It’s tough for me to say this because I like Bernie Sanders. He is a liberal, a socialist, and is against the current corporate structure. All are ideologies that I can get onboard with. However, currently he is an impediment to the candidacy of Hillary Clinton. His supporters seem maniacal in their fervor for his cause, but he really has no chance to win the nomination. These are the reasons why he should just shut up and help unite the party he supposedly belongs to.
I think it’s reasonable to question whether Bernie is a true Democrat. He is currently a Democrat but was an independent. He became independent in 1988 but became a Democrat in 2015 to run for the presidency. The cynical person might say his flip flop was simply so he could become elected first in Vermont and recently to The Presidency of the United States. However, I will take him at his word that he felt becoming an independent was the best way to help the American people as is becoming a Democrat.
But still, at times he does not act as a true Democrat. In fact, there is nothing on his website that mentions his party affiliation. However, his campaign website states he is a Democrat. Some of Bernie’s supporters seem more like Trump voters hence the embarrassing debacle in Nevada where the mob made disparaging remarks at long-time Democrat Barbara Boxer. Previously Boxer has said, “Bernie is a Democrat ‘some days.” Which may be part of the reason that he doesn’t mind splitting the party until the end and making it difficult for Clinton to start running against Trump.
As most Democrats realize Trump is a misogynistic, homophobic, xenophobic, and narcissistic person. The most unqualified person to ever run for the presidency of our democracy. He obviously has no conscience which is what a narcissistic person looks like. Still, part of Bernie’s reasoning for continuing his campaign is that polls show he would be a stronger candidate against Trump. But, due to Sanders Hillary cannot go into general campaign mode. I believe with her knowledge and experience once she gets to stand beside Trump it will be more than his fingers that appear small. Moreover, When Hillary faced the same dilemma against Obama here’s what she said, “The way to continue our fight now, to accomplish the goals for which we stand, is to take our energy, our passion, our strength, and do all we can to help elect Barack Obama as the next president of the United States, today, as I suspend my campaign, I congratulated him on the victory he has won. … I endorse him and throw my full support behind him.” These are the words of a statesperson and not someone hanging on despite the obvious.
I want to elect a Democrat as the next President of the United States. The Democratic nominee is going to be Hillary Clinton whom I support. I do like Bernie and if he were the nominee I would throw my support behind him. But he’s not going to be the nominee. Someone should make him understand that as well as his supporters. It’s time to unite the party and Bernie can play an important role in that regard the way Hillary did in 2008. It’s time for Bernie to shut-up.