Choosing the presidential nominees for our country’s two major parties (and subsequently, a President) is an important event in American politics.
The presidency comes with it a great amount of power and responsibility, both within the functions of the office as well as in assuming the role of top political leader within that President’s party. This second role, of political leadership, begins before inauguration, and even before the November election.
1. Bernie Sanders would be a great leader for the Democratic Party
There aren’t a lot of chances to say this, so it’s a really exciting thought: We have the chance to nominate a person for President who not only voted against the Iraq war, against DOMA, and against the Wall Street bail-out, but we have the chance to nominate for President a person who marched with Dr. King, was arrested for protesting segregation, and has spent his entire life being a liberal progressive. We, in short, have the opportunity to nominate an actual Democrat, who lives and breathes liberal ideals, as the leader of the Democratic Party.
Bernie Sanders isn’t a guy who’s going to surrender to the Republicans in congress who want to shut down the government, take away a woman’s right to choose, send our troops into unnecessary wars, dismantle our education system, denigrate our civil rights, kill or imprison our LGBT community, and deport our immigrants. He’s not going to “reach across the aisle,” or work with them to “get things done.” He’s the candidate that’s going to lead the Democratic Party to becoming a stronger and more viable alternative to the hate-filled irresponsibility of the Republicans.
What’s the number one national security threat to this nation?
(Author’s note: ISIS is a small would-be country consisting of 3 million people, without nuclear weapons, or a working army, navy, or air force… if you think it’s a threat to America, I don’t think you’re qualified to work within 5 miles of the White House)
Some might call me naive to suggest that “compromising with Republicans” is not at the top of my priority list. Some might think I’m a little loony to suggest that we should instead be unseating those Republicans and dismantling the system that put them into power in the first place. I’d love to sit down and talk to those people who would call me stupid for believing that we can defeat the corrupt political atmosphere and bring about real change. I saw the glimpses of real change in 2008, when President Obama declared “Yes We Can.”
2. A Hillary Clinton nomination would decimate the down-ticket
But after the historic election of our first black President, there is little left of the enthusiasm of “hope” for President Obama and the change that he promised. There isn’t a liberal in the country that should be able to say with a straight face that President Obama lived up to his promises. Don’t get me wrong, President Obama may have been one of the greatest presidents we’ve ever had (and he’s not done yet). However, when I voted for Obama in 2008, I thought my vote was going toward a true progressive who would champion liberal policies and achieve real victories against the Republicans. I thought at the time, rather erroneously, that the country would begin to take a turn left towards a more promising future. Instead, when it turned out that President Obama was not the liberal we hoped for, and the Democratic party remained as “centrist” as it’s been for the past 20 years, turnout and support for Democrats throughout the country plummeted. We now have a Republican-led congress.
We, as liberals, are so angry with the Democratic party for being too far right, that if Hillary Clinton is nominated, over 40% of Bernie Sanders supporters have promised to stay home in November. Combine those numbers with the number of Republicans who harbor vial hatred for Hillary Clinton and that will come out to vote against her even if they find their nominee to be unpalatable, and you end up with a pretty bad picture for Democrats in November.
By most electoral estimates, even with a bad turnout for Dems and a good turnout for Republicans, Hillary Clinton would still beat Donald Trump in the General Election, however, the down-ticket races would not fair so well. Contests where the Democrats have a chance would likely fall to the Republicans.
Alternatively, if Donald Trump is the Republican candidate, and Bernie Sanders is the Democratic candidate, then the trend would reverse. Republicans might largely stay home, in an historic shift, rather than vote for Donald Trump. There just isn’t the same level of hate that can be mustered for Bernie Sanders among the Republicans. After all, Bernie Sanders is an aging white guy who gets accused by Dems as being too soft on guns. And the “evil socialist” angle might fall on deaf ears – a bit of a case of crying wolf too many times. Hillary Clinton brings out Republican voters and Bernie Sanders brings out Democratic voters; it’s that simple.
3. Bernie Sanders is a liberal, a progressive, and a civil rights activist
It can’t be stressed enough that Bernie Sanders should be considered the sign-marker for the Democratic Party.
Bernie Sanders is what every Democratic politician should strive to be: a liberal.
4. Bernie Sanders would bring out liberal voters and youth voters
If you weren’t shouting that #blacklivesmatter, if you weren’t in the streets and on the internet calling for an end to marriage inequality, if you didn’t protest the Iraq war, if you didn’t occupy wall street, then it’s understandable if you don’t get what all the fuss is about. I understand that if you spend your time around powerful people, even powerful Democrats, you might miss out on the struggles and political fights undertaken by the powerless. You might not be able to #feelthebern, because you’re not one of us.
I know a lot of Democratic politicians and activists who legitimately state, “I wish the youth would come out to vote. What can we do to get them to come out and vote?”
What you can do is nominate a President that’s been there with us, speaks our language, holds our ideals, and fights for our causes.
If you want the youth and the liberals to come out to vote, then support Bernie Sanders.
5. Hillary Clinton was against marriage equality, is a social conservative, and is the establishment candidate
Alternatively, if you like the idea of hiring a President who describes herself as “not a tech expert,” then Hillary Clinton might be your candidate. She’s equal parts “social conservative” and “corporate supporter.” She has that ah-shucks nature of being able to say as late as 2012 that marriage should be between a man and a woman. What she lacks in vote-getting-liberalism, she makes up for in money-garnering-establishment.
She couldn’t possibly be expected to “fix” the corrupt campaign-finance and lobbying system that any sensible person would call “legalized bribery.” She is campaigning on the platform of ensuring that system continues to be a prosperous money-maker for Democratic and Republican politicians alike.
6. Bernie Sanders would bring out minority and immigrant voters
This one might shock some people to hear: Hillary Clinton’s record on immigration, civil rights, and minority interests is incomparable to that of Bernie Sanders, who’s spent his entire life on the correct side of the issues, fighting for equality, justice, and the rights of all people in this country.
If the establishment of the Democratic Party was behind Bernie Sander’s candidacy, every minority voter in the country would get to hear Sander’s story, his thoughts on immigration and justice for minorities, and his vision for a political revolution.
The only reason it seems right now that minorities might not be ready to #feelthebern is because there has been a concerted effort to keep voters in the dark, and to suggest that Hillary Clinton’s candidacy is unassailable and that Bernie Sanders isn’t the best candidate on the issues that these voters care about – which he clearly is.
If we stop the ridiculous campaign rhetoric that suggests Hillary Clinton can hold a candle to Bernie Sanders on minority issues, then Bernie Sanders can bring out those voters. People respond to honesty. Bernie Sanders is honestly the best choice, by far if you include the Republicans, to address the issues facing minorities and immigrants in this country. People will come out to vote for that message, if people they trust are supporting it.
7. There is only one President, and that person isn’t all-powerful. To put into effect real change, it requires a real political movement. It requires a political revolution. That’s what Bernie Sanders represents.
If you want to stand in the way of that, I suppose everyone gets to vote their conscience. However, if you’re a public figure, or a business owner, and you stand on the wrong side of this fight, we’ll remember you, and we’ll make sure it hurts your bottom-line in the future.