Jake Pickering | Democrats Must Avoid Myopia

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There are several Democratic presidential candidates who support Medicare for All who also happen to be viable candidates (unlike Bernie Sanders, who has no realistic chance of being elected). If you actually want to see Medicare for All implemented, vote for Elizabeth Warren. Sen. Warren can win, whereas Bernie Sanders is a sure loser.

Until these myopic, naive Bernie Bros. can provide a satisfactory explanation as to how Sanders would be able to successfully handle the following issues, which would certainly be highlighted by the GOP in a general election, their irrational insistence that Democrats vote for non-Democrat Bernie Sanders should fall on deaf ears.

Bernie Sanders is on the record repeatedly having unreservedly and uncritically lauded lavish praise on a number of anti-American communist dictators, like Daniel Ortega and Fidel Castro. (Have you ever watched Bernie’s infamous videotaped interviews on these subjects from Aug. 8, 1985, and June 13, 1988? You should.) In fact, Sanders is the only prominent American politician to express more love and respect for totalitarian communist tyrants than Donald Trump does!

Then of course there was Bernie Sanders’ still inadequately explained 1988 marital honeymoon in the Soviet Union, where upon returning to Vermont the Marxist socialist Sanders predictably and pathetically voiced his unabashed praise for the Soviet system. One would think a reasonably intelligent man who is at least nominally Jewish would know better than to openly and unapologetically congratulate an anti-Semitic totalitarian regime for making their trains run on time! Furthermore, could you ever imagine saying to your fiancé, “We’ll be spending our honeymoon in North Korea with the Dear Leader”? I didn’t think so.

Less well known is the fact that in 1963 Bernie Sanders lived and worked for several months on a Stalinist commune in Northern Israel that explicitly saw the Soviet Union as its role model. Sanders’ communal Israeli kibbutz actually flew the red Soviet flag over its compound, the very same flag prominently displayed in Sanders’ office when he was mayor of Burlington, Vermont, in the 1980s.

Get a clue, Bernie Bros. Sanders is a sure loser in a general election, which is why (in addition to the 78-year-old’s recent heart attack) Bernie Sanders should drop out of the presidential race immediately.

Losing in 2020 is not an option. Democrats must nominate a candidate who can actually win.

Jake Pickering, Arcata

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