Rand Paul Shamelessly Links Bernie Sanders To Genocides Throughout History

rand-paul-ron-paulRand Paul’s campaign is faring poorly these days, sitting at just 4% in Republican primary polling. Much to the chagrin of libertarian-leaning Republicans who were sure that Rand Paul was proof their ideas would finally break out into the mainstream of party politics, it seems like hardly anyone is taking him seriously.

It’s certainly no wonder why Republicans are ignoring him, due in part to his sensible stances on issues like criminal justice reform and domestic surveillance. Of all the candidates in the GOP race, I think Rand Paul may be the least insane, which says a lot about how out of touch with reality the other contenders are.

The problem is that while Rand Paul is right on some issues, like his father, he’s horribly wrong on others. It’s also obvious that like many other conservatives, he doesn’t know anything about history – or how other world governments work.

Via Right Wing Watch:

“It amazes me and it actually kind of scares me,” Paul said. “I’ve been spending more time going after Bernie and socialism because I don’t want America to succumb to the notion that there’s anything good about socialism. I think it’s not an accident of history that most of the times when socialism has been tried that attendant with that has been mass genocide of people or any of those who object to it. Stalin killed tens of millions of people. Mao killed tens of millions of people. Pol Pot killed tens of millions of people. When you have a command economy, when everything is dictated from one authority, that’s socialism, but it doesn’t come easily to those who resist it.” (Source)

Stalin, Mao and Pol Pot were all communists; they were not democratic socialists as Bernie Sanders has proudly admitted to being. All of them oversaw oppressive regimes that killed tens of millions of people, but the genocide that Rand Paul is talking about has not happened in democratic socialist societies.

Vox explains what a social democracy is, and it is nothing like communism:

Social democracy is a version of socialism that emphasizes the need to achieve socialist goals — worker empowerment, a more even distribution of wealth and income, universal access to health care, education, and other essential services — through representative democracy rather than through revolution. It’s the version of socialism that’s enjoyed the most real-world success, both in the Nordic countries and in other rich nations, and it’s the version that the main left-of-center parties in all European countries, many Latin American ones, and Australia and New Zealand embrace. (Source)

If Rand Paul doesn’t know the difference between socialism and communism, how can anyone outside of the equally ignorant members of the right-wing base take him seriously as a presidential candidate?

The problem for Rand Paul and other Republicans is that people who know what democratic socialism is aren’t afraid of it. If Rand Paul was being honest about Bernie Sanders and what he’s proposing, it would not scare anyone other than the richest people who are currently benefiting the most from the status quo. How anybody could connect the Bernie Sanders platform to mass genocide is so far beyond the pale that I’m not sure how one properly registers how disgusting it is.

America is capable of being the world’s greatest economy and taking care of the poor. We can be a global military superpower and still make sure that our veterans can get the care they need when they come home. Corporations can still make healthy profits while paying a little bit more in taxes so that the workers they hire aren’t saddled with tens of thousands of dollars in student loan or medical debt.

America is capable of all of these things and more, but conservatives like Rand Paul want to claim that we aren’t capable of them – and they have no problem lying about history in order to scare people into believing them.


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  • cruisersailor

    Here’s hoping that Rand Paul loses his Senate seat.

  • noah vail

    lying is the only thing they do well…that maybe an overstatement, if they lied well they wouldn’t be found out so easily…upon further reflection i guess they don’t do anything well…

    • Howard Sands

      They would get away with it a lot more often if their followers were the only ones who heard the lie.

  • strayaway

    “the genocide that Rand Paul is talking about has not happened in democratic socialist societies.”

    False. Germany was a democratic society. People there voted for national socialism. Their elected representatives, in turn, voted to give their elected leader an enabling act allowing him to create executive orders in place of legislation. The platform of the National Socialist German Workers’ Party included requiring pension schemes, the end of war profits, the nationalization of all enterprises (already) converted into corporations (trusts), profit sharing, the creation and maintenance of a sound middle class; the immediate communalization of the large department stores, and land reform.

    A genocide followed.

    • alikhat

      Be a good little dear and look up what socialism means. Then look up “National Socialist German Worker’s Party” a.k.a. the Nazis and come back here and apologize for being an almost magical idiot when you’ve finally twigged on the hilariously huge difference between the two.

      Go on. Shoo!

      • strayaway

        Friedrich Hayek, a refugee from Nazi Austria, already did what you asked and shared a Nobel Prize in economics in doing so. He focused on the role of government planning. When the plans don’t go right, according to Hayek, the tendency is to repress free speech and blame others. Your argument about definitions is silly. You don’t get to throw out the bad apples. Millions of Germans went along with the National Socialist German Worker’s party. Like Bernie supporters, they were not scared off by the word “socialism”. They defined socialism by creating all sorts of government programs for working people, women, and the poor. You might instead want to instead cite the democratically elected socialist experiment in Venezuela with Chavez and Morales. In Europe, democratic socialism has been working better but, as a Ponzi scheme, we see that Europe must change its culture by garnering millions of refugees to keep their social welfare programs propped up. Otherwise, who is going to pay into social security to keep it viable? Whether or not changing the culture of Europe is a good idea is in the eye of the beholder but bringing all those refugees in was necessary to prop it up.

        In our country, the tenth amendment allows states to do “socialistic” things whether health care, education, roads or whatever else isn’t forbidden so I am ok with manifestations of socialism. At the federal level, the Constitution can be amended to further allow socialist programs although I realize, Democrats and the republican establishment do not acknowledge the tenth amendment anyway. The point I was addressing was “the genocide that Rand Paul is talking about has not happened in democratic socialist societies.” Germany and Venezuela were democratic societies. No, you don’t get to pick and choose your definition until you are in power like in Germany or Venezuela.

      • alikhat

        Why the hell should I – or anyone – care about what a far right economics professor who was born in the nineteenth century and was the darling of such right-wing national economy-killers as Margaret Thatcher and G.H.W. Bush had to prattle about? Oh, right! Appeal to authority! One of the right wing’s favorite intellectual crutches! How could I forget?

        So, you read a book that wasn’t the Bible? Good for you! Have a cookie! Too bad the book you chose was a bullshit piece of anti-progressive propaganda that bent over backwards trying to confuse Socialism with Communism. I have to assume the confusion you have between Socialism, Communism and Fascism comes from your endless hours mainlining dumbassery pumped by Rush Limbaugh and Fox News.

        When (or if, more likely) you ever get around to putting facts above ideology, get back to me. ‘Till then, you have nothing of worth to offer.

      • strayaway

        You should want to know what Hayek said because he is smarter than you for starters. Obvioulsy, you haven’t read him. You don’t seem to be able to grasp that Democratic Socialism can be benign as in Sweden or nasty like in Venezuela, or National Socialist Germany. It doesn’t always play out well. You haven’t disputed, for instance, that the democratic socialist movements in Germany and Venezuela were brought in by a democratic process. People elected those governments.

      • alikhat

        No, dear. He was smarter than *you*. Most people are smarter than you, so I can see where you’d have trouble making the distinction. Just like you have trouble making the distinction between radically different – even polar opposing – political ideologies.

      • strayaway

        alikhat, Are you denying that, for instance, Germany and Venezuela democratically put socialists into power, which was my point, or are you just unable to follow a conversation?

  • CygnusX1isaHole

    We can be a global military superpower…


    Thank you for making it clear that Progressive Democrats support militarism and U.S. imperialism.

    With all the faults of Ron Paul’s political ideology at least he consistently writes in defense of peace.

  • Paul Julian Gould

    And actually, Pol Pot, Stalin and Mao were not communists, either… They
    were authoritarian autocrats who used a different book to justify their mania
    than those particular ones trotted out here in the west.