By Tom Licata
SOCIALISM: Vermonters for Economic Health founder Tom Licata discusses the “political movement,” that is Socialism.
Socialism, defined by Merriam-Webster, is a “system of social organization in which private property (Act 250) and the distribution of income (Act 60/68) are subject to social control; also, the political movements aimed at putting that system into practice.”
It is these “political movements aimed at putting that system (Socialism) into practice,” of which I write.
U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., in a March 14 Bill O’Reilly interview, is assumed a socialist and rather than correct or deny this presumption, consents why it’s so:
“So senator I’m not going to debate you tonight but I just want to get your positions on the record … So let’s start with number one, you are a socialist, what does that mean?”
“What it means is that we have a lot to learn from democratic-socialist governments that have existed in countries like Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Norway; where all people have health-care as a right; where higher education is free; where they have a strong child-care program; where they don’t have the massive type of income and wealth inequality that we have in the United States of America.”
A Google search of “Bernie Sanders socialist quotes” or his Wikipedia page describing “Sanders (as) a self-described democratic-socialist”; corroborates his acquiescence.
The idiom “The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree” applies to Vermont’s “political movements )Progressivism and Working Families) aimed at putting that system (Socialism) into practice”:
Democrat-Progressive State Sen. Tim Ashe writes on his web site: “I proudly got my start in Vermont politics working for then Congressman Bernie Sanders … He was my mentor, and it is very special to me that he looks to me as an ally in the Vermont Senate.”
Progressive-Democrat-Working Families State Sen. Anthony Pollina and seven other Vermont Senate and House members run under various combinations of the Working Families, Progressive and Democratic parties and demonstrate the infiltration of these “political movements aimed at putting that system (Socialism) into practice.”
The Working Families Party was founded by union activists, the disgraced ACORN group and among the more prominent individuals involved (who has aided in and has been aided by its founding) is New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, who had been a strong supporter of Nicaragua’s socialist-communist Sandinista regime in the 1980s.
And as Progressivism’s intellectual father, Woodrow Wilson’s 1908 essay titled “Constitutional Government in the United States” reveals a similar contempt for America’s Constitutional order:
“No doubt a great deal of nonsense has been talked about the inalienable rights of the individual…. The trouble with the theory (of limited, separated government) is that government is not a machine, but a living thing … Living political constitutions must be Darwinian in structure and in practice.”
Article VI of the U.S. Constitution states:
“…Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution …”
From socialist Sanders to progressive Democrat Gov. Peter Shumlin to the Working Families Party to Vermont’s Progressive-infiltrated Democratic Party, this “Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution” is irreconcilable with their disguised and contemptible goals.
Whittaker Chambers’ 1952 autobiography, “Witness,” foreshadowed this gradualist and silent constitutional crisis:
“(T)he New Deal was a genuine revolution, whose deepest purpose was not simply reform within existing traditions, but a basic change in the social and, above all, the power relationships within the nation. It was not a revolution of violence. … (T)he power of politics had replaced business … It was only of incidental interest that the revolution … was made not by tanks and machine guns, but by acts of Congress and decisions of the Supreme Court … But revolution is always an affair of force, whatever forms the force disguises itself in (Act 48 or single-payer). Whether the revolutionists prefer to call themselves Fabians (or Progressives), who seek power by the inevitability of gradualism …, the struggle is for power.”
“The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree” and these “political movements (Progressivism and Working Families) aimed at putting that system (Socialism) into practice,” are subversive and treacherous to America’s Constitutional Republic.
Tom Licata is founder of Vermonters for Economic Health,