Alexander the Great famously said, “fortune favors the bold.” That quote is applicable when you consider the ideological agenda President Obama’s been able to push through, completely disregarding a GOP House and Senate majority. And while presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is struggling to overcome her classified email scandal — and let’s be honest, a Republican in the same circumstances would’ve long since been jailed — someone else is displaying boldness and audacity.
As reported by the Washington Times:
Democratic presidential contender Senator Bernie Sanders on Monday sought to make inroads with conservative voters with a speech at Liberty University, telling students at the Christian-based college that they should be able to find common ground on his economic justice agenda.
“Let me be very frank. I understand that issues such as abortion and gay marriage are very important to you and that we disagree on those issues. I get that,” Mr. Sanders said. “But let me respectfully suggest that there are other issues out there that are of enormous consequence to our country and the world and that maybe, just maybe, we don’t disagree on them.
“And maybe, just maybe, we can work together in trying to resolve them,” continued Mr. Sanders, a Vermont independent and avowed socialist.
“I came here today because I believe that it is important for those with different views in our country to engage in civil discourse — not just to shout at each other or make fun of each other,” he said. Mr. Sanders, who is Jewish.
Mr. Sanders insisted that people of faith should join him in combating economic injustice, which has been the overarching theme of his run.
“It would, I think, be hard for anyone in this room to make the case that the United States today is a just society or anything close to a just society. In America today, there is massive injustice in terms of income and wealth inequality. Injustice is rampant,” he said.”
I gotta hand it to Senator Sanders for possessing the intestinal fortitude to go before a Christian Conservative university and talk about socialist economic policies.
Now, of course, you have to ask the obvious question: what uber-liberal progressive university would allow and respectfully listen to a constitutional conservative presidential candidate on its campus articulate the principles of free enterprise economics? Heck, you remember how Rutgers University wouldn’t allow former National Security Advisor and Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice to speak at a commencement ceremony — an honor that had been granted to someone called “Snookie.”
Yet here was Senator Bernie Sanders addressing the students at Liberty University — and yes, I’ve spoken there — fresh off his filibuster vote to block the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), Iranian deal, from being brought to the Senate floor. Based upon that vote alone, there’s nothing on which I would agree with Bernie Sanders.
And here’s an avowed socialist who embraces an economic theory that supports President Obama’s assertion in 2012 that, “if you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that.”
There’s no economic injustice in America. And we certainly don’t need any socialists speaking of how they will solve the issue.
Historically, it’s socialists who’ve supported secular humanism — which is antithetical to Liberty University’s very foundation. Matter of fact, a socialist like Bernie Sanders couldn’t care less about individual liberty and economic empowerment; he would advance policies that create more economic enslavement by way of wealth redistribution. I pray students there in the audience are a tad bit more intellectually savvy than to fall for the poisonous honey spewed by Sanders.
At his core, Sanders, along with socialists, believe they should determine the individual’s level of success and achievement. Actually, they’ve little regard for the individual over the collective. And if Sanders embraces a philosophy of governance that the state should decide economic “justice,” then what happens to the unalienable rights endowed by the Creator of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness? Simple, Sanders replaces it with his design of a manmade guarantee of happiness. And if that be the case, then they replace the Creator God as the grantor and taker of your unalienable individual rights.
For the past six and a half years, we’ve heard all about economic justice under President Obama — and the wealth gap has only widened. The big banks have gotten bigger, while the small community banks are being decimated. There are record numbers on food stamps and poverty rolls. And this is what Bernie Sanders took to Liberty University seeking to gain common ground and support?
Gotta hand it to ya, Bernie, you’ve got far more cajones than GOP elected officials. But there are those of us who recognize the snake oil you’re selling.
Sadly, there were some 7-8 million evangelical Christians who didn’t even come out to vote in 2012. As a result, the progressive socialist left is so emboldened they’ll come right to the largest Christian university in the world.
It’s always telling how the liberal left invokes civil discourse, yet they don’t abide by the same rule. And therein lies the essence of who they truly are, as articulated in Saul Alinsky’s ‘Rules for Radicals’:
RULE 4: Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules. If the rule is every letter gets a reply, send 30,000 letters. You can kill them with this because no one can possibly obey all of their own rules. (This is a serious rule. The besieged entity’s very credibility and reputation is at stake, because if activists catch it lying or not living up to its commitments, they can continue to chip away at the damage.)
So Bernie Sanders made Liberty University accept him, while no liberal progressive university would open its arena to someone like me. This is no different than Harry Reid changing the filibuster rule and Mitch McConnell coming in and changing it back — so the Democrats were able to block the Iranian deal.
Sometimes I just have to wonder if we REALLY want to fight back against these folks?