Video footage has emerged in recent days showing Georgia’s Democratic candidate for Senate, Rev. Raphael Warnock, preaching from the pulpit that Jesus was “a poor Palestinian” and a “peasant.”
It’s just not true. The archeological evidence shows that Nazareth and environs were reasonably prosperous. In addition, as a carpenter—a skilled artisan—his earning capacity was far above peasant level, especially since he grew up during a building boom when artisans were in very high demand.
“Palestine” was a name given by the Romans to humiliate the people of Israel after a nearly genocidal imperial crackdown against an independence movement. So, to call Jesus a Palestinian is to adopt the language of anti-Semitic Roman imperial propaganda.
Warnock should know better. Anyone who thinks that Jesus is a socialist is adding religious zeal to false doctrine and doesn’t belong in the U.S. Senate.Read More »
With the news dominated by Covid-19 and racial injustice, you might not remember one of the big stories of the past year: the rise of socialism. Previously a dirty word, socialism became popular among young people and polled well with Democrats.
But now we hear nothing about socialism. Bernie Sanders is gone and the Green New Deal has gone silent.
The fact is, young people were never interested in formal socialism. The same polls showing their attraction to it also showed they prefer a market economy over government control. They really didn’t want socialism, but free stuff: free college tuition, forgiven student loans, help with expensive housing and maybe a guaranteed income.
That agenda is now, quietly, Joe Biden’s platform, without the socialism name. He has embraced versions of all that and more. He is the candidate of free … and expensive … stuff.
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Big government Democrat politicians are happy to be puppets of corporate interests so long as the strings don’t show. They need rhetorical deniability for the campaign trail.
Similarly, Democrat primary voters generally embrace socialism by any other name so long as you don’t lay bare the repressive implications. They too need rhetorical deniability so they may continue to tell themselves they are the true heirs of American values or “the thing,” as Joe Biden affectionately terms it.
Bernie Sanders flamed out on Super Tuesday because he couldn’t keep the revolutionary in him under wraps on 60 Minutes two weeks earlier.
Rather than sticking to his fairy tale of socialism as harmonious, Nordic-style communal living, Sanders let his true self show in the form of cringe-worthy praise for Fidel Castro’s literacy program in communist Cuba.
Democrat primary voters came to Bernie Sanders for the “free” goodies but they couldn’t stay for the gulags.Read More »
In the nasty, ferocious, astonishingly unpleasant Democratic debate on Wednesday night in Las Vegas, no one thought to ask the contenders if they viewed any of their rivals as outside the Democratic Party mainstream.
Obviously, Bernie Sanders, self-proclaimed “democratic socialist,” is far removed from the traditions and values of the party he now seeks to lead. In fact, the Vermont Independent and former member of the Socialist Workers Party has never even identified himself as a Democrat.
If his brand of left-wing extremism takes over one of our two great political parties, it will be a disaster for that party and for the country.
If the Democrats are so far gone in their leftward journey that they can’t rule out a democratic socialist as their candidate for president, then the party and its candidates have disqualified themselves from serious consideration for national leadership.Read More »
Presidential candidates Joe Biden, Pete Buttigieg and Mike Bloomberg all claim they’re proposing a moderate, less disruptive approach to health-care reform called the “public option”—a government policy offered as an alternative to private health insurance.
These have been presented as more modest solutions relative to Medicare for All.
Don’t believe it.
A public option could increase the federal deficit, destabilize the market for private health insurance while threatening overall health-care quality and choice.
By 2049, the public option could be the third most expensive government program in the nation—behind only Medicare and Social Security.
Of course, the public option would also quickly displace employer-based and other private insurance. The result: Longer wait times, narrower provider networks and reduced consumer choice.
Policymakers may yet find the middle ground in health care reform. But don’t be fooled: A government-run public option is NOT it.Read More »