Though the Democratic primaries are far from over, and the remaining terrain is ripe ground for a Bernie Sanders comeback, the mainstream media is doubling down on its fealty to frontrunner Hillary Clinton and doing its best to push Sanders from the race. Though the biased media has always been firmly in Clinton’s camp, the situation will likely get even worse in coming weeks. Worried that a continued primary contest will give Hillary Clinton more time to make verbal gaffes and other mistakes, the mainstream media and Democratic Party establishment are eager to wrap things up. In order to protect a flawed and unpopular frontrunner, the powers that be are trying to minimize the exercise of democracy.
Because Clinton is winning only due to name recognition, media bias, and low-information voters, each day that she must continue to compete with Bernie Sanders is a day where she risks losing more voters to a popular and innovative challenger. On a level playing field, Bernie Sanders would already be the undisputed Democratic frontrunner. On our current, uneven playing field, Sanders just needs more time…his victory is inevitable. Clinton’s only hope is that the clock runs out before too many of her tepid supporters learn enough about Bernie Sanders and democratic socialism to switch their allegiance.
Bernie Sanders’ policies are the way of the future. He is the candidate of the Millenial generation, which will soon be in power. He is the candidate of independents, who are becoming more common among our diverse national electorate. He is the candidate of our Western allies, who have already adopted universal health care and tuition-free public higher education for qualified students. The history books will appreciate his unrivaled reputation for integrity, his wise vote against the Iraq War, and his record-setting popularity as a U.S. Senator.
Mark my words: Someday, America will Feel the Bern. I hope it is this year, but it will certainly be within the next two generations. Our nation will someday adopt universal health care, enact tuition-free higher education for qualified students, and pass many of the bold reforms currently touted only by U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT). And, know this: Those who mocked Bernie Sanders and democratic socialism will be remembered by voters. The Internet never forgets.
The political revolution insisted upon by Bernie Sanders is the political revolution of our time. It is an economic revolution akin to the New Deal of the 1930s. It follows the Common School Movement, Suffrage Movement, New Deal, Civil Rights Movement, and Women’s Rights Movement as major revolutions that permanently changed the face of America. Though it may not achieve its goals during its first year, or even during president Bernie Sanders’ first term, it will eventually succeed. And its staunch critics and detractors will someday be viewed as harshly as we view those who criticized the Civil Rights Movement.
Even self-proclaimed liberals, those who today support Hillary Clinton while mocking and criticizing Bernie Sanders, will not be immune to the judgments of history. Though they may see themselves as being “realistic,” history will see them as weak-willed collaborationists who passed up the chance to fight for universal health care for America’s children and tuition-free higher education for America’s poorest, most struggling young people. They will be the Neville Chamberlains and Barry Goldwaters of 2016. Even president Barack Obama, who has recently become increasingly outspoken in support of Hillary Clinton and against Bernie Sanders, will not be immune. His legacy will be tainted.
Today’s opposers of Bernie Sanders’ candidacy will have their excuses, I am sure, but history will not be lenient. Just as there is no acceptable reason today for arguing against the Suffrage Movement, the Civil Rights Movement, universal K-12 public education, or Social Security for the elderly and disabled, there will be no acceptable reason for arguing against universal health care in fifty years. No member of polite society will voice objections to the practice, including the most conservative Republicans. Everyone will thump their chests and declare that, had they been around during the struggle to implement universal health care and tuition-free college for qualified students, they would have fought passionately for those rights.
Undoubtedly, many of today’s detractors of Bernie Sanders and democratic socialism will say the same, silently praying that nobody discovers their old social media posts. Those who quietly supported Hillary Clinton will avert their eyes and study their shoes. Many politicians, pundits, and journalists will be publicly humiliated for trying to lie about their public statements during 2016. “We had to stop Donald Trump,” will be the desperate, fumbled line from many mouths. “Everyone said only Hillary Clinton could do it, and I believed them. I trusted them.” Everyone will insist that they did not know about Bernie Sanders and his amazing revolution.
Well, everyone will know that you knew. You will have no excuse for being a low-information voter. History will know that, with the Internet, everyone could have educated themselves enough to know exactly where every 2016 presidential candidate stood on the issues. If you were a sentient adult in 2016, and you went against Bernie Sanders, history may not be kind.
Think. Read. #FeelTheBern