Often, when subjected to the anti-American ravings of a left-wing idealogue -- like Sean Penn, for example -- we roll our eyes and groan. Surely he is nothing more than a has-been celebrity. Surely he is irrelevant to the greater American populace. The truth is, however, people of good will should never give excuse or quarter to those who vilify this great nation, be those people celebrities, or worse, sitting senators.
For those who might have missed it Wednesday, Sen. Bernie Sanders questioned Rep. Tom Price, President-elect Trump's pick to head the Department of Health and Human Services. During the Health, Education, Labor, and Pension (HELP) Committee confirmation hearing, Sanders had the temerity to tell Price that America is "not a compassionate society." What's more, according to Sanders, we are "worse than virtually any other country on earth" when it comes to how we treat the poor and working class.
Come again, Bernie? Surely you meant Third World hellholes like Venezuela, where the impoverished live in utter degradation, forced to sell their own children lest they die of starvation and diseases that have been long-eradicated in civilized nations.
The comment came when Sanders questioned the HHS nominee on whether he believed health care is "a right of all Americans whether they’re rich or they’re poor." In response, Price began to explain that "we're a compassionate society," before Sanders interrupted him with his factually inaccurate, America-loathing screed:
“No, we’re not a compassionate society in terms of our relationship to poor and working people. Our record is worse than virtually any other country on earth. We have the highest rate of childhood poverty than any other major country on earth and half of our senior, older workers have nothing set aside for retirement. So I don’t think compared to other countries we are particularly compassionate.”
Sanders' assertion serves as proof that one needn't be particularly intelligent nor versed in facts in order to serve as a sitting U.S. senator.
The United States is the single most generous nation on earth. That's well documented, but the Left doesn't pay facts any mind. Nor do they have the intellectual honesty to admit that nowhere else on earth do those at the poverty-line own their own televisions and cars, or have homes equipped with microwaves, refrigerators, stereos, and climate control. Are there people struggling in this country? Surely. And is there inequity? Of course. That is a fact of life and plight not unique to the United States or anywhere else, for that matter. Still, those less fortunate are better off here than they would be anyplace else on earth.
Those who think like Sanders would never admit to these truths, however, because they have built their lives and careers on the lie that America is evil. For such a horrible country, however, it Sanders has done alright, owning multiple homes and never having had to work a day in his life outside his role in elected office. Meanwhile, he works daily to promote the expansion of the welfare state in order to enslave yet another generation, another demographic, ad infinitum.