How should I confront Bernie Sanders?

Posted by $ jbrenner 8 months, 1 week ago to Politics
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The Democrat students on my campus have succeeded in convincing a Bernie Sanders staffer to come to campus tonight to convince Sanders that he should come to my campus later this year.

I am not going to confront the staffer. However, I want to generate a seminal moment on our behalf.

I will take ideas, but at this point I am planning to ask:

Mr. Sanders: You have proclaimed that you will see to it that state university tuition be free. Your wife drove a college into bankruptcy. Your policy will put a producer like me out of work. On what basis do you proclaim a right upon my money and my right to earn a living as a professor at a private university?"


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  • Posted by Lucky 8 months, 1 week ago
    From local experience, check out if the audience and questioners are pre-selected.

    The point is excellent if obvious. Anything that has a cost is not free, the policy is a disguised way of saying- other people's money.
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    • Posted by $ 8 months, 1 week ago
      I expected to check out if the audience and questioners are pre-selected. Thanks.

      I think that the way I worded the question would not be a reason for me being terminated from my professorial position and yet still get the Objectivist point across. I like my shrug job of being a professor. I could be far more productive in my own businesses, but do not feel confident about the economic situation in the US for a sufficiently long time to start my third business yet.
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  • Posted by freedomforall 8 months, 1 week ago
    Is there any rational way to confront a politician who doesn't care about rationality or reality? It's a waste of your valuable time, jb.
    I think you are better off writing an opinion article with research proving just how moronic Sanders and all his supporters are.
    However, if Sanders is the Dem candidate they will lose so badly that liberty might have a chance for recovery. Maybe let the Dems drive off the cliff into the abyss.
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    • Posted by $ 8 months, 1 week ago
      I doubt that writing an article is worth my time. It will not get attention, but if I start a "Joe the Plumber" moment, then that will get attention with very little time investment. If nothing else, my students will learn a valuable lesson in Objectivism.
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      • Posted by freedomforall 8 months, 1 week ago
        Perhaps you are right. I hope you are successful. Be prepared to have them avoid the question and change the subject. They are well drilled on averting issues that they know they can't win. Also be prepared to be shouted down by people paid to do exactly that. I have seen both happen to friends who asked honest questions and expected honest reply.
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  • Posted by $ Dobrien 8 months, 1 week ago
    You could just ask Why do people vote for a kakistocrat? Or
    Ask Bernie why people support a socialist looter who has never held a job outside of elected office.
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  • Posted by $ Abaco 8 months, 1 week ago
    I'd say (for myself) "I am white and was once poor".

    He's a piece of work. I don't know where to start, jbrenner. Heard a philosopher I often listen to describe him as "a snake in the grass", and I think that nails it.

    Good luck. Maybe ask him, "What if, in the wake of your being elected, middle-class people decide to start hiding their assets?" That would get a fun answer, I bet.
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