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Fidel Castro Fanboy Bernie Faces Democrat Backlash In Florida

Fidel Castro Fanboy Bernie Faces Democrat Backlash In Florida

Dem Rep. Shalala: “Senator Sanders’ comments on the Castro regime are misguided, ill-informed, and unacceptable.”

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/bernie-sanders-democratic-presidential-candidate-anderson-cooper-60-minutes-2020-02-23/

Democrat and #NeverTrump pundits have been unleashing oceans of ink trying to get another Democrat to take down socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT). They at least want to get him to moderate his crazy commie worldview and to downplay his disastrous plans for our great nation.  If he doesn’t, they justifiably fear, he will lose to Trump.

And for them, beating Trump is all that matters.

Not so much for Bernie.  He doesn’t care about Trump; after all, he pondered a primary challenge to Obama in 2012 and gave the Obama-anointed Hillary a good run for the party’s money in 2016.  Bernie’s not a partisan, he’s an ideologue, a true believer, albeit a blinkered, deliberately obtuse true believer.  Or, as our friend Katya Sedgwick puts it, Bernie is a communist dupe.

All these pleas to drop the “Up with Communism” stuff are confusing to Bernie. After all, he’s already gone as far as he can by trumpeting Scandinavian models of socialism, models these countries’ leaders pointedly refute by noting their economy is market-based and definitely not socialist, thank you very much.

For Bernie, this is the compromise he’s willing to make, calling himself a “Democratic socialist” and evoking Scandinavian entitlements is his version of triangulation.  He is entirely befuddled by questions aimed at nudging him toward further moderation; you can almost see it in his body language, his confused glare, his stuttering attempts to defend the indefensible.  I’ve already caved to these “electability” demands, Comrades, back off.

We know this because the countries he most admires have always been those with full-blown communism.  From his honeymoon in the former Soviet Union to his defense of truly horrific, murderous tyrants like Cuba’s Fidel Castro, Bernie flits along touting the wonder of bread lines and the atrocity-justifying joy of literacy programs.

He is utterly blind to the violence, oppression, and widespread slaughter that rendered once free people either dead or living in utter fear of their own government.  When people are willing to launch small vessels, dinghies, even doors into the ocean and try to paddle themselves and their family to the land of the free, Bernie is puzzled.  Why would they do that? They have literacy programs!  And “free” stuff!

I wasn’t, therefore, in the least surprised when Bernie launched into his now infamous fanboy defense of Castro on 60 Minutes, and I fully expected him to double-down.  He didn’t disappoint.

Fox News reports:

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., doubled down on his remarks praising former Cuban dictator Fidel Castro during a televised town hall on Monday night after he raised eyebrows for complimenting the brutal leader’s education reforms.

“When Fidel Castro first came into power … you know what he did? He initiated a major literacy program. It was a lot of folks in Cuba at that point who were illiterate and he formed the Literacy Brigade … and they went out and they helped people learn to read and write You know what? I think teaching people to read and write is a good thing,” Sanders said in response to criticism.

He continued, “I have been extremely consistent and critical of all authoritarian regimes all over the world including Cuba, including Nicaragua, including Saudi Arabia, including China, including Russia. I happen to believe in democracy, not authoritarianism. … China is an authoritarian country … but can anyone deny, I mean the facts are clear, that they have taken more people out of extreme poverty than any country in history. Why you criticize when I say that — that’s the truth. So that is the fact. End of discussion.”

People with less naive worldviews, including many who have experienced first-hand the “benefits” of the Cuban revolution, are outraged.

This is a problem for Bernie because Florida, a critical state in any presidential election, has a large Cuban population (and a growing Venezuelan population thanks to that nation’s disastrous dive into socialism).

Florida Democrats are lambasting Sanders for his sophomoric, fantastical view of Castro’s revolution.

Politico reports:

Bernie Sanders says he’s the Democrat best-equipped to defeat Donald Trump in November.

But Florida Democrats insist he‘s the worst-equipped after Sanders’ refusal Sunday night to thoroughly condemn the Cuban revolution. His comments on 60 Minutes sent shock waves through the nation’s biggest battleground state, where Democratic members of Congress, state legislators and party leaders warned that his nomination — and Sanders’ self-described “Democratic socialism” — will cost them the biggest battleground state of them all.

. . . . As a state with an influential cross-section of Latinos whose families fled leftist Latin American regimes and violence, Sanders embrace of far-left leaders and his past refusals to wholeheartedly condemn Latin American strongmen and the Soviet Union have long been seen as fatal flaws.

Sanders on Sunday did nothing to allay those concerns in a 60 Minutes interview in which he was asked about his 1985 comments stating that the Cuban people didn’t “rise up in rebellion against Fidel Castro” because “he educated their kids, gave their kids health care, totally transformed society.”

There was no mention of the firing squads, political purges and mass arrests that accompanied the 1959 revolution.

There’s a reason he doesn’t mention the “firing squads, political purges and mass arrests that accompanied the 1959 revolution.” Bernie, the true believer, is focused on the ends. How you get there, the means, don’t matter a whit. People aren’t people to Bernie and his ilk; they are worker units who either contribute to the utopian goal or who, for whatever reason, do not and must be purged.

Florida pols on both sides of the aisle are taking notice.

Democrat Rep. Shalala was so furious that she published the following press release via her House web page:

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Donna Shalala (FL-27) released the following statement:

“Senator Sanders’ comments on the Castro regime are misguided, ill-informed, and unacceptable. Over the last six decades, hundreds of thousands of Cubans have risked their lives to escape the tyranny of the Castro regime – a reign of fear, paranoia, and oppression that regularly abuses human rights in order to stifle free thought and democracy in Cuba to this very day.

“I believe Senator Sanders would benefit from taking time to meet with the many survivors of Castro’s Cuba who now live in South Florida. My hope is that after meeting with the exile community, he will recognize that the Cuban regime – and other similar authoritarian regimes across Latin America – are instruments of evil and are not worthy of his praise.”

David Harsanyi at National Review sums up the absurdity of Sanders’ commie fanboy disaster well:

Did you know that infamous Nazi Hermann Göring was a great lover of animals, a protector of birds, and head of the forestry service in Germany? Unless you’re a history buff, probably not. After all, almost no one feels the need to preface their comments about the Third Reich with “Sure, the authoritarianism was pretty bad, but, boy, that Göring was one hell of an environmentalist!”

. . . . Sanders is regurgitating Communist propaganda. Cuba already had the highest literacy rate in Latin America before the revolution, and it basically kept trending in the same direction as every other nation in the region. When Castro triumphantly entered Havana in 1958, he didn’t bring truckloads of books; he ordered thousands of arrests and summary executions. When Castro “came into office,” he canceled elections, terminated the free press, and turned Cuba into the island prison that still exists today.

Cubans haven’t been able to freely read about their own oppression since Castro took power. (Cuba, though, has nearly eradicated the scourge of “inequality,” with most people making around 20 bucks a month.) And the only possible reason any American would feel the need to defend that dictator’s programs — Sanders once said Castro “educated the children, gave them health care” — is because they’re sympathetic to the cause.

Precisely.

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Comments

Didn’t Castro, have Russian missiles pointed at the US? Remember Crazy it happened one October.

legacyrepublican | February 25, 2020 at 5:14 pm

Okay, another bumper sticker idea …

Give me your credit card! — Bernie 2020

notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital | February 25, 2020 at 5:23 pm

Great Article – with the tweets and graphics there Fuzzy!

China is an authoritarian country … but can anyone deny, I mean the facts are clear, that they have taken more people out of extreme poverty than any country in history. Why you criticize when I say that — that’s the truth. So that is the fact. End of discussion.

Well, Mao’s population-reduction program—one which dwarfed similar programs instigated by Adolf and Uncle Joe—would indeed tend to take people out of extreme poverty. It’s just magic, isn’t it?

“and they went out and helped people learn to read and write” and then they shot them.

“So that is the fact. End of discussion.”

You don’t get to decide when the discussion ends, Bernie.

notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital | February 25, 2020 at 5:40 pm

Everyone listen to this for the Democrat Party member (who voted for Trump) pointing out that her Dem Friends are now Busy Brainwashing Each other to Vote For Bernie.

She says they don’t want to vote for Bernie but they’re are so DERANGED with TDS that they are going to vote for Bernie anyway.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L-LSRBIwoHk

Free State Paul | February 25, 2020 at 5:51 pm

I have a Cuban side to my family. The older ones (Boomers) feel Cuban and are anti-Castro. But their kids and grandkids (Millennials & Gen-Z) not so much. They’re assimilated, speak little or no Spanish, only identify as Hispanic when it suits them, and are just as progressive as any college educated young person.

notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital | February 25, 2020 at 5:52 pm
    notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital. | February 25, 2020 at 5:57 pm

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BBC World Service Radio flushed its gushing eulogies of Castro. I certainly recall hearing the crawlers at BBC banging on and on about poor Fidel and the Bay of Pigs and what a raw deal he got from America. If only we Americans were enlightened they mused.. between shuddering sobs of lament.

Cubans react to the death of Fidel Castro – https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p04h15td

Cuban Revolutionary Leader Fidel Castro Dies Aged 90
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Cuba’s Fidel Castro Dies
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“Did you know that infamous Nazi Hermann Göring was a great lover of animals:

He was also a great lover of wearing women’s makeup and dressing like a flaming queen.

Carinhall – Speer looked up to see the flamboyant outfit Göring sported, decorated with oversized ruby brooch on his [baroque era] velvet dressing gown..

.. a “rouged” and “lacquered” Göring in a green velour dressing gown …

Free State Paul | February 25, 2020 at 6:04 pm

The Nazis did a lot of progressive things besides being environmentalists:

– Smoking bans on public transportation. Minimum age to buy cigarettes. SS officers were forbidden to smoke in public.

– Public health campaigns against breast and cervical cancer at a time when polite Americans didn’t talk openly about cancer, much less feeling up your breasts or gynecological exams.

– Occupational safety laws.

– A commitment to full employment via infrastructure construction.

– A vast array of subsidies and programs for working people, including subsidized resorts, cruise ships and the famous “People’s Car.”

“Shameful ignorance from @SenSanders.” If only. Sanders knows full well the cost of his utopia. What truly makes him the truly horrible old beast is, is, he thinks it’s worth it.

“The Castro regime has killed & imprisoned dissidents, oppressed its people and propped up murderous dictators …”

If only The People would do what the revolutionary vanguard said they must, they could have it all. But, they never do. We told them to share and share alike, yet they horde. Because they think it better that their child should live, even if others starve! We told them not to read/view/listen to subversives, yet instead of compliance they just hide these wretched things!

And so, if The Revolution is not to be lost, this must be stopped. At any cost! And since we can’t catch mos of these miscreants, an example must be made of those we do catch, by deploying extreme, shocking violence against them! So that anyone who would do as they shall know and fear the cost.

We are truly sorry this is necessary. Why can’t the people just behave as we want them to, as we know they must??

(Yes, Bernie knows. He knows the cost of his utopia; he knows full well that you must break some eggs (lives) to make a (socialist) omlet. The horror is, he’s convinced it’s totally worth it.)

This is a very, very corrupt warped man.

It’s actually good that he’s the front-runner, so America can see what kind of garbage is backing him – and how that garbage is somewhat typical of what the sick bastards teaching in our schools are churning out.

It is not ignorance.
He knows and he is totally OK with it.
Bernie Sanders is a Communist POS.

Castro is kinda becoming To Bernie what rev Wright was to Barry.

They said nothing when Obama went to Cuba and praised Castro

bernie is lying about his agenda again. Not really new. He’s a commie through and through.

Literacy programs are good things. Being able to read what you want is also a good thing,- and something not possible in highly censored Cuba.

What Bernie neglects to mention in praising Castro’s literacy programs, is that all of Latin America has made good progress in increasing literacy. Of 20 Latin American countries, Cuba ranks 16th out of 20 in increasing literacy from 1960-2015. Why does Bernie ignore those 15 Latin American countries that increased literacy more than Cuba?

This data makes two points about Cuba that are often ignored.First, conditions in Cuba were among the best in Latin America when Castro took power in 1959. Cuba ranked 5th in literacy in Latin America in both 1950 and 1960 (78%and 79%.) . Thus Cuba had less ground to make up in increasing literacy. Second, while Cuba has made progress in increasing literacy since 1959-60, so have other countries.

Increase in literacy % from 1960-2015
Bolivia 51.1
Haiti 44.7
Honduras 44.4
Guatemala 44.1
El Salvador 39.6
Nicaragua 35.5
Peru 34.4
Venezuela 33.4
Brazil 32.6
Mexico 29.5
Ecuador 29.5
Dominican Republic 28.5
Colombia 24.6
Paraguay 22.5
Panama 22.0
Cuba 20.7
Costa Rica 14.6
Chile 12.6
Uruguay 9.4
Argentina 6.7

https://ourworldindata.org/literacy

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