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Feel the “Bern”: Tracking Bernie

bernie2aCSMS Magazine Staff Writers

“We are moving from a Democratic society, one person, one vote to an Oligarchic form of society, where billionaires would be determining who the elected officials in this country are. I’m going to do everything I can to stop that.”—Bernie Sanders, presidential candidate.

This quote dreads the super-rich of this country to the core. They see it as a direct attack on their privilege, an attack on what they call their “God-given potentials” to accumulate wealth, and lots of it, regardless of whatever happens to the rest of the population. Bernie’s position on the issues and his chance at winning the heavenly prize are so real that the entire eastern establishment is now shaking in its cocoon.

At first, they sidestepped him, calling him a fringe voice within the Democratic Party. Then, they started giving him lip service when they could not stop thousands from joining the Democratic socialist band wagon. His message is clear: Free health care, free college tuitions at all public colleges and universities, taking on the gurus of Wall Street, uprooting institutional racism, securing a living wage, not a minimum wage etc… These are core issues facing the American society—not fringe ones.

Bernie Sanders has exposed class antagonisms in America and pushed it to its highest form of clarity. Racial and class struggles are one, indivisible, for it is poverty that breads hatred and other form of ethnic cleansing. There is no fundamental, strategic difference between an exploited coal miner from West Virginia and a restaurant dishwasher from Atlanta, Georgia. They both are thoroughly exploited and forced to live in the outer layer of society. Yet, ignorance has blurred the sight of one of them, who seems to think somehow he is superior because of the color of his skin.  

We don’t know what the future will hold, but for now, Bernie Sanders is their biggest headache. Bernie is now within striking distance of dethroning Hillary Clinton in Iowa, according to the Des Moines Register. While Hillary is mired in all kinds of credibility issues, Bernie is soaring, blazing the trail wherever he goes. In politics, it’s all about snatching the momentum away from the opponent, and the momentum is now on Bernie’s side. He is the man of the hour, the chevalier of the last hour who means what he says and who says what he means. Now, the big question is not whether or not Bernie Sanders will clinch the Democratic nomination. The question is: How can he lose?

Also see: Bernie Sanders tells them like it is!

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