Opinion: John R. Smith
Here is a Thought Experiment for you.
Sit down and give careful thought to what Bernie Sanders would try to do if he came into real political power…. like being President of the United States. Remember that Sanders is a hard-core, card-carrying socialist who spent his honeymoon in Russia. Remember, he campaigned for the Marxist party and supported Marxists in the Reagan era. The only reason he is running as a Democrat is because the U.S. socialist and Marxist parties have zero chance for victory in nation-wide elections.
Knowing that, what plans would Sanders try to put in place, as President? What Executive Orders would he probably impose, how would he re-engineer his Executive Branch agencies, and his Cabinet, to inflict his dirty work?
For starters, Sanders could try to nationalize the country’s educational system, so that what our children are taught in K-12 would be imposed by a federal program run by Sanders’ socialist appointees. This effort would be extended to include the nation’s colleges, so that federal money to colleges would be conditioned on following certain curriculums and courses of study.
As President, Sanders could initiate an enormous recruitment program to establish government-subsidized socialist cells locally all over the nation. Perhaps he would try to hide the names of the people recruited for these cells. Sanders might use federal resources to create a kind of intramural “Bernie Peace Corp.”, staffed with younger millennials with socialist stars in their eyes. These recruits could be propagandized and trained to run for city, county and state elected office. And Congress.
Bernie as president would most likely embark on a tried-and-true socialist blueprint that leaders of other socialist countries have imposed on their unfortunate populations. He could try to put the “workers” and his young recruits in charge of passing local legislation. Sanders would do this by creating top-down governing structures that would use their political power to dictate how socialism would be implemented at local levels.
Sanders could use eminent domain laws for “land reform”—to confiscate land and redistribute it, like the Communist Party did in China in 1949. Private farmland would be expropriated, or taken with minimal compensation, from private owners, “for public use” and turned into collective farm cooperatives governed by the farmworkers. Part of the land could be used for dormitories to house the government workers, using the farm products to feed them.
Sanders could try to use eminent domain and government money to take over oil & gas fields and fracking lands, and pipelines, so oil & gas revenues would be collected by the executive branch, to finance Sanders’ socialist programs.
Another initiative Bernie Sanders could impose is to use his Executive Branch agencies, and their rule-making ability, to impose new rules and ordinances that would be difficult or too costly to obey. Cleverly, these rules would not be “laws” because that’s the province of the Legislative Branch. Then when rules are broken by individuals or companies, Sanders’ executive agencies could charge enormous fines to the “rule-breakers”, to provide him more money to impose socialism.
What else would Crazy Bernie, who has nary an ounce of humor, likely do if he had the power? Let’s answer that with his own statements. He would abolish private insurance plans, replaced with a government-run plan, and would provide Medicare-For-All, hang the $33 trillion cost. Sanders supports free “unlimited” health care for all illegal aliens, and would not impose “criminal” penalties on them. He’s “for open borders”, the “Green New Deal” and a carbon tax, “affirmative action”, he’d kill the Electoral College, and “tax the middle class”. Sanders would re-join the Paris Agreement and the Iran Nuclear Deal, provide “free college tuition” and “eliminate student loan” debt. Bernie would not “support federal caps on medical malpractice lawsuits”, but he would increase the estate tax, raise the minimum wage, eliminate drone strikes, partially abolish ICE, impeach Trump, end capital punishment, and decrease the military budget.
There’s no doubt the legislative and judicial branches would try to block many Sanders initiatives, but the Executive Branch has substantial power to create rules and to determine how Congress’s laws are actually carried out.
If you do not believe Sanders would seek to accomplish these initiatives, you are woefully naïve and history-ignorant. These are the historical ways that socialists clinched power. Be warned.
Op-ed views and opinions expressed are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of BizPac Review.
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