It’s no secret that Vermont Senator and current presidential candidate is a socialist. He has openly admitted as much over the years. And one straightforward look at most of his proposed policies affirms that. But if we look just a fraction closer, it may be communism that is his heart’s sincerest desire.
And while ever-candidate Bernie won’t readily admit that to the public, he is more than willing to share his affection for quite a few communist dictators and efforts they made in their homelands to “totally transform the society.”
His most recent example of this aired on Sunday’s weekly CBS “60 Minutes” show with host Anderson Cooper. Anderson began the interview by playing a 1985 clip of an interview Sanders had done with Vermont-TV. In the clip, Sanders noted that Cuban dictator Fidel Castro had implemented a “massive literacy program” that he was very fond of.
After watching the clip, the Vermont senator noted that he still felt very much the same way. He told Cooper, “We’re very opposed to the authoritarian nature of Cuba, but, you know, it’s unfair to simply say everything is bad.” And he added, “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?”
Cooper responded by saying, “A lot of dissidents imprisoned in Cuba.”
To which Sanders said, “That’s right. And we condemn that.” But then he seemed to change the subject, pointing his finger at our president and saying that Trump is worse because he is “friends” with people like Castro.
He said, “Unlike Donald Trump. Let’s be clear; you want to, I do not think that Kim Jong-Un is a good friend. I don’t trade love letters with a murdering dictator. Vladimir Putin, not a great friend of mine.”
And while Trump certainly has relationships of a sort with these men, I’m not sure you could call trade and denuclearization talks “love letters.”
Sanders, on the other hand, seems to have much more severe feelings towards “murderous dictators.” At one point, he actually said he was “excited” about what Castro was doing in Cuba and the revolution going on there. Furthermore, he got agitated when others tried to criticize the man.
As the Reagan Battalion reported by sharing a video of Sanders in 1986, he was so fond of Castro that he said he literally almost got up and left the room “to puke” after hearing both Nixon and Kennedy berate the dictator in a 1960 debate.
Sanders remarked, “I remember, for some reason, being very excited when Fidel Castro made the revolution in Cuba. I was a kid and remember reading that.”
Only a few short years later, in 1989, Sanders said that Castro’s work was a “very profound and very deep revolution,” according to the Washington Examiner.
“For better or worse, the Cuban revolution is a very profound and very deep revolution. Much deeper than I had understood. More interesting than their providing their people with free healthcare, free education, free housing… is that they are, in fact, creating a very different value system than the one we are familiar with.”
Now, correct me if I’m wrong here, but that statement sounds an awful lot like what he is proposing we do here in the US if he becomes president. Free healthcare, free housing, free education, and a totally different value system.
Let me also remind you that this is communism we are talking about, not “democratic socialism,” as he calls it.
And Cuba is not the only country he admires for their communism. He is also a massive fan of the Soviet Union. Did you know that Bernie actually took his wife there for their honeymoon? Of course, he claims it was more of a business trip to launch a “sister city” project with Yaroslavl.
Actually, I don’t know which is scarier, the idea that he went to the Soviet Union on his honeymoon or that the then-mayor of Burlington, Vermont, wanted to adopt the same laws and customs of one of their heavily oppressed towns.
Upon returning from his trip, Sanders was noted to go on and on about how well the Soviet Union did things, such as public transit and cultural programs. Of course, anyone actually living there during that time can tell you things were not exactly as they seemed on Bernie’s tour.
And anyone naïve enough to think otherwise shouldn’t be in office.