The Bernie Sanders I Thought I Knew Is Gone
Sasha Stone

Barring catastrophe at the Convention which none of us should imagine as likely, Senator Sanders will end up supporting the former Secretary’s nomination. He’s not immoral or stupid: Trump must be prevented from taking over the federal government at all costs, only the Democratic nominee will be able to do that. If Ms. Clinton wins the Democratic nomination, as a now committed Democrat, he will end up yielding to the party’s presumptive leader. I’ll let you know what I think but cannot prove: the continued opposition is to start the convention with a better bargaining position at the convention to win concessions in the party platform. I’m sure he will even end up vouching for Clinton’s character and judgment, joined by the President. The focus of establishment corruption should be turned towards those (mainly) Republican and (also some) Democratic elected officials that are unduly influenced against the interests of the people by the unlimited campaign contributions of big business, and more importantly, Wall Street.

Bernie has composed a plan to use the full force of regulatory power of the executive branch to break up the banks. Clinton has declared that she would impose needed taxes on Wall Street and prevent shadow banking. There is no reason for them not to become allies against the real establishment, If Clinton can prove to us that she is not a part of it, and that’s a steep hill to climb, then she will truly earn a presidential term, and will hopefully be remembered as an able reformer. We need such a leader more than ever, and we should not be compromising to demand as much. For many of us, that we have always suspected the former Secretary of being part of this corruption is not paranoia, it is a call for honesty and character commitment from the potential leader of the free world. It is not too much to demand such scrutiny in itself, but in this cycle, sadly, popular passions have taken this to the extreme. The inexperienced and yet ambitious leadership of the Sanders campaign may appear overly aggressive, even hostile, but I’m sure there is an agenda as well that will ultimately focus on opposition to the right and building unity. I think you’re correct on your thesis, but such crowds would invigorate any candidacy, is this so odd?

In any case, these are my hopes. Let us not imagine yet a world where this does not all happen, unless it is to motivate us to prevent such a fruition. We are on the brink of a terrible future if Ms. Clinton and the Democratic Party cannot convince progressives and independents to come to the polls this November. Truly, the destruction of human civilization could be just around the corner. Nevertheless, on the topic of Bernie Sanders, I urge you to relax. The convention is almost here!
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