“Not me. Us.”
Vermont Democratic socialist Senator Bernie Sanders has decided this ode to collectivism will be his slogan for the 2020 presidential campaign. Surely, many will argue this phrase simply means that he will be representing all of “us” Americans and his presidency would not be about him, but a deeper dive shows that he captivates the entirety of the progressive mindset with these three words.
For a leftist, it is not about the individual, but the group at large. Your status in life is not dependent upon self-government, but a “shared” responsibility. “Not me,” says the man skirting his duties in life, “Us,” as he looks for others to solve his problems. This is dangerous and antithetical to American ideals. This is most likely exactly why Sanders chose it. Sanders has long praised countries who routinely deploy such socialistic visions.
Videos recently discovered by The Reagan Battalion show that Sen Sanders praised the Soviet Union in the late 1980s for their breadlines, youth groups, and “palaces of culture.”
“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,” he said. “In other countries, people don’t line up for food, rich people get the food and poor people starve to death.”