I’m Duane Lester and this is the Paradigm Shift.
Leftists across the country are giddy about the idea of Sen. Bernie Sanders running for president. Sanders, you see, is a self described democratic socialist.
And isn’t it nice that finally a Democratic candidate is honest about being a socialist? It’s like a warm ray of sunshine on an otherwise cold and cloudy day.
Looking back to when Sanders first ran for Congress in 1971, he ran as a member of the Liberty Union Party, a nonviolent, socialist party.
“A non-violent, socialist party.” There’s a contradiction for you.
When you look at the modern anti-war protests, and you’ll have to Google that these day, since those protests stopped about the time President Obama took over the war machine and started ramping up the war in Afghanistan, but when you look at them, you find them organized and populated with the far left pablum that rallies behind a statist like Bernie Sanders.
Actually, some of them don’t think Sanders is anti-war enough, seeing him as being part of the problem.
Anti-war leftists are nothing new. The first U.S. anti-Vietnam war protest was led by the founder of the World Worker’s Party. Before that, socialists and other far left groups came together to protest America’s fight against Nazism and later, communism.
Now understand, I’m not saying being against war is bad. War is horrible. I’m anti-war. But there’s something about a statist being anti-war that needs to be pointed out. And that’s today’s Paradigm Shift.
For decades, these people have decried the use of force against America’s enemies. Meanwhile, every policy and law they push requires a use of force against Americans themselves.
Just look at three things Sanders is calling for.
He wants to make college free for everyone. He wants America to have a single payer health care system like Great Britain. And he wants a ninety percent marginal tax rate.
How can he do any of those things? It’s a two step process. First, he has to completely reject the idea of individual rights. Then, he uses force against Americans.
Step one if very important for the welfare statist because there’s no such thing as a free lunch, or college education…or medical treatment. In order to provide college to everyone, one of a couple things needs to happen. Either the college professors need to forced to work for free, which violates their right to earn a living or pursue happiness.
Or, the producers of the country need to have their property taken from them and given to the professors in order to provide for someone who hasn’t earned it. But even forces the professors to teach for free, the state would have to provide food, clothing and shelter to the newly enlisted members of the academic army. So taxpaying Americans would have to have their property taken from them and used to provide not only the basic needs of the professors, but for the facilities, texts and probably even the occasional keg stand.
This is all an illegitimate use of force against an allegedly free people. It’s a violation of their most basic rights, the right to property.
And Sanders and the other anti-war drones advocate it.
To call it hypocrisy would be too polite. It’s obscene.
It turns the whole concept of freedom inside out and upside down. According to the welfare statists, it’s moral to trample on your individual rights in order to provide substandard health care like they have in Cuba.
To a leftist, it’s not wrong to use the power of the federal government to compel you to surrender the product of your labor to another, all in the name of equality.
Understand this: the whole foundation of the statist is based on the rejection of individual rights and the use of force against the citizenry. It’s the rejection of everything America was founded upon.
So while charlatans like Bernie Sanders protest the use of force against those who would do us harm, remember, they publically encourage the use of force against every American.
The socialist ideology can’t do anything without first committing violence against people guilty of doing nothing except being successful.
And they call it moral.
It’s why George Orwell wrote in 1984:
War is Peace; Freedom is Slavery; Ignorance is Strength.
2 plus 2 equals 5.
It’s completely upside down. Call them socialists, communists, leftists, fascists statists, whatever. They are the biggest proponents of violence on the planet. It’s time they owned it.
That’s the Paradigm Shift. I’m Duane Lester.