If you need a good laugh today, Reason TV has one for you.
This parody video is a few years old now, but it’s still relevant because Bernie Sanders is running for president once again.
In the video, a 2015 clip of Bernie Sanders is played where he speaks about how the American people don’t need variety in their consumer products when there are “hungry” children in the country.
“You don’t necessarily need a choice of 23 underarm spray deodorants or of 18 different pairs of sneakers when children are hungry in this country.”
Satirist Remy lampoons this idea that a choice of variety in consumer products is somehow linked to children being hungry:
While this clip is a few years old, it’s still very relevant today. This clip portrays the heart of the argument that today’s socialists are making to fundamentally transform the United States.
The idea is to link to completely unrelated items in order to make an argument that change is needed.
It’s not right that higher education is so expensive when millionaires and billionaires lay about on their private yachts.
It’s not right that people have to pay for their own health care when the 1% are purchasing their second or third vacation homes.
It’s unfair when some people who rent can’t afford to buy their own house when some people live in mansions.
Or, if you are a certain socialist “from the Bronx,” you might say that it is immoral that billionaires even exist in a system where people are contracting ring-worm.
None of these things are related to each other. Today’s socialists, much like the socialists of Venezuela, Cuba, and 20th century Russia, are simply finding a class of people to label as the enemy in order to foment the change that will allow them to build a government that they desire.
In this case, it’s variety in the free market along with anyone who is rich and successful (this of course exempts any socialist millionaires who hold political office).
Socialists look at the world in a backwards fashion. Instead of trying to inspire those at the bottom to work hard in life to become a member of the top, their interest is simply in tearing down those at the top to make them as equally miserable as those at the bottom.