In the 2016 Democratic presidential primaries, socialist Bernie Sanders prescribed far out ideas such as Medicare for all Americans, raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour, and making public colleges and universities tuition free. Most sensible economists dismissed his radical campaign issues and he went on to lose the nomination to Hillary Clinton.
In 2019, the left wing of the Democratic Party is virtually crawling over each other to mimic Bernie’s radical ideas. The party, which for some reason includes independent Bernie, now embraces these fiscally irresponsible views. That makes Bernie’s road to the nomination all that more difficult being an old white man in the politically correct environment of the far-left.
Bernie threw his hat into the presidential sweepstakes last week and picked up a reported $6 million in the first day of his official candidacy. That’s right, people are backing up Sanders' far-left agenda and what seemed irresponsible 3 years ago is now mainstream politically; at least in the land of basement dwelling Millennials, academics, and the northeast elite.
Sanders is banking on his socialist views being embraced by the Democratic Party as a whole. The 77-year-old espouses everything from government-run healthcare for all to free college and doubling the minimum wage from what it is today. Is there really a large enough base of support to get this man elected?
Most of the so-called mainstream media pays scant attention to the details of Bernie’s campaign issues. The semantics of a massive tax hike and who will really pay for it are ignored by a generally adoring media. Bernie is coming for the hard-working taxpayer’s money and no one seems to cry foul. In fact, for many (mostly young and inexperienced with the real world), Bernie is hip and has the answers.
Forget about stark facts like Bernie’s hated billionaires cannot come close to paying for the trillions in added spending he has in mind. Whereas he calls the president a pathological liar, it is Bernie who is spinning fairy tales of a world that exists only in political science books written by college professors whose book sales amount to the students taking their classes.
Bernie’s rants against the president may bring roars from his motley assemblies, but he is devoid of explaining how he could do trade deals better or keep us out of stupid wars. He’s too busy with his perception of utopia and your money to pay for it.
But this time around Bernie has far more challengers to his bid for the presidency than the woman who stole the nomination from him in 2016. There are his younger clones in the images of Kamala Harris and Cory Booker. There will be many more before this is over, all trying to go further to the left than their rivals.
But this carnival of outrageous and unworkable fantasies will eventually crash into the reality of the general election when most Americans begin to pay attention.
The whole charade may become a moot point if an independent candidate enters the foray next year.
It will most likely be a more moderate liberal that will easily take many more votes from the left than the right. Barring the possibility of the far-left coming to former Starbuck’s billionaire CEO Howard Schultz’s home with torches, he may spell doom for the moonbeam Bernies of Campaign 2020.
Dwight L. Schwab, Jr. is an award-winning national political and foreign affairs columnist and published author. He has spent over 35 years in the publishing industry. His long-running articles include many years at Examiner.com and currently Newsblaze.com. Dwight is an author of two highly acclaimed books, "Redistribution of Common Sense - Selected Commentaries on the Obama Administration 2009-2014" and "The Game Changer - America's Most Stunning Election in History." He is a native of Portland, Oregon, a journalism graduate from the University of Oregon, and a resident of the SF Bay Area. To read more of his reports — Click Here Now.
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