Bernie Sanders has been the political ‘it boy’ for a while now. There’s no question that he has a large, adoring fan base of young idealists pushing his campaign. They’ve driven his success to this point. But is Bernie really the candidate for ‘change’ that he’s been toted to be?
The answer to that question is: probably not. Remember in 2008 when Obama’s entire campaign motto was ‘hope’ and ‘change’? Look how far that got us. Obama even managed to let die hard liberals down.
I mean, yes, we instilled gay marriage — which we were well on our way to getting, anyway. Some social progress was made–in the west; disregard the middle eastern countries where Obama’s personally approved drone program murdered several innocent people. At the end of the day there was one flashy landmark, dozens of broken promises, and not much genuine progress to dig ourselves out of the national debt. It just comes across as all too familiar…
Bernie Sanders is a radical candidate. He wants to tax the uber rich, supply free education, and dismantle every wrong-doing institution in the United States. But he hasn’t really explained how he intends to do that. Like Obama in the beginning of ‘08, there have been many promises made and, thus far, no clear resolution how to put them into effect.
Bernie Sanders may have a spotless track record for being on the right side of history, but his strategy isn’t a sound one. While his passion is undeniable, it’s not uncommon. Plenty of politicians genuinely care about the issues. The difference between he and many of them, however, resides in the fact that Sanders is a defeatist. There’s no killer instinct in him to do what needs to be done. He can speak logically all day, every day, but when directed at the illogical, it won’t make a difference.
Are we looking at a candidate who’ll offer change or a candidate who’ll become the next pushover president? Time may tell.