Giving Credit Where Credit Is Due – Bernie vs. Nelson Mandela


Please take a look at a recent tweet from Bernie Sanders-

Bernie Sanders


I’ve got news for the Republican establishment. I’ve got news for the Democratic establishment. They can’t stop us.


3:02 AM – Feb 22, 2020

Is Bernie saying that he is now going to break away from the Democratic Party if he does not win the nomination?

This is the puzzling part about this statement. How can Bernie say this to both parties? And what does that mean for the remaining six presidential candidates in the Democratic Party? Will Bernie support the winner if he loses the Democratic Primary?

Wednesday’s Milwaukee Shooting

It is now 10pm Israel Time Thursday as I am writing this. The latest reports say that five people were killed in the shooting at Molson Coors, located in Miller Valley. My condolences go out to the victims of this tragic shooting. And a heart felt wish to those who were injured to have a speedy recovery.

“Miller Valley” features a 160-year-old brewery, with a packaging center that fills thousands of cans and bottles every minute and a distribution center the size of five football fields. A massive red Miller sign towers over the complex and is a well-known symbol in Milwaukee, where beer and brewing are intertwined in the city’s history.

The facility is also home to corporate customer service, finance, human resources and engineering. Tours take people to underground caves where beer was once stored, a saloon with intricate woodwork, a stein hall with stained-glass windows, a champagne room meeting hall with leaded-glass windows, and an outdoor beer garden that can hold 300 people.

Molson Coors

The Molson Coors Beverage Company is a multinational brewing company, formed in 2005 by the merger of Molson of Canada, and Coors of the United States. It is the world’s seventh largest brewer by volume.[3]

Molson Coors expanded significantly after the merger of Anheuser-Busch InBev and SABMiller in October 2016. This was achieved because during the plans for the merger, SABMiller had agreed to divest itself of the Miller brands by selling its stake in MillerCoors to Molson Coors.

SAB Miller Was Founded In South Africa

SABMiller was founded as South African Breweries in 1895 to serve a growing market of miners and prospectors in and around Johannesburg. Two years later, it became the first industrial company to list on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. From the early 1990s onwards, the company increasingly expanded internationally, making several acquisitions in both emerging and developed markets. In 1999, it formed a new UK-based holding company, SAB plc, and moved its primary listing to London. In May 2002, SAB plc acquired Miller Brewing, forming SABMiller plc.

Wisconsin Lt. Governor Mandela Barnes

Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes said the incident marks the 11th mass shooting in Wisconsin since 2004.

“We are here on the scene of another American tragedy. Another senseless American tragedy. One that shouldn’t have to happen and unfortunately it’s in our backyard. And I hate to say that it is in our backyard once again,” he said.

The Lt. Governor’s first name reminds me of the former South African President, who became the country’s first black leader, after being jailed for 27 years.

Nelson Mandela

In Bernie Sanders’ final speech in the most recent South Carolina debate, Bernie tried to quote Nelson Mandela. I used the word tried because from what I heard in a replay of that debate, compared to what Nelson Mandela actually said were not the same.

According to Bernie, Nelson Mandela said “The saying that moves me the most is from Nelson Mandela. “Everything is impossible until it happens”. Whereas, the actual quote reads  “It always seems impossible until it’s done.”

Therefore for Bernie to come out and miss-quote one of South Africa’s greatest statesmen, who spoke about Israel and its right to defend itself much better than Bernie has been doing this past year, is truly amazing.

The First Time I Saw Nelson Mandela In Person

It was in Oxford Shul in Rosebank, a Johannesburg suburb. He came to assure all Jews that even though he spent 27 years in prison because of Apartheid caused by white men in power, he was very supportive of the Jewish People.

Mandela knew how much Jews contributed to the South African economy and they gave many important contributions to South African Society. In addition, from what I understand, it was a Jewish law firm that hired him and gave Nelson Mandela his first job, and for that Mandela was forever grateful.

Compare Nelson Mandela To Bernie Sanders

I now have to draw a comparison between Bernie Sanders and Nelson Mandela.

As has been discussed, Nelson Mandela did show his appreciation toward the South African Jewish Community. And he could easily have turned his back on them after having spent so much time in jail, with the blacks in South Africa on his side. But Mandela was smart, and knew that in the long-run, it would be good for the country and his people to show his support to the Jewish Community.

Unfortunately, the same cannot be said about Bernie Sanders. Bernie admits he is Jewish, and he admits he was in Israel many years ago working on a Kibbutz. It seems that Bernie must have learned many things when he was there about people working and living together.

The Kibbutz Bernie Sanders Worked And Lived On In 1963.

Sha’ar HaAmakim (Hebrew: שַׁעַר הַעֲמָקִים, lit. Gate of the Valleys) is a kibbutz in northern Israel associated with the Hashomer Hatzair movement founded in 1935. Located near Kiryat Tiv’on, it falls under the jurisdiction of Zevulun Regional Council. In 2018 it had a population of 746. The Kibbutz is located near the port city of Haifa.

Sha’ar HaAmakim hosted volunteers from around the world, including France and the United States, who worked at the kibbutz and participated in cultural exchanges.[23] In the 1960s, there were up to 100 volunteers each year.[24] Bernie Sanders worked at the kibbutz for several months in 1963

According to a 2016 report, the kibbutz derives most of its income from its solar water heater factory. It also makes money from agriculture, including dairy farming.[23] For over five decades, the kibbutz has produced and processed sunflower seeds which it markets under its name both in Israel and for export.[26] It also has a fish pond and orchards producing apples, peaches, and pears.[24]

TOI Wrote A Detailed Article Describing The Kibbutz

On February 9, 2016, Ben Sales wrote an article entitled “50 Years On, Bernie Sanders Still Champions Values Of His Israeli Kibbutz”. Attached to that article is a report by Haaretz which which unearthed a 1990 interview with Sanders.

Here are some very key points which were brought out in these articles-

“All the members were equal in all ways,” said Yair Merom, the kibbutz’s current chairman. “They lived in identical houses. There wasn’t a salary; everyone received according to their needs. The kibbutz gave everything: food, shelter, education, health.”

“Our values of mutual responsibility are social democratic values, and we choose willingly to create that society,” Merom said. “Sanders is talking about the social democratic approach that gives freedom to the individual, but with responsibility for the whole. We do that in a practical way.”

Socialist ethos permeated kibbutz life in the ’60s. All of the kibbutz’s 360-some members wore the same uniform: khaki slacks with a matching button-down shirt. After working in the morning and early afternoon, members often would attend committee meetings where they would discuss the kibbutz’s problems. Until 1991, as at many other kibbutzim, kids lived apart from their parents at a children’s house.

Fewer than 100 volunteers came annually to the kibbutz in the early 1960s. Those who stayed longer than a month, like Sanders, likely would have worked in the cowshed or the fishery. Some volunteers also built relationships with adoptive families on the kibbutz.

This seems  to confirm where Sanders received his education in socialism. That was, in effect, a free course offered by the State Of Israel in exchange for Sanders working on the kibbutz.

Sanders should have been grateful for the many months he worked and learned on the Kibbutz, but instead he has decided to turn his back on Israel, by supporting the Palestinians. And turning his back on the Government by calling Bibi a racist. I am interested in knowing how Sanders substantiates such claims, as I wrote in a previous Blog, and I am still waiting for an answer.

The Milwaukee Attack Caused Five Deaths Equal To Fingers On Our Hands

So let’s think for a moment – On previous terrorist attacks, I have pointed out that the number 5 is very significant. And again, we have the number five. It is difficult to believe, that anything like this which continues to happen time and time again, is not proof that Hashem runs the world and this is part of his overall plan.

But as I said before, the number five can represent the number of fingers on our hands. As if to say this is taking place with the guidance of G-d’s hands. And we all know that everything G-d does is with his plan, we just have to be patient.

Returning To The First Quote At The Beginning Of This Blog  – If Bernie Is A Proud Jew Then He Should Act Like One

Simply put, Bernie’s statement at the beginning of this Blog, is lacking in its consideration that G-d runs the world.

According to Bernie, no one or nothing can stop him now.

But look what’s going on with the Coronavirus, that is now stopping many people from working and nearly 3000 have died from that disease.

I’m not wishing bad on Bernie, but it seems Bernie needs a wake-up call to realize he is a Jew and be grateful for what G-d and Israel have done for him; instead of continuing to praise our enemy.

About the Author
Born and raised in the Minneapolis suburb of St. Louis Park. Married to a South African, we lived in Johannesburg from 1979 to 1996. Made Aliyah with our seven children on Parshat Lech Lecha. BSB Accounting Degree from the University of Minnesota. Investment Portfolio Manager /Fundamental And Technical Analyst. Wrote in-depth research on companies, markets, commodities for leading financial publications. Served in the US Army Reserves Semi Retired spending quality time with my wife, children, grandchildren and attend Kollel while analyzing current events as they relate to Torah and Mitzvahs.
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