Does the Bernie phenomenon signify that America is waking up?

(Last Updated On: December 18, 2016)

“It is not about me, it’s you who decides the future of this country”


 

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he skyrocketing success of Bernie Sanders signifies a political change of heart. Think about it: Bernie in any other time would be an unlikely fringe candidate. He is old, has a bad hairdo, is non-apologetic and is a socialist, the riskiest idea you can throw in the political cooking pot. Yet Bernie is going viral. So, why does he have such a phenomenal surge?

Because in the end Bernie is not Bernie; he is an idea whose time has come.

Sanders’ political position resonates with millions of Americans who want to see real change. Bernie somehow became a catalyst for real change by the masses. He is pushing the buttons of Americans who are sick of being robbed and swindled by a perverse system that increasingly transfers money to the top. This is why the word socialism became comparatively benign. It sure seems irrelevant when we compare it to the absurdity that political, social, and economic life in America has become:

The middle class is being squeezed; wealthy corporations pay no taxes and are hiding our money in a fiscal oasis somewhere in the world; students are not able to pay their loans because they can’t find jobs; hospitals receive “non-profit” status but are for-profit don’t pay taxes and even receive money back from me and you while health care is out of reach for most Americans. Obamacare, which was supposed to solve this problem, is now close to a insurance scam helping to transfer more money to the top further weakening health care as a whole.

The list goes on and on. But this post is not about making a list of problems we already know from our everyday lives. This post is about seizing an opportunity.

While the endless partisan discussions circle around egotistical disputes between Republicans and Democrats, our country is going to hell in a hand basket. People are beyond angry at the stagnant political status quo with seemingly no end. But Sanders is running on the Democratic ticket because we all know in this country there are only two parties that have clout. It’s either one or the other, and he’s certainly not for the other.

While all of this is happening, our government is anemic and has no muscle power or political will to make real changes. Americans see that in every election, no matter what the campaign promises are, everything ends up being more of the same: — money leaving the middle class into the pockets of billionaires. So why could Sanders be different?

It’s simply because he is different. Sanders have a fresh and revolutionary approach to the presidency: he shows an attitude that says “it’s not about me, it’s about you”. He doesn’t use the wishy-washy tactics so many politicians are fond of. They are so afraid to say something that will compromise their path to victory that they end up vacillating between whatever new issues benefit them. Sanders on the other hand is crystal clear about his positions and doesn’t use mud-slinging techniques either. This in turn communicates a clear and fresh message to the American public: there is an authentic and upright presidential candidate.

  • The surprising support from the billionaires

If you think Bernie Sanders is only a phenomenon of the far left think again. Conservative billionaires are starting to support him too. There is a fear among the billionaire elite that they are creating a caste system that is almost impossible to escape from and that economic inequality is being pushed too far. According to a New York Times article, business leaders such as hedge funder Paul Tudor Jones and Ken Langone, founder of Home Depot, and even Warren Buffett are voicing concern that if the social inequality problem is not addressed, it will lead to major social unrest or oppressive tax hikes, like an 80 percent increase on incomes above $500,000.

Many successful individuals who were once immigrants have greatly benefited from the American way of life such Ken Langone. They see now that the opportunities that were once available to them are no longer in place. They believe in returning some of the wealth they have acquired but haven’t seen the momentum to do so. Bernie Sanders is beginning to appeal to a lot of these billionaires with a conscience they do exist.

THE ISSUES

Income and Wealth Inequality

Getting Big Money Out of Politics

Creating Decent Paying Jobs

 Racial Justice

 Fighting for Women’s Rights

A Fair and Humane Immigration Policy

  • Education: Two years free tuition at state colleges. Reform student loans
  • Federal Reserve and banks: Break up big banks. Open up the Fed
  • Guns: A mixed approach. No federal handgun waiting period. Some protection for gun manufacturers. Ban assault weapons
  • Health care: Change to single-payer government-provided health care
  • Taxes: Raise some taxes on the wealthy. Cut taxes for middle class
  • Iraq, Islamic State and Afghanistan: Opposed the Iraq war. Calls for troop withdrawal as soon as possible
  • Iran and Israel: Supports current talks with Iran. Critical of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (source: PBS)

 

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Marcos Taquechel

Marcos is an RN. Thanks for stopping by and reading my posts. I hope you are able to get something useful out of this blog. Take good care of yourself and don't worry about anything until you have something to worry about.

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  • Jaikey February 21, 2016, 11:20

    he is going after healthcare, besucae that is where the money is, and where our economy is breaking down. It does not take a Nobel Prize in economics to figure out that is smart. I trust our dyslexic neighbor from Putney over all the complicated machinations of supposedly smarter people. Vermont is small and wise enough to find a new way, relying on common sense and Democracy.Actually, Vermont has a better shot at addressing our economic problems than just about any other place. That means we need to make it work, so others can find the way after us. If we cannot do it, how will anyone else?VERMONT IS DIFFERENTIt is time for Vermonters to take inspiration from our former neighbor Calvin Coolidge, who said: If the spirit of liberty should vanish in other parts of the union and support of our institutions should languish, it could all be replenished from the generous store held by the people of this brave little state of Vermont. .Brave Vermonters, now is the time to replenish liberty! Some of our citizens have been paying the price in Iraq and Afghanistan, and now we need our citizens paying the price at our kitchen tables, workplace water coolers, churches, streets, everywhere we go.Ending the Bush tax ripoff, standing up to Obama and the Republicans (can you believe they have joined forces?), is a good way to start. No one thought the wild-gray-haired Independent Socialist Senator from Vermont could force an audit from the Federal Reserve, but he did it. He collect 98 votes out of a possible 100 for the amendment that did that. Now he is forcing an end to the rip off tax scam of the Bush years. Go Bernie! You keep after those people in Washington, and the rest of us, God willing, are attending to our state, one of the choicest spots for living on this planet.

  • Marcos Taquechel August 30, 2015, 08:51

    Thank you Jim! Bernie is igniting the American spirit and that is beautiful to see and take part of. His popularity is beyond business as usual politics and that is very special

  • Jim Cunningham August 30, 2015, 07:01

    Thanks, Marcos, well put!
    Good, objective, unbiased portrayal of not only Bernie, but of the fact it’s not just about him but that it is the “perfect storm” combination of having an honest individual with a great and proven integrity (and a politician, no less!) without a closet full of bones – rather, a closet full of nothing but 50 years of political and personal consistency and who cannot be bought; a system that is on the brink of collapse, and insomuch as far as how it affects the average American citizen, it already HAS collapsed; along with that same citizenry’s eyes finally being opened wide enough, and the pain and damage being deep enough, that when finally presented with a person they can trust and have faith he can deliver, they are ready to say “ENOUGH IS ENOUGH, TIME HAS COME!”
    The “Perfect Bernstorm”..this is gonna be fun! 🙂

  • Tridell August 30, 2015, 04:15

    This worth listening to and investigating

  • Glory Reinstein August 30, 2015, 03:56

    We have been a complacent society-until Bernie. He’s what we’ve needed. #feelthebern

  • Barbie August 29, 2015, 22:13

    I don’t have much money but I’m volunteering more than 10 hours a week (usually closer to 15-20) for Bernie at his HQ. Articles such as this are necessary to get the word out that Bernie’s positions are responsible and responsive. His call for the involvement of the American people is strong and essential for the change he envisions. He knows that without the support of the people, he will run into the same chainsaw that Obama has run into. This movement must move up and down the ticket. It’s not hard to find why people love him. They just need to go the extra mile for him.

    • Marcos Taquechel August 30, 2015, 08:24

      Thank you Barbie! I appreciate your comment. Yes he needs all the help we can get. He is creating an energy that is wonderfully uniting people across the country and hopefully across the aisles

  • Tina Harvey August 29, 2015, 09:34

    Great article! With the way the MSM is largely ignoring Bernie Sanders, you could make a big difference with increased coverage such as this fantastic article. There are lots of us who can’t get enough Bernie! Keep up the good work!

    • Marcos Taquechel August 29, 2015, 16:03

      Than you for your comment Tina! The response have been terrific. My next article should be about health care and why we need to change it. Go Bernie!

  • Marcos Taquechel August 28, 2015, 18:52

    I’ve been watching some mainstream newscast and there is no sign of Bernie there…yet. Pretty soon they too will feel the Burn. Thank you for your comment

  • Sandra August 28, 2015, 18:38

    I agree that Bernie is an idea whose time has come. A lot of people have already felt this, and we just haven’t had a candidate thus far who would really push it forward. A lot of us are working to get out information about him, since the mainstream media has been lacking or even dishonest about what he stands for. It’s a long road, but real change will be worth it.

  • Gayle August 28, 2015, 10:19

    Thank you for writing the article. We need people to be aware Bernie’s campaign is mostly social media and get out the word.

    • Marcos Taquechel August 28, 2015, 16:18

      You are welcome. Agree 100% with you there, we should share these ideas and issues because only we can put them forth. Bernie is the maestro. Will try focus on health care related Bernie posts…Thank you for your comment and come back soon for more posts

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