Bernie Sanders continues his captivating speeches while traveling the country on the campaign trail. He brings “Democratic-Socialists” to their feet at political rallies, and studio audiences cheer after his subtle rhetoric. He makes great points about the political process in the U.S. and its vast amount of financial pitfalls regarding lobbyists—as well as the massive amount of stateside inequities. His pep rally nonsense, littered with statistics most people know all too well, is daunting, truthful, engaging and refreshing to hear from a presidential hopeful.
But I don’t care.
Sanders will not secure the Democratic nomination. But for argument’s sake, let’s say he does and actually wins the general election. Upon taking office, Sanders will be rendered as useless as his socialist banter after moving to Pennsylvania Ave.
You’re going to save the middle class, Mr. Sanders? You’re also going to dismantle and properly reconstruct the corporate tax-structure? Plus you’re going to stop the U.S. gun lobby?
Like most hardworking journalists my single question to the Bern-Unit is, says whom? And my English friends would further ask, “are you taking the piss?”
Honestly, I completely agree with Sanders and concurrently understand attacking Capitol Hill head-on gets you nowhere. If elected, we would pay Sanders $400,000 per year to be just as abortive as the Occupy Wall Street movement. Grand ideas and big talk are just that, and that alone. The political process in Washington happens between the aisles of its opposite sides. As a prospective presidential candidate, American citizen and everyone in-between if you believe otherwise I have a bridge to sell you. It’s historic, iconic, it was completed in 1883, it connects the Lower East Side of Manhattan to Brooklyn—and I only accept cash.
Like it or not, the U.S. is a capitalist society. Our financial moves and focus sway the global economy in ways most sovereign nations dream about and will never experience. And come next November, Sanders and his supporters believe they can attack special interest groups that fund The Star-Spangled monetary juggernaut?
According to The Center for Responsive Politics, a nonpartisan political finance research group, in 2013 the National Rifle Association spent $3.4 million lobbying to protect U.S. gun rights. Within the same year, the cumulative GDP for South America was approximately $6.1 million.
Some days I envy the general public, the wistful political-romantics and idealistic activists still fueling their carbon-filtered fire on “Hope” or “Change.” But if I want to watch fictitious yarns from inside the Beltway the trove of “The West Wing” seasons are free online.