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Posted 13 May 2019 - 12:31 PM

What Bernie Sanders Missed on His Soviet Honeymoon
May 10th, 2019
COMMENTARY BY Lee Edwards, Ph.D., Distinguished Fellow in Conservative Thought
Heritage.org

Lee Edwards is a leading historian of American conservatism and the author or editor of 25 books.

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Bernie Sanders and I have little in common, given his passionate commitment to "democratic" socialism and my firm belief in individual freedom. But we do share one thing: We both visited Moscow in 1988, albeit for differing reasons.

Sanders was on what he called "a very strange honeymoon" with his bride Jane. I was traveling in the Soviet Union with a delegation of Western journalists and opinion leaders.

According to The Washington Post, Sanders, then 46, had a wonderful time combining business and pleasure as the socialist mayor of Burlington, Vermont, met "ordinary people" from everyday walks of life (carefully selected by the Communist Party, you may be sure).

He walked through Red Square and saw Lenin's tomb, visited Leningrad (now St. Petersburg), and took a boat ride down the Volga River. He traveled to Yaroslavl—Burlington's "sister city"—where he toured factories, hospitals, and schools, all spruced up for the American visitors like a 20th-century Potemkin village.

Although visiting for only 10 days, Sanders found things that he liked, including the housing, which cost only 5% of a Russian's income instead of the 40% in the United States. He was obviously unable to visit, as I did, a cramped Moscow apartment of two small rooms occupied by a family of five.

At one point, Sanders went out of his way at a banquet to roundly criticize the way the United States had "intervened" in other countries. But he made no mention of the countless Soviet interventions since World War II—including the erection of the Iron Curtain that sealed off the 100 million people of Eastern and Central Europe, the crushing of the Hungarian Revolution of 1956, the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962, the suppression of the Czech rebellion of 1968, the banning of the Solidarity trade union in Poland in 1980, and the invasion of Afghanistan in 1979.

While in Yaroslavl, Sanders and his Vermont companions were treated to a visit to a sauna followed by so many toasts of vodka and Russian folk songs that a bare-chested, towel-clad Sanders was inspired to respond with the Woody Guthrie socialist classic "This Land Is Your Land."

Just 584 miles to the southwest, Sanders could have visited Chernobyl, site of the world's worst nuclear disaster three years earlier, which turned that land into no man's land. Any nation can have a nuclear meltdown, of course, but the Soviets led by Mikhail Gorbachev kept it a secret, allowing people to become sick and thousands to die.

What else did Sanders miss on his honeymoon in Moscow?

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Posted 13 May 2019 - 07:51 PM

HBO is showing a miniseries on Chernobyl. I just started it, but reading other forum posts by people who have knowledge of nuclear reactors in general and this event in particular, the series is apparently very well done.
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Posted 14 May 2019 - 12:22 PM

Bernie "Living large on Da Gubmint" Sanders has to be commended for never having to punch a clock or have to meet a payroll.
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Posted 15 May 2019 - 10:28 PM

View PostUSMCforever60, on 14 May 2019 - 12:22 PM, said:

Bernie "Living large on Da Gubmint" Sanders has to be commended for never having to punch a clock or have to meet a payroll.

Talk about gaming the system...all he has to do is announce his candidacy and somebody buys him a house.
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