Bernie Sanders has been “fighting for the little guy” as a government politician ever since 1974, when he launched his first bid for a seat in the Senate. If one has heard Sanders speak, one can see that he is not one to be easily misunderstood. His candor and idealistic outlook on what America should be is refreshing, if almost naive, at this point in time. He is everything a citizen would hope a United States Senator would be. Now, Sanders readies a presidential bid against the established Democratic Party leader Hillary Clinton. He is clearly a worthy contender for the highest political office in the land.
Is Sanders going to win? No. Does he have a shot in Hades of winning? He has a similar shot as to what Manny Pacquiao had in last week’s prize fight with Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr. If Sanders beat the establishment’s champion with one arm tied behind his back, that would be a trick many of the jaded and disillusioned American proletariat, would pay to see. In the world of politics, it is always good policy to hope for the best, but plan for the worst.
“A handful of banks and billionaires control the economic and political life of America. America is becoming less and less of a democracy and more and more of an oligarchy,” said the neophyte Democrat in 1974. It does not seem that the rest of the Senate shared Sanders’ views, but enough people in the state of Vermont did to keep him fighting the uphill battle for maintaining the spirit of the republic. Sanders has served the state as mayor of Burlington, as the lone state Congressman in the House of Representatives for four terms and has been a state Senator for the past decade. He will be 75 years old by Election Day, 2016, so if he is going to make his Presidential run against the current party establishment, the time is now.
The office of the President certainly could use Sanders right now. The list of Presidential pledges and promises that have been reneged upon by President Obama is far too long to list here. What was claimed to be the most transparent Presidency in history has proven to be quite the opposite, with the current negotiations of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) being a prime example. This multi-national “trade agreement” is so opaque in its scope and depth, that Senators are not even able to mention it at all, as the White House has issued a gag order on the TPP. Just as he railed against NAFTA, Sanders has nothing good to say about the covert international TPP agreement, which wouldn’t include the United States on his watch.
Hillary Clinton is going to win the Democratic Nomination, for any number of reasons, with most of them being pretty shaky. The fact that she is a woman will not hurt. Electing a woman president would be the perfect piggyback event following the election of the first black President in history. Her international foreign affairs work as Secretary of State will be heralded as a badge of honor. Her involvement in Benghazi and her personal email scandals will be swept under the rug to the best of her handlers’ ability. She proved incapable of beating a political unknown like Obama seven years ago, with her former President husband campaigning for her. Why would she be considered an improvement over the man who she lost to in 2008? She has not exactly had a sterling run as the Secretary of State.
The point is Sanders is nobody’s puppet. He is his own man, who fights for what is right, talks straight, and wants America to live up to its credo once and for all. This approach all but disqualifies Sanders as a future President of the United States. There are many powers that be that have a vested interest in making sure that someone like Sanders never gets a sniff of a Democratic nomination. When it comes to politics, Sanders is Ross Perot 2.0, with a Libertarian political pedigree. In the perfect world, Sanders is the perfect man for the position, but Sanders is not built for the real-world of national leadership. Presidents have shown, time and time again, they serve a large network of private interests, campaign donors, and lobbyists long before any service to the benefit of the nation’s citizens is even considered.
Just the idea of Sanders running a bid for president against the establishment is exciting, but in the end, futile. Serving the needs of oligarchs, central bankers, and multi-national corporations over the will of “the people” is not Sanders’ thing. In other words, selecting Sanders as President would make too much sense. When it comes to the world of politics, making too much sense never works out for the Presidency.
Opinion by Evander Smart