Bernie Sanders, Socialism, and Fidel Castro – video

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Bernie Sanders, Socialism, and Fidel Castro

Le’ts have a little chat about Bernie Sanders’ view of the world through socialist lenses and see if we can come up with the truth.

“To me, democratic socialism means democracy. It means creating a government that represents all of us, not just the wealthiest people in the country.” Bernie Sanders

But Bernie’s definition of “democratic socialism” isn’t the true definition of socialism. So let’s start there: According to Wikipedia, “Democratic socialism is a political ideology advocating a democratic political system alongside a socialist economic system, involving a combination of political democracy with social ownership of the means of production.”

You cannot mix the two without serious consequences to the people

But true Socialism is akin to Communism in reality and practice. First, the definition of Communism: a political theory derived from Karl Marx, advocating class war and leading to a society in which all property is publicly owned and each person works and is paid according to their abilities and needs.”

Now Socialism: a political and economic theory of social organization that advocates that the means of production, distribution, and exchange should be owned or regulated by the community as a whole.”

Do you see the problem? BOTH political views advocate “public” or “society” or “community” ownership…which NEVER works in practice.

Let’s take a look at Bernie’s favorite example from a video in 1985: Fidel Castro’s Cuba

Now let’s go back and really pay attention to what happened in Cuba. Prior to Fidel Castro, Cuba was a thriving nation, modern, exciting, full of promise. People had their own property and were able to have material things of their own. Havana was considered a “tropical playground.”

Bernie claims Castro “educated kids, gave them healthcare, and totally transformed the society.”  He definitely did that.


Results of Castro:

All property became state-owned and controlled. People lost land, farms, businesses.  They now had to work menial, low paying jobs, or do whatever it took to become a friend of the state – including turn in their neighbors and friends for ‘egregious’ offenses like wanting to come to the USA.

And the cities decayed.The food lines grew long. The people fell into abject poverty. And that’s where it sits today.

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This is a line in Havana just to buy potatoes. Photo from 2010 via NPR

Michael J. Totten wrote about Havana, Cuba in the World Affairs Journal,

Roofs have collapsed. Balcony doors hang not vertically but at angles, allowing passersby to see inside homes where the interior paint is just as peeled as it is on the outside. I could even see inside some people’s homes through gashes in exterior walls. The weight of rain water knocks whole buildings down as if they were dynamited.

When your roof caves in, you can’t just call a guy and have him come over and fix it. You have to wait for the government.

You will wait a long time.

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This is a bread line in Havana, Cuba- photo via the Toledo Blade

And Mr. Totten is correct- you will wait a long time for everything: repairs, medical, food. THIS is the reality of socialism/communism.  Friends who live in socialist countries – even if they aren’t fully communist yet, must get up very early every day just to get bread. If they do not, there might not be any left.

Healthcare is universal alright – but if you think waiting for the VA is deadly, try waiting for years if you need surgery and dying before you ever get in. THAT is the reality of socialism. I have a friend in Australia who is waiting for simple carpal tunnel surgery – she says the wait will be at least 2 years.

Bernie Sanders is WRONG for America.


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  • Mario

    Bernie Sanders was a confess communist since he was born. He and his wife expend their honey moon in Russia in 1956 during the cold war, he has been a senator for 36 years with nothing to show as a law benefiting our country, he has enrich himself since being a senator with a personal wealth of 50 millions dollars. Like all good communist he always think of getting some body money but never his. He is a verbal terrorist, screaming and creating all kind of divisions with only one purpose, to benefit himself. I will like to have him in front of Trump in a presidential debate, he will be screaming and screaming just to make noise, not nothing concrete will come out of hie mind, because of no brains.

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