Earlier this week I saw an online 'argument' between a young 20-something year old Bernie supporting woman and a handful of other people in which they were trying to teach her what Socialism was. She was adamant that all Republicans were Socialists and was furious and ranting and raving about them and it. Didn't matter that people tried to explain to her what Socialism is... didn't matter what they said. She was almost foaming at the mouth with her anger against all conservative Republicans and their "Socialism".
So seems to be the gist of Sanders supporters. Youth... full of energy and the need to be "a part of something!" but really have no idea what they are supporting.
I started to look into Sanders background and just shake my head. What the heck?
I could type things out myself but these 3 quotes from other sources put it simply and easily by themselves......
"So, basically, Bernie Sanders was that jobless friend who hangs around coffee shops where he cons you into buying his drink, only to talk your ear off about how amazing Che Guevara was, and how he's living off the grid in an apartment without flooring or heat because he doesn't trust The Man because The Man is totally in the pocket of corporate America, even though you're meeting in a Starbucks and his order was way more complicated than yours. Every once in a while he mentions running for office, but it's usually left as a pipe dream because he's too lazy to ever get around to forming up a campaign, so he hangs out in his basement or yours, writing terrible stories for his "alternative political 'zine" and scouring thrift stores for drab, vaguely militaristic clothing.
Somehow, this guy managed to make it to Congress, where he earned his first real income, making him, of course, a career politician - if only because being a politician was literally his only career.
And it's not as though Sanders had the kind of rough upbringing that would lead one to assume his level of success was unprecedented within his family. Although he did grow up poor, as Business Insider notes, he did well enough - and his family did well enough - to send him to the University of Chicago, presumably where he acquired his left wing views, to get a degree he, apparently, never used, except as a resume builder when he was angling for his government paycheck forty years later. But, I suppose, his utter lack of economic education had to come from somewhere."
"Sanders’ résumé started with a personal attributes section, under which he listed “Excellent Health” and “Divorced, One Son.” (Résumé experts generally advise putting your most recent work experience at the top, and saving personal details for the very bottom.)
The résumé then lists Sanders’ bachelor’s degree from the University of Chicago, a BA in political science.
His employment history is brief, and even nondescript. “Mayor of Burlington” is easy enough, but “Freelance Writer, Carpenter, Youth Counselor, and State Employee” for 12 years? This should be more specific.
The next section touches on his involvement with the Liberty Union Party and some of its initiatives in Vermont in the 1970s, but not his multiple runs for governor. Weird.
I also found another Sanders résumé in the Vermont collection, from 1988, when he was running for Congress. (He lost that race, but would be elected to the House in 1990.)
This later résumé, which begins with “Only socialist Mayor in the United States,” does a much better job of putting the most relevant information about Sanders’ political experience up top, and saving some personal information for the bottom."
"Sanders spent most of his life as an angry radical and agitator who never accomplished much of anything. And yet now he thinks he deserves the power to run your life and your finances — “We will raise taxes;” he confirmed Monday, “yes, we will.”
Sanders took his first bride to live in a maple sugar shack with a dirt floor, and she soon left him. Penniless, he went on unemployment. Then he had a child out of wedlock. Desperate, he tried carpentry but could barely sink a nail. “He was a shi**y carpenter,” a friend told Politico Magazine. “His carpentry was not going to support him, and didn’t.”
The only thing he was good at was talking … non-stop … about socialism and how the rich were ripping everybody off. “The whole quality of life in America is based on greed,” the bitter layabout said. “I believe in the redistribution of wealth in this nation.”
So he tried politics, starting his own socialist party. Four times he ran for Vermont public office, and four times he lost — badly. He never attracted more than single-digit support — even in the People’s Republic of Vermont. In his 1971 bid for U.S. Senate, the local press said the 30-year-old “Sanders describes himself as a carpenter who has worked with ‘disturbed children.’ ” In other words, a real winner.
He finally wormed his way into the Senate in 2006, where he still ranks as one of the poorest members of Congress. Save for a municipal pension, Sanders lists no assets in his name. All the assets provided in his financial disclosure form are his second wife’s. He does, however, have as much as $65,000 in credit-card debt.
No wonder millennials connect so well with the guy."