Despite past fact-checks proving him wrong, Senator Bernie Sanders doubled (Tripled? Quadrupled?) down at tonight’s Democratic debate on his long-standing claim that the three richest men in America have more wealth than the bottom 90% of the country. This is a bald-faced lie that has been repeated so many times, it has practically become the truth a la the old Nazi propaganda technique of große Lüge (big lie) that says, “concentrate on one enemy at a time and blame him for everything that goes wrong; people will believe a big lie sooner than a little one; and if you repeat it frequently enough people will sooner or later believe it.”
Even left-leaning think tank Institute for Policy Studies, which supports many of Sanders’s socialistic principles, says at best the three richest men have the same wealth as nearly the bottom half of the nation. Sanders flung the facts aside when he said tonight, “You’ve got 3 people who own more wealth than the bottom 90 percent.”
It’s important for Sanders and his partner in crime, Senator Elizabeth Warren, to paint the rich as the enemy. They have to make those who have wealth seem to be the reason others do not have wealth. This is the premise behind Marxism, and while it may have been partially true in the 19th century, it does not equate to reality in modern day America.
The rich create jobs. The rich pay the lion’s share of taxes that give the poor the social programs they’ve become accustomed to relying on for basic needs. The rich are not necessarily good; there really is no correlation between good and evil when it comes to wealth. Good people can be rich or poor. Evil people can be rich or poor. Poor people can become rich by good means or evil means. Rich people can become poor by both means as well.
Still, Democrats often repeat Sanders’s false claim because it perpetuates their worldview and reinforces their hatred for anyone with a lot of money.
Tonight’s debate demonstrated the necessity for falsehoods to drive the Democratic narrative. They cannot dwell in the world of truth because when truth shines its light on their policy proposals, they are clearly farcical at best, dangerous a worst.
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