Socrates: Very good speech, Senator.
Sanders: Thank you, sir.
Socrates: Would you mind if I ask a few questions?
Sanders: Not in the least. Please do.
Socrates: You said in your speech that you are not a Pacifist, correct?
Socrates: You also said that you believe in your country and its constitution and the Bill of Rights which includes the right to bear arms as stated in the Second Amendment.
Sanders: Yes, indeed. My record in Vermont is clear on this point. I would also like to add that I have been consistent on this as well as defending the rest of the Bill of Rights.
Socrates: Fair enough. Something puzzles me, however.
Sanders: What is that?
Socrates: With such a well armed citizenry, why are you pressing the point that you are not a Pacifist?
Sanders: To make it clear that as President I would protect our country from invaders.
Socrates: What invaders are these?
Sanders: The terrorists, other nations, who knows?
Socrates: Senator, in no disrespect to you sir, but this makes no logical sense to me. What invaders could possibly prevail against such a well armed citizenry? You contradict yourself.
Sanders: Well, uh… none of them directly, but indirectly.
Socrates: Another contradiction. That is not an invasion of your country. Your country is here, not there.
Sanders: Yes, but we have many interests overseas.
Socrates: What kind of interests are these that would warrant such meddling overseas?
Sanders: Business interests.
Socrates: Are these the same businesses that you have spoken out against that don’t pay their workers a decent living wage? In fact many just about a slave wage?
Sanders: Uh, well… some of them.
Socrates: Then why support them by protecting them if they exploit their workers?
Sanders: They are good for America.
Socrates: But in your speech today you said that they are bad for America. Oh my, oh my, you are full of contradictions today. Just one after the other.
Sanders: Just who are you?
Socrates: I am Socrates. The Athenian Council thought it wise to meddle in other city states in the name of trade that were no threat to them at all. Then Athens got greedy and all hell broke loose into full out war and I died for speaking out against such folly. Athens lost, and it never recovered. So I ask you who was right, Socrates or Athens?
Socrates: Correct. Now we are getting somewhere. Do you see the parallel between the losing proposition of military aggression between Athens in the 4th Century B.C. and America in the 21st Century?
Sanders: Well, umm.
Socrates: Yes or no, Senator. I am not the American media that throws softball questions because they also have a vested interest in such foolish interventionism. My interest is in one thing only: THE TRUTH.
Sanders: Well, umm.
Socrates: Let me spell it out for you so as to avoid yet another contradiction out of your mouth. You have met your quota for today. The gun laws that you support have such an armed citizenry that would make even Sparta be full of envy. There is no worry about attackers on your soil. And indirect invasion as you call it is only a code word for protecting American businesses overseas that exploit others without accountability. So, what is left is countless historical examples of what you support in reality which is military aggression for economic gain. Pure and simple. These larger city states and nations states that were the aggressors fell. Every one of them. They have found themselves on the wrong side of history. Do you also wish to find yourself on the wrong side of history by making their same mistake? Yes or no.
Sanders: No! Hell No!
Socrates: Then I suggest you change your foreign policy.
Sanders: I can’t.
Socrates: Can’t or wont?
Sanders: Look, whoever you are, I would never be elected President if I did. Don’t you see?
Socrates: I see very well Senator. I saw 60 men in Athens condemn me to death for the same ignorance.
Sanders: You can’t be serious, whoever you are?
Socrates: Oh, I am serious alright. Dead serious. I am dead, aren’t I? Read your history again. You don’t need to be President to enact the principles of Democratic Socialism as laid out by Micheal Harrington. Don’t look so surprised, yes, I have read him and he was no imperialist like you are. You don’t really represent Democratic Socialism, but rather you represent yourself and the need to always be in control of others, something I have noticed in the American dynasties that get into politics.
Sanders: Hold on just a minute!!! If you are so smart and claim to be Socrates who inspired Plato’s book The Republic, then you of all people know about the need for a Philosopher King.
Socrates: Indeed I do. But you are not a philosopher nor are you a king. You are a man who simply misrepresents the basic tenants of Democratic Socialism. Since you are a very well read man please allow me to give you a simple Syllogism that you will understand that is the language of deductive logic.
- Senator Sanders has a deep need to control others.
- A misrepresentation of Democratic Socialism is a way to control others.
- Therefore, Senator Sanders embraces a misrepresentation of Democratic Socialism.
Sanders: Wait just a minute, I resent that remark!!
Socrates: No, you resemble it.
Sanders: But if I don’t run for president, others lesser than I will.
Socrates: My questions today are not to others but to you sir. I will get to the others in due time. In the meanwhile, never forget my fundamental axiom for all existence, “The unexamined life is not worth living.” I bid you a good day.
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