Opinion| Lawrence David| The curtain of Constitutional government, at least within the halls of congress, has been stripped away by the most recent impeachment hearings.
Self-avowed socialist Bernie Sanders, who promotes and praises a historically proven failed economic construct that can only be enforced through force, appears to be the main beneficiary of this.
The Senator from Vermont is now the clear frontrunner to become the Democratic presidential nominee.
Amazingly, Sanders has never been a Democrat. Old guard Democrats viewed Sanders as an extremist. Over the years he caucused with the Democratic Party because they came closest to sharing his views on big government.
Democrat elites are panicking over Sanders’ rise in the polls but, rank and file Democrats have weighed the authoritarianism necessary to combat the merit-based system they reject and are willing to forego their freedoms for promises of a cradle-to-grave patriarchal government.
Sanders ascension to becoming the party’s leader was predictable. According to legend, socialist Norman Thomas six-time presidential candidate for the Socialist Party of America is rumored to have said:
“The American people will never knowingly adopt socialism. But, under the name of “liberalism,” they will adopt every fragment of the socialist program, until one day America will be a socialist nation, without knowing how it happened…
“I no longer need to run as a Presidential Candidate for the Socialist Party. The Democratic Party has adopted our platform.”
Snopes insists that Thomas never said this but ‘at this point, what difference does that make?’ Whether Thomas said it or not, doesn’t make it any less true.
More importantly, throughout history the imposition of socialism has always descended into a reliance on jackbooted justice administered by tyrants who find it necessary to tamp down the public’s resistance to the tightening economic noose that inevitably results.
Already, we have witnessed the left’s multiple efforts to destroy President Trump, through the weaponization of the Obama corrupted intelligence community, akin to the manner in which the Soviet KGB or the East German Stasi controlled anyone who challenged their rule.
Republican presidential candidate Barry Goldwater once said: “Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. And moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.”
After more than three years of Obama holdovers’ multiple attempts to destroy President Trump while blocking all virtually all legislation that might help Americans, and watching them turn the Constitution on its head in their most recent sham impeachment effort, of Democrats it can be said that;
Extremism in the promotion of Marxism is no vice. And moderation is pursuit of destroying capitalism is no virtue.
Americans should tread carefully because, while you can vote your way into socialism, you have to shoot your way out of it.