Last night during the debate, every time Bernie Sanders was talking about all the wonderful free stuff a Sanders Presidency would provide, I suddenly thought of my parents taking us to see the movie “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” when I was a kid.
I loved that movie.
It was about a widowed inventor and his two little children who, along with the daughter of a candy maker, get mixed up in an adventure with the inventor’s flying car.
In an effort to rescue the inventor’s father, they fly to another kingdom where his father is being kept by a king and queen. When they get there, they discover that there are absolutely no children. None. Turns out the queen isn’t fond of children. So the king enlists the help of a creepy-ass guy with scraggly hair called the Child Catcher. He rounded up all the kids and put them in a dungeon. Naturally, when word of the inventors two children reaches the castle, the Child Catcher is dispatched to lure them out of hiding and capture them.
He arrives in the village with a brightly colored wagon wearing a multi-colored cloak and a top hat festooned in flowers. The Child Catcher dances through the village singing about all the wonderful things he has on his wagon for little children.
His rouse works. The inventors two children come out of hiding and let the Child Catcher lead them to his wagon. Which, of course, turns out to be a big cage on wheels.
Trapped in the cage, the children are helpless as the Child Catcher whisks them away to the castle dungeon.
I had nightmares about that creepy-ass guy when I was five. I’m not proud of it, but he scare the living crap out of me.
Now, Bernie Sanders scares the crap out of me in the same way.
He is promising young voters one thing, but he will deliver quite another. And, for whatever reason — ignorance, lack of proper education about socialism and how an economy works, whatever — these young people are falling for his sunshine and lollipops talk about free college, free healthcare, free, free, free!!! And just like the Child Catcher, once he fools them, the reality of what socialism is will have those young people caged in, unable to be free. Because freedom will be willingly surrendered for the false promises of Bernie Sanders and his Free Stuff.
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