Bernie Sanders promises reparations for slavery, and three things wrong with that…

From The Daily Mail:

Bernie Sanders committed tonight to formally apologizing for slavery on behalf of the United States if he becomes president.
Sanders told heavily black audience that Tindley Temple United Methodist Church, ‘There’s nothing that anybody can do to undo the deaths and misery, how many people we don’t even know who died on the way over here in the ships.’

But the United States has to make an attempt to ‘wipe the slate clean’ by acknowledging the truth, he said after an audience member asked him point blank if he’d offer a presidential-level apology and he said, ‘Yes.’

And while the U.S. Senator does not support reparations in the form of a check for the inhumane treatment of Africans before the end of the Civil War, he does believe the government should invest in low-income communities, many of which are black, and he reiterated that point tonight.

More here.

The reparations debate has raged for decades, so this stunt by Sanders isn’t all that surprising except that apparently it would be a first for a presidential level apology for slavery. Three things that don’t make the leftist position on this all it’s cracked up to be…other than the fact that leftist support it:

1. I know the black community will hate hearing this, but it’s the truth that the country paid a very high price for slavery in blood, and lots of it. It’s really telling that this counts for nothing with Democrats. Then again, why would anyone expect them to recognize that since they were on the side fighting to preserve slavery.

2. Isn’t this just crony socialism that Sanders wants the government to focus on “repayment” to only the poor black community? If people like Sanders hate that government picks winners and losers in business then why should it be ok with the poor? In fact, it’s worse, because it shows how completely insincere socialist politicians are about actually ending poverty (not that we didn’t know that already with the long list of failed programs) so much as it’s just a weapon to win votes by using their economic plight to whip them up into a frenzy.

3. If we’re going to apologize for travesties of justice perpetrated on oppressed people then we should probably start with the ones that we have lived to witness…like the 100,000,000,000+ people killed by the ideology Bernie Sanders supports. If Sanders believes in reparations he can start by apologizing for communism and calling on communist nations to end their ways and restore private property rights. But he won’t do that because when people are empowered to determine their own destiny then they have no use for some wild haired old coot of a “socialist” telling them their success should be punished by rewarding the laziness of others.

That’s precisely why leftists like Sanders and the Democrats in general insist on chaining the black community to the past by instilling feelings of victimhood for injustices that ended 150 years ago rather than encouraging them to live in the present and look to the future to choose and determine their own destiny going forward.

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