What DOES a socialist look like?

What DOES a socialist look like?
BFFs Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders (Image: Political Insider)

At a town hall on Monday, Joe Biden asked the audience at a town hall, “Do I look like a socialist?”


There are two problems with this question, which he has now asked three times. The first is that the question, which Biden seems to think is rhetorical, can be answered affirmatively. In the photo at the top of the page he is standing next to a self-avowed socialist, and acting quite chummy with him. Perhaps Joe thinks that old white men in suits and ties can’t be socialists, but clearly he’s mistaken.

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The more serious problem with Biden’s question, which he always asks defensively, is that it is the wrong one. The real question that should be asked is not whether he looks like a socialist but whether he acts like one. The answer to this question is an unambiguous yes.

In May, Biden joined forces with the above-pictured socialist, announcing six “unity task forces” to “explore possible policy initiatives” on climate change, criminal justice, the economy, education, health care, and immigration. None of these, as you well might imagine, carry the centrist seal of approval Biden likes to pretend they do.

Specific indicators of Biden’s shift to the far left include his embrace of “systemic racism” and belief that drastic reform of the nation’s police is one of the first steps toward solving this problem. Another is his “war on the suburbs,” which would entail spending tens of millions of dollars on high-density low-income housing in the nation’s suburbs, then “affirmatively advertise” that housing to non-residents.

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles is a freelance writer and regular contributor to "Liberty Unyielding."


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