WASHINGTON. If you live by identity politics, don’t be surprised if you die by identity politics. No one knows this better than the very old, very white and very male Bernie Sanders.
A tough crowd
Sanders’s mistake was speaking before something that calls itself the “She the People Forum on Women of Color.” As the gathering’s title clearly suggests, this assemblage of identity politics radicals represents a thick layer cake of seething grievance.
When 77-year-old Democratic-Socialist Sanders waxed nostalgic as he recollected Dr. Martin Luther King’s non-violent, 1960s civil rights crusade, the crowd lustily booed the collectivist codger.
According to Fox News, Sanders urged unity among Democrats, saying his party stands for “social justice, racial justice, and environmental justice.” An aggrieved heckler promptly shot back.
“Yeah, and for black women specifically?”
And thus, Sanders’ pandering bouquet of roses morphed into a massive, stinky garland of corpse-flowers filling the nostrils of these angry, differently pigmented, Estrogen-American identifiers.
When the boos and heckling eventually subsided, old Bernie simply threw up his hands in a sign of abdication.
But Bernie Sanders should take heart. Polls show that another identity group, wide-eyed millennials, are just crazy about socialism. But that is perfectly understandable. Ignorance, after all, is bliss.
A survey by the Center for Independent Studies finds only 21 percent of millennials have heard of Chinese communist dictator Mao Zedong. Worse, a mere 24 percent are somewhat familiar with Russia’s first communist dictator, Vladimir Lenin. But most appalling of all, a paltry 34 percent are aware of the Soviet Union’s mass-murdering successor to Lenin, Joseph Stalin.
Ironically, in 2015, the Pew Research Center declared, “Millennials on Track to be the Most Educated Generation to Date.” Educated in what?
Whatever the case, Bernie Sanders would seem to agree with that strange assessment.
So it’s only natural that Sanders has pledged to forgive student debt for these generational nincompoops, joining Elizabeth Warren in her brazen attempt at pre-Election 2020 mass-pandering. Yes, by all means, let’s further pamper the proud byproducts of our nation’s centers of little learning. Those epicenters of safe spaces and moral idiocy. Those fact-free factories whose output is the lowest of common denominators.
Fake news town hall
And speaking of idiocy,
Bernie Sanders found far more sympathetic ears among CNN moderators while attending the cable news network’s recently televised town hall meeting. He told the audience he’d like to expand his party’s voter base beyond the illegal hordes now flooding across our southern border.
In addition, he also proposed to grant the precious franchise to the government’s most thoroughly dependent identity group – prison inmates.
Inmates like Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev and other terrible people that do terrible things
He’s now on death row for waging murderous jihad against America and its citizens. You may recall that Tsarnaev and his brother detonated two homemade bombs at the Boston Marathon in 2013. The resulting massive explosions killed three and wounded 264. Among the dead was 8-year-old Martin Richard.
When questioned about the morality of trolling the federal correctional system to expand Democratic Party voter rolls, Sanders made a fantastic claim.
“But I think the right to vote is inherent to our democracy. Yes, even for terrible people, because once you start chipping away… you’re running down a slippery slope. I believe even if they are in jail, they’re paying the price to society, that should not take away their inherent American right to participate in our democracy.”
The Constitution vs. piratical democracy
The following statement may escape the incurious minds of our proud university-educated millennials. But Sanders inadvertently makes the same point as did Founding Father John Adams in a letter dated 1807:
“Democracy will soon degenerate into an anarchy, such an anarchy that every man will do what is right in his own eyes, and no man’s life or property or reputation or liberty will be secure and every one of these will soon mold itself into a system of subordination of all the moral virtues, and intellectual abilities, all the powers of wealth, beauty, wit, and science, to the wanton pleasures, the capricious will, and the execrable cruelty of one or a very few.”
That is why America’s founders gave us a republic and not a democracy. The constitutional mechanism of the Electoral College saved our nation’s cherished tradition of ordered liberty from the insane machinations of environmental lunatic Al Gore and the cravenly corrupt ambitions of Hillary Clinton.
Those familiar with the evils associated with socialism of all stripes should feel just as antagonistic toward the ills of unrestrained democracy. Your rights as free men and women depend on it.
As Sander’s illustrates, the unleashed monster of pure democracy would allow the vote of terrorist Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to cancel out yours. That’s because democracy in its purest form represents the “subordination of all the moral virtues.”
After all, the first pure democracy practiced in the New World was aboard 18th-century pirate vessels sailing under the ominous flag of the Jolly Roger.
Liberty vs. one man, one vote
The first principle of our republic is not one man, one vote. It’s the preservation of individual liberty. The Bill of Rights protects the individual against the tyranny of a raw political majority and its democratically elected representatives.
Do you remember the glorious first words of the First Amendment that protects our right to free speech and religious conscience?
“Congress shall make no law…”
In other words, your democracy ends where my unalienable rights begin. That’s what is “inherent” to our free republic.
That, thankfully, protects us from the swashbuckling, cutthroat constituencies gathered under Pirate Bernie Sanders and the Democratic Party’s black pirate flag of identity politics.
Top Image: Bernie Sanders inserted into still from the
1935 Warner Brothers picture “Captain Blood.” Photo illustration by the author.