Vote for Bernie or give Trump a second term.
Man, I'd love to see Sanders's programs enacted. A ten trillion dollar commitment to phase out fossil fuels by 2030! Way to go!! I'd love to see corporate executives forced to take public transportation, ordinary people using bicycles, and the nationalization of our energy system — public power for the win! I'd love to see unions made relevant and the managerial class rocked back on its heels. While I don't believe that medical care is a "right" I'd be thrilled
to see a government-run health system as we see in the UK and in most of the developed nations around the world. In fact there are very few, if any, of Sanders's policies that I wouldn't want to see enacted. I'd love
to live in a USA like that.
Okay, so why am I somewhat ambivalent about his candidacy? Because I don't believe in political campaigns which are basically wish lists for progressive idealists and have no chance of being enacted. What's Sanders's fallback position if, by some miracle, he's nominated and elected? Even if he were to have substantial majorities in both houses (which is doubtful) do we really think the courts are going to give the thumbs up for such sweeping revisions to our economic system? Honestly, I'd rather see halfway measures enacted than witness a wholesale revolution blocked by the courts, a serious pushback by corporate interests, and tens of millions of disappointed voters checking Republican ballots in '22 and '24.
I know Sanders has committed supporters. But it's a mistake to rate his electibility by the passion of his followers — because I doubt they make of 15% of the total electorate. Sure, I'll vote for him against Trump but not every Democrat or moderate independent will — especially as they begin to assess the total cost and real scope of his proposals. The very things that appeal to me are going to turn off a lot of voters, voters who will sit on their hands, figuring they've managed to last this long under Trump and fearing, rather than welcoming, the radical changes that they would have to make — or more likely, the partisan skirmishing which will just lead to another four years of gridlock and stalemate. I hope to hell I'm wrong, but turning the USA socialist in one election just isn't grounded in reality. A less ambitious, but more realistic, program might have some success. And it's from those limited successes that we build foundations for real change.