Bernie Sanders Is History In Both Senses Of The Word

Vito La Giorgia

Bernie Sanders' campaign watches the last grains of sand trickle down like the economics he opposes. While his bid for the presidency is toast, Sanders' "democratic socialism" could become part of the American political spectrum.

Keith Lehrer once said, "There is no exit from the circle of one's beliefs."

Sanders' circle of beliefs has never changed throughout the course of this election. Even Hillary Clinton acknowledged the venerable Vermont senator and the impact of his politics during her victory speech in Brooklyn per CNN,

"Let there be no mistake: Sen. Sanders, his campaign, and the vigorous debate that we've had about how to raise incomes, reduce inequality, and increase upward mobility, have been very good for the Democratic Party and for America."

Sanders welcomed millions into the circle of his beliefs despite re-introducing socialism – or "democratic socialism" as he refers to it – back into the American political lexicon. According to RealClearPolitics, 12 million people voted for him and who knows how many more were not registered, unable to vote, or silently supporting his "revolution" as he calls it.

The criticism against the young people that voted for Bernie is that they like the idea of free things but don't understand how much they cost. This is obviously an unfair critique due to the fact that paying more taxes to have free public colleges or healthcare is not a difficult concept to understand. The complicated loopholes created by greedy capitalists are complicated, free stuff means people pay more taxes is not. Capitalism is necessary, greed en masse is not.

Political pundits keep referring to this election as "anti-establishment." Is it an anti-establishment election or has the U.S. shifted left politically? Bernie's circle seems to represent that shift. Hillary being called a centrist and Trump's popularity given the fact that he is "left of right" also represents that shift.

The 74-year-old man and perennial politician is somewhat of a visionary, and when visionaries emerge, shrewd trend-watchers like Trump can become prosperous, and that can force old dogs like Hillary Clinton to learn new tricks.

Sanders made an impact, and he continues to fight for it. For now he is the only one who can keep the "democratic socialist" torch aflame, and given the comments CNN reported, it doesn't seem like he's interested in going quietly into the night even if he presumably lost to Clinton,

"I look forward to meeting with (Clinton) in the near future to see how we can work together to defeat Donald Trump and to create a government which represents all of us and not just the 1%."

It seems like he's hinting at more than just supporting her from the sidelines. It seems like Sanders wants to be part of the action and continue his "political revolution" from the highest position possible.

It will be interesting and almost exciting to see how Bernie Sanders' "democratic socialism" proposal affects the future of American politics, and if one day they become an accepted political theory that no longer requires the quotation marks that almost delegitimize it. As for the here and now, momentum is critical in the U.S. presidential election. Given the fact that Clinton felt the "Bern," it would shock me if she didn't take care of that "Bern," and capitalize on the momentum he can generate by offering him a significant position if she were to be elected. Especially given the fact that she is going to face Donald Trump, arguably America's most formidable ringmaster.

Perhaps even more interesting of a speculation is what will happen to Bernie Sanders and his theory of "democratic socialism" if Clinton does not offer him a significant role. Will he go back to the Senate and continue to fight for the rights of the people or perhaps officially drop the quotations and start the Democratic Socialist Party -- if not, perhaps someone else will. For now, we wait to see what the presumptive Democratic nominee decides.

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