As Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders continues to gain momentum in the party’s primary with his promotion of democratic socialism, outspoken internet preacher and lead pastor of Global Vision Bible Church in Tennessee Greg Locke has slammed him as “the wanna be Fidel Castro of our day.”
“Bernie Sanders is the wanna be Fidel Castro of our day. If you cannot see through his blatant communist agenda, you are absolutely blinded by the fake news and the utter garbage that he propagates. He is one of the greatest dangers that America has ever encountered,” Locke tweeted Monday.
Locke joined a chorus of evangelical and conservative critics who are unnerved by Sanders’ continued praise of Fidel Castro’s regime in Cuba.
In a CBS “60 Minutes” interview that aired Sunday night, Anderson Cooper asked Sanders to defend his position and he said that: “We are very opposed to the authoritarian nature of Cuba. But you know, it’s unfair to simply say, ‘Everything is bad.’ When Fidel Castro came into office, you know what he did? He had a massive literacy program. Is that a bad thing, even though Fidel Castro did it?”
He has since maintained his position in subsequent public debates while critics continue to brand him as a communist like Castro.
According to Democratic Socialists of America, “Democratic socialists believe that both the economy and society should be run democratically—to meet public needs, not to make profits for a few. To achieve a more just society, many structures of our government and economy must be radically transformed through greater economic and social democracy so that ordinary Americans can participate in the many decisions that affect our lives.”
“Democracy and socialism go hand in hand. All over the world, wherever the idea of democracy has taken root, the vision of socialism has taken root as well—everywhere but in the United States. Because of this, many false ideas about socialism have developed in the US,” the political group argues on its website.
The group claims that the goal of the movement is not to have the government own and run everything.
“Democratic socialists do not want to create an all-powerful government bureaucracy. But we do not want big corporate bureaucracies to control our society either. Rather, we believe that social and economic decisions should be made by those whom they most affect,” the group adds.
A Miami New Times reporter on Wednesday criticized Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida for speaking out against what the reporter described as “supposed hidden dangers of democratic socialism.” In doing so, he noted that in 2015 Rubio said it was unfair to compare Sanders’ ideology to that of Fidel Castro’s regime in communist Cuba.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Leonardo Blair