Remember the classic gallows humor of the Lincoln assassination: “But other than that, Mrs. Lincoln, how was the play?” …..thus ignoring the elephant in the room. This is what leading Democrat Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders did when he praised Cuba’s literacy and healthcare programs.

The elephant in the room is that Cuba is a repressive dictatorship which has murdered the political opposition, kept their people in crushing poverty and prevented their people from leaving the country, to mention just a few of Cuba’s abuses. Stack that against a literacy program and healthcare. We’ll give you healthcare, but if you oppose us, we’ll kill you.

Giving people stuff is another way to control them, and Bernie is just fine with that. Why do leftists never praise Hitler? Hitler’s party was the National Socialist Party. He gave the German people jobs, righted their reeling economy, gave them healthcare, radios and affordable cars. But no name says “mass murderer” like Hitler. Castro, Chavez, Stalin and Mao were murderers too, every bit as evil as Hitler. But because these names aren’t readily associated with mass murder, leftists praise them. For the Left, it’s simply a matter of branding.

You’d think that history might teach Bernie and his progressive buddies that concentrated government power is a bad thing. Our Founders studied history and knew that too much power in the hands of too few people is dangerous. But have Bernie and the progressives learned this? No, no.

So how does Bernie ignore the obvious? Every progressive policy is based on centralized power, two examples being the Green New Deal and Medicare For All. Every tyrant has what Bernie – and every progressive – secretly craves: power. Bernie sees himself as “good.” The idea that he or his ideological mates could harm other people when given so much power never enters their minds. And that is what is really scary.

Michael A. Morrongiello, Ph. D.