Bernie Sanders; Pride of Democrats? REALLY?

In July 1985, Bernie Sanders traveled to Nicaragua, where he attended an event that one wire report dubbed an “anti-U.S. rally.”

The leftist Sandinista government was celebrating the sixth anniversary of the revolution that saw it take power from an American-backed dictator, Anastasio Somoza. Sanders was in a crowd estimated at a half million people, many of whom were clad in the Sandinistas’ trademark red-and-black colors and chanting “Here, there, everywhere/the Yankee will die.”

Onstage, Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega accused the U.S. government of “state terrorism” for supporting the rebels who were seeking to overthrow him. The Sandinistas and the CIA-backed Contras would fight into the next decade, with allegations of human rights abuses on both sides. At the 1985 rally Sanders attended, Ortega vowed the Sandinistas would “defend the revolution with guns in hand.”

Sanders was being hosted by the Sandinistas as part of a delegation of American “solidarity groups.” He told reporters their decision to show “support” for the Nicaraguan government was “patriotic.”

“We want to show support for a small country trying to be independent, and we want to tell the truth to the American people when we return,” Sanders said.

Sanders was in the midst of a revolution of his own. Four years earlier, in 1981, he won a shocking victory by only 10 votes to become mayor of Vermont’s largest city, Burlington. Sanders was elected on a socialist platform and led a mayoral administration that he boasted was “more radical” than any other in the country.

And he had a vision. Sanders believed his work in Burlington could spread socialism throughout America. In April 1985, the Los Angeles Times published a lengthy interview with Sanders in which he outlined his plan to spark “radical change.”

“I think from one end of this country to the other, people are ripe for political revolution. Fifty percent of the people do not bother voting in the presidential and statewide elections,” Sanders said. “The vast majority of those not voting are low-income people who have given up on America. The whole quality of life in America is based on greed. I believe in the redistribution of wealth in this nation.”

Sanders went on to suggest his mayoral administration had demonstrated “the people’s contempt for conventional old-fashioned Democratic and Republican politics.

“The radical change in America that must come has to begin on a local level, and it is happening now in Burlington. Then it will spread to state and national levels,” Sanders said, adding, “Of all the 50 states, I believe Vermont more than any other has a good chance of electing America’s first socialist governor. Now that I have proven that I am a good mayor, perhaps the time will be ripe … for me to run for the highest office in the state.”

Sanders ran for Congress rather than governor after leaving Burlington’s City Hall in 1989. But today, his dream of bringing his values to higher office and a national audience is closer to fruition than at any time his life.

A two-term incumbent U.S. senator, Sanders is within striking distance of frontrunner Hillary Clinton in this year’s Democratic presidential primary, with recent polls in Iowa showing the two neck and neck and a Sanders lead in New Hampshire.

As Sanders journeyed from the fringes of Vermont’s political scene to the national stage, many aspects of his agenda and even rhetoric have remained remarkably consistent. However, an extensive examination of his statements and views at the beginning of his political career shows Sanders has moderated some of his positions over the years.

Among other things, during the 1970s and ’80s, Sanders regularly called for public takeovers of various businesses, including utilities and the oil industry. Sanders advocated seizing money from corporations and from one of America’s richest families. And, as a mayor, Sanders made forays into foreign policy that included meetings with representatives of hostile nations, rebel groups and Canadian separatists.

Yahoo News first reached out to Sanders’ presidential campaign to discuss this article last week. In addition to inquiring about Sanders’ past support for nationalizing various industries, Yahoo News asked about Sanders’ presence at the Sandinista rally. This included a request for the campaign to confirm whether a report in the alternative weekly Seven Days that claimed the trip to Nicaragua was paid for by the Sandinista government was correct. The campaign declined to comment. Yahoo also contacted the campaign of Sanders’ Democratic primary rival, Hillary Clinton, which has become increasingly critical of the Vermont senator as the race tightens. It declined to comment as well.  (end of article)

Article from HERE.

SO…..nationalizing businesses, seizing money from corporations and America’s richest families, hoping to spread socialism across America….and THIS is a Leftwinger’s guy?
WOW.

And we wonder what the heck’s happening to America and why?

Z

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28 Responses to Bernie Sanders; Pride of Democrats? REALLY?

  1. fredd says:

    Once a commie, always a commie. I am not convinced that a majority of Americans want a commie in the White House. Uh, wait a sec, we voted in a commie twice in the last 8 years…never mind.

  2. How much support does Sanders really have? More than we think, IMO.

    So many younger voters (ages 18-29) favor Sanders over Clinton — and, at the same time, despise the GOP. Other younger voters are turned off by the entire political process and have descended into political apathy to the point that they won’t be voting at all.

    Thus is the chatter I’m hearing among younger voters.

  3. geeez2014 says:

    How hard is it to run as a Democrat? you promise the people EVERYTHING, and they never seem to have the brains to ask “Who’s paying for this?” OR they’re thrilled to think the rich could have a 90% tax levied on them..

    amazing

  4. bocopro says:

    Bernie is a nitwit wealth redistributor
    Cankles is a hypocritical pretentious felon
    DingleBarry is an arrogant racebaiting war criminal

    The pick of the Dem litter, believe it or not, is Plugs Biden.

  5. Silverfiddle says:

    Despite its track record of death destruction, misery and poverty, socialism is not a dirty work to a slim majority of American, especially the young

    The Nicaragua thing is not as damaging as you would think. Democrat senators and congressmen were flocking down there during that time period, giving pedophile Danny Ortega assurances that they wouldn’t let that mean ol’ cowboy Reagan bust up his revolution.

    Democrat refusal to put any sanctions on Soviet client Nicaragua is what led Ollie North and others to find more creative solutions, leading to Iran-Contra. The worst this could do to Sanders is point out how damn old he is.

  6. Silverfiddle says:

    bocopro: Sad commentary, isn’t it, when Crazy Uncle Joe is the best of the bunch…

  7. bocopro says:

    Sanders would be 75 when elected/inaugurated, 79 in the last year of his first term.
    I’m 75, and for them’uns of y’all whut ain’t thar yet, I can tell ya that things don’t work as well as they did a mere 15 years ago.

    Starts in your 40s . . . hair falls, teeth fall, pecs fall, butt just disappears, eyes go bad, and everybody you deal with has a bad case of the mumbles. CRS becomes status quo with a lotta that goin into a room and stopping to wonder what the hell you went in there for.

    I don’t delude myself into believing that my short-term memory is as sharp and clear and reliable as it was when I retired a few years back. And I freely admit that my long-term memories tend to mutate with each retelling toward that Walter Mitty-like alternate reality of the older I get the better I used to be.

    Do I think I’m sharp and clear? Yep! Do I think I’m as sharp and clear as I was at 55? Nope. Do I think I’m qualified to be a senator or a gubernator or a PotUS? Well, hell yes, compared to what we’ve had recently. But I’d need my prostate meds, my cholesterol meds, my hypertension meds, and a nap in the afternoon.

    And turn the damned fone off, and tell those kids out there to hold the noise down!

  8. Mustang says:
    We’ve been moving along this ruinous track for five decades. Ted Kennedy may be the poster child for treason and nothing he ever did resulted in prosecution. He was “too big for jail.” This lack of government’s willingness to prosecute traitors encouraged more of it. One may recall that Kennedy made a trip to North Vietnam while the war was still raging; in spite of his busy schedule, he found time to malign our troops. Attempts to destroy the morale of combat troops gives aid and comfort to the enemy. According to Soviet documents unearthed in the 1990s, Kennedy passed secret communiqués to high ranking Soviet officials —even to the extent of petitioning the Soviet Union to intervene on behalf of the Democratic Party in the 1984 election. Ted Kennedy hated Reagan with unbridled passion. The source for this treason is a KGB letter written briefing for General Secretary Andropov.

    The Democratic Party has never seen a communist it didn’t like, so Kennedy wasn’t the only traitor. I still recall the treasonous comportment of Jane Fonda and her impact on US prisoners of war. John Kerry demonstrated his treason by giving false testimony to the Congress; it endeared him to the Kennedy Clan and [snap] a political career was born. Kerry’s treason continues to this very day. Meanwhile, Hillary Rodham was drinking gallons of Alinsky’s poison and no doubt sharing it with Bernie Sanders. There are hundreds of communist POS in our country today; they continue to regularly spew their tedious subversion. They are vermin as low as any Moslem seeking to destroy our way of life. Recall that lies repeated often enough become an irrefutable truth: America is not only unexceptional; it is the world’s public enemy number one. Few in America today have any clue and the communists are using this to their advantage. No real American can support Sanders; this should tell us something about the people who are lining up behind him.

  9. John M. Berger says:

    Everybody probably knows this but……………………………………..

    http://reverbpress.com/news/half-americans-vote-for-socialist-president/

  10. geeez2014 says:

    I need to run but had to mention watching Amir Hekmati speaking in Landstuhl just now before I go….talk about getting weepy here…..he has a slight Persian accent, was an American marine, and said he felt born again now that he’s out,he felt ‘blessed,’ that he hoped he’d acted in ways that wouldn’t let the reputation of the Marines down, that he was humbled that the Marines were fighting for him and keeping his memory alive, said “SEMPER FI”….said he felt so good and couldn’t wait to get back to America “the land of the free” …
    I have NO idea if he’s muslim or not, but this kid touched me so much…and he said he’s going to write about the ‘inhumane and unjust’ treatment he had; I think he’s going to be an American asset, as; it seems he’s already been, as a very proud American MARINE!

    SEMPER FI!!!

  11. Baysider says:

    Where did you all go for your honeymoons? This man went to the USSR. When the world’s your playground, kind of an odd choice, huh?

  12. Mustang says:

    @ Baysider

    Not if you’re a Democrat …

  13. John M. Berger says:

    SANDERS:
    In spite of the fact(s) that he’s : senile, a communist and an inveterate curmudgeon, he is still far more likable than the Pig In A Pantsuit!

  14. geeez2014 says:

    I’m baaaack! 🙂

    Baysider: USSR? FOR A HONEYMOON? I think MUSTANG’s right 🙂

    John…more likable, probably.

    I hear a lot of young people say “He has principles”….my GOD.
    Was just listening to Prager in the car and he had a young man on saying that he hoped to rid America of Capitalism

  15. Mal says:

    Bocopro, Oh! To be 75 again! But at 87 I still feel your pain, buddy. I was encouraged this a.m. when Donna, a fifty-ish woman who monthly sprays our home for pest control, told me she has voted Democrat all her life, but is voting for Trump because she didn’t like either of the Dem. candidates. The media is telling us all the polls show if it comes down to Hillary and Trump, Hillary would win. I haven’t heard about any polls comparing her to Cruz or Rubio. Still, hearing Donna tell me this was encouraging and I’m hoping there are more like her in the wings.

  16. Kid says:

    Just realizing that 8 years ago, obama and clinton were the dem party picks and now it’s clinton and sanders really makes a statement about the rest of the dem party. They must all have some very full closets.

    I’d also take anyone over clinton. Maybe a real dive into socialism would teach these idiots something. I believe it will happen eventually and not too long from now if not in 2016

  17. Baysider says:

    Hitler had “principles” too!

  18. geeez2014 says:

    Mal, that IS encouraging.

    PALIN IS BACKING TRUMP…he needed her for more Evangelicals (particularly after TWO CORINTHIANS!)…..You all know how I feel about her, but….whatever!

    Kid…a friend called this morning and said he heard Neil Cavuto interviewing some young girl who liked the idea of the 90% tax on the wealthy…he said to her “So people who make $200,000 a year should get only $20,000 a year to live on? She was stymied and stunned. GEE, she’d never THOUGHT of THAT, right?
    I figure she was also thinking “Boy, if my dad who makes a lot of money is taxed like I thought I wanted the rich to be taxed, he couldn’t buy ME anything!”
    What idiots our schools are putting out.
    All for goodies that teachers have trained them to feel entitled to…

    Baysider; exactly right…..but these kids are SO brainwashed, aren’t they.

  19. geeez2014 says:

    Also, I heard a young guy on TV the other night say “Why should I pay for my higher education?”
    The mind boggles.
    My question to him is “Why should I PAY for YOUR higher education?”
    Anyway, I’m thinking “HIGHER” these days just means more drugged up!!

  20. Baysider says:

    Unbelievable! But sadly it IS believable. So make him support his assertion. “Explain yourself. What do you mean by that?” Why should he not contribute towards his LOWER education, while we’re on the subject.

  21. Kid says:

    Z, The government could confiscate all the assets of the wealthy and maybe be able to run the government for a couple years. Then what?

  22. Kid says:

    Z, education…. liberalism IS a mental disease. Richard Dryfuss said “So we spent 40 billion on education last year- if only one chlld was helped it was worth it”. Yea seriously.

  23. geeez2014 says:

    http://yellowhammernews.com/politics-2/feelthebern-sanders-alabama-campaign-rally-takes-warming-station-from-homeless/

    HERE is a bit more on the heart and soul of MR SANDERS……….W#($*&@W(&*$#(@*$&(@#Q*&$

    Kid, he said THAT???????

  24. Sparky says:

    Thank you for sharing this story. I never heard it. We sure don’t need anymore commie libtard’s in our government. He’s a traitor (just like the Clinton’s, O’blamer, etc.) and should be in jail.

  25. geeez2014 says:

    Sparky..and INSTEAD, the man’s RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT……….unbelievable!

  26. Mustang says:

    I’d like to nominate Comrade Sanders for A-hole of the year. Any seconds?

  27. John M. Berger says:

    I second that!

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