Prominent Democratic presidential hopefuls universally accuse President Donald Trump of ruling like a dictator. They then promise that if elected, they themselves will govern in the same manner.
Irony and self-awareness are apparently dead in the Democratic Party.
Sen. Bernie Sanders, D-Vt., who identifies himself as a democratic socialist, accused the Trump administration of exhibiting signs of "totalitarianism" after the president was in office less than a month — and after nearly three years Sanders’ opinion hasn’t changed.
Yet on Tuesday he wrote Major League Baseball commissioner Robert Manfred, blasting the league’s decision to cut 42 minor league teams for various reasons.
"Let’s be clear. Your proposal to slash the number of minor league teams has nothing to do with what is good for baseball, but it has everything to do with greed," he wrote.
Sanders, an apparent authority on "what is good for baseball," also denounced the income disparity between minor and major league players.
"While Minor League Baseball players make as little as $1,160 a month . . . and are denied overtime pay, the 20 wealthiest Major League Baseball owners have a combined net worth of more than $50 billion," Sanders, who also wants to tax the wealth of America’s wealthiest families, continued.
As Twitchy editor/writer Greg Pollowitz put it, "That’s a nice league you got there. It would really be a shame if something happened to it."
Similarly, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., claimed Trump "sounded like some two-bit dictator" when he’d accepted the Republican Party’s presidential nomination in July 2016.
Like Sanders, she still harbors that view.
Yet Warren proposes that the federal government take over every American’s healthcare decision with her Medicare for All proposal, and completely rewire and control the U.S. economy with the Green New Deal.
In late September, Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., called for the president’s removal for being dictatorial.
"Trump's no better than any other dictator when it comes to using the resources of the people, and in the name of the people, for self-aggrandizement and for personal benefit," the 2020 presidential hopeful tweeted.
"He's gotta go."
But talk about being dictatorial. Late last week Harris told a group of supporters that she would use a presidential decree if necessary to lower prescription drug prices, and if pharmaceuticals refused to comply, "I will snatch their patent so we can take over."
When an audience member asked "can we do that?" Harris replied, "Yes, we can do that! We just need the will to do that."
At the September ABC-Univision Democratic presidential debate, moderator Jorge Ramos asked Sanders how his brand of socialism differed from that of Venezuelan dictator Nicolas Maduro, who also identifies as a socialist.
"You admit that Venezuela does not have free elections, but still, you refuse to call Nicolás Maduro a dictator," Ramos said. "Can you explain why? And what are the main differences between your kind of socialism and the one being imposed in Venezuela, Cuba, and Nicaragua?" Ramos asked.
Sanders rejected any notion that there was a similarity and said that "anybody who does what Maduro does is a vicious tyrant."
He added, "To equate what goes on in Venezuela to what I believe is extremely unfair."
Sanders never really answered the question, preferring to dance around it.
But it was actually a fair question, and one that should be asked of Sanders and all major Democratic presidential candidates who swing too far to the left.
Socialism is about who controls the assets, the means of production and the industries in a given economy.
It’s allowing a central government to determine how, where, when, and even if you’re going to be treated for a given ailment.
It’s telling you that if you’re someone’s idea of being too successful, a central government has the power to remove a chunk of your wealth and give it to someone more "worthy."
It’s dictating how a professional sports league will conduct its business, who it drafts, how much it will pay.
It’s allowing a central authority to tell you how you’ll consume energy, what kind and how many vehicles you may own, how to build your home, and where to set your thermostat.
It’s telling private drug companies that if they don’t sell their product at the price the government sets, they’ll take away their patents.
It’s telling hunters, sport shooters and anyone who wants to protect his home, his life, and the lives of his family, what kind of weapon he can use and what capacity magazine he can insert in his firearm. If he exceeds those parameters, the government may confiscate his weapons against his will.
But no, comparing Sanders and others to Maduro would be "unfair."
Trump’s the real dictator, and don’t you forget it. Just ask them.
Michael Dorstewitz is a retired lawyer and has been a frequent contributor to BizPac Review and Liberty Unyielding. He is also a former U.S. Merchant Marine officer and an enthusiastic Second Amendment supporter, who can often be found honing his skills at the range. To read more of his reports — Click Here Now.
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