Dear FORTUNE: Bernie Sanders’ Purpose is to WIN the Election for the American Worker

Bernie March

Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton is pivoting to the left, having come out against the Keystone XL pipeline proposal and the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact.  While the Clinton campaign portrays this move as the natural result of careful study and research by the candidate, critics call it a blatant flip-flop from her days as Secretary of State, where she was an integral part of the presidential administration that dealt with both proposals.  Analysts seem to agree that Clinton is shifting to the political left as a result of Bernie Sanders’ unexpected popularity.  In an effort to retain her lead, Clinton is trying to appeal to pro-Sanders progressives.

FORTUNE has announced in a headline that Bernie Sanders is “fulfilling his purpose” by forcing Clinton to pivot leftward.  This is rather insulting and indicates an entrenched media bias in favor of Clinton.  No, Bernie Sanders is not running to encourage other candidates to evolve toward more progressive and populist standpoints.  Bernie Sanders is running to be the president of the United States, and the working and middle classes desperately need his leadership and advocacy.

Bernie Sanders is a genuine candidate.  He is not a sideshow.  When media outlets portray him as such, or as a mere conversation-starter, it unfairly sidelines his campaign by implying that he is not really competing for the nomination.  Bernie Sanders wants more than awareness of America’s economic problems – he wants solutions.

Supporters of Sanders, whether they are liberal Democrats or die-hard independents, must remain vigilant.  As Hillary Clinton pivots further toward Sanders’ long-held positions, the mainstream media will likely begin trying to brush off Sanders’ candidacy as “mission accomplished.”  The implied message will be for voters to return to Clinton’s camp because she is now acknowledging the issues brought forth by her rival.

This message, and the overall media bias in favor of Clinton’s entrenched political machine, ignores the likelihood that Clinton will quickly downplay her new populist and progressive views if she clinches the Democratic presidential nomination.  While Sanders has been championing the same causes since the 1970s, Clinton has routinely “evolved” her views…conveniently, toward whichever way public opinion seems to run.  As president, it is likely that her views will “evolve” back toward whatever helps her curry favor with a Republican-heavy Congress.

That is not what American workers need.  Americans need a fighter, a champion.  We want someone who is not afraid of being the underdog, of fighting for what is right no matter what, and for gutting it out.  Bernie Sanders has won under these circumstances, becoming mayor of Burlington, Vermont in 1981 after years of being a fringe candidate.  He has, without compromising his views, fought and struggled and made it all the way to the United States Senate.

Bernie Sanders is not here to shift anyone’s views.  He is here to get things done.  But he can only do so if we remain strong in support of his campaign.  We cannot let FORTUNE, and other media outlets, brush us aside.

Calvin Wolf

By day, Calvin Wolf is a high school social studies teacher. By night, he is a freelance writer and novelist, penning political thrillers and commentary on politics, education, economics, foreign policy, and culture. In the past, he's worked as a professional cartoonist and as a backpacking guide. He once stood between a mother bear and her cub and emerged unscathed!

4 thoughts on “Dear FORTUNE: Bernie Sanders’ Purpose is to WIN the Election for the American Worker

  • October 9, 2015 at 9:26 am

    The Fortune article is insulting to Bernie and his supporters. Criminally irresponsible journalism — but Fortune has to protect its greedy corporate readership.

  • October 9, 2015 at 10:27 am

    Fortune is old school. We heard the same thing about JFK, he was Catholic-cannot win, Carter-no name recognition, Obama-black, Sanders-he is too fat left. Yet the first three won and Sanders is leading in the first couple of primaries. When he wins those, hopefully the MSM will recognize that we are in this to win it.

  • October 9, 2015 at 12:19 pm

    BERNIE SANDERS is not in it to make Hillary more palatable. He’s in it to WIN! And he is a frontrunner and a true Progressive that’s for the working people, not the billionaire class like all the rest of them… and yes, that includes Joe Biden. Bernie is exactly what this country needs right now to get back on the right track, back to the right side of morality and social consciousness, Dear Fortune Magazine: Get with the times and understand that Bernie has a very strong and loyal following that’s just getting bigger every day.

  • October 14, 2015 at 6:21 pm

    Great article, Calvin. I Tweeted the link and shared it on Google + and Facebook. Here’s what I said… BERNIE SANDERS is in this race to WIN, and if all of us get out and VOTE for him in the states that have primaries, and CAUCUS for him in the other states, then HE WILL WIN! One person, one vote.. If each and every one of us USES this potent and powerful right of citizenship, there is no amount of money on Earth that can defeat us! Please just get out there and VOTE/CAUCUS for BERNIE, damn it!

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