Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is a man of the people. He’s against corruption and corporatism. He hates career politicians. He wants world peace. And, most important of all, he’s a friend of the little guy. This man is a feel-good sandwich loaded with extra vegan bacon. What impressionable young soul wouldn’t want to vote for him?
Except Sanders is none of those things. No, he’s just the same as the rest of them. In fact, if you actually look as his record, positions, and conduct, you would think that Bernie Sanders was running against Bernie Sanders.
On war and peace, Bernie has a less than stellar record. He repeatedly voted to fund both the Iraq and Afghanistan wars (including voting for a resolution praising George W. Bush for his decisive leadership in the global War on Terror). Recently, he even voted to keep troops in Afghanistan well past 2016, and has voted for sanctions against Iran. Most embarrassingly, his office was occupied in the late 90’s to protest his support for the bombing campaign in Yugoslavia. Sanders’ stance on the matter even prompted a staffer to resign in protest, leaving behind a blistering resignation letter.
But at least Bernie loves the little man, right? He would never mess with the poor and struggling masses’ ability to work; and, above all, he would never employ a double standard in his policies. Wrong, on both counts. In regards to Uber, the popular ride-sharing service that allows virtually anyone with a viable vehicle to earn a living no matter how complicated their schedule might be (students and single parents, anyone?), Sanders opposes it, based on “serious problems” because of its “unregulated” nature. Never mind that the lack of typical taxi-style regulations and a medallion system is precisely what allows society’s weakest to get involved. And of course, Sanders would put his words into action, and use a more typical, regulated service for all his campaign needs. Wait, never mind: his campaign exclusively uses Uber. Sanders apparently places his needs and those of his entourage above those of the common man.
Finally, Bernie Sanders epitomizes the career politician. He has virtually never worked a steady job his entire life, bouncing between temporary gigs in carpentry, writing, filmmaking, early childhood education, you name it. Throughout his pervasive poverty, failed bill payments, and stints on government assistance, two constants remained in Sanders’ life: the perpetual bafflement by his friends and associates as to what he even did for a living, and his unending pursuit of elected office. Prospecting for taxpayer gold eventually paid off, and Bernie hit paydirt in the form of his election as mayor of Burlington, VT in 1981, which has resulted in an over 35-year-long career in various public offices; a career he had already been trying to start for a decade at that point. There’s no two ways about it: Sanders is a textbook example of a career politician who has barely ever had a real job.
Left-leaning America remains captivated by the leadership of a humble Senator from Vermont. Bernie Sanders exemplifies the good, “pure” candidate who fights for the underprivileged, devoid of the skeletons that decorate the political closets of seasoned politicos like Hillary Clinton. Except none of the above is true. Sanders, as it turns out, is just another politician. His record shows that he’s pro-war. He supports denying the little guy’s ability to make a living by driving for Uber, all the while exclusively using the service for his campaign, like a king above the law. And he has lived his whole life to run for political office, making his living almost exclusively off the backs of others’ hard work. Peel back the layers a little bit, and Bernie Sanders, rather than a hero to the people, is a perfect personification of the ruling elite, the boogeyman for his presidential campaign. His worst enemy is, in fact, himself.
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