Bernie Sanders is running for the Democratic nomination against Hillary Clinton!
The Left has a candidate!
And he is already kicking ass! In the first week of his campaign, Sanders raised over $3 million from almost 100,000 grassroots donors, and over 250,000 people have volunteered to work on his campaign!
Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont is a socialist. Not a revolutionary socialist, but a democratic socialist. He is likely the furthest Left of the entire US Senate. He is an Independent, but caucuses with the Democrats.
I disagree with Sanders on a number of issues. He is not vegan. He doesn’t seem to care about animals. He supports pouring billions of taxpayer dollars into the coffers of Israel.
Even so, he is the best we have. He is an outspoken critic of capitalism, an enemy of Big Business, Big Banks, and Wall Street. He supports family farmers, which could severely cripple Big Agriculture.
The only time we have the public’s attention on issues is during an election cycle. Rarely do we have anyone even close to our positions in the public spotlight.
He opposes political bribery. He supports social safety nets; an end to military adventurism and imperial foreign policy; and prosecuting torturers.
He is leading the fight against the fascist Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP)and other trade agreements.
He opposes the Keystone pipeline.
He is making climate change, trade agreements, and money in politics the central themes of his campaign
And his demand for a political revolution is the political equivalent of the Shot Heard ‘Round the World.
While he may have a different take on what that means, it is the kind of bold pronouncement that can affect the body politic in ways never before contemplated.
Bernie Sanders has the power to redraw the political landscape, to redefine public opinion, and to realign the Democratic Party.
But a Sanders run as a Democrat will reshape the Democratic Party. It will force Democrats to redefine their agenda, advance true progressive programs and policies, reclaim liberalism, reaffirm who the party is and whom they represent!
It will force the Democrats to hold the Left. It will force Democrats to take on Wall Street, Big Banks, Big Ag and Big Oil.
It will mean an end to “Republican Light!”
It will change the party’s direction, focus, values, and future.
Wall Street Democrats beholden to Big Business and Big Banks make up almost the entire Democratic leadership. Corporate welfare, tax breaks, special interest legislation, industry hacks in important appointive positions, etc, are all made possible by bribery.
Only the most liberal Democrats, and Sanders, oppose this capitalist scheme to purchase the US government.
He will force the Democrats to examine their failed foreign policy, their corrupt alliance with Wall Street, their accommodations of the Republicans on almost anything that requires a backbone to oppose.
And the stark contrast with Hillary Clinton will cause the party to examine what it stands for and believes. Hillary is also a Wall Street Democrat, she supports a belligerent foreign policy, she supports Monsanto, Big Ag and Big Pharma.
Sanders in the race will force all these issues into th public eye.
The bully pulpit he will occupy during the primaries is unparalleled in US history.
And whether or not he will be successful in defeating Clinton, his candidacy will move the party to the Left.
But the most important thing a Sanders candidacy will accomplish would be to provide us the opportunity to recruit his supporters into the ranks of radical advocates for social and economic justice.
Socialists, radicals, and revolutionaries are not “thick on the ground” (as my British friends would observe) in America.
But they will be far more common in the wake of a Sanders candidacy, win or lose.
Join me in supporting Bernie Sanders for president!