On Venezuela, Bernie Sanders proves socialism’s choking immorality – Washington Examiner

Want to understand why Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., is no moral leader for a better America? Just watch the video below from Thursday, in which Sanders refused to call for the child butcher of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, to step down from power.

The video enrages me. It shows Sanders’ deliberate attempt to sidestep the reality of apex socialism. Listen to Sanders parsing of words in refusing to call for Maduro to step down. He knows Maduro’s power is fraudulent, and comes within a hair of admitting it, but he still resorts to the escape line that Maduro’s departure is incumbent upon the Venezuelan people.

It’s an evasion, because Sanders knows full well that a mass majority of Venezuelans are desperate to see Maduro go. They’re desperate because they’ve seen apex socialism and felt it in the broken, starving bodies of their children and the collapse of their economy and health care system. But they need international support. If not in action, most certainly in words.

Yet, Sanders argument is actually worse than that. Because not only is the gentleman from Vermont unwilling to say that Maduro should step down, he’s unwilling to follow in the footsteps of the United States, the European Union, and much of Latin America in recognizing the parliamentary speaker Juan Guaido as rightful interim president. Again, Sanders won’t commit here beyond saying that the U.S. “has got to work with the international community” to resolve the issue. It’s an excuse for doing nothing.

My point here is quite simple. I am very sick of left-wing politicians holding themselves up as arbiters of a moral politics. Where it matters, with a starving and oppressed people, Sanders has blinked in deference to tyranny.

Recognizing that Sanders and others, such as Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., are increasingly earning favor with young Americans, Conservatives must urgently call out the Left’s rank moral hypocrisy. As I explained in the clip below, socialism is sustained only by spin and lies.


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