2-15-16 – Socialism and the Constitution Are Incompatible

By Tom Licata

And herein lies why Bernie Sanders cannot be President of the United States. Thomas Jefferson was a founding member of the Democratic-Republican Party. This party was formed in opposition to the Federalist Party. In summary, Jefferson’s Democratic-Republican Party stood for a decentralized, agrarian-based and states’ rights focused form of government whereas the Federalists wanted a more centralized, tyrannical and monarchical form of government.

Jefferson recognized the fringe and extremist elements in both of these parties. In a June 1803 newspaper letter, Jefferson writes of the extremists in the Federalist Party.

In the following letter of Jefferson’s, I merely replace the word “Federalists” with the word “Democrats” and “monarchists” with the word “socialists”:

“I have spoken of the [Democrats] as if they were a homogeneous body, but this is not the truth. Under that name lurks the heretical sect of [socialists]. Afraid to wear their own name, they creep under the mantle of [Democrats], and the [Democrats], like sheep permit the fox to take shelter among them, when pursued by dogs. These men have no right to office. If a [socialist] be in office, anywhere, and it be known to the President, the oath he has taken to support the Constitution imperiously requires the instantaneous dismission of such officer; and I hold the President criminal if he permitted such to remain. To appoint a [socialist] to conduct the affairs of a republic, is like appointing an atheist to the priesthood. As to the real [Democrats], I take them to my bosom as brothers. I view them as honest men, friends to the present Constitution.”

Socialism and the United States of America’s republican form of government are mutually exclusive. They are irreconcilable.

Bernie Sanders can no more in good conscience place his hand on the Bible and affirm to “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution…” as can an atheist do likewise for a Church.

– Tom Licata is a member of the Ethan Allen Institute board of directors

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Joan February 18, 2016 at 5:14 pm

Nice device used here. I’ve been telling people Bernie Sanders, or any other person who is a Socialist, cannot be President for the very same reasons. I go one step further than you have here. I contend that if voters elect Bernie Sanders as President, that is a de facto abolition of the Constitution by the people.


Jim Bulmer February 27, 2016 at 3:55 pm

Since Obama has ignored the Constitution over these past seven years and no one has filed a formal objection, how about impeachment? Why should Bernie be inhibited or concerned?????? Having said that, if Bernie gets elected President, the folks are far dumber than even I could have imagined, and that’s REALLY dumb.


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