Bernie’s Got Baggage: Moscow Honeymoon, Vintage Footage, Love Shown to Castro, USSR, and South American Dictators.

Elder Patriot | The mainstream media will have to repeat the disappearing act they performed for Senator Barack Obama in 2008 when they effectively disappeared his past, if they hope to repeat that miscarriage and propel the self-proclaimed Democratic Socialist (read Marxist) Bernie Sanders to the presidency in 2020.

The Vermont senator carries more baggage than a packed 747.

Sanders and his new wife, Jane, traveled to Yaroslavl, USSR in 1988 for, get this, their honeymoon.  Yaroslavl is situated 160 miles northwest of Moscow.

Sanders was the mayor of of Burlington Vermont at the time, a position he ran for in 1981 after apparently trying his hand at carpentry and failing.

A few years later, while still serving as mayor, Sanders invited known radical Noam Chomsky to give a speech at Burlington City Hall.

Chomsky describes himself as a libertarian socialist, a sympathizer of anarcho-syndicalism, and is considered to be a key intellectual figure within the left-wing of politics of the United States.  Translation: Chomsky is a Marxist.

Then there was young Bernie’s penchant for recording videos of himself, like this snippet:

“It’s funny sometimes American journalists talk about how bad a country is because people are lining up for food. That’s a good thing.  In other countries, people don’t line up for food, rich people get the food and poor people starve to death.”

There’s another clip where Sanders is heard extolling the benefits of Marxist and socialist governments, and also casting aspersions on the U.S. government at a press conference he held following a trip to the Soviet Union in 1988:

Need more?  Here’s Bernie “Hanoi Jane” Sanders bashing “150 years” of American imperialism in Latin America while defending the Communist regimes that have plundered the wealth of South and Central American countries.

“The basic ‘crime’ being committed by the people of Nicaragua today is that the government there has the strange and unusual idea that they should attempt to do something for the people of Nicaragua rather than for the United States corporations.  It’s a very strange idea for an independent nation to have”

If only Bernie held the same contempt for American politicians that demand President Trump’s removal – himself included – for attempting to do something for the people of the United States, he might be believable.

Bernie also called a reporter to task after he called Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega the “Marxist president of Nicaragua” instead of the “democratically-elected president of Nicaragua.”

That was Bernie quibbling over the difference between Marxist and Socialist.  As history has taught us, that’s a distinction that is soon without difference.

From the Washington Post:

May 24, 2018 · In Nicaragua, for over a month, hundreds of thousands have taken to the streets in nationwide protests demanding the ouster of autocratic president Daniel Ortega after nearly 12 years of corrupt rule.

In a 1985 interview Sanders said of Cuban dictator Fidel Castro that “just because Ronald Reagan dislikes these people, doesn’t mean that people in their own nations feel the same way.”

Maybe not Bernie, but before I believe you please explain the one-way flotillas of rafts, in shark-infested waters, heading from Cuba to the USA.

“In 1959 … everybody was totally convinced that Castro was the worst guy in the world and all of the Cuban people were going to rise up in rebellion against Fidel Castro.  They forgot that he educated their kids, gave their kids healthcare, totally transformed the society.”

Bernie, Bernie, Bernie.  Castro shot and imprisoned freedom loving dissidents that’s why no one speaks out against him.  But you know that.

As for transforming Cuban society, the once thriving economy now produces a per person per capita income of under $12,000 annually.  And, what you call “educated” is indoctrinated.

Check me if I’m wrong on this, but as for healthcare, has even a single life-saving medical procedure or technological advancement come out of that workers’ paradise?

Our wretched country?  Per person per capita income is five times that of the average Cuban.

No other statistic should matter as much in a debate over economic systems.