A Time For Choosing


In the news this week a civil war for the soul of the Democrat Party broke out. The headlining fighters were potential presidential nominee Sen. Bernie Sanders and longtime Clinton Consigliere James Carville. Carville, the bombastic Ragin’ Cajun’, scolded Sanders over his radical policy positions, and proposed the party take a good look in the mirror. He questioned the direction of the party, and the interest of everyday voters in things like free healthcare for illegal aliens and prison inmates voting from their cells, both policies Sanders supports. “The Democrat Party is becoming the British Labour Party,” he continued.

Sanders responded on CNN, calling Carville a “political hack” who represents the very establishment he is seeking to destroy. Carville responded strongly. “Last night on CNN, Bernie Sanders called me a political hack,” Carville said. “That’s exactly who the #— I am! I am a political hack! I am not an ideologue. I am not a purist. He thinks it’s a pejorative. I kind of like it! At least I’m not a communist.”

The former campaign manager of a democrat U.S. President called the man most likely to be the next democrat nominee a communist on national television. Sanders’ supporters are up in arms dismissing the attack as more sour grapes from the Clintons. But it begs the question… is he a communist? What are the key differences between a communist and a socialist? Marx and Engels certainly made no delineation between the two terms.   If he’s not, he’s certainly the closest thing to it to occupy the national stage in American politics.

Jimmy Carter was no communist, but in his time he was certainly the most liberal person to have ever been elected president. After four grueling years of Carter, America elected to go in a different direction. Enter President Ronald Reagan. Reagan rose through the political ranks with fiery oratory and intellectual assaults on communism, first as president of the screen actors guild and later as governor of California. In those days, there were some openly advocating for American communism as an end to the Cold War. “Better red than dead” was a popular slogan. Reagan warned against those advocated for a “not undemocratic form of socialism” in his 1964 A Time for Choosing speech. By the time of his ascendance to the presidency, those fringe voices had mostly quieted, as republicans and democrats locked arms in the Cold War bout against the USSR. Well, most democrats. It was during this time that Bernie Sanders and his wife spent their honeymoon living it up with kindred spirits where else but the Soviet Union.

Sanders’ ideology is not new. It has lived under the fingernails of American politics for a generation. He is simply the first to bring it mainstream. For decades it has been taboo, as Americans lived under the auspices of Reagan. Anytime Clinton or another major democrat lobbied for more government, Reagan’s warnings echoed in the people’s ears. America came to a national consensus in the eighties. We would not allow our economy, our healthcare, our lives to be planned by the intellectual elite in far off Washington. Communism is the evil empire. The debate was over, good had won and this evil social system had crumbled with the Berlin Wall. But now Sanders has reignited the argument, not with new ideas but a rebranded failed social experiment from the twentieth century. Socialism always fails because governments cannot control economies without controlling people. The idea that it can long coexist with democracy is farcical. It is an anathema to lovers of liberty.

In this decade the democrats have let a fox in the hen house. As they slept at the wheel, their party has drifted from one focused on the economic and political needs of Bill Clinton’s everyday Americans, to one obsessed with the radical fringes. Radicalism in every iteration is the enemy of peace. Sanders is no democrat. Not in the sense that Clinton, or Roosevelt or even Obama were. His candidacy has lead to pundits referring to longtime liberals like Carville and even Barack Obama as moderates.

Should Sanders be nominated, the election will be a referendum on the future of our nation. We will be right back where we were in 1964 when Reagan delivered these timeless words in regards to the choice between socialism and capitalism. “You and I are told increasingly that we have to choose between a left or right, but I would like to suggest that there is no such thing as a left or right. There is only an up or down — up to a man’s age-old dream, the ultimate in individual freedom consistent with law and order — or down to the ant heap of totalitarianism, and regardless of their sincerity, their humanitarian motives, those who would trade our freedom for security have embarked on this downward course.” Once again in America, it is A Time For Choosing.

3 thoughts on “A Time For Choosing

  1. We shouldn’t get hung up on labels such as communist or socialist or euro-socialist, etc., because regardless, they’re *all* collectivists and the idea of collectivism doesn’t get along real well with the US Constitution and it’s emphasis on individual, God given rights. Like mixing oil and water.


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