Let’s Make Bernie Sanders Our President

“I am on board with Bernie 100% for all the reasons others have stated.  Will he get the nomination?  The experts say no, Hillary will.  Perhaps they are right.

What I am going on and what I would recommend to any so inclined is this:  True liberals and progressives have been wishing and praying for someone exactly like Bernie for years, decades even.  Well, be careful what you pray for because you might get it.  Here he is, folks, just what we said we wanted.  To not support him now would mean either we didn’t know what we were asking for, or at least didn’t really mean it.  Yes, the most important thing is to get a Dem in the White house, and secondarily be concerned about who that Dem is.  Agreed.  But the more that people get behind Bernie now, the more the party leaders will have to acknowledge the importance of his thoughts and ideals.  It should be made clear to them that if Bernie doesn’t get the nomination, they had better put some Bernie planks in the national platform or face the real possibility of a split off Green party which IMO would seriously damage the Dems for the foreseeable future.  So hopefully Bernie’s run will make a difference in the Party so that every single one of the Bernie supporters can get behind the final nominee and put them in office.  I am budgeting my time and money accordingly.

As the local head of the Orange County Democrats, an old highly experienced political operative said, “In the primaries, you fall in love.  In the general election, you fall in line.”

2 thoughts on “Let’s Make Bernie Sanders Our President”

  1. Sanders needs to avoid becoming another Dennis Kucinich by staying in the race as an independent after Clinton’s coronation as the Democrats’ nominee. Not to do so means leftists will once again have the wind taken out of their sails, once again co-opted to be used as fodder for getting yet another highly regressive tool of Wall Street placed in the White House.

    The human race can’t wait another twenty years for a truly leftist presidency. We can’t even wait one. Ocean levels are rising, clean drinking water is rapidly being used up, species are going extinct at rates not seen in sixty-five million years, and heat waves are killing thousands every day. Our civil liberties are being systemically dismantled as wars over dwindling resources increase in frequency and intensity.

    When Kucinich ran in ’04 and ’08, he was ridiculed and marginalized much as is being done to Sanders, and eventually his district was gerrymandered out of existence—with the full, enthusiastic cooperation of the Democrats, who long wanted him gone from the halls of political power. Sanders faces the same political fate unless he wises up and runs as an independent or on a third party ticket. Such a candidacy could have an effect similar to that of H. Ross Perot in 1992 and 1996, garnering enough of the vote to swing Democrats leftward, just as Perot drove them—along with the GOP—further to the political right.

    For Sanders not to run as an independent in the general election means leftists will have to wait another twelve or more years for the opportunity to gain some small measure of power, but by that time the human race will be much closer to extinction than it is now—and we’re already very close to the edge.


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