Here’s to the End of the Revolution by Amanda S. Green
We’ve come to the end of Our Revolution, Bernie Sander’s self-aggrandizing, masturbatory ode to himself and to socialism. Thank goodness. I’m not sure I could have handled much more without walling my Kindle or drinking myself into a coma. It’s not that what he says is wrong, or stupid, or full of shit. It is all of that. But there is a danger to Bernie Hillary Clinton never presented, one we’re seeing taking hold in of our younger generation. Fortunately, many of them are like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez but there are others who aren’t terminally afflicted with foot-in-mouth disease. That danger is exactly what Sanders wants to foment and nurture and it is a rot at the very root of our republic.
I could spend the next six weeks tearing the rest of the book apart. I don’t think any of us really want that. Sanders spends much of the book repeating the same old saw. The United States could be great if we’d just follow Grandpa Marx’s rules. But, like all good socialists, he never tells us how we’re to pay for his grand programs, nor does he lead by example. It’s all a lot of “do as I say and not as I do,” especially when you start reading between the very broad lines.
So what does the book boil down to?
And do we really want to know?
The answer to the last question is “yes”. Well, to be honest, it comes down to a qualified “yes”. We might not want to know but we need to know. We need to know so we can counter his plans and the plans of those coming along after him.
Sanders, and this should be of no surprise to anyone, sees what he accomplished during his campaign for president as a “revolution”. It is one he wants to see continue. At least he doesn’t hide his goals. “The fight to defeat the greed of the billionaire class must continue.” (OR, p 445)
Now, that goal shouldn’t surprise any of us. The fact he actually vocalizes it might, but he’s been saying much the same thing for years. However, keep this goal in mind as we look at some of his other goals. Note also that it is only the evil “billionaire class” that must be attacked. Like so many other good socialists, he wants to protect his millionaire status. After all, he can’t be expected to share his wealth with the less fortunate.
“Demand that the media focuses on the real issues facing our nation and the world, not just political gossip.” (OR, p. 446) Pardon me while I laugh hysterically. First, he doesn’t define what those “real issues” are. I guess he expects us to assume they’re what he tells us they are. You see, we can’t be left on our own to decide what’s important or critical and what’s not. Second, he seems to ignore how his own campaign often looked at—and referred to—“political gossip”.
“This nation treats our children shamefully. We must focus on the needs of the young, especially the many who are disadvantaged.” (OR, p. 446) Now, there’s nothing wrong with this. We do need to focus on making sure the following generations are capable of thinking and doing, of continuing to build this nation and keeping it free. However, that’s not exactly what Bernie is talking about. All he mentions in this instance is educating our kids and making sure there are more educators and child-care workers.
What he doesn’t discuss is how the government already ties the hands of so many of our educators to the point they aren’t free to educate. In all too many school districts across the nation, teachers don’t have the freedom to adapt lessons or lesson plans based on a student’s needs or abilities. He doesn’t talk about the indoctrination happening in our schools today, an indoctrination that, if we’re honest, goes against another of his so-called goals. But more on that later.
“With so many Americans uninsured and underinsured, we need hundreds of thousands of new doctors, dentists, nurses, and other medical personnel. We should not be lagging behind many other countries in life expectancy, especially for lower-income Americans.” (OR, p. 446)
Ooo-kay, where to start? Let’s start with the obvious. Hundreds of thousands? Where is he getting his numbers from? More importantly, how are we supposed to pay for all these folks to get their training? Oooh, I know! The government is going to pay for it. Except, like all good Democrats and Socialists, Bernie never tells us where the government gets its money. Guess what – and I know you guys know this, but it is amazing how many don’t—that money comes from us. It comes out of your pocket and mine.
According to Bernie, we need a “radical change” to our criminal justice system. You see, our primary goal should be crime prevention and that requires “a whole new level of cooperation with educators, social workers, and employers.” (OR, p. 446)
Hmm, do you see anything wrong or missing with that statement? Where are the parents in this so-called radical change? Where is allowing judges and juries to assess sentences that will deter others from doing crime? Maybe I’m just a crotchety old bitch, but if you want to prevent crime, you need to do more than pat little Johnnie on the head and tell him not to do it again and then giving him what he wants. He needs to know there are consequences and those consequences will be applied.
And, before you get excited, he does bring in climate change. Be honest, you knew he would. Is there a liberal around who doesn’t love climate change, or whatever the name du jour for it is? All we need, according to Bernie, is “scientists and engineers who will develop clean and inexpensive forms of energy and transportation.” (OR, p. 446) Oh, and we aren’t to let the evil fossil fuel industry stop these ventures.
Of course, he doesn’t talk about the cost to develop and implement these new technologies. He doesn’t talk about the ecological impact that will have on the Earth. Nor does he talk about how he wants all this to be under the thumb of the government and not private industry. As with his argument that we need to be take better care of our kids, he doesn’t give us the rest of the equation—the impact of deploying socialistic policies on a nation. He can’t because then he would be defeating his own arguments.
“We need businesspeople who create and sell new and innovative products and services, and who treat their employees with respect and dignity, while protecting the environment.” (OR, p. 446) This is one of those statements like asking “do you still beat your wife?”. It basically says there are no businesses or businesspeople who currently create new and innovative goods and services. It also says these same businesses and businesspeople don’t treat their employees with respect and dignity. This sort of indoctrination is already undermining a number of offices around the country. “Dignity and respect” are being interpreted to mean an employer doesn’t treat you right if they hold you to a standard of conduct or production you don’t agree with. It’s all about the feelz and not about responsibility.
Screw you, Bernie.
Guess what he sees as the “great crisis” facing our nation? It “is the limitation of our imaginations. It is falling victim to an incredibly powerful establishment—economic, political, and media—that tells us every day, in a million different ways, that real change is unthinkable and impossible.” While I agree with him about mainstream media telling us that what we, the figurative unwashed and unrepentantly libertarian or conservative, want is impossible, isn’t he telling us the same thing? Isn’t he telling us that what we believe in is impossible and bad for the country. Isn’t he telling us we MUST move “forward”? Of course, he is. It is another instance of do as I say, not as I do. (OR, p. 448)
“We can overcome the insatiable greed that now exists and create an economy that ends poverty and provides a decent standard of living for all.” (OR, p. 448) There are so many things wrong with this statement, I’m not sure where to begin. First, like Trekonomics and its platform that the Federation was populated with folks willing to work in the mines when it was their time to do so, Bernie seems to think innovation will come about simply out of the goodness of our hearts. Yeah, nope. Yes, that is a motivation but how many of us are willing to invest years of hard work, not to mention money, and know we won’t reap the benefits of our efforts?
As for ending poverty, it goes beyond providing a “decent standard of living for all”. To begin with, who is going to pay for that decent standard of living? We’re already seeing in places like San Francisco and Seattle what happens when you raise the minimum wage to some artificial standard of living point. Businesses have to recover the loss of income from such increased expenditures. They do it in one of several ways: they increase the cost to their customers, they decrease hours their employees work, they fire employees or they close their doors. None of that helps the economy, not in the long run.
Bernie says one thing I can and do fully endorse, although he probably wouldn’t thank me for it.
We will not be able to accomplish those goals if we look at democracy as a spectator sport, assuming others will do it for us. They won’t. The future is in your hands. Let’s get to work. OR, p. 448)
He’s right. We can’t sit back and watch what happens, trusting others to do what we want done. Not when it comes to the political future of our country. We can’t trust the other side to sit back and trust their goals will be accomplished without them taking part. Believe me, after the 2016 election, the Democrats are pulling out all the stops to try to retake Congress in the mid-term elections. We’ve got a front row seat to their attempts to discredit Trump (not all that hard to do), using a complicit media. If we want this country to have a chance, we have to take action, we have to take part in the political process on the local, state and national levels.
I know some of you believe it is already too late. It may be. [Bullsh*t. It wasn’t too late for Poland. And in our history, going back to England, there was liberty recovered in the face of much greater losses of liberty. Defeatism is an excuse to sit on your ass and moan- SAH]
But I’m not ready to give up. Are you? [Hell, no. These are the death throes of communism. They look scary, because death throes of movements always do. But in the end we win, they lose- SAH]
(Help Amanda drink enough to keep snarking. We’ll collect for her liver transplant later. Hit her Pourboir jar now! – SAH)