MANCHESTER, NH—While campaigning in New Hampshire, presidential candidate Bernie Sanders was very confused when he saw the phrase “Live Free or Die” on a license plate. “What is that?” he demanded. When someone explained it was the state motto, he was even more confounded. “Both those options sound horrible!” he exclaimed.
“Living free is exactly what billionaires want,” Sanders told a crowd at a campaign stop. “That way they can accumulate as much money as they want. Think of living free — everyone involved in peaceful voluntary exchange without government getting in the way — it would be chaos! That’s exactly what my socialism is here to fix.”
The second part of the slogan Sanders found even more disturbing. “And is someone threatening to kill you if you don’t live free? Is it the billionaires? Are the billionaires holding you all hostage, and are they going to kill you if you don’t live free? Are you under duress? Blink twice if a billionaire is holding you hostage.”
Sanders stared at the crowd for a while. “I saw that guy blink and that woman blink, but I need one person to blink twice to confirm billionaires are threatening you to live free.” Bernie continued to stand silently, watching the crowd for blinks for the next ten minutes.