Sometimes I feel like people get unreasonably angry about Bernie Sanders running for President. I see so many things online that basically say “All you Bernophiles are so stupid, just wait until he drops out/loses primary/forget he’s running for president and enters a nursing home”. I’m approached with this argument, in kinder words, to my face often (at least whenever I wear my Bernie shirt out to Price Chopper grocery shopping on Sundays in Dunmore). My answer each time is that it is the ideology of Sanders that gets me excited.
When faced with these scowling faces, annoyed with me for even saying that I will vote for Bernie Sanders, I must check myself and realize that their frustration towards my hope and ideology isn’t completely unwarranted. Of course I realize that Sanders is a long shot. I think everyone can agree to this, even if you do believe with your whole heart that he will win. The point is, people are tired of being let down. People are tired of getting their hopes up or allowing themselves to believe that things can actually change. If anyone should be doubtful about any possibility of change actually happening in America, it is the American people. 53% of us believed in 2008 that Obama would welcome in a new era, especially for us millennials, voting for our first time in a presidential election. But alas, because of the bureaucracy that is Washington DC, Obama was destined to fail as the dream we had imagined.
Here’s what I consider to be the best thing about Sanders’ run- he is bringing to light how things could be. He’s getting people, and not just young people, by the way (holla at my dad), interested in how our country works- how our economy works, how Wall Street works, what happened in 2008, how bills get passed, why we should care about who we vote in during the midterms, etc. etc. etc. This is why Bernie Sanders is important. Sure there have always been fringe and third party candidates that get young people riled up, but I do believe that Sanders’ is different. I believe that the American people, regardless of their political views, are realizing that we have a broken system and that by the definition of democracy we should have the power to change this.
So call me a dreamer or an idiot, it doesn’t matter. What matters is that we start opening our eyes to the corruption we’ve been hopelessly ignoring. Maybe ignorance is bliss, however I’m optimistic that the American people are starting to reject what’s been comfortable and start seeing what is happening in our great country.