Senator Bernie Sanders made waves over the last year for leading a progressive revolt against the Democratic establishment. Much like former Congressman Ron Paul did in the Republican Party, Senator Sanders awakened an army of philosophical young people who hold a lot of anger and resentment towards the system – although there is certainly a clear difference between the two belief systems. Paul believes in less government and more empowerment of the individual, whereas Senator Sanders believes that the government is the answer.
There is also a difference in how their respective revolutions wrapped up the primary.
To this day, years after his two Republican primary challenges, Paul and his supporters remain staunchly opposed to the Republican establishment. Paul didn’t endorse Senator John McCain in 2008 or former Governor Mitt Romney in 2012, refusing in both instances to compromise his principles. He also issued endorsements for third party candidates and directed his supporters to put principles before political parties.
Senator Bernie Sanders sold his soul to the devil and became an eager errand boy for the Democratic Party.
After spending months telling the entire country about how bad and unqualified former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is, he issued an endorsement and pushed his supporters to do the same. At the Democratic National Convention, he was booed by people who once believed in him as a leader. While many everyday Americans understand that Clinton is bad for the country, a career politician who just bought a $575,000 vacation home is less likely to understand.
Green Party candidate Jill Stein recognized the opportunity to capture progressives even before the selling out was complete, and made a play for the base. Even Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson has engaged in outreach towards these people. Regardless of their philosophical leanings, they are still passionate human beings who are eager to take action. That is valuable to any campaign and the Clinton camp knows it.
In an attempt to shut down Stein and Johnson, Senator Sanders is now arguing against third parties. His claim is that it isn’t the time for protest votes, diminishing anything outside of the two-party mainstream. This is blatantly hypocritical coming from a man who spent much of his political career outside of the two-party mainstream.
Now after spending months telling us about how Clinton is not qualified and is the billionaire’s favorite candidate, he’s telling America that the only way to continue his progressive movement is by electing her. Is this what Bernie Sanders really believes?
In his view, people have a right to support third party candidates except for when it comes to the Presidency. While legitimate progressives may be running down ballot, the only presidential candidate with principles is apparently Hillary Clinton.
Senator Bernie Sanders has shown he has no principles. To all those in his movement who once believed in this sellout career politician, vote your conscience. Don’t concede defeat to Hillary Clinton out of fear.