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The creature that Bernie Sanders morphed into

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Op-ed views and opinions expressed are solely those of the author.

The mainstream “fake news” media chose to ignore a major piece of essential information that came out of the recent Democrat debate. The media failed to report it because it was a devastating fact about socialist front-runner Bernie Sanders. If Sanders becomes the Democratic nominee, this is information his media allies will try to sweep under the political rug.

It was Mike Bloomberg who outed Sanders, by ridiculing Sanders’ plan to require American companies, including all publicly-traded companies, to “give up to 20% of their company stock to their employees”. Sanders’ intention, fulfilling nicely the communist slogan “Workers of the World, Unite”, is to give workers more power over their bosses. Workers would be “guaranteed the right to vote the shares given to them”. It would put workers on the same footing as shareholders, who have invested their own money to have ownership in the company.

Sanders’ website also reveals his plan to require companies to give their workers 45% of the seats on a company’s Board of Directors. That’s not all: companies would be forced to diversify their Boards “by ensuring a significant portion be comprised of people from historically underrepresented groups, e.g. …. by gender, race, ethnicity, religion, disability or sexuality”. Further, Sanders’ intention for workers is to “make it much easier to join a union”.

Bloomberg commented that Sanders’ dramatic proposals would “throw out capitalism” and replace it with “communism”. Sanders has a history of hard-left proposals, and frequently praises communist dictators. The Wall Street Journal stated recently, “Bernie started his political career as a Marxist focusing on the economic class struggle” and he has denounced “America as racist.”

Capitalism would be harmed in other ways as well. If Sanders’ plan becomes reality, it would devastate any incentive that entrepreneurs would have to start up new businesses. Why would potential investors in new businesses put their capital into shares of an enterprise where company workers get their shares for free, thereby diluting the value of investor’s shares? Workers are already compensated for their role in a business, by the wages and benefits they receive. Confiscating investor’s ownership from them radically shifts economic wealth away from the hands of those who create it. Investment capital would dry up under that scenario.

The Sanders Wrecking-Ball is real, and it’s documented on his website. He talks in visionary terms that have no meaning. Sanders has become a creature who will escalate his efforts to turn America into a socialist state if he gains more power. And most of our young people do not have the life experiences or the civics education and sense of history to understand the danger of this Pied Piper of the young.

Sanders entire life story is one where he has morphed in and out of various personas, but has taken flight as the leading anti-capitalist presidential candidate. His current message is “Vote for me and I’ll make sure somebody else takes care of you for your lifetime.” To his credit, he has at least baked himself into his views and he does not soft-pedal them. But that still does not change Sanders from what he has become. Given the power, he would be deadly serious about trying to transform America more radically than even the attempts made by Barack Obama. You have been warned.

Nowadays, Sanders claims he is a “democratic socialist”, but back when he was more truthful, he flat-out admitted to being a socialist. He said in 1985, “As a socialist, the word socialism does not frighten me.”  Many say he would have been more truthful if he had simply admitted he was a communist all along the way.

Bernie’s metamorphing ways have turned him into a dangerous radical. So, let’s not let him mess up a system that has worked as well as capitalism.

John R. Smith

John R. Smith is chairman of BIZPAC, the Business Political Action Committee of Palm Beach County, and owner of a financial services company. He is a frequent columnist for BizPac Review.
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