Vermont Independent Senator and 2020 Democratic hopeful Bernie Sanders told NPR’s Rachel Martin that he can believes he can win the nomination and defended “democratic socialism,” despite the upheaval in Venezuela.
Sanders opened up on the Morning Edition of NPRs Opening Arguments conversations which speaks to expectant White House hopefuls’ and the core messages.
“I think what we have to do, and I will be doing it, is to do a better job maybe in explaining what we mean by socialism — democratic socialism,” Sanders told Martin. “Obviously, my right-wing colleagues here want to paint that as authoritarianism and communism and Venezuela, and that’s nonsense.”
Well, right-wing or not, Sander’s Republican colleagues and everyone else across the globe are witnessing what happens when socialism is the driving force behind the economy through “redistributed wealth” and a political system in upheaval.
Here’s what one of Sander’s Republican colleagues had to say about Venezuela to Fox New’s Trish Reagan after the nation spent nine days without electricity and people had no access to clean water or hospitals.
“Venezuela went socialist on the promise of redistributed wealth,” said Gaetz. “Now, before our very eyes, we’re seeing Venezuela transition from the jewel of Latin America to a failed state.”
Venezuela went Socialist on the promise of redistributed wealth. Now, before our very eyes, we're seeing Venezuela transition from the jewel of Latin America to a failed state. #SOSVenezuela pic.twitter.com/65HEq8GCjR
— Rep. Matt Gaetz (@RepMattGaetz) March 18, 2019
Bernie argued, however, that what he means by “democratic socialism is that I want a vibrant democracy.”
Sounds like an oxymoron to me but listen to what Sanders had to say:
“I find it interesting that people who criticize me are busy actively involved in voter suppression trying to keep people of color or low-income people from voting, because they don’t want a vibrant democracy,” he said.
“Second of all, what it means, Rachel, is that in the wealthiest country in the history of the world we can provide a decent standard of living for all about people,” added Sanders. “That’s just the reality. That’s not Utopian dreaming; that is a reality.”
“Health care for all can be done and we can save money in doing it,” Sanders added.
Moreover, “we can have a minimum wage which is a living wage, and I’m delighted to see that you know, right now, five states already passed fifteen dollars an hour minimum wage,” he said.
“The House of Representatives is gonna do it,” Sanders promised. “We have got to do that.”
Well, that reality sounds similar to Venezuela, doesn’t it? Redistributed wealth is a utopian dream that in the end has proven throughout history to lead to the eventual collapse of a nation.
Don’t listen to me, just ask the millions of starving people in Venezuela.