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Bernie SandersCSMS Magazine staff writers

If you were looking for the perfect example to justify class antagonisms in the United States, this election cycle certainly provides one; and the Bernie Sanders phenomenon has definitely caught them by the most fearsome dread. Never in their wildest dream did they expect to face such raw reality so early in the season. In western democracies, more than 90 percent of the times, elections are designed to uphold the status quo, no matter who is elected president. Every election season is a show well-crafted within the framework of playing politics as usual.

For years, we have been told the Democratic Party is the party of the poor. Many of us, dumfounded and utterly naïve, were led to believe it was a betrayal not to go to the polls to vote Democratic. Every 4 years, we are called to civic duty to play our role as figurants in a “democratic” charade.

The coming of Bernie Sanders has practically exposed the true aim of bourgeois politics. His message has been straight forward: staving off what he calls the proliferation of billionaires, creating a living wage not a minimum wage, the introduction of free tuitions for students of all state colleges and universities, uprooting institutional racism, and doing away with establishment politics. In essence, Bernie Sanders is the antithesis of everything the upper class of this country represents, including the corporate media which has literally shunned him.

He may be 73 years old, but his fire brand does without question have the punch to take them head on. As the DNC (Democratic National Committee) debates the strategy going forward with the upcoming election, one thing dominates the gathering now taking place in Minneapolis, Minnesota: What to do with Bernie Sanders who is surging in the polls.  

But Bernie was equally ready to take on them. Without wasting time, the Vermont senator, whose popularity in on the upstream, was blunt as he takes his message directly to the heart of the DNC which heavily favors Hillary Clinton. “When it comes to Bernie Sanders, it’s all about the issues,” read a lot of banners in support of the presidential candidate.    

“My friends, the Republican Party did not win the midterm election in November: We lost that election,” Mr. Sanders said. “We lost because voter turnout was abysmally, embarrassingly low, and millions of working people, young people and people of color gave up on politics as usual and they stayed home. That’s a fact.”

Bernie went on to say, “With all due respect – and I do not mean to insult anyone here – that turnout, that enthusiasm, will not happen with politics as usual,” Mr. Sanders said. “The people of our country understand that given the collapse of the American middle class, and given the grotesque level of income and wealth inequality we are experiencing, we do not need more establishment politics or establishment economics.”

Bernie is by far THE most popular candidate, firing his brand of democratic socialism wherever he goes and drawing huge crowds numbered in the 100, 000s. The corporate media has been trying to silence him. They rather spend the rest of their day trivializing with Donald Trump instead of talking about the issues, especially the ones Bernie is talking about: uprooting institutional racism, free college tuitions at all state colleges and universities, living wage, not minimum wage etc…

Reports from the meeting said the issue of income inequality rallied the audience members, who increasingly cheered Mr. Sanders’s comments as his speech went on. His call for “a political movement which is prepared to take on the billionaire class,” for instance, led a clutch of Democrats to begin cheering “Bernie, Bernie!”

Bernie Sanders is the man of the hour.

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