Question of the day. A while back, this single-digit reader base would remember I promised to regularly probe some of the deepest questions of our time.
Well, I have one.
A 3-letter news channel interviewed Democrat candidate Michael Bennet. They were talking about Medicare for All, and eliminating private insurance, which he doesn’t seem to support. Bennet claimed Democrats don’t like it that much. They said but Bernie and Elizabeth Warren are getting lots of support. “How do you explain that?” He said ‘well, maybe Democrats are supporting them for other reasons.’ But Bernie is so popular.
So he claims they are supporting them for different reasons. Then he adds that Bernie is one of the most popular politicians in the country, and Elizabeth Warren has a star-celeb status among Dems, too. Naturally they are going to get loads of support, he says. He also asserted that “Medicare for All” schemes were not really plans but an entire ideology.
Now then, let’s reverse engineer that idea. I am old enough to remember when Bernie was a pariah of the Democrat Party. They distanced themselves from him like the plague, at least publicly. He was persona non grata as a member, let alone a credible presidential candidate. He wanted to annex part of New England into Canada for Pete’s sake. Even his incessant utterance of the word “socialism” was repulsive then to much of the Left.
They really did not want much to do with his craziness. Well, times have changed. One thing Democrats don’t count on is for people to have long memories. Bernie is now the most popular and notable Leftist among Democrats. He popularized the term Democratic Socialist and successfully applied it to most of the base. Times do change.
The real question is how did he go from that old Bernie Sanders the crazy, to the new Bernie the trendiest politician? Yet he really did not change his ideas or beliefs. But there is the Left worshiping at his feet. So if anything new is happening on the Left, it has to go through Bernie first. How did he take over the Democrat Party and their base?
It cannot be argued that he is a radical. Democrats in general are radicals. But Bernie is the Pied Piper of Socialism, until someone knocks him off that socialist pedestal. It is his movement. From pariah to proprietor. He’s the gatekeeper to new and cool ideas. I don’t claim to understand it nor can I explain it.
Yet, like the great pyramids or the Sphinx, there he is in full regalia. An anomaly of our times. What of Bennet? He is now the outlier. He was as lost to explain Bernie’s popularity as the Sphinx. The good news for other radical socialists is they don’t have to go through a transition, they can get elected as instant socialist heroes now just like the squad.
(Photo: Bernie Facebook)
Only somehow those are questions the 3-letter news channel cares nothing about probing.
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