Politicians are infamously known for speaking out of both sides of their mouths, giving them a very bad reputation, and rightfully so. This is especially the case when talking about presidential candidates.
Too few people authentically express their views without worry of the consequence, and because of his unabashed stances vocally supporting socialism, Bernie Sanders’ raw appeal makes nearly all from both sides recognize his apparent authenticity.
But how does Bernie’s actual record hold up? Bernie wants to make his supporters think that he stands for the little guy. He wants America to think that he has no ties to big business and will ultimately end the strangle hold that America’s banks have held on the economy with government assistance. He wants the people to think he stands for civil liberties more than any other candidate on either side of the isle, including Rand Paul. And because most people from all political spectrums refuse to question Bernie’s consistency, he has become the biggest con-man of the election cycle 2016.
Bernie and the Banks
Probably Bernie’s biggest campaign positions is to reign in the big banks and Wall Street in order to “protect” the American investor.
Bernie makes his animosity toward the banks loud and known, but he’s also being extremely hypocritical.
While Bernie spends his time dumping on Wall Street on the campaign trail, he has sold America out while standing with the largest and most powerful banking institution in the world: The Federal Reserve.
In 2010, congress had a real opportunity to audit the Federal Reserve as senator Bernie Sanders and congressman Ron Paul worked in bipartisanship to dig up the dirt of what happened during the 2008 meltdown. Yet, despite rhetoric from Sanders calling for transparency and accountability on the part of the Fed, opposition from the White House, the Fed, and the Treasury put pressure on Sanders and caused him to cave on the bill at last minute, leaving Ron Paul in the dust. However, the bill pushed by Sanders that he sidestepped on would have only provided transparency to the Fed’s involvement in the economic meltdown in 2008, but not over the Fed’s monetary policy as a whole. On this, Bernie shamelessly supports the centralized bank artificially fixing interest rates, creating market bubbles, and devaluing the currency.
Bernie recently penned an article in The New York Times where he proceeds to lay out his hypocritical stance on the Fed’s involvement in the economy. In it, he explains “Unfortunately, an institution that was created to serve all Americans has been hijacked by the very bankers it regulates.”
This single statement illustrates his failure to understand the history of the central bank. Bernie wants to “reform the Fed” by giving it nearly unlimited authority to hijack the economy at the hands of merely a few select men and women.
He hates Wall Street yet he has no problem letting a select group control the economy, so long as he is in approval of said group.
Bernie Sanders has pulled the ultimate scam over the American people, fooling everyone that he works for them, when in reality he marches to the turn of big brother and the restriction of economic freedom.
Bernie’s Support of the Surveillance State
Bernie’s economic policy is not the only aspect of of his presidential platform that he has been less than honest about. His “defense” of civil liberties like privacy is yet another example of his chameleon personality.
During several debate moments and campaign stops, he unabashedly condemns the PATRIOT Act and the ability to spy on the American people. He, much like Rand Paul, points to the unconstitutional way it used the NSA to spy on millions of Americans under a generalized warrant as a violation of constitutionally protected liberties.
However, what most do not realize is that unlike Rand Paul, he ignored all the privacy rhetoric he used to rally young people and voted for the USA FREEDOM Act. The FREEDOM Act does not “rollback” the NSA’s ability to use blanket surveillance on the public, but merely provides an extra step required to continue its unconstitutional acts. Bernie even acknowledged this fact before the final vote on the act took place in an interview with Katie Couric. Yet when push comes to shove, Bernie Sanders once again stuck to the status quo and betrayed the American people and their privacy as he voted ‘yes’.
Bernie the Hawk
As much as Sanders’ economic and domestic policies are a sham to the people, so too is his foreign policy.
Bernie acts like he is the biggest dove in the race, not afraid to call the Iraq war as a waste and will be the first to associate the dangers that come with republican neoconservative policies. On the surface, he looks like the poster boy for left wing foreign policy. However, much like the rest of his platform, there is a double standard that he doesn’t talk about during a stump speech. Bernie gave President Obama the seal of approval to elongate the war in Afghanistan, a war that has lost its meaning and is longer than any other conflict in American history.
Bernie also supported and co-sponsored a resolution that called for Gaddafi to be ousted from his governing seat – a move that, when it actually happened, helped destabilize the Middle East and helped empower radical Islamic terrorists. Moreover, in 1999, Sanders supported full on military action in the Kosovo War, an act that even caused one of his advisors to quit. While Bernie may not be so obvious in his support for foreign entanglement as Hillary Clinton is, make no mistake that when it comes down between greater peace or growing government, he chooses to grow government every time.
Most on the left think Bernie Sanders is the ultimate poster child for liberal policies, being Anti big banks, anti surveillance, and anti war. Most on the right don’t necessarily agree with his policies, but at least agree that he is the most genuine candidate in the race. But the truth of the matter is that Bernie is not genuine. He is not working “for the people”. He is not trying to reform the system to get the power out of the hands of the powerful. The only thing Bernie believes in is big government, and make no mistake, he will use any and all means to meet his desired end result.