In an interview with Joshua Green of Bloomberg Politics, Bernie Sanders was asked what changes he would bring to the Democrat party if he were to be elected president. Using the talking points we’ve come to expect from the self-proclaimed Democratic-Socialist, he replied:
“Five, 10 years from now — different party. You’re going to have a workers party. A party of people that [sic] haven’t had a real wage increase in 18 years, that are angry.”
Wait a minute… After checking my notes, we have to issue a correction. The interview did not take place with Bernie Sanders; it took place with Donald Trump. However, we have been able to confirm that the question and the subsequent answer are accurately quoted.
So let me get this straight. According to Donald Trump, one of the ways he is going to make America great again is to fundamentally transform the Republican party into a new version of the Workers Party of America. Is it just me, or does that sound a lot like a Karl Marx Communist Manifesto redeux?
Trump’s policy ideas on wages, trade, Social Security and other economic and non-economic issues do bear a striking resemblance to the Workers party; a troubling thought when you consider their strongly anti-capitalist philosophy. For instance:
- The Workers Party blames capitalism for unemployment and low wages. Trump blames the U.S. economic system, calling it “unjust.”
- The Workers Party blames private ownership of the means of production (capitalist businesses) for the so-called exploitation of working people. Donald Trump blames private businesses as well, and he has issued a plethora of protectionism policies meant to reign in “unfair” business and trade practices. He has also promised to punish any business that moves out of America to avoid paying higher wages and taxes.
- The Workers Party demands a classless society, and Trump is totally classless — Sorry, couldn’t help myself. Let me say it this way…
- The Workers Party demands the destruction of capitalism in order to bring an end to so-called class warfare. Trump has called for higher taxes on the rich, a $15 an hour minimum wage, socialized medicine and a “hands off” approach to the bankrupt Social Security and Medicare programs. It could be argued that his policies would move America closer to a society without classes.
- The Workers Party claims that capitalism depends on wars and other international crises around the world to thrive, and they demand an end to interventionist policies. Trump has made his non-interventionist policies front-and-center to his foreign policy. Some of the details include: cuts in overall spending while simultaneously increasing military spending, pulling out of NATO, supporting Putin’s work in Syria, acting as a neutral negotiator between Israel and Palestine, and has proposed closing our military bases in Europe and Asia.
For years the Liberals in America have been clamoring for more Marxism, and it was believed that they had reached the pinnacle of their dream with the election of Barack Obama. And while Barry has done most of the heavy lifting, it looks like Trump will be the one who brings it home.
David Leach is the owner of The Strident Conservative, your source for opinion that’s politically-incorrect and always “right.” David is also a contributor to RedState.com.
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