Bernie Sanders Introduced to the World

What's not to love?

What’s not to love?

Senator Bernie Sanders has been doing the media circuit lately, appearing on ABC with George Stephanopoulos. Curiously, half way through the interview it became a slideshow of Hillary Clinton looking her most presidential. Stephanopoulos was after all, Bill Clinton’s White House communications director and senior advisor.

The self proclaimed Democratic Socialist was asked about the ever so maligned “S” word, to which he refreshingly said “so what?”. To be fair to Stephanopoulos, it wasn’t necessarily a dismissive question, but a question that would ultimately be a major hangup, especially if he were to win the primary and face off against a Republican. There was no sidestepping or diverting of the question. Sanders went head on, unabashedly explaining the merits of free healthcare, free childcare, and higher education working primarily within these Scandinavian systems.

“Very few people thought that I would beat an incumbent Republican to become United States congressman from Vermont by 16 points,” he said. “And people weren’t so sure I could beat the richest person in Vermont to become a United States senator… Don’t underestimate me.”

Does he really have what it takes? There is something disarming and rather charming about his character. The fact that he doesn’t seem very “presidential” may actually help his cause. His eyes shift to think when asked a question, not because he’s slippery, but because he’s searching for honest appraisals of those questions. We’ve become too accustomed to the well polished candidate that looks whomever right in the eye, only to give a canned response that rarely is an answer to the question, but rather something we might want to hear. The professional liars if you will. At 73, he’s maybe more fiery than he ever has been, maybe because the income disparity has become all the more actualized. He remains amicable and genuine. And then there is his hair (who says only female candidates get picked on for their appearance?).

That hair.

That hair.

Hillary probably did make more than him within her first 24 hours, but she hasn’t announced how much she has raised, and probably for good reason; it would only further Bernie Sander’s argument of the embedment of the billionaire oligarchs within our political system.

2016 is looking to be a sum of the American Cult of Personality, substance will be reduced to soundbites at best. Bernie seems to be any true progressive’s hope for something other than croneyism and business as usual, the hope that the real problem of a corrupted political process could be changed. It’s nice to know he won’t defect if he doesn’t win the primary, stealing votes away from Hillary, but one shouldn’t discount him so quickly. Everyone assumed Hillary would win the nomination in 2008, and look where we are now. Bernie words it best himself, “Very few people thought that I would beat an incumbent Republican to become United States congressman from Vermont by 16 points,” he said. “And people weren’t so sure I could beat the richest person in Vermont to become a United States senator… Don’t underestimate me.”

Will Bernie Sanders turn out the be the Democratic version of Ron Paul? This elections Dennis Kucinich?

We’ll be keeping an eye on Bernie, in hopes for a lively debate. Though his website is lacking in virtually any content, he truly has something to say that isn’t being said just to pay lip service to a populist subject. He is quick to add that at 1.5 million, he raised more money than any Republican candidate within their first 24 hours of announcing their candidacies, with the average donation being $43.00. Hillary probably did make more than him within her first 24 hours, but she hasn’t announced how much she has raised, and probably for good reason; it would only further Bernie Sander’s argument of the embedment of the billionaire oligarchs within our political system.

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Ron Paul had a similar style grassroots campaign, raising a lot of money that brought him into a certain degree of limelite. Will Bernie Sanders turn out the be the Democratic version of Ron Paul? This elections Dennis Kucinich? Time will tell if the people of the United States are becoming fed up with having no voice real voice.

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