President Trump made quite a stir during his State of the Union Speech on Tuesday night February 6, 2019.
Trump put the entire political class on notice when he gave a scathing critique of socialism. The president started off with foundational principles stating that “America was founded on liberty, and independence; and not government coercion, domination, and control.”
Then he capped it off by saying that “America will never be a socialist country.”
The look of disbelief on the face of Bernie Sanders was priceless. And this should come as no surprise. Sanders believes in “democratic socialism”, a fancy re-branding of socialism. At the end of the day, it’s still a system that promotes a monstrous government that make property rights and basic freedoms an afterthought.
Sanders is not alone in his socialist advocacy. Freshmen Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who has deep ties to the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA), is openly calling for a confiscatory income tax rate of 70% on the highest income earners and a “Green New Deal”. All these programs entail massive government intrusions on property rights and people’s ability to make a living. Sadly, many millennials are eating this up.
Another DSA darling Stacey Abrams delivered her response to the President’s SOTU. In eerie fashion, Abrams said “We are coming for America” and went on a tirade criticizing President Trump’s immigration policy.
Trump’s choice words for socialism during his State of the Union speech were indeed a breath of fresh air.
Yes, the U.S. has tons of work to do in taming its unsustainable entitlement programs like Medicare and Social Security. However, the Trump administration has shown great promise when it passed tax reform in 2017 and reversed Obama era regulatory policies via executive order.
All of this has been accomplished in spite of constant opposition from both obstructionist Democrats and insufferable Never Trump Republicans. The results have been great as black unemployment has reached historic lows and the economy continues to boom.
For once, America has a president who unapologetically lambasts a failed ideology like socialism. When countries like Venezuela are crumbling before our eyes, it’s incumbent upon our political leaders to call out these failures. For too long, America’s political elites have taken milquetoast stances in the face of destructive systems like socialism.
With socialism’s allure growing more powerful by the day, there must be political leadership to stand against it. President Trump made it clear in the 2019 State of the Union what side he’s on in the socialism debate.
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Did Bernie Sanders Just Endorse a Neocon Regime Change Foreign Policy?
Is Bernie Sanders the anti-war candidate that many non-interventionists are making him out to be?
Journalists Jacob Crosse and Barry Grey presented some interesting observations about Sanders’ foreign policy views.
Sanders criticized the assassination of Iranian General Qassem Suleimani in January and also stressed his opposition to the 2003 invasion of Iraq.
During the Iowa presidential debate, Sanders loudly boasted, “I not only voted against that war, I helped lead the effort against that war.”
However, Sanders changed his tune when chatting with the New York Times.
The answers the Sanders campaign gave the Times showed its flexibility when it comes to foreign policy.
In other words, the Sanders campaign signaled to the military and intelligence apparatus that Sanders won’t present a threat to their interests and may actually carry out their interventionist agenda.
One question in the survey that the Times sent the Sanders campaign stuck out above the rest.
The third survey question asked, “Would you consider military force to pre-empt an Iranian or North Korean nuclear or missile test?”
The Sanders campaign responded, “Yes.”
Based on this response, Sanders’ is signaling that he’s willing to continue Bush-era policies of “preemptive war.”
Like Obama, Sanders’ opposition to the Iraq War was a matter of politics rather than a principled opposition to regime change wars.
His campaign was also asked, “Would you consider military force for a humanitarian intervention?”
Sanders responded, “Yes.”
Some of the wars that the U.S. carried out in the name of “human rights” have been the Bosnian war and the bombing of Serbia in the 1990s along with the aerial campaign against Libya in 2011 and the Civil War launched in Syria.
All in all, Sanders’ pro-peace/non-interventionist image is at best window dressing.
Under a Sanders presidency, the interventionist status quo will likely stay in place.
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