Bernie Sanders has made a big deal out of distancing himself from extreme leftist ideologies. He has made it clear over and over again, that he supports the kind of democratic socialism that is seen in Northern Europe, and has no intention of bringing heavy-handed totalitarian socialism to America. That may well be true, but he also seems to have a disturbing bias for those regimes.
In a 1985 interview, Sanders tried to explain why the Cuban people hadn’t tried to overthrow their own government, and why the people of Nicaragua wouldn’t do the same. His explanation speaks volumes about his socialist beliefs.
Yes, the people of Cuba didn’t overthrow Castro because his government provided good healthcare and education to the masses. It has nothing to do with the fact that popular discontent has been violently suppressed by Castro’s regime for decades.
During Wednesday’s Democratic debate, Sanders was twice asked to explain the video, and both times he failed to completely disavow the Cuban dictatorship. He admitted that the authoritarian nature of that government is wrong, and finally answered “Look, let’s look at the facts here. Cuba is, of course, an authoritarian undemocratic country, and I hope very much as soon as possible it becomes a democratic country. But on the other hand […], it would be wrong not to state that in Cuba they have made some good advances in health care. They are sending doctors all over the world. They have made some progress in education.”
I don’t think Sanders is trying to usher in some socialist dictatorship in America, but you have to question the values of a man who seems to think that proper education and health care, are both a fair trade for the loss of freedom and dignity.
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