Bernie Sanders Defends Fidel Castro, Ted Cruz Exposes the Absurdity with Biting Response


Sen. Bernie Sanders is going to be sorry.

When the aging left-winger from Vermont, the avowed socialist who’s now leading the Democratic Party’s race for the 2020 presidential nomination, went on CBS’ “60 Minutes” for an interview broadcast Sunday, he probably didn’t intend to come off like an apologist for mass-murdering dictators.

But his take on the communist dictatorship of Cuba — 90 miles from American shores — gave the game away.

“We’re very opposed to the authoritarian nature of Cuba but you know, it’s unfair to simply say everything is bad. You know? When Fidel Castro came into office, you know what he did? He had a massive literacy program. Is that a bad thing? Even though Fidel Castro did it?” Sanders said in an interview with Anderson Cooper.

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It’s sort of an altruistic version of the old line “Mussolini made the trains run on time” — an excuse for the essentially evil nature of dictatorships when they provide certain benefits to those lucky enough not to fall afoul of the authorities.

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz wasn’t buying it.

Cruz’s father was a supporter of Castro’s revolution who fled the island after the nature of Castro’s communism became clear, according to a Washington Times account from 2015. So he probably knows a little more about the real dangers of dictatorship than the Democrats’ dilettante revolutionaries and Bernie Bros taking time off from college to hit the barricades.

“It really makes a difference when those you murder at the firing squad can read & write,” the senator tweeted.

It was a solid point, backed up by not only the history of Cuba but also the history of virtually every country where socialism has been imposed on a society: the Soviet Union and its Eastern European and Asian satellites, China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Cuba, Nicaragua and current-day Venezuela.

The history of socialism is steeped in the blood of the citizens its revolutionaries won power pretending to be concerned about.

Naturally, Sanders had plenty of supporters among the left-wing illiterati of the social media world, but there were plenty who agreed with Cruz’s point.

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But this one summed it up perfectly:

Leftists love to make embarrassingly over-the-top comparisons between any Republican they disagree with and Adolf Hitler. (It didn’t start with Trump, and it isn’t going to end with him.)

But it’s worth remembering that the word “socialism” was literally part of the name of Hitler’s Nazi Party (“National Socialist German Workers Party” in English).

The socialist ideology is responsible for the unnatural deaths of almost 100 million human beings in the 20th century, as a Reason column noted in 2013.

But leftists like Sanders keep trying to import it into the United States — and Sanders is inching ever closer to taking control of the once-proud Democratic Party to make that happen, thanks to the ignorant enthusiasm of millions of supporters.

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After a lifetime spent in the service of the socialist cause, the Bernie Sanders who honeymooned in the Soviet Union in the 1980s and praises dictators like Fidel Castro in 2020 isn’t going to change his tune.

And he’s almost certain to go to his grave proclaiming that he’s been right all this time. For fanatics like Sanders, apology is never an option.

But he’s not going to be the president of the United States. Either the Democratic Party will wake up at some point before the insanity goes too far and deny him the nomination, or he will actually win the nomination and be trounced by President Donald Trump in the general election — because the United States as a whole is not crazy enough to accept Bernie.

Either way, his quote praising the Castro regime is going to hurt.

Too many sane Americans aren’t going to buy the argument that a nationwide literacy campaign is worth it when it comes at the cost of turning a Caribbean island into an open-air prison and slaughtering ground for dissidents.

And Bernie Sanders is going to be sorry — not because of what he said, but because it showed Americans who he really is.

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Joe has spent more than 30 years as a reporter, copy editor and metro desk editor in newsrooms in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Florida. He's been with Liftable Media since 2015.
Joe has spent more than 30 years as a reporter, copy editor and metro editor in newsrooms in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Florida. He's been with Liftable Media since 2015. Largely a product of Catholic schools, who discovered Ayn Rand in college, Joe is a lifelong newspaperman who learned enough about the trade to be skeptical of every word ever written. He was also lucky enough to have a job that didn't need a printing press to do it.