- - Thursday, May 19, 2016

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

When it comes to slapping down a coat of whitewash, any “socialist” or “progressive” running around Washington in donkey overalls can lay it on a whole lot thicker than Tom Sawyer. Bernie Sanders is fond of telling folks he’s only a harmless “social Democrat,” knowing full well that his audience isn’t educated enough or is too young to remember that it was Vladimir Lenin who first coined and assumed that moniker because the word “communist” rightly scared the heck out of people.

Lenin also boldly revealed that “the goal of socialism is communism,” a remark that will never cross lovable old Bernie’s lips in a public forum. (Neither will the fact than Lenin considered those who believed in what he was peddling to be “useful idiots.”) But in the world of the liberal left, where word-warping and truth-reshaping are the norm, the biggest whitewash job ever perpetrated was to categorize the Nazis as right-wing conservatives. Truth be told, the Nazi Party’s full name, translated to English, is actually the National Socialist German Workers’ Party.

There are different degrees of socialism. The communists are socialists who believe in global revolution to achieve their aims, while the national socialists merely believed in a militant socialism for Germany alone. Things went off the rails, however, when Hitler grabbed the party’s reins. While much more evil that Bernie’s brand, the Nazis were, in fact, promoting a socialist agenda.

Frenchman Alexis de Tocqueville saw and understood socialism long before Karl Marx, and he wrote extensively on the topic after touring our young nation. He wrote: “Democracy and socialism have nothing in common but one word: equality. … But one also finds in the human heart a depraved taste for equality, which impels the weak to want to bring the strong down to their level, and which reduces men to preferring equality in servitude to inequality in freedom.”

Sadly, so many Americans still don’t get it.

K.J. DOLNEY

Columbia, S.C.

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