Bernie Sanders has been known for sharing footage of himself from his earlier days in politics. One of the most striking things about this footage is how he says pretty much the same things he was saying then as he does today. Few politicians have that type of track record. But as the Vermont Senator gears up for his 2020 race for the presidency, a new video was unearthed from 1986 that might not be as good for his reputation.
In the video, Bernie Sanders recalls his excitement around the Cuban Revolution back in the 1950s, when Fidel Castro’s forces overtook the government and declared Cuba a communist country.
“I remember, for some reason or another, being very excited when (former Cuban communist leader) Fidel Castro made the revolution in Cuba,” Bernie Sanders said during a 1986 address to the students at the University of Vermont.
“I was a kid, and it just seemed right and appropriate that poor people were rising up against rather ugly rich people.”
During his speech, Sanders admitted that it nearly made him “puke” when he learned that former President John F. Kennedy pushed his presidential opponent at the time, Richard Nixon, to be tougher on Cuba. He saw through their charade and declared himself independent of both the Republican and Democrat party.
“For the first time in my adult life, when I was seeing is the Democrats and Republicans clearly that there really wasn’t a whole lot of difference between the two,” Sanders told the eager student audience.
The video of Sanders surfaced back in February. Sanders has long been known for pushing the idea of “democratic socialism.” He wants to make college education free to all Americans and make health care available to everyone.
When it came to Fidel Castro, Sanders said that he was popular because “he educated their kids, gave their kids health care, totally transformed the society.”
In another old video clip, Sanders spoke about how bread lines were not the worst thing in the world. On the other hand, he said they were a “good thing.”
In the clip he said, “It’s funny, sometimes American journalists talk about how bad a country is because people are lining up for food. That’s a good thing. In other countries, people don’t line up for food, rich people get the food and poor people to starve to death.”
When it comes to the most hopeful nominee as the Democrats’ candidate, Bernie Sanders remains at the top of the list. He is certainly one of the most popular hopefuls.
Young people and many liberals like the idea of their tax money going toward free education and health care. These things are vital to a successful population and country. Other nations around the world do it and have done it successfully. Meanwhile, America’s health care system gouges people on the cost of drugs, services, and even health insurance premiums. While a single-payer system would level the insurance playing field, it could be very positive for average Americans.
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