The Atlantic magazine has an excellent article about Bernie Sanders, an open socialist who was elected and re-elected mayor in Burlington, Vermont. Outside of a few predictable Marxist foreign policy causes like the Sandinistas in Nicaragua, Sanders comes off as a competent, pragmatic guy, who generally liked the mostly White working class people of Burlington.
Bernie Sanders describes his city:
“I used to say there are three parties in this city, the Republicans, the French and the Irish. They alternated holding power. Primarily, the French and Irish were Democrats—the Irish Democrats were more liberal, the French more conservative.”
I take the position that these are the type of demographics where various forms of European style socialism can work and does work – Places where people have a strong sense of community, shared values. European style socialism works best in communities of Europeans or European Americans. The Amish are arguably the most successful socialist community in the history of the United States – the Amish way is not dog eat dog individualism or anything goes capitalism. Home owning grandmothers in the somewhat rough areas of Burlington do not turn out their poor grandchildren to charge high dollar rents to 20 Salvadoran undocumented a room. This is because our people tend not to become terrible slum lords, like the worst Jewish slum lords in Bernie Sanders’s hometown of Brooklyn.
The story includes an exchange between a Burlington grandmother and her son – the grandmother is a strong supporter of Sanders, the son says:
“He’s a communist.”
The grandmother replies in words to the effect:
“He’s a Socialist not a Communist and if you have to ask the difference, you just don’t know the difference.”
I would agree with this grandmother. But, I would just add that since ~ 1965 a Communist in the United States is someone who loathes, hates, despises the European American, White working class – the poor. Read arch cultural marxist Jew Tim Wise as he spreads his venom longing for the day where poor and working class Southern Whites will die out in nursing homes:
“In forty years or so, maybe fewer, there won’t be any more white people around who actually remember that Leave it to Beaver, Father Knows Best, Opie-Taylor-Down-at-the-Fishing Hole corn pone bullshit that you hold so near and dear to your heart.”
Though Bernie Sanders is himself an atheist, Socialist Jew from Brooklyn – Bernie just doesn’t share Tim Wise’s hatred of poor and working class Whites. Bernie has been a solid guy and by all accounts a pragmatic, well liked mayor of Burlington, and the at-large Independent Congressman and then U.S. Senator representing Vermont.
Is he, or someone like this going to be an effective President of the United States – a violent, chaotic, dis-united nation of 300 million plus squabbling tribes and special interest groups?
In a word no.
But, today we at OD honor a decent, honest, successful mayor of Burlington – Bernie showed great kindness to our kind.