Bernie’s Lasting Victory

Bernie Sanders Lasting Victory

After losing a string of primaries, a lot is being said and written about how Bernie Sanders and his campaign blew it.

He comes across too doctrinaire, calling for a revolution, referring to himself as a “democratic socialist”, and in the process alienating moderate voters.

At the same time, Bernie’s doctrinaire approach may also be his greatest strength.

Unlike many other politicians, including his chief rival, Joe Biden, Sanders has never relied on paid consultants to script his positions based on focus groups and polling data.  When he speaks, you know you are hearing what he actually believes in and is willing to fight for.

In refusing to hold big-dollar fund raisers, Sanders has led the way by example on campaign finance reform.  Taking excessive money out of politics is not revolutionary; it is simply restoring power to the people which is the founding principle of our democracy.

Sanders has been clear and consistent: Health care administered by the insurance industry is a disaster, with the highest costs and worst outcomes of any major industrialized country.  Income inequality is hammering the poor and working class.

Climate change is an existential threat, and the energy industry, with its army of lobbyists, must be held to account.

Many of the positions Sanders has advocated for were not even on the agenda five years ago.  Today, his advocacy for a $15 minimum wage, free college tuition and Medicare expansion have gone mainstream, having been endorsed by most of the Democratic establishment.

He has consistently spoken truth to power; called out our dysfunctional political system, and stood for truth and justice for all Americans.

Bernie Sanders may not win the Democratic nomination, but his ideas and his advocacy for those left behind have changed the course of American politics, and that will prove a lasting victory.

Note to Joe Biden – Please Don’t Run; It Will Only Tarnish Your Legacy

Joe,

You have been an icon of the Democratic Party for decades. Plain spoken and straight shooting. A man of the people.

So what’s not to love?

Answer – Candidate Joe Biden for the Democratic Nomination for President in 2016.  Someone who:

  • At 72 years old, should be passing the baton, not running with it,
  • Has already had a shot, back in ’08, and didn’t fare very well,
  • Is barely indistinguishable in policy positions from another major candidate, Hillary Clinton.

Joe, today, there are too many people in this country living at or near the poverty line;  too many people whose wages are stagnating;  too many people barely treading water to get by day-to-day.

The Democratic Party needs to tackle these issues head on. The Party needs new faces, bold and creative ideas, and people willing to challenge the established order to make things happen and bring about change.

Joe, that is not you, not at this point in you career anyway, and to run now would only tarnish your legacy.