Bernie’s Clenched Fist and the International Symbol for Stupid

Wandering through a Barnes and Noble, I saw a copy of Bernie Sanders’ new book “Where We Go from Here: Two Years in the Resistance.” The cover shows the decrepit socialist with a look of grim determination on his face, raising a clenched fist.

The clenched fist has been the symbol of communism for over a century  – Bolsheviks, leftists in the Spanish Civil War, SDS and the Maoist Progressive Labor Party in the ‘60s, the New Black Panther Party and the so-called resistance all adopted it.

Fists are for smashing, beating down, pulverizing the opposition. You don’t negotiate with fists. You don’t build with them. Fists aren’t for comforting. (Charity is usually represented by an open hand.) Fists are good for one thing – and one thing alone – destruction.

And that’s what the Vermont senator wants to do to our free-market economy, our Constitution and our liberty.

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If you want to see the future of Bernie-ism, look to Venezuela. Over 20 years ago, the nation’s United Socialist Party came to power to end income inequality (Sanders’ 1%) and lift up the poor.

The country has achieved an equality of sorts — a brotherhood of suffering.

Caracas is a ghost town. The IMF fears inflation will hit 10 million percent in 2019.

Food is scarce as brain cells at a Women’s March. A music teacher told an interviewer she lost 16 lbs. last year on the “Maduro diet.” A liter of milk, a kilo of cheese and a box of eggs cost the equivalent of a monthly middle-class salary. This in what was once a major oil-producing country, whose capital was famed for its beauty, culture and affluence.

Since 2015, 3 million Venezuelans (the entire pre-revolution population of Caracas) have fled the workers’ paradise. Among the refugees in neighboring Columbia, teenage girls are selling themselves to keep from starving.

But that’s not what Bernie, Minnehaha, Alexandria and other elitist pinheads want for America. So what? When it adopted the Declaration of the Rights of Man, France’s National Constituent Assembly wasn’t thinking of the guillotine.

Our latter-day Jacobins think they can succeed with elections, legislation and the right geriatric bolshie in the White House.  The shortages, the sinking economy, the hyper-inflation, the Depression-era joblessness, the guns, the guards, and the camps will come later — when the people begin revolting against their utopian vision.

Speaking of Bernie, if the clenched fist is the symbol of revolution, what’s the international symbol for stupid?


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Don Feder is a former Boston Herald writer who is now a political/communications consultant. He also maintains his own website,

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