In a remarkably skeptical piece (written September 15, 2014 for the New Yorker) a political scientist states Bernie Sanders has too much integrity to even run for president.The general gist of the article suggests Bernie’s independence and lack of corporate support make him unelectable.
Davis Logsdon, a political scientist at the University of Minnesota, stated,
“Bernie Sanders’s failure to become a member of either major political party excludes him from the network of cronyism and backroom deals required under our system to be elected. Though that failure alone would disqualify Sanders, the fact that he is not beholden to a major corporate interest or investment bank would also make him ineligible.”
Professor Logsdon may understand politics, but like many politicians and experts, he underestimates the American people as a whole. Yes, we’ve done our fair share of stupid things, but this is the age of the internet, and our culture is evolving into something more intelligent than a mindless mass. We can communicate with each other much more effectively now. Bernie gets it. Obama got it. Mrs. Clinton and the Republicans don’t. The bottom line is, politicians can’t lie to us anymore. We find out almost immediately that they have. Now, it’s only a matter of calling them on it. If the message isn’t true, all the money in the world won’t convince us it is.
A Harvard poll found that integrity means more to millennials than experience. Put another way, the young don’t have a lot of experience, and being young and rebellious, concepts like integrity mean a lot to them. For those who are still young at heart, integrity is still a big deal. Those who have become calloused and inflexible have given up on values such as honesty and ethics. Bernie has both experience and integrity, making him an ideal candidate, in spite of the naysayers and anti-idealists.
Some things can’t be purchased with money, such as integrity and honesty. Bernie Sanders has become a real threat to Clinton’s campaign. He has earned something that billions of dollars in campaign advertising can’t buy: the trust of the average American.
Mrs. Clinton, in contrast, has taken positions quite similar to Jeb Bush on war and Wall Street. She is the Democrat’s status quo president. She expressed support for the Trans-Pacific Partnership, after having said she was “inclined” toward the Keystone XL pipeline. Until 2013, she opposed gay marriage, now she is for it. She voted for the war in Iraq, and she pays her female employees less than her male employees for doing the same work. Her campaign is run like a corporation, and could never be described as “grass-roots.” Mrs. Clinton simply does not represent the ideals of the American people.
Bernie Sanders does represent the ideals of the American people!!!!!