Op-Ed: Memo to idiots cheering Bernie and Hillary

Communism sucks. Socialism does too. Ask the people who survived both systems.
Published: Friday, February 05, 2016 8:07 AM

As Fidel came to power in 1959, how many Americans slid onto rafts to get into Cuba? Or took the last ship to Havana? I’ll need actual names.

Attention to all you college kids out there so starry-eyed for Bernie – are you serious?

But you’re young. Far and wide you’ve been educated by Liberal pro-BDS professors, so you’re not expected to know too much except that the two most reliable beacons of tolerance and liberty, the United States and Israel, are on the wrong side of history.

Pure brainwashing, but you will grow up. There is no excuse however for people already grown up who still cheer for Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton.

You really think socialism is okay?

Let’s be clear. There is no difference between socialists, liberals and progressives. They are all Communists, or shades of the same mentality.

Either way, it’s about taking from the rich and giving it to the poor in order to make everybody equal, meaning equally miserable. It’s also about a one-man show. No checks. No balances. Like Obama visiting a Baltimore mosque to offer Muslims his love and concern.

But Obama visited no synagogue to share Jewish grief for loved ones being slain in Israel, most recently the 19-year-old woman of valor Hadar Cohen.

Nor has Mr. Obama ever shared concern for Jews being tormented on campus.

One man, one rule, can be so arbitrary.

Communism sucks. Ask the people who lived there. Call it by its more pleasant and more acceptable name, socialism; same answer. Unbearable.

The only people who win under that system are the medaled guys on the Kremlin balcony waving down to the impoverished suckers.


The system is so rotten that even Putin isn’t a socialist/Communist anymore. Russia gave it up, more or less, for its own type of free enterprise.
The system works beautifully for those who rule. Like Stalin and all the rest. They get the fat. The people get the lean. If that much.

The rulers own chalets and mistresses and vacation on the Riviera. The masses stand miles deep waiting for a loaf of bread.

That’s the deal Bernie and Hillary are selling. In fact the two of them are out there dueling for the most extreme spot on the Left.

The system is so rotten that even Putin isn’t a socialist/Communist anymore. Russia gave it up, more or less, for its own type of free enterprise

The people actually living under Communism hated the damned thing. The Soviets needed tanks to keep the folks roped in.

The burghers of East Berlin looked over at West Berlin and asked, why can’t we too have food, clothing, bright lights, big cities – freedom and chocolates?

Since the turn of the 1900s, we’ve always had Americans infatuated by the lures of Marxist-Leninism so long as they remained infatuated from Beverly Hills, or Fifth Avenue. These fellow travelers gushed for Communism from such places as The New York Times and The New York Review of Books.

Would they actually want to live in a Communist Paradise? Are you kidding? Leave my table at Saju Bistro and Katz’s Deli?

The Times did have a particularly famous correspondent who reported from the Soviet Union. That was Walter Duranty. Yes he did win a Pulitzer. But he remains famous for whitewashing the sins of Communism, like forgetting to mention the 1932-1933 widespread famines in the USSR, particularly the mass starvation in the Ukraine.

More recently Warren Beatty comes to mind as among our elites so taken in by “Reds,” the name of a (1981) movie he made about American John Reed who went over to Russia to join the Socialist Revolution. Beatty made it seem so romantic and dandy. Notice, however, that after the filming and following the Oscar for Best Director, Beatty still lunches at Wolfgang Puck’s Spago.

Communism sounds terrific, but only from a dreamy distance.

For some reason, to this day the attraction still holds among the young and the stupid.

There is no cure, I suppose, for such a grand delusion.

I once worked for a guy in Philly who, as usual, called himself a socialist but was, as usual, actually a Communist.

Over coffee, I said, “But Lou, don’t you know that Stalin murdered 90 million of his own people?”

“He did not!” Lou shot back in Stalin’s defense. “Only 60 million.”

Who can argue with that?

New York-based bestselling American novelist Jack Engelhard writes a regular column for Arutz Sheva. He is the author of the international classic “Indecent Proposal” now followed by the prophetic thriller “The Bathsheba Deadline.” Engelhard is the recipient of the Ben Hecht Award for Literary Excellence. Website: www.jackengelhard.com