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Bernie Sanders' Hate Campaign Could Be Exactly What America Needs
Bernie Rolls Onward
Perennial Senator Bernie Sanders continues drawing multiple people to his rallies across the United States of America. Many otherwise sentient humans believe he could win the 2016 Democratic Party nomination for President. He's arrived at this propitious moment in history by emitting outrageous statements that rile up the Democratic base and the mainstream media, often at the same time.
We might posit that this extreme campaigning touches a nerve reasonably in need of touching. Perhaps this is exactly what our country needs to eventually arrive at a moment of awakening. We all know that someone out there is against us: Bernie sharply focuses all our paranoia and self-loathing into a paroxysm of righteous hate-mongering. Deep down inside, where our innermost thoughts and fears coalesce into calcified adamant dogmatism, Bernie leads the parade like gut microbiota. He exemplifies a laser-like focus upon which our collective hate finds purchase. Perhaps we will realize that the time has come to sweep away what threatens us, what makes us jealous, and replace it with what is good for us.
He's Mad At The World
Lately Sanders wages figurative war on The Rich, Big Government, Small Business, the US Military, Public Colleges, health insurance, and Citizens United. Perhaps his hit list will expand as the race heats up. Are we on a planned trajectory?
He can't he that stupid
According to Wikipedia, which is rarely wrong about this type of thing, Bernie Sanders holds a BS in Poly Sci from UC. Not that UC, rather the University of Chicago. Bernie's UC is a public school, so I guess it wasn't too expensive for him.
Given that he has two neurons to rub together, why doth he continue his hate-based campaign? If he seriously wants to be President of The Greatest Country In The History Of The World, what's up with his vitriol-based jealousy-fueled trundle across these fruited plains?
One might posit a strategy of mind-control is the path to the White House. Tossing enough chaff into the fray distracts voting masses. Mind-numbed otherwise reasonable humans will pull their lever for candidates emitting the most mewing sounds.
No argument here, but why?
Logic dictates that Sanders' goal must be to deflect the entire country against the rest of the entire country. No one campaigns based on hatred and jealousy without such an endgame in mind. His handlers may or may not agree with this strategy, but whoop, there it is.
For what purpose? Does Bernie expect to win the Democratic nomination and henceforth the general election through this strategy? Does he honestly think divisiveness holds the key to lots of votes?
If he does win, where will we be? Will the 99% feel empowered to turn on the 1%? Will McDonald's fry cooks demand $40 per hour and six weeks vacation? I know I would.
Bernie is not the only leftist inciting hatred.
Bernie Plays the Game
A career politician like Sanders knows what it takes to get elected. He has to fool some of the people most of the time. He knows that flying coach portrays him as Everyman even as he suckles at the federal teat of free health insurance exempt from ACA regulations. He understands his relatively unkempt hair tells voters he's an average guy who just happens to enjoy Franking privileges, a staff of sycophants, and 24-hour Secret Service protection. He's just this guy, you know?
Bernie may be giving us what we need
Left-wing extremists are generally those who favor the state over the individual, government control over personal freedom, and imposed morality over choice. Left-wing extremists demonstrate an extensive history of racism, genocide, and oppression (American Democrats in the 1960's opposing Civil Rights Legislation, and Stalin's Communist Russia would be examples.) We know these folks are out there and Bernie may be just the person to shift the national focus to just how dangerous The Left has always been.
We observe garden-variety left-wing extremism demonstrated in America through groups such as MoveOn.org, or Nancy Pelosi. There are still significant numbers of leftists, Neo-Progressives, and Daily Show adherents lurking in the figurative shrubbery. Bernie's highly visible ranting in Iowa and New Hampshire calls into account precisely what we should be discussing in the national discussion. Bernie is clear proof that we need a Town Hall Meeting to address hatred on the far left.
People who support Sanders assert they are weary of politicians who favor the rich, who practice crony capitalism (like the Clintons, I guess) and who succeed on the backs of the working poor. Those opposing Sanders could eventually realize that taking a principled stand against his spread of hatred and misinformation will benefit America in the long, intermediate, and short runs.
Where do we go from here?
I don't know where we go from here. I'm not a member of the 1%. I don't own a business with employees so he can't make me pay them what he thinks is a fair wage.I guess he could send the military after my health insurance and he could censor my Internet ramblings. If he plans to shut down Citizens United, then he probably has my tiny blogging in his gun sights as well.
I'm not afraid of Bernie's bombast, but I see all too many corn-fed Iowans falling prey to his hate speech. Perhaps balanced coverage from the mainstream media would put us on the correct trajectory to political balance. Somehow we should stop hating each other based on income level, social status, and education. I know I will.