Bernie Sanders Fantasy

Can America Afford Bernie’s Free Stuff?

“Bernie” Bernard Sanders continues his Socialist winning-streak, by winning the Wisconsin Democratic Primary. Previously, on March 26, he won three caucuses—in Alaska, Hawaii and Washington. Interestingly, the closest of the three was the Aloha State, where he had 69.8%, to Hillary Clinton’s 30%.

Prior to that, Sanders had won caucuses in Utah with 80% and Idaho with 78%. Meanwhile, Mrs. Clinton escaped being “Berned” in Arizona’s primary by eking out a 58% victory.

Yet, with Sanders winning six of the last seven contests and setting just under 700 delegates behind Clinton, there seems no conventional way that he could win the nomination. But this has not caused this presidential candidate to give up or concede.

Instead, the Vermont senator seems to expect many so-called “Super Delegates” (party leaders and elected officials who are free to support whomever they choose) to “flip” over and vote for him. This has never happened, but we’ve never had this kind of wild, campaign season, in both parties! The Democrat Super Delegates would have to ignore the popular vote at their party’s convention and support Senator Sanders. We’ll see!

Meanwhile, Sander’s wins provoke the need for a serious review of the failed Socialist ideology. Do these Democrats really understand the differences between socialism and capitalism? Or are they caught up in a leftist vortex, being drawn to all the “free stuff” socialists and progressives promise, as they seek new ways to take from the “rich” and give to the “poor”?

Minimum-Wage-101Last week, two of the largest states in our country, California and New York — — passed statewide $15 minimum wage laws. Now, New York has passed 12-week guaranteed paid family leave for employees. This is yet another payroll tax that will limit full-time job growth and harm the poor the most. Not to be outdone, Washington, DC is about to pass 16-week guaranteed paid family leave!

Author and commentator Thomas Sowell has identified the root of this current wave of liberal socialism, which some have even called the new fascism:

“What President Obama has been pushing for, and moving toward, is more insidious: government control of the economy, while leaving ownership in private hands. That way, politicians get to call the shots but, when their bright ideas lead to disaster, they can always blame those who own businesses in the private sector.”

Our country is changing. The ramifications of this year’s national election may be the most important, since our founding. We can no longer assume that state and national legislatures will protect American’s “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

Communism collapsed in 1989, when the economic planning of socialists’ centralized governments ran out of the limited wealth of the few, while trying to meet the needs of the masses. Some socialist societies of the day turned from the humanist, atheist worldview.to learn the God-given blessings of personal freedoms and the uplifting entrepreneurialism found in capitalism.

Is our society really ready for the perpetual welfare of socialism? Can we afford the “free stuff” promised by these progressive Democrats or “centralist” Republicans?

Or are we humbled enough by the economic “bubbles” and collapses of the past decades and even the current economic “Shemitah cycle,” that we can even pray for God to “bless America” again?

 

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Gary Curtis

Gary Curtis is a recently retired minister who writes a blog, where he seeks to relate a biblical worldview regarding societal issues of public interest. Trying to be “salt and light,” as Jesus commands, these brief blog-posts are primarily pro-life, pro-family and pro-religious liberties, while also speaking up for the people and nation of Israel.

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