...One might ask what kind of heartless person could be against helping the poor. How could such people exert enough power in America to extinguish the light of charity?The fact that it was Sanders is irrelevant; the point which you SHOULD have gotten is that socialism cannot co-exist with charity and given the chance, a socialist government will eliminate it.
The answer comes from an anecdote of a popular political figure who spoke at a United Way charity benefit dinner many years ago.
“I don’t believe in charities,” he said gruffly, adding that he did not “believe in the fundamental concepts on which charities are based and contend that government, rather than charity organizations, should take over responsibility for charity programs.”
The outspoken figure was the then-Mayor Bernie Sanders, an avowed socialist. The comment was quoted in a 1981 New York Times article that recently surfaced....
Don't yammer and yummer about 'nice people' in the ranks of socialists. That's irrelevant, too.
...socialists hate charity because their egalitarian ideology demands economic equality above all things....
...socialists believe charity humiliates the poor who are forced to ask for what is rightfully theirs. Private charity perpetuates the structures of poverty. The poor must demand the fruits of another’s successes as a right not as a gift....
...socialists hate the idea of charity because it undermines their concept of history as class struggle. The socialists do not want the harmony of the social classes but want to pit one class against another...(Which "pitting" also works well with race, "orientation" and now even imagined orientation!!)
...From their limited materialist perspective, socialists cannot understand true charity. They cannot grasp the enormous scope and efficacy of Christian charity. They only believe in power and self-interest; they cannot admit an order in which people might freely help one another for a higher cause....A country of Bernies? A country where charity is on the road to being illegal?