So I’m on the road to the New Hampshire primaries driving through Pennsylvania and I’ve been thinking about all of the reasons why I support Bernie Sanders for President. I’ve been a bit of a political junkie for my whole life and remember watching Oliver North testify during Iran Contra while I should have been out playing golf at my grandparents.
When I look at back at all the Presidents who have served during my lifetime starting with Richard Nixon, I can only point to one that I actually respect. Jimmy Carter never started an armed conflict or invasion of another country. That for me is enough to think he was the best of the whole bunch.
Ronald and Nancy Reagan flat out lied to us about the war on drugs and American exceptionalism as the moral majority. This is also when the NRA started to change the narrative around the Second Amendment. George H. W. Bush was nothing more than a political hack and warmonger. He was an elitist who was nothing but disconnected from the vast majority of Americans. Bill Clinton was morally bankrupt, enjoyed human trafficking with Jeffrey Epstein, lied before a grand jury, and did more harm to Africa African American incarceration than any other president in history. Why in the world was he considered the “first black president?” It was also Bubba, David Rubin and a whole host of other Wall Street bankers who obliterated our financial system with the repeal of Glass Steagall. George W Bush was nothing more than a puppet for Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld in their war mongering military industrial complex obligations. We went to war under totally false pretenses and lies, and cost American lives as well as trillions of dollars.
President Obama was more cozied up to Wall Street and their sacks of money than any president during my lifetime. He was famous for drone strikes that killed thousands of civilians as well as exceeded George W’s record for medical cannabis busts during his presidency. I don’t want to waste a whole lot of time talking about the current occupant of the White House. I believe most of us can agree on half a dozen things or more that make him a total disaster.
Bernie Sanders compared to those men, as well as the current crop of candidates in the Democratic primary, is the only one whose entire career has been about helping others. His actions match his rhetoric and he has never wavered. Since 1962 at the university of Chicago, he has been fighting for the disenfranchised and disadvantaged. His platform for being President is literally no different than President Eisenhower’s platform in 1956. How in the world did we go from a place where President Eisenhower’s platform is revered and honored and 60 to 70 years later it is considered crazy to implement such plans? Let’s remember President Eisenhower built the interstate highway system which we all use and take for granted.
I have no doubt Bernie Sanders will take on the big issues that face our country today. I can only imagine what sort of monumental projects potentially equivalent to the interstate highway system that will come about as a result of a Bernie Sanders Presidency. Simply put, Bernie is the only politician I have never heard tell a lie. And I’ve been watching him on C-SPAN as long as he has been in Congress.