“This election is the most important in the modern history of this country,” said Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders Monday during the Democratic National Convention.
“In response to the unprecedented crises we face, we need an unprecedented response; a movement like never before; a people who are prepared to stand up and fight for Democracy and decency and against greed, oligarchy, and bigotry. And we need Joe Biden as our next president.”
It is hard to imagine these words coming from Sanders’s mouth a few months ago.
“Our campaign ended several months ago, but our movement continues and is getting stronger every day,” continued Sanders. “Many of the ideas we fought for, that just a few years ago were considered ‘radical,’ are now considered mainstream. But let us be clear, if Donald Trump is re-elected, all the progress we have made will be in jeopardy.”
Nowhere is Sanders’s progress more apparent than in the 110-page manifesto produced by the Biden-Sanders task force. In addition to free college for families making less $125,000 per year, the expansion of Medicare and Medicaid, the creation of a “public option” to replace private insurance, and the repealing of right-to-work laws, the manifesto includes a massive climate change agenda straight from the mouth of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY).
With the exception of universal healthcare, the manifesto is virtually indistinguishable from Sanders’s own campaign. It seems this is the price Biden is being forced to pay for a chance to defeat Donald Trump.
“Together, we must build a nation that is more equitable, more compassionate, and more inclusive. I know that Joe Biden will begin that fight on Day 1,” continued Sanders.
“Let me offer you just a few examples of how Joe will move us forward: Joe supports raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour…Joe will also make it easier for workers to join unions, create 12 weeks of paid family leave, fund universal pre-K with 3- and 4-year-olds, and make childcare affordable for millions of families. Joe will rebuild our crumbling infrastructure and fight the threat of climate change by transitioning us to 100% clean electricity over the next 15 years. These initiatives will create millions of good-paying jobs all across our country.”
Author’s Note: Bernie Sanders may have lost the battle, but he is certainly winning the war. Through a strange confluence of events, we now have an old-school Democrat (Biden) presenting a platform fully inspired by a socialist (Sanders) whose dangerous ideas failed to attract the level of support needed to earn the nomination.
Editor’s Note: It really is amazing how, over the last 4-5 years, the Democrat Party has completely moved to the left, not realizing that socialism is such a bad strategy that you can’t even call it economics.