Bernie Sanders' Presidential Run Outs Democratic Party (Investor's Business Daily)

April 29, 2015


Sanders from the left.

Sanders from the left. View Enlarged Image

Election 2016: Sen. Bernie Sanders declared himself a Democratic presidential hopeful Wednesday. What uncomfortable statement does this make about the Democratic Party if one of its candidates is a self-identified socialist?

The Washington Post has designated the 73-year-old Vermont independent as a “cause” candidate who isn’t concerned with winning.

Some might say that Sanders’ presence now assures that there are two leftists vying for the Democrats’ nomination. While Hillary Clinton has never identified herself as a socialist, it does put her in an odd position with Sanders coming in from the left. Does she fight him for votes from that side or does she have to shift right, toward positions that her husband held in the 1990s?

Sanders’ entry also, by default, makes Clinton the party’s mainstream candidate — which means that Democrats are truly the radical party. That is, if the hard left is still considered outside the conventional political flow in this country.

Clinton is already left enough without Sanders’ gravitational pull. She has reportedly said that she wants to “topple” the top 1% and that she’s running to reshuffle the deck for everyday Americans, a sentiment that can be understood only in a socialist context.

Clinton also has visions of wrecking the First Amendment under the guise of getting money out of politics, is fixated on income inequality — a condition that of course requires heavy government intervention — and has threatened the wealthy, “We’re going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good.”

According to an interview that she gave to Newsweek, Clinton was influenced by reading Carl Oglesby, who wrote “the first thing I had ever read that challenged the Vietnam War.” Oglesby was a leader of the radical leftist Students for a Democratic Society and “rejected … the free enterprise system he believed demanded endless conflict,” said the Associated Press in his obituary.

Socialist sympathies are part of the Clinton — and the Democratic Party — essence that the media won’t touch. Maybe with Sanders in the race, voters will be able to make the connection themselves.