Bernie Sanders, a self-declared socialist, wants to become the president of the United States so he can supposedly affect social change. With his big win over Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire on Tuesday, he’s one step closer to realizing his goal.
Socialism, according to Websters dictionary is, “a way of organizing a society in which major industries are owned and controlled by the government rather than by individual people and companies.” Socialism is also counterproductive to capitalism, the current economic system at work in the United States. Websters makes a distinction between the two defining socialism as “a stage of society in Marxist theory transitional between capitalism and communism and distinguished by unequal distribution of goods and pay according to work done.”
On Thursday, Bernie Sanders was on The View, celebrating his victory. As soon as Sanders came on stage, all the hosts of the show stood up, and gave Sanders a warm embrace, noticeably different the welcome Mike Huckabee, a Republican presidential candidate, received when he was guest on the show in December.
For Sanders, the studio audience was seemingly elated as they maintained a long, standing ovation and loudly chanted “Bernie, Bernie!” After receiving hugs from the talk-show hosts, and acknowledging the roaring applause from the crowd, Sanders took his seat. After a question or two from the hosts, Sanders immediately started describing his socialist positions.
Commenting on student loan debt post-graduation Sanders asked, “We’re punishing people for trying to get an education. What sense is that?” Instead, Sander’s proposes that college should be “tuition-free.”
Sanders then equated Wall Street executives as criminals. Sanders stated over the last 20 years the redistribution of wealth has gone from the middle class to the richest 1 percent. Sanders reiterated President Obama’s campaign line calling for large multi-billion dollar corporations to pay, “their fair share” in federal taxes.
Sanders said assault weapons should not be sold in the U.S. and likewise, said he wants to work with President Obama to expand instant background checks.
When asked about Michael Bloomberg running as an Independent Sanders commented, “I couldn’t live with that if the result was we elect some right-wing Republican.”
Sanders concluded his visit to The View by calling for judicial reform stating too many African Americans and Latinos are imprisoned, and stated the government needs to do more to combat unemployment in African American communities, which he claimed was higher than 50 percent.