You Americans are so lucky. No, wait, maybe it's not luck; maybe it's that you finally will be rewarded for all the bad presidents you've suffered through since FDR, with the possible exception of JFK.
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I have no love for Trump, and that's no secret; he's also not the man I allude to in the title of this post, as Trump very much DID want to become the Commander in Chief. But, I also often point to the fact that there is no more left-right political divide among the voters; the real divide is, and always has been, the one between the rich and the poor, between the haves and the have nots. Professional politicians, whatever they may be, are masters at obscuring that real divide by focusing the public's attention to everything else, to all other lines that could divide us; are you pro choice, or are you pro life, are you for or against unrestricted gun-ownership, are you for or against same sex marriage? Both left and right are guilty of this smoke and mirrors game, presenting a political spectrum along the lines of social justice, distracting us from the economical justice that supersedes all of the above, although it could easily be argued that the left is more guilty of this.
That's because it is the political left that has forsaken its true calling, not only in America, but all over the world; leftists have adopted the Third Way, a position akin to centrism that tries to reconcile right-wing and left-wing politics by advocating a varying synthesis of center-right and centrist economic platforms with some center-left social policies. The Overton window has shifted sharply to the right as a consequence, so much so, that FDR would be painted a radical socialist in today's political climate; the neoliberal ideology that's been pushed since the 1980s will not suffer any policy that reeks of income- or wealth redistribution. Well, FDR still is the most popular president ever in the U.S., being re-elected three times with his highly popular New Deal; popular with regular folk that is, the haves hated his policies and started dismantling all he had achieved for the working class as soon as he died in 1945.
Trump picked up the ball where the left and the right had dropped it; he addressed the working class directly and promised them that he would "drain the swamp", bring back jobs, and vowed that he was not "one of them" who had been screwing over the working man and enriched the not working billionaires. You know I, and many others, don't think much of this man; he has no tactful bone in his body, can't string together a paragraph of meaningful text, has all the hallmarks of an authoritarian narcissist dictator and empowers racists and bigots with his rhetoric. But he is very good at some other things; he's a master when it comes to "read a room" and he knows how to effectively communicate what the working class wants, no, NEEDS to hear right now. He won't go over some complicated history as to why working people find themselves in their current predicament, but instead delivers one-liners that say it all. "We used to build things in this country..." That's brilliant and needs no further explanation. "China is bad, very bad..." America is under threat of losing its leading position in the world economy, and that's bad. "We will build a wall..." I've made fun of this on multiple occasions, as did many others, but this simple and unrealistic one-liner speaks directly to the concerns of many working people, however disingenuous in its premise.
Although Trump is still rather popular in the polls, I believe many Americans are beginning to see that he isn't the outsider he claims to be. That he is on the wrong side of the class divide, and that he's not the one to drain the swamp. He just wanted to become president and told you whatever you needed to hear, and he did it skillfully. So, why do I say that Americans are so lucky? That's because there's another outsider, another man who's willing to speak truth to power, willing to take on the billionaire class for the benefit of the working people. Only this man didn't want to become president, which is, in my opinion, the mark of a true man of the people. His name is Bernie Sanders, and I'll explain why he IS "the real deal".
Although he's now running for the second time to become a presidential candidate for the next general election, it could be argued he didn't want to be in that position. I've always maintained that there's nothing wrong with having hierarchical orders within human societies, and that a certain centralization of power is necessary for any society to function at all. It's the kind of hierarchy that matters, and I always make a distinction between a scale of rulers and ruled people, as opposed to leaders and followers; leaders are good, rulers are not. Rulers actively seek power, leaders are thrust upon their throne by their followers; I hope you can feel the difference between the two. In 2016 Bernie did not want to enter the race; he instead asked Elizabeth Warren to take up the fight against Hillary Clinton. It was only after Warren refused that Bernie Sanders took up the fight against the centrist, third way wing of the Democrat party.
Trump won't drain the swamp because he's part of it, and because he wouldn't know how; make no mistake about the power invested in the corporate ruling class that has ruled not only America, but the world since the free market ideology was the only one left after the collapse of the Soviet Union. To drain the swamp it doesn't suffice to conquer the Republicans; you'll have to take on the majority of the Democrats as well. And this again is where Sanders shines by example: for most of his decades long career he was an independent, as he saw his ideology, akin to that of populist greats like Franklin D. Roosevelt and Martin Luther King, Jr., represented by neither of the two parties. Sanders is known to have worked with both parties to get things done, and never claimed credit for what he has achieved. I once heard that he even took his name of a bill, simply because it would then have a better chance of getting passed.
To beat the status quo, it's not enough to vote Trump out of office in 2020, or to elect one of the centrist Democrats that are pushed forward by the mainstream media right now. For real change it's imperative that the working people of America elect someone that's truly willing to fight for them, and against the corporate class, against the 1%. That man is, without a doubt, Bernie Sanders. You'll see it in the mainstream media, as he's simply ignored by them; he polls best in all early states, has the most individual donors and they're all from the working class, he is the one who wrote the medicare for all bill, and I could go on and on and on. All his proposals poll as extremely popular, yet the media will paint him a radical, a socialist, a Utopian dreamer. Bernie voters will be called sexist for not choosing Warren, who's proposals look very much like Bernie's, but simply do not go far enough. Bernie swears to do everything possible to take money out of politics, one of the greatest sicknesses of democracy, where Warren says nice words, but won't denounce super PAC's outright. We can't trust Warren as she's proved to be willing to lie, even about her heritage (see the "Pocahontas" scandal), where Bernie has been steady as a rock for four decades.
In recent interviews Bernie showed just how much a man of the people he is, and how well he understands the magnitude of the fight that lays before the American people. He says that he, if he's elected the next president of the United States, will not just be the commander in chief, but that he will be the organizer in chief. He knows that he won't be able to pass the bills he wants to pass on his own, and that he will have to fight a big part of the Democrats as well; his motto has been "Not Me, But Us". Bernie will rally the people to put pressure on Democrats who are not willing to align to the will of the people by rallying the people in their states to protest and strike if necessary. He knows who the enemy is, and how difficult it will be to correct decades of politics aimed at enriching the upper class at the expense of everyone else. And if that's not enough, he also said that part of the annual aid to Israel would possibly be diverted to humanitarian aid for the Palestinians in the occupied territories; that's Political Courage with capital letters! But also a sure way to get maligned by the mainstream... This man, who didn't want to become president in 2016, but almost won the primaries back then (and many still believe he would have had a much better chance against Trump), is not only America's best bet for some much needed change, but the world's best bet for a better future.
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