Primary Candidate Analysis: Bernie Sanders

Part 2/7 of this series on the primary candidates

Bernie Sanders

Bernie Sanders

  • What is there to love? Bernie sees and accurately articulates some of the major problems in Washington. He calls out the powerful on their hypocritical positions. He is very honest, which means there is a total of one honest person in the Democratic primary. And, he really believes what he is saying is true.
  • What is there to hate? Bernie has a very large blind spot. He accurately identified how horribly the people’s interests have been sacrificed by our government for the benefit of the wealthy few. He sees clearly that free trade agreements made by our government with third-world governments have decimated the American middle class. And he thinks the solution is more government, funded by radical tax increases.
    It shows a maddening determination to maintain this childlike innocence, despite being confronted by the reality of the economy and government bureaucracies. It’s like adults who occasionally talk in baby voices: “I know the government preys upon the people and continually seeks to violate their rights, but let’s quadruple its size and just see what happens. Who knows? Maybe it’ll turn out great!” Even the individuals the media calls “left-leaning economists” have expressed alarm that Sanders’ plans would spell disaster for the U.S. and trigger a severe economic downturn.
  • What is there to fear? Bernie is a single issue candidate (income inequality). He thinks more power and money should be consigned to the federal government to care for the people. He’s alarmingly ignorant about the judicial branch of the government. He is bored with foreign policy. I don’t care that much as long as he’s a Senator, but we can’t have a Commander in Chief who doesn’t care about foreign policy. Worst of all, if Bernie were president, we would have to rely on Congress to be the voice of reason. Period. Full stop. 
  • What does it mean if he wins? It speaks to how Bernie has very young followers. Their idealism is intact because they’ve haven’t seen the government in action (which also explains why they support single payer healthcare). By and large, someone else pays their way, and it’s a lot easier to pay 65% taxes out of a hypothetical paycheck than from a real paycheck that you worked hard for.
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