Rand Paul Attacks American Socialists AOC, Bernie Sanders, Others — in New Book

Monday, October 28, 2019
By Paul Martin

by Steve Byas
Monday, 28 October 2019

Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) not only denounces socialist tyrants such as Mao, Stalin, and Hitler in his new book, The Case Against Socialism, he targets domestic socialists such as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Bernie Sanders, because in Paul’s view, these domestic socialists favor policies that, if adopted, will turn the United States into another socialist country.

And, Paul asserts, the adoption of socialism opens the door to authoritarianism, and even totalitarianism.

Paul is an example of the association between socialism and violence. Last year, a Paul-neighbor — a strong supporter of Senator Bernie Sanders, an avowed socialist — attacked Paul, leading to very serious injuries. In fact, Paul has had to have part of a lung removed as a result of the assault. Yet, typically, the liberal media down-played any political motivation by Paul’s socialism-supporting neighbor.

In an appearance on CSPAN, Paul said that while Sanders and Ocasio-Cortez call themselves “democratic” socialists, they support the “terrible ideas” of communist dictators Joseph Stalin, Mao Tse-tung, and Pol Pot. (It should be noted that, despite Sanders’ occasional protestations that the socialism he supports is not the same as the communist dictatorship under Stalin and other Soviet dictators, Sanders chose to go to the Soviet Union for his honeymoon, and has frequently praised the communist dictatorship in Cuba).

Paul also used Venezuela as an example of a country that adopted what is supposedly democratic socialism and became increasingly dictatorial. “Venezuela is such a disaster. People [are] literally eating their pets,” Paul said. “People [are] killing rats in the street to try to eat them — pigeons. It really is a sad thing.”

“We aren’t really talking about which economic system is better,” Paul added. “Nobody in the media seems to care that what AOC is supporting or what Bernie is supporting is Stalin and Mao and Pol Pot and all these terrible ideas. And they get away with it because they aren’t challenged.”

At Columbia University, at an event sponsored by the campus Libertarian group and Turning Points USA recently, an event attended by almost 300 students, Paul and his wife, Kelley, said that while socialism is harmful, they were optimistic that its recent popularization by domestic socialists would fade. Turning Points USA is a nonprofit group that “promotes the principles of freedom, free markets, and limited government” to students.

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