First of all, Bernie Sanders would be the first to tell us that this is not his revolution. “This campaign is not about Bernie Sanders. It’s about a grassroots movement of Americans standing up and saying: ‘Enough is enough. This country and our government belong to all of us, not just a handful of billionaires.'”
The Democratic Party used to be the party of the people. Lately, special interest groups have been steering the party rightward at such a fast pace that it is now more closely resembling the Republican Party of the seventies and eighties. The current Republican Party is even further right than that, and currently heading toward its own destruction from within.
What Bernie and his fellow Bernicrats have done is show the Democratic Party that the People want a progressively liberal political party. Thus far, the Establishment Democrats have resisted this desire, argued against it, and rejected the New Blood eager to enter the political process.
We haven’t always had these same two parties.
Perhaps it is time for a new, left-leaning political party to rise up. The Democratic Party can become the new right-wing and the Republicans will fade into irrelevance as the far-right squabble amongst themselves and the Establishment Republicans join the Democratic Party.
Bernie will not volunteer to lead this charge. He has said before that he will not run as a third party candidate if he doesn’t win the primary nomination. Bernie doesn’t claim ownership over the movement that has formed around him.
When asked about leading a movement outside the Democratic Establishment in an interview with Cenk Uygur of The Young Turks he said, “I’m not that big into being a ‘leader’… I’d much rather prefer to see a lot of leaders and a lot of grassroots activism.”
Since the person who most wants to lead is usually the least qualified to do so, this makes him an excellent leader. The People have been gathering en masse to support his message like no other candidate in recent history. He has overwhelming support among the younger generations, which is kinda important.
The Democratic Party leaders have not only chosen not to listen to younger voters but have been publically scolding them for being naive. It’s a wonderful example of how the Corporate Establishment only care about helping themselves in the Here and the Now. There is no thought about the future, not at all.
Well, if there isn’t a party that will represent the young, the progressive, or the growing number of Americans that don’t buy into what the corporate-run media tells us, then maybe we need to start one that will. Independent Media has driven Bernie’s campaign this far, maybe Independent Media can bring a whole new political party into existence.
The time has never been more ripe.
If there will ever be a time that a write-in campaign could be successful, that time is now. Bernie has won The Internet, and that is the most powerful tool for disseminating information at the moment. If Bernie can get tens of thousands of people to show up for rally’s with only hours notice, then imagine the hoards that could respond to a write-in campaign.
He doesn’t even have to run. George Washington didn’t, but he knew that accepting the presidency was what was best for the country.