I hate to have to break this to y’all–it’s unfathomable to me that we now have a socialist running for president in the first place–but I’m going to go ahead and call this thing with an early prediction:
The next president of the Benighted States will be…gulp…Bernie Sanders.
MANCHESTER, N.H. — Bernie Sanders is 74. He grew up playing stickball in the streets of Brooklyn and watching a black-and-white television.
Yet this child of the 1940s, who says Franklin D. Roosevelt is his favorite president, has inspired a potent political movement among young people today. College students wear shaggy white “Bernie” wigs on campus, carry iPhones with his image as their screen saver and flock to his events by the thousands.
And armies of young voters are turning what seemed like a long-shot presidential candidacy into a surprisingly competitive campaign.
“He may seem like some old geezer who doesn’t care about stuff,” said Caroline Buddin, 24, a sales associate in Charleston, S.C. “But if you actually give him the time of day and listen to what he has to say, he has a lot of good ideas.”
He has not one good idea, and I wouldn’t give him the “time of day” to walk across the street and piss in his mouth if his gums were on fire. His sole accomplishment his entire life is to attach himself, remora-like, to the elected-office teat and suck like his life depends on it–which, in a very real and practical sense, it does.
It follows, then, that he cannot conceive of anyone else not being as dependent on an all-powerful government as he is, and he thinks he’s qualified to dictate the terms and conditions under which that dependence ripens, and deepens. And as of January 20th, 2017, that is exactly what he’s going to be doing.
None of which is relevant to my prediction. It didn’t matter when a similar remora-like parasite with zero achievements or successes oozed up out of the primordial slime of the Chicago political machine and, after half a term in the Senate, ran for president in 2008. And it isn’t going to matter now.
No, what’s going to matter is galvanizing ignorant, moronic youth to his standard. And Sanders is doing it, in a way that neither Hillary nor Cruz nor even Trump ever will. The youth vote is in large measure what inflicted His Imperial Majesty Barrack Hussein Obama upon us, and they’re going to do the same with Der Kommissar Bernie. Thus (via Insty):
The biggest story this election season is not Donald Trump or the fortunes of the two winners in Iowa, the unattractive tag team of Ted Cruz and Hillary Clinton. For all their attempts to seem current and contemporary, these candidates – and Trump as well – represent older, more established elements in American life, such as evangelicals, nativists and, in Hillary’s case, the ranks of middle-age women, seniors and public-sector unions.
The biggest and most important development has been the massive support among the new generation of voters for Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and his open embrace of socialism. In Iowa’s Democratic caucuses, which ended with Clinton and Sanders in a virtual tie, young people opted for Sanders at an almost inconceivable rate of 84-14. In 2008, Barack Obama won this segment, claiming only a 57 percent majority.
So we are seeing the embrace of an openly socialist septuagenarian by a generation that, within a decade, will dominate our electorate and outnumber baby boomers as soon as 2020. That should put more conventional politicians, and business, on notice. Whether you are a Republican, a free-marketer or, even a Democratic-leaning crony capitalist, be afraid – be very afraid.
Ahh, but how the hell did we come to this sorry pass, anyway? I’ve been harping on it for years here, and the answer can be seen in this:
The new generation’s lurch toward socialism would have been unimaginable at any previous moment in the past half century. A recent yougov.com poll found some 36 percent of people ages 18-29 favor socialism compared with barely 39 percent support for capitalism. Support for socialism drops precipitously, to 26 percent, among people ages 30-44, tumbles to 24 percent support among those ages 45 to 64 and hits 15 percent among those over 65.
Another poll, this one from Pew, finds that 43 percent of millennials have positive connotations about the word “socialism,” compared with less than half that level among people over 50.
Perhaps one reason for this divergence lies in memory, or lack of it.
And perhaps that lack of memory has something to do with Gramsci’s stunningly successful Long March Through The Institutions, which has replaced education with indoctrination, with government factory-schools churning out hordes of good little unthinking Leftist drones with no real notion of their own heritage and their country’s history, or its very reason for being.
Conservative academics, a small but sometimes hardy band, place blame on a lack of teaching about the realities of socialism by generally left-leaning instructors at universities or high schools. Certainly from what I see, at least, few students seem to know about Stalinist and Maoist purges, famines and thought control.
Yet it’s not just ignorance at work here. Millennials are coming up in a very tough economy where opportunity is limited, even for college graduates, with diminishing returns accompanying soaring tuition. Millennials are finding everything harder than their parents did – leaving a record number living at home into their late 20s and earlier 30s, or sheltering with their friends in apartments. Record levels of student debt, twice the average two decades ago, are slowing economic progress. Relieving this indebtedness is one element of Sanders’ appeal.
At the same time, relatively few young people are starting businesses. Being in debt and asset-free does not augur well for the prospect of nurturing appreciation for the creative power of capitalism in the next generation.
And there you have the bitterest irony of all. Gee, wonder what might be contributing to this “tough economy,” this “limited opportunity,” pray tell? Why are “relatively few” of these young nitwits–or much of anybody else, really–seeking to realize the American Dream by starting a business? These young Moronnials are turning to socialism in hopes of alleviating the problems created by…socialism. There’s a word for that kind of thinking–several actually, none of them even remotely flattering.
In President Bernie Sanders, the Moronnials are going to get what they so foolishly think they want…good and hard. Which is all well and good–except for the fact that, as usual, they’re going to be dragging the rest of us down with them.
Hail to the Thief.