted Terrorist.  Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, who is seeking the Democratic presidential nomination, told a CNN town hall on Monday night [4/22/2019] that "every person has a right to vote," even people who have been convicted and imprisoned for committing acts of murder and terrorism, even the Boston Marathon bomber.  On April 15, 2013, two pressure cooker bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing three people, maiming 16, and leaving many more injured.  The surviving suspect, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, was sentenced to death.  Sanders laid out his position on this in response to a pointed question posed to him by a Harvard student, who specifically asked if he would permit the imprisoned Boston Marathon bomber to vote.  When moderator Chris Cuomo followed up to make certain Sanders really was saying "the Boston Marathon bomber should vote, not after he pays his debt to society, but while he's in jail," Sanders would not back down.

What Bernie Sanders' tax returns say about his faith in socialism.  Self-described Democratic socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and his wife Jane released 10 years of tax returns this week.  The returns show a pretty typical picture of Americans in the top 5 percent of earners, until they became 1 percenters in 2016.  Yes, they itemized their deductions where they wrote off expenses like home mortgage interest of over $37,000 in 2009 and their state and local taxes in amounts of anywhere from $20,000 to over $216,000 in 2017.

Why Crazy Bernie will lose in 2020.  Fifteen months from now, Democrats will nominate their least electable (with the possible exception of Kamala Harris) candidate for U.S. president, who will then go down in flames.  This is not just because he's a Castro-loving nut who traveled to Russia to bond with his fellow commies in the 1980s — voters have short memories and will forgive or ignore history that ancient.  And Democrats themselves would not lose sleep over the irony of pitching Crazy Bernie after years of collusion delusion.  The specific reasons for Crazy's pending loss (if he lives that long) are as follows.  First:  Crazy is too old for change or rebranding.

A Reckoning Is in Store for Democrats.  Bernie Sanders will be 79 on the next Inauguration Day, and he was too far left for the Democrats four years ago, when they lost to Trump, and he is still moving left.

Bernie Sanders donated less than one percent to charity first year he made over one million dollars.  Sanders released 10 years of tax returns Monday, revealing that he earned an average of $280,975 per year from 2009 through 2015, and that his income skyrocketed to $1,062,626 in 2016 due to sales of his best-selling book, "Our Revolution."  Sanders reported $10,600 in charitable contributions in 2016, making up slightly less than one percent of his reported income and falling under the $21,365 average charitable contribution for Americans who earned $250,000 or more that year, according to the latest available IRS data.

Bernie Sanders tells Fox News town hall that he won't pay his 'fair share' in taxes unless he is forced to.  Conservatives have let rich lefties off the hook for too long for their insistence that they will follow their own moral guidelines only when forced to.

Bernie Sanders, the millionaire socialist with three homes.  Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders is in the spotlight this week with headlines about his large personal fortune.  For most of the 77-year-old Vermont socialist's political career, this is not a sentence you would have ever expected to encounter.  He grew up respectably urban poor and his career before politics was pretty ragtag.  As a municipal politician he set an example of relative austerity and closeness to the public:  the townhouse in Burlington, Vt., that he still owns is nothing special.  During his time in the U.S. Senate he has been famous for being the poorest member, or nearly the poorest, of that body.  And he is surely still very near the bottom of the league table.  But on Tuesday [4/9/2019], as Sanders was preparing to release 10 years of personal tax returns, he could have savoured the pleasure of reading a New York Times headline declaring him "Bernie Sanders, Now a Millionaire."  I suppose we all recognize that there is something quaint about that word, which the elderly Sanders himself still flings around as a pejorative.

Sanders Admits He's A Millionaire.  On Tuesday, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) revealed some very bad news for his campaign:  he's a millionaire.  Sanders, who has been pressured to turn over his tax returns for the last ten years, finally acquiesced, announcing he would do so — and admitting that he is, in fact, worth more than a million dollars.

3 Bernie Sanders policies now embraced by the Democratic field.  For years, Sanders has made passionate pushes to increase the minimum wage.  He recently reintroduced legislation to increase the federal minimum wage from $7.25 per hour to $15 per hour by 2024.  "While the official unemployment rate is relatively low, too many workers in America today are making wages that don't pay enough to make ends meet.  Workers and their families cannot make it on $9 an hour or $10 an hour — or even less," Sanders said in a statement in November, claiming it would give 40 million workers a raise.  "We have got to raise the minimum wage in this country to a living wage — at least $15 an hour."

Sanders calls for ban on state right-to-work laws.  Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who's vying for the Democratic nomination for president, called for a federal ban on so-called right-to-work laws in a Monday [4/8/2019] speech.  Speaking to the International Association of Machinists at the union's conference in Las Vegas, Sanders said as president he would push legislation in Congress to prohibit the laws.  Right-to-work laws bar unionized workplaces from negotiating contracts under which all members who benefit from the contract must contribute dues.  Twenty-six states currently have right-to-work laws on the books.

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Someone should tell Bernie Sanders about the Tenth Amendment.

Bernie Sanders:  Murderers and Rapists Should Vote from Prison.  The ACLU launched its bid to push for criminals voting from prison.  In the radical 2020 primaries, some candidate is bound to sign on to a leftist proposal, no matter how insane.  And usually Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders or Beto O'Rourke will take the lead in that regard.  So no real shock that Bernie jumped on this one.

In Iowa, Bernie Sanders says states should allow felons to vote from behind bars.  While Iowa struggles on whether to restore voting rights to felons who have completed their prison sentences, Sen. Bernie Sanders said people convicted of felonies should never lose access to the ballot box in the first place.  At a town hall meeting in Muscatine's West Middle School gymnasium Saturday [4/6/2019], the Vermont senator was asked whether the imprisoned should have the right to vote.  Only his home state and Maine allow felons to vote from behind bars.  "I think that is absolutely the direction we should go," he said.

Why is it taking Bernie Sanders so long to release his taxes?  Bernie Sanders has effectively been running for president steadily since, at least, 2015.  And over all that time — which now spans two campaigns for president — we've seen exactly one year of his tax returns.  In the 2016 campaign, Sanders released the two summary pages of his 2014 returns only.  He said he would release a more robust tax history if he became the Democratic nominee, which, well, didn't happen.  By contrast, Hillary Clinton released eight years of returns — spanning 2007-2014 — in August 2015.

Can't Any Democrat Here Play This Game?  [Scroll down]  They gab on the talk shows, appear on the cable town halls, join in calls to tear down the Constitution.  None commands authority.  With one exception:  Bernie Sanders.  Who isn't even a Democrat.  But he looks more like the Democratic frontrunner every day.  He is second to Biden in national polls and leading in some states.  He has raised the most money and has the most donors, a solid core of supporters, and a simple but comprehensive message of economic and social equality.  The party's establishment is leery of him.  In these times, that might be an advantage.  Born a year earlier than Biden, Sanders is nevertheless more in sync with the moment.  Not just because his fans include so many Millennials.  Thinking dialectically, as Sanders does, the Vermont senator's democratic socialism is the antithesis to the thesis of President Trump's nationalist populism.

Sanders slapped with his own collusion logic after Vermont GOP calls to see all investigative material from wife's scandal.  The Vermont GOP demanded Sunday [3/31/2019] that Independent Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders release "all investigative material" related to the investigation of a land deal connected to his wife.  Sanders, a leading contender for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, has called for release of the "whole [...] report."  Attorney General William Barr released a summary indicating that special counsel Robert Mueller found no evidence of Russian collusion by the Trump campaign.  "I call on you to apply this same standard of transparency to yourself.  Under your proposed standard, surely you would agree that all investigative material related to the criminal bank fraud investigation involving you and your wife should be released," Vermont GOP chairwoman Deborah Billado wrote in a letter to Sanders Sunday.

The Democratic Party Is Radicalizing.  If you want to understand just how radicalized the Democratic Party has become in recent years, look at the ascent of Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont.  A self-proclaimed socialist, Sanders served as mayor of Burlington, Vermont, and was then elected to the House in 1990 and the Senate in 2006.  It's hard to overstate just how left-wing Sanders's views have been, at least by the standards of American politics.  Sanders has been a consistent defender of regimes led by anti-American dictators like Daniel Ortega and Fidel Castro.  He took pains to separate his brand of socialism from the "totalitarianism" of the Soviet Union, but on a 1988 trip, repeatedly drew contrasts between the Soviet system and the United States that cast his own country in an unfavorable light.  In the 1970s, Sanders called for the nationalization of entire industries and 100 percent taxation on those making more than $1 million.

Bernie Travels First Class.  I wonder if at the outset of his career back in woodsy Vermont Bernie Sanders — Crazy Bernie, as we say — ever imagined that years later at the age of 77 he would be running for president, have developed a taste for private jets, be the master of three homes, and run on a platform that included Medicare for All, Free College for All, and a Minimum Wage of $15 an Hour for All, that and the rest of the Green New Deal with no hint of how he would pay for it.  No one is making a very big issue of it that Crazy Bernie has already rung up a tab of trillions of dollars that the taxpayers will have to pay somewhere down the road.  There was a day when we chuckled about Limousine Liberals.  What do you call Bernie?  A Sybaritic Socialist?  Sure he still dresses like a rag doll, but his transportation is another matter.  He does not fly first class.  He flies private jet, and lounges about in his three homes, all tended to by his wife who just bankrupted a minor university.  I wonder if she is paying off any of that university's debt that she rang up.

Sen. Bernie Sanders hangs transgender pride flag outside his office.  The trans pride flag was created in 1999 and first flown at a Phoenix LGBT pride celebration in 2000, according to Point 5cc, a trans awareness website.  The flag was designed by Monica Helms, an openly transgender American woman.  Helms said the pastel colors represent male and female.  The white stripe is for intersex people.

The Growing Sewer of Hate of Ilhan Omar.  On Sunday [3/24/2019], the first day of the AIPAC Policy Conference, our organization, The World Values Network, took out a full-page color ad in the Sunday edition of The Washington Post calling out Rep. Ilhan Omar for her antisemitic remarks.  The headline read:  "Blah Blah, The Jews Control The World With Their Money, Blah Blah," showing Americans that Omar's antisemitism is classic and her statements a repetition of age-old canards.  We actually dug up those canards from classic antisemitic tracts, and the resemblance was striking and frightening.

FEC Complaint:  Bernie Breaking Federal Law by Employing Foreign National.  The Bernie Sanders presidential campaign is violating federal election law by employing foreign nationals in advisory campaign positions, according to a newly filed complaint to the Federal Election Commission obtained exclusively by the Free Beacon.  The complaint points to the employment of three individuals, including Maria Belén Sisa, an illegal immigrant from Argentina who is in the United States under the protections of DACA and has been named deputy national press secretary for Bernie 2020.  Sisa, who collected a salary from the Bernie 2016 campaign and also made financial contributions to it, recently made headlines when she questioned whether American Jews, including her own boss Sanders, were loyal to the United States.  Both the work for the campaign and contributions are "direct and serious violations" of federal election law, the complaint argues.

Bernie Sanders:  Need To Do 'Better Job' Explaining How Socialism Leads to a 'Vibrant Democracy'.  Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) is running again to be president of the United States, and although he lost the Democratic nomination in 2016, he hopes to earn the mantle this cycle and bring his brand of socialism to power.  One thing he hopes to do better on the road to the White House is to do a "better job" explaining socialism.

The Editor says...
Hey, Bernie.  Maybe you should go to Venezuela and tell everybody how lucky they are.

Sanders Institute suspends operations amid criticism over donations.  The "nonprofit" think tank founded by Sen. Bernie Sanders' wife and son is closing up shop after drawing criticism over the donations it's been receiving.  The Vermont-based Sanders Institute is looking to suspend all operations by May — "so there could not even be an appearance of impropriety" — now that the Independent state lawmaker is running for president, his wife explained Thursday [3/14/2019].  The decision was reportedly made in late February after Sanders launched his campaign.

Bernie Sanders gets stitches after run-in with shower door.  Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign says the Vermont senator has been treated at a walk-in clinic for a minor injury while campaigning in South Carolina.

Bernie Sanders in the 1970s urged nationalization of most major industries.  Bernie Sanders advocated for the nationalization of most major industries, including energy companies, factories, and banks, when he was a leading member of a self-described "radical political party" in the 1970s, a CNN KFile review of his record reveals.  Sanders' past views shed light on a formative period of his political career that could become relevant as he advances in the 2020 Democratic primary.

Bernie 2020 has Democrats petrified.  Don't look now, but Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is rising in the 2020 Democratic presidential primary polls and is once again drawing both large crowds at campaign stops and Bernie Bros back to their keyboards.  And just like in 2016, Sanders is already giving many Democrats and their allies heartburn.  Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-N.Y.) recently said Sanders should not be allowed to run for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, because "[h]e's not a Democrat."

Aides try to make socialist commissar Bernie Sanders seem human.  Turns out Amy Klobuchar isn't the only Democratic presidential candidate with a revolting personality.  Aides are reportedly struggling to put openly socialist Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders through some kind of charm school. [...] They're trying to Clintonize the old-line socialist, making him into an oleaginous snake-oil salesman, in a bid to get him more votes.

This Bernie Sanders Attempt To Make Inroads With Black Democrats Was Brutal To Watch.  If there was a point of weakness with Sen. Bernie Sanders' 2016 bid, it was his weakness with black voters.  I think black voters like what he had to say, but they weren't going to defect and toss their lot in with him. [...] So, with the Left obsessed with diversity, especially concerning young women of color, you'd think his first swing at trying to nab a solid chunk of the black Democratic vote would go well.  There's no Clinton.  The party has lurched further to the Left.  He should be fine, right?  Nope.  When asked on The Breakfast Club on 105.1 FM what pieces of legislation he helped pass that benefitted black Americans, Sanders couldn't name a single one.

Bernie Sanders' Campaign Slogan is Incredibly Stupid, Perfect for Progressives.  "Not me.  Us."  Vermont Democratic socialist Senator Bernie Sanders has decided this ode to collectivism will be his slogan for the 2020 presidential campaign.  Surely, many will argue this phrase simply means that he will be representing all of "us" Americans and his presidency would not be about him, but a deeper dive shows that he captivates the entirety of the progressive mindset with these three words.

Pigs on Two Legs Turn on Each Other.  [Scroll down]  That Bernie wants to take things away from rich people and redistribute them to the poor in his view should negate the now bothersome fact that, in the new leftist lexicon, he is otherwise just an old white, and rather affluent career politician, still barking at the class-struggle moon.  Recently leftists have castigated Bernie for daring to run again in 2020, a gambit that would certainly drain support from a new generation of more deserving identity politics progressives.  Or as National Review editor Rich Lowry recently put it, "In the language of the modern left, the straight, cisgendered Sanders is burdened by his utter lack of intersectionality."

Bernie "Hires Illegal Immigrant" To Be His Potty-Mouthed Press Secretary.  How will the Bernie campaign handle the employment status of their "illegal immigrant" press secretary, Belen Sisa?  Also, does she plan on talking to the media with this mouth?

New spokeswoman for Bernie Sanders won't be able to vote for him in 2020 — she's an illegal immigrant.  Bernie Sanders' newest deputy national press secretary won't be able to cast a vote for her boss in the 2020 presidential election.  That's because Belén Sisa, a millennial Arizona left-wing activist who joined the Democrat's staff this week, claims to be an undocumented immigrant who is protected under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).

CNN Accused of Colluding with Democrat Operatives During Bernie Sanders Town Hall.  Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) participated in a town hall event that aired on CNN Monday as part of his campaign for the 2020 election — but some online sleuths have discovered that the audience may have been stacked against him.

Bernie Sanders staff shake-up:  Top strategists leave his presidential campaign.  In a major shake-up to Bernie Sanders' just-launched presidential bid, some of his top strategists have left the campaign.  Tad Devine, Mark Longabaugh and Julian Mulvey, partners in a political consulting firm who all played leading roles in Sanders' 2016 campaign for the White House, are parting ways with the senator, citing creative differences.

Elizabeth Warren's mission impossible.  Sen. Bernie Sanders shattered expectations when his campaign raked in a record-setting $5.9 million dollars from 299,000 small donors immediately following his announcement.  The Vermont socialist, far from fading into the background, appears poised to be the 2020 Democratic frontrunner.  This is bad news for Liz, whose class-warfare, eat-the-rich rhetoric is targeted to the same base of support.

The identity-politics police come for Bernie Sanders.  Bernie Sanders catalyzed the Democratic Party's post-Obama move to the left.  He nearly beat Hillary Clinton in the 2016 Democratic primaries, and may have even been a stronger candidate against Donald Trump in the general.  Now he's back, and the party's surging left wing is conflicted.  At one level, it's thrilling for the left:  If the self-proclaimed democratic socialist were elected president in 2020, it would represent a truly historic swing in the country's political orientation.  No one would be as committed to the party's new, socialist-inflected policy agenda than the guy who came up with much of it in the first place.

How the Socialists Will Steal Election 2020.  The key to understanding how socialists posing as progressives are trying to take over Election 2020 is understanding exactly who Senator Bernie Sanders really is.  Everyone who can read or write knows Sanders is a lifelong socialist who made it rich riding on the coat tails of Capitalist America.  What some folks may not know is that he's in the race merely to make Kamala Harris, Cory Booker, Michelle Obama, Joe Biden et al look good.  He's there to frighten folk into voting for a progressive rather than a socialist — never knowing that they are one and the same thing. [...] As shopworn and doddering as Sanders is, this is not the first but the second time the Democrats sent him out to the voting public as a Straw Man.

Bernie Sanders isn't a Democrat, and that's irking SC Democrats in his run for president.  Bernie Sanders is running for president again, seeking the Democratic nomination in South Carolina.  Just don't count on all Democrats giving him a warm and fuzzy welcome.  The fact that Sanders, an independent democratic socialist senator from Vermont, isn't a full-blown member of the Democratic Party is irksome to some, especially those trying to make South Carolina competitive in a red state.  When talk first surfaced of Sanders' second run becoming a reality, the Rev. Joe Darby of the Charleston NAACP and the influential Morris Brown AME Church tweeted:  "Sorry — i plan to vote for a Democrat."  Darby told Palmetto Politics that Sanders is using the party "as a means of convenience."

Bernie blows his big chance to explain socialism in Venezuela.  Bernie Sanders, 77, who's been defending socialist Venezuela for years, and who'd now like to be our president, has some explaining to do. [...] Venezuela's crisis is very much a crisis of socialism.  When you expand the state as much as Venezuela did, as rapidly as Venezuela did in the past decade, the private sector dies.

Bernie Sanders, It's Over.  Before the 2016 presidential race, Bernie Sanders exuded some charm as an unapologetic lefty with a Brooklyn accent.  But when his campaign gained traction, the authoritarian took over.  Unwilling to concede that Democratic primary voters preferred Hillary Clinton to him — she had amassed nearly 4 million more votes — he continued to undermine her all the way up to the party convention.  Without a doubt, he helped elect Donald Trump.  Recall this scorched-earth attack, at a rally when Clinton had all but clinched the nomination:  "Are you qualified to be president of the United States when you're raising millions of dollars from Wall Street, an entity whose greed, recklessness and illegal behavior helped destroy our economy?"

Here's the Full 1985 Interview Where Bernie Sanders Praised Castro, Slammed Reagan, and More.  Independent Vermont Senator and 2020 presidential candidate Bernie Sanders gave a lengthy interview in 1985 in which he praised Cuban dictator Fidel Castro, defended Nicaragua's Sandinista government, and slammed then-President Ronald Reagan as a liar.  The interview originally aired on August 8, 1985 on Vermont's Channel 17/Town Meeting Television, and followed then-Burlington Mayor Sanders' visit to Nicaragua, where he attended a rally at which Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega railed against the United States government.  The video resurfaced during the last presidential campaign when Buzzfeed posted it in June of 2015, and given Sanders' decision to run again in 2020, will likely be circulated again.  [Video clip]

Dems Tell Bernie To Kiss His 2020 Bid Goodbye After He Sympathizes With Venezuelan Dictator.  It would appear that the nation's most famous democratic socialist is already shooting himself in the foot, making it hard for him to reach his 2020 presidential goal.  According to Politico, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is refusing to label Venezuela's ousted President Nicholas Maduro as a dictator.  On top of that, Sanders will give no acknowledgment to the nation's interim president Juan Guaido.  During a Tuesday interview with Univision, the Vermont socialist refused to acknowledge Guaidó as the legitimate leader of the country.  When asked if he was, Sanders simply answered "no."

DNC to ask Bernie Sanders to affirm he's a Democrat.  2020 presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., will be asked next week to sign a piece of paper affirming he's a Democrat.  The Democratic National Committee is expected to brief the campaigns of declared candidates as well as contenders who have formed exploratory committees in the coming days.  This year, the briefing packet will include a "candidate affirmation form," a DNC official told the Washington Examiner on Wednesday [2/20/2019].  "Candidates who have officially announced their candidacy will have a week to return a signed copy of the affirmation form to the DNC," the official said.  "As any additional candidates enter the race, they will be provided with the same information and will be required to return the form in the same time frame."

One Last Grift for Bernie Sanders.  Comrade Muppet puts on a good show, but if you want to know where his heart is, go to berniesanders.com, where you'll find a Bernie Sanders swag store and a donations link and precious little about what the candidate thinks and believes.  Sanders has been around long enough to appreciate that Democratic presidential campaigns are made of rage and money, with ideas way back there somewhere near the caboose.  Fresh ideas don't pay the mortgage on second and third homes, either, which must be of some interest to a man with Senator Sanders's real-estate portfolio, relatively modest senator's salary, and light professional résumé.  To the very limited extent that Senator Sanders is a man of ideas, he is — not that he'd ever admit it — a man of Donald Trump's ideas.

Lifestyles of the rich and socialist:  Bernie Sanders has 3 houses, makes millions.  Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., entered the 2020 presidential race this week promising to transform America with a left-wing vision of economic and environmental justice.  But the self-described democratic socialist's high-end income, multiple houses and fondness for air travel have already opened him up to criticism that his lifestyle doesn't always match the rhetoric.  Sanders has pitched himself as a grassroots economic populist, focusing on income inequality and higher taxes for the rich.

Bernie Sanders Jumps Into A Very Crowded Field Of Far-Left Democratic Candidates.  When Bernie Sanders announced on Tuesday that he was running for president, the only surprising thing was how much competition he'll have on the far left.  The current crop of 2020 candidates is so liberal, in fact, that it makes the Barack Obama of 2008 look positively right wing.

Bernie and Burlington College.  Bernie Sanders said Tuesday [2/19/2019] he's running for President again, and we trust this time no one will sell his chances short.  Having come close to winning the Democratic nomination in 2016, the Vermont socialist should get the scrutiny he dodged last time.  Among 2020 contenders, only Elizabeth Warren and Joe Biden rival Mr. Sanders for national name recognition, and only Mr. Biden is beating him in the polls.  Mr. Sanders ended 2018 with some $9 million in his Senate campaign fund, another advantage in a crowded field.

Bernie Sanders Officially Enters 2020 Race.  Following a litany reports teased an imminent announcement, only to be denied by his staff, Bernie Sanders has finally officially thrown his hat into the ring, officially acknowledging his plan to seek the 2020 Democratic nomination during an interview Tuesday [2/19/2019] with Vermont Public Radio.

Bernie Sanders announces he's running for president.  Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders announced Tuesday that he is running for president — launching a second bid for the White House after the self-described socialist's strong run for the Democratic nomination in 2016. [...] An enthusiastic progressive who promotes Medicare for All and free college tuition, Sanders stunned the Democratic establishment in 2016 with his spirited challenge to Hillary Clinton.

Sanders Throws Hair in Ring for 2020.  Sanders, a socialist "independent" who's not even officially a Democrat, was born in Brooklyn in 1941 and honeymooned in the Soviet Union in 1988, just before the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of his beloved Communism.  His current geriatric possible rival for the nomination is former Delaware senator and Democrat Vice President Joe Biden, who was born in 1942.



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