As a preface, I am a not a Bernie Sanders supporter. I have no horse in this race and most likely will never fully commit to a candidate, outside the final choice of this candidate is not Ted Cruz or Donald Trump. There are many ways I agree with Bernie Sanders though my pragmatism does not lend to being an idealist. I think you should be able to afford to go to college; Bernie thinks we should foot the bill. I think we should increase the tax burden on the 1%; Bernie almost wants to bury them. It goes on and on; he wants utopia and I just want something to happen that is remotely positive. He isn't even the best Presidential candidate on his party's slight ticket.Brought this guy to Busy Bee on MLK in ATL. pic.twitter.com/K93EUniUZE— Killer Mike (@KillerMike) November 23, 2015
One can almost feel for Hillary Clinton, whose legacy at this point is almost doomed. She's always been too late and always opposed by men (a horribly misogynistic but key distinction) with clearer ideas of how they would run this country. Obama presented a vague but rosy picture. Sanders presents a clear, unwavering, and ludicrously impossible picture. Clinton does not flip-flop but rather saunters between concepts that she probably doesn't support. This at worst paints her as racist, and at best as someone actually able to deal with the impossible bargaining that is being President of the United States.
However, the train keeps a rolling for Bernie Sanders, and as long as the youth continues to show up, the pressure lies on Hillary's campaign. She can't point to primary wins in southern states (which are sure to follow) as consolation as Sanders continues to gain in the key states where Democrats recent domination has provided two easy election victories. The scary proposal that either Democrat winning has at a break even affect on women's issue as opposed to say whatever monster the Republicans conger up, is even more in her detriment. The history of electing a female president does not even come into play, not nearly as much as the right wing's universal hatred of the Clintons, which spreads into swing voting moderates far more than one would hope.
Personally, I think Clinton makes the better President. Many of the successes of the Obama administration are subtle, and I doubt Sanders has that ability. I imagine a Bernie Sanders presidency is going to be a lot of toddlers trying to pound squares into circle holes. Of course, the other toddlers may be biting each other, so maybe no one will notice. I think that socialism works on a small scale, but the problems of the United States do not compare with the problems of Denmark. One could say that the United States military is a albatross leading us to budgetary shipwreck; one might say that is the only lock on the door holding out global chaos. Others may say that college is too expensive; some may say who cares if the people we give it to for free waste it (stop looking at me, I can feel the anger). Some oppose health care for everyone, because they are monsters; others like me realize that getting proper care is just as expensive now, because people who gamble with human health and, in the end, lives are the real monsters.
So we get to the anger, which is the crux of the 2016 Election cycle. There are two angers. One is from a populace who feels disenfranchised. The Hispanics have claimed all of their low paying jobs. A black man is in the White House, a black man who they refuse to even give the basic courtesy that is due to the leader of what they call "the greatest country in the world." Gays can marry, women can still do whatever they please with their bodies, and their friends in blue are under constant threat of violence. This anger spawns Ted Cruz and Donald Trump, two men who are not dumb, and that should scare you even more. Countless spineless idiots have tried to counter this anger with half- assed reason (See Bush, Jeb). This anger is the sour note in your milk and the off-key singer in your church choir; they are the poison that courses through our veins and the cancer that will never fully leave our body.
The second anger is younger, quieter, and quite broad. It is the anger that elected Barack Obama. The youth that peacefully protested for Wall Street reforms and equality in Law Enforcement, but also the angry young people who want the whole thing to burn. This is not a call for violence, but rather a call for that change that Obama harped upon that isn't remotely realistic, but more and more necessary in an evolving America. These are people who realize that there is no middle class, rather that there are three levels: rich as fuck, getting by, and poor as fuck. They don't want a President who compromises, they want a gunslinger, and there are only two liberal gunslingers out there.
One is Elizabeth Warren, who unless a great tragedy occurs and a Trump or Cruz Republican slimes their way to victory, will most likely never be the Presidential nominee, due to age and her intelligence. The second is Bernie Sanders, who I would never have imagined to even be this close at this point in time. However, the tides seem to be in his favor, if his campaign can persuade the poor and young to vote in larger numbers. While the other candidates have much more solid bases, Sanders has the most growth potential. He's the only candidate sending a clear message and the only candidate who even pretends to court minorities' votes. (In the long game, Clinton probably realizes that this doesn't matter, because the Republican party is abhorrent to minorities, gays, and educated women, Also, Clinton has no need to court them; she is killing Bernie in these demographics at the moment, as the establishment Democratic candidate should.).
So the reality comes down to simple questions. Do you hate everything (gays, muslims, women, low-level drug offenders, clowns/Missouri legislators(interchangeable at this point))? Do you care about social issues which have no bearing on your life? Do you care about pedigree? Do you care about the ability of the President to work with opposition parties to enact change? Or do you feel like there is no way out of the hole America dug you? Maybe I'm getting by and you're getting by, but there are people being crushed under our boots and people stepping on us. It's not that I think we can do anything about it; at least, we should have the courage to fight for someone who wants to at least talk about it, and not just sweep us under the rug. Like it or not, Bernie Sanders might be the only one to look to.
Note to old people: "Killer" Mike is a hip-hop artist, not a murderer. It may be a reference to him killing on a mic, or is a better rap name that simply Mike. I don't know; I may be the whitest man alive excepting Bernie Sanders.Tweet Follow @GingerAfflicted