While America was settled, won, and initially governed by a lineage of brilliant statesmen (most with a Christian theistic worldview, I might add), we’ve long since become a cesspit overrun by politicians.
In case you haven’t set off a cage-stage libertarian and heard the difference between a politician and a statesman yourself, the nutshell version is that the statesman views policies in terms of what will harm or benefit the nation and its people, where a politician views them in terms of what will harm or benefit their party, their house of government, or the government as a whole.
Having that key little detail goes a long way in understanding America’s political circus, and it helps to explain how on earth we were ever given such a harbinger of doom as Sen. Bernie Sanders.
While Sanders has been a lame duck socialist politician longer than I’ve even been alive, that doesn’t mean he’s good at it. Still, in a state like Vermont, he’s not going to be losing his job any time soon (trust me, Chuck Schumer’s one of my senators.)
Considering he’s been more successful as an author than a politician, why on earth we ever got saddled with a guy like him is a perfectly valid question. Although nobody actually seemed to be asking, Comrade Sanders was eager to give a quick primer on why in the hell he ever thought a career in politics was a good idea:
I did not get into politics to figure out how to become president. I got into politics because I give a damn.
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) September 5, 2019
As a person who is quite fond of giving damns about a variety of subjects, I can understand the sentiment. And, in his time in the Senate, Bernie has had one significant accomplishment in the Veterans’ Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2013 (he also got a couple of post offices renamed).
But, other than that, Bernie’s track record is that of a liberty-hating, firehose-wielding “visionary” who expects to make giant leaps toward socialism and rely on “hindsight being 2020” when we’re all living the climate apocalypse nightmare ten years from now, rending our garments and wishing we’d elected him president and spared ourselves such a fate.
As always, the People of Twitter™ were at the ready to respond to Sanders’ terse little mission statement:
You got into politics because you couldn't hold a real job.
— Smokin Monkey (@ARaised_Eyebrow) September 5, 2019
You got into politics because you don't have a single thought, idea, talent or skill with which you could make a living with in the real world.
You got in for the easy paycheck, the three houses and to stroke your massive Communist ego.
We see you.https://t.co/m9x7AgBP4I
— BonkPolitics (@BonkPolitics) September 5, 2019
And you get to keep campaign donations…
— Joan of Argghh! (@JoanOfArgghh) September 5, 2019
You'd have done better just getting a job. Not as rich, but more well-rounded and able to identify with working Americans.
— Pooka Luck (@MuchLuck) September 5, 2019
You got into politics for the money and the easy work schedule.
— Antonio Martinez (@djtechchicago) September 5, 2019
You're the perfect example of why we need #TERMLIMITS
— Kasey (@torger88) September 5, 2019
Guess that’s why your charitable contributions were practically nothing last year while you joined the 1% 🤷🏼♀️
— Paige Sullivan (@PaigeSully88) September 5, 2019
They’re not wrong, you know.