Senator Bernie Sanders’ Appeal to Traditional (1945-1981) American Values

There haven’t been too many real interviews with Bernie Sanders this election season. Outside of his regular appearances with Thom Hartmann on their long-standing “Brunch with Bernie” series, when the MSM do deign to have him on, at around a hundredth of the time allotted to a certain real estate mogul and reality TV star, he’s either constantly marginalized or asked an endless stream of questions about Trump and Clinton, the two world famous candidates who fuel the networks’ ratings, instead of allowed to have serious policy discussions.

So it was a pleasure to see him appear on The Young Turks program the other day, even if the questions didn’t often stray from the current state of the race. I wish he could have stayed for an hour. Neither Cenk, nor the rest of us, would have minded at all.

Sanders hit a big trifecta this weekend, winning in Washington, Alaska and Hawaii by enormous margins, making it five contests in a row now where he’s won almost every single county precinct in those elections.

The best thing Hillary could do at this point, both for the nation and to resuscitate her public image, would be to gracefully bow out of the contest and ask that her backers fully get behind Bernie for the general election. She’s been First Lady, a New York senator and our Secretary of State; there’s no reason to keep on this obsessive path to return to the White House just to add another high profile feather to her cap or break a glass ceiling that’s already cracked and splintering as more women worldwide are assuming the mantles of political power. Are we where we need to be in America as regards to women in political and CEO-level business positions? No, not by a mile. But it’s counterproductive for the nation as a whole to just break a glass ceiling for the sake of it and continue down the same path we’ve been on for 20+ years.

Neither Secretary Clinton, nor Trump, nor Cruz, nor the MSM, nor any of the anti-government corporatists on the right can begin to address the systematic breakdown of our economic and national well-being to the extent that Sanders has been willing to. And rather than “radical,” “un-American”  and “unrealistic or unattainable”, a majority of his proposals, from tuition-free public college education, a living wage, higher tax rates on the 1% and strengthening workers’ collective bargaining rights, to environmental stewardship, Medicare and Social Security expansions and the reform of criminal (and executive criminal) justice were all enacted or discussed prominently during America’s Golden Age of the mid-1940’s through the beginning of the Reagan years. So enough already about how Sanders is some kind of extremist; the American people, regardless of party affiliation, are solidly behind the majority of his proposals and always have been, since the New Deal era. Rather than Sanders and his supporters being out of touch and not in the mainstream, it’s the two political parties and the profits-and-ratings-over-informing-the-public MSM who are on the fringes, and the American public is sick of it.

In other words, to those who “want our country back” on the left and the right, Bernie Sanders is offering a vision of tried and true policies that have actually worked in our country and around the world for decades, and he is someone espousing actual traditional American values, not the trickle-down, anti-worker, anti-Earth, pro-needless-wars, “corporations are good, and government is bad” b.s. that we’ve been tirelessly spoon-fed for 30 years. He’s as American as Norman Rockwell images, apple pie and Simon and Garfunkel.




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