We Almost Had a Communist in the White House

by Armando Simón (May 2020)



The only thing we learn from history is that we learn nothing from history.
                                              —Friedrich Hegel


It is now official that Senator Bernie Sanders is no longer a candidate for the presidency.


It is the height of sick ironies that America, which shed so much blood, money and effort to repel Communist totalitarianism, not just away from its own borders but from other countries, just had a Communist presidential candidate in the Democratic Party who could have actually become president. If successful, he had vowed (in his own words) to carry out a “Revolution” and “transform” our country through his “democratic socialism.” He also had plans for “real journalism.” True, he denied being a Communist.


Just like Fidel Castro did.


In the beginning.


not reelected. And true also that many, many, people remain profoundly ignorant about the history of Communism, what it does to societies. And then, there are those whose children have been brainwashed in schools while their conservative parents do nothing  as usual, to counter the corrosion.


infatuation with Communism. They were unaware that he had repeatedly expressed admiration for the Communist regimes of Cuba, Nicaragua, China and the Soviet Union. “I remember being very excited when Fidel Castro made the revolution in Cuba. It seemed right and appropriate that poor people were rising up against ugly rich people.” In fact, when he got married, he did not honeymoon in Italy, France, England, Japan, Greece, Spain, or the Caribbean islands. Oh, no. Instead, he went to the Soviet Union, of all places (which begs the question: did he tour the gulag, was he shown around the KGB headquarters?). Nor did people know that Comrade Sanders compared America’s role during the Vietnam War as the equivalent of Hitler’s (however, we do not know his views on Pol Pot’s Khmer Rouge). And while he and his wife gushed with ecstatic rapture about how wonderful life was in Communist countries, some people who lived there would disagree with their assessment.


hide his tracks. He was a tireless apologist of repressive regimes. But it is safe to say that most people were not aware of his Communist past, despite the fact that it was amply documented in conservative internet sites. Nor were they aware that his sandernistas were already planning to establish a Gulag for once they achieved power, as per a Project Veritas undercover coup, not surprising since “Bernie Bros” have attacked a number of people, including some Democrats who would not go along with the future Dear Leader. In fact, most people have not even heard of Project Veritas (and this brings up the embarrassing conclusion that conservative websites—in spite of their uncovering very important facts and events that the main stream media firmly puts a news blackout on—essentially preach to the choir and make no effort to expand their influence, and, more importantly, have no influence beyond the choir).


He was, indeed, a serious contender for the presidency. And for him to have been a serious contender to the presidency in the land of the free is an insult to millions of people, dead or alive.


Then something interesting happened.


However, immediately after the interview, Comrade Sanders began to lose ground in the primaries. Although the machinations of the Democratic National Committee almost certainly had a hand once again in sabotaging his campaign, his admission for admiration of a Communist dictator also shocked quite a few Democrats who were unaware of his tendencies. All of a sudden, Comrade Sander’s “democratic socialism” platform was suspect.


It makes me wonder if the question was a sort of trial balloon to see what the reaction from others would be, for if Comrade Sanders had, indeed, become the candidate of the Democratic Party you might have seen a massive defection of the remaining reasonable Democrats, akin to what happened when leftist radicals took over the 1972 Democratic convention and McGovern became a candidate. The “Bernie bros” had already been criticized by some Democrats, and the prime minister of Sweden ridiculed him (and that’s saying something). So the truth is that Comrade Sanders would have been the perfect target for President Trump, who is not a professional politician and, therefore, minces no words.


And yet, even though he was (partly) revealed, the would-be Dear Leader nevertheless continued to garner hundreds of thousands of votes.


And that is still scary.


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Armando Simón is the author of A Cuban from Kansas, The Only Red Star I Liked was a Starfish, Fables from the Americas and Wichita Women.

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