As reported in WND this week, the National Rifle Association favorably recognized self-described socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders for comments he recently made about gun manufacturers. The senator had some choice, common-sense responses to questions posed on this topic during the Democratic debate this past weekend. Regarding a lawsuit filed by families of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting victims against Remington Arms for manufacturing the weapon used by Adam Lanza in the massacre, Sanders said the following:
“If you go to a store and you legally purchase a gun and three days later you go out and start killing people, is the point to hold the gun shop owner or the manufacturer of that gun liable? If that’s the point, I disagree. … If they are selling a product to a person who buys it legally, what you’re talking about is ending gun manufacturing in America.”
While this sounds markedly un-socialist and even moreso un-Sanders, I would urge caution before celebration concerning these carefully measured words. Were Sanders’ comments worthy of news coverage? Sure. Should we recognize the wisdom of something conveyed by someone we don’t necessarily like? We should if we’re honest.
That said, I would contend that anyone who thinks Sanders’ comments would guarantee his support of gun rights if elected is deluding themselves. The senator knew the debate would have a large audience, and he knows the vast numbers of voters who support Second Amendment rights. Politicians on the right also voice support for policies their base would not support (though infrequently) if said policies have broad enough voter appeal.
One notes that Sanders qualified the quoted remark with references to the legal purchase of firearms. Socialists have always sought to abolish the legal ownership of firearms by private citizens. Consider what the Obama administration has gotten away with over the last eight years and ask yourself how far in the future that might be.
Once that happens, I would imagine that in Sanders’ eyes, all bets are off with regard to private gun ownership, although America will still need a few firearms manufacturers in order to supply the military and the government’s civil suppression squads.
Former New York City mayor and billionaire anti-gun lobbyist Michael Bloomberg recently announced that he will not run for president, using the opportunity to demonize GOP presidential hopeful Donald Trump. Bloomberg, a stealth international socialist with strong ties to old-school New York communists, claimed that Trump’s campaign “appeals to our worst impulses,” whatever that means.
Suffice it to say that this stealth international socialist with strong ties to old-school New York communists having risen to a position of significant influence in America says a lot by itself, and none of it good.
Even in its mildest forms, socialism is antithetical to everything represented by the rule of law in the United States. In its harshest forms, tens of millions of people die. Yet Bernie Sanders openly proclaims to be a socialist and has accrued a dedicated following in his bid for the Democratic presidential nomination. Bloomberg is a Republican, but governed like a communist.
How can this be? Because those publicly espousing socialism were not stigmatized, sabotaged, disenfranchised, or otherwise neutralized throughout 20th century as they should have been. These things did not occur for two reasons. One is that Americans allowed the infiltrating socialist menace to redefine the context of the First Amendment; thus, the speech of those advocating for burning America down became acceptable. From there it was no great leap toward legitimizing their efforts to that end.
“Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.”
– Benjamin Franklin
The second reason is that by the time the mid 20th century rolled around, Americans had arrived at the level of willingness to compromise described by Franklin. Faced with an enemy that seeks to overcome primarily through guile, one can see how all the left really needed to succeed was patience.
There isn’t one candidate in the Republican field articulating the fact that socialism sucks. There isn’t one candidate who says they will not “reach across the aisle” and compromise with socialists, or that all of this nation’s woes are directly attributable to five decades of incremental socialism.
And why is that? Because they are all on the same bandwagon. This, as WND’s Mychal Massie pointed out this week, we can see in those across the political continuum who are determined above all else to convince voters that Donald Trump is actually a brimstone-belching arch-demon wearing artificial human skin.
“Like Donald Trump or not, he is the only person both Republicans and Democrats fear – and that should tell you something if you’re willing to stop and think.”
– Mychal Massie
Truly, Angelo M. Codevilla’s seminal writings on the bipartisan “ruling class” in America are best illustrated by the current bipartisan opposition to Trump’s campaign, although I might place illegal immigration or Muslim expansionism as a close second – the latter two being issues upon which the Democrat and Republican establishment elites also seem to find altogether too much common ground.
Article reposted with permission from Erik Rush.