Well, there’s a lot we could say about Bernie Sanders, the self-proclaimed socialist senator from Vermont, but we suppose we can’t call him a liar – at least not based on his speech for the online-only Democratic National Convention on Monday night. In throwing his support behind Joe Biden, Sanders said that his give-everything-away ideas were considered insane just a few years ago. But now, he said, those ideas are right smack in the mainstream of the Democratic Party! And, for whatever that says about the party, he’s absolutely right.
“Our campaign ended several months ago, but our movement continues and is getting stronger every day,” he said. “Many of the ideas we fought for, that just a few years ago were considered ‘radical,’ are now mainstream.
“But, let us be clear,” Sanders continued, “if Donald Trump is re-elected, all the progress we have made will be in jeopardy.”
Ooh, do you promise?
Sanders and Biden (or, at least, team members who substitute for Biden when expending intellectual energy is necessary) have worked together to come up with a “Unity” platform in recent months. That platform – which Biden has vowed to follow as president – endorses far-left solutions to problems ranging from climate change to immigration. The idea being that Biden will be made presentable to Sanders’ supporters, many of whom feel a considerable degree of antipathy towards the Democratic Party as a whole.
In his speech on Monday, Sanders presented the election as a turning point for the country.
“This election is the most important in the modern history of this country,” Sanders said. “In response to the unprecedented crises we face, we need an unprecedented response – a movement, like never before, of people who are prepared to stand up and fight for democracy and decency, and against greed, oligarchy, and bigotry. And we need Joe Biden as our next president.”
Biden’s campaign is incomprehensible. Is he running as a representative for the Bernie/AOC wing of the party or is he running as a moderate Democrat who will be appealing even to centrist Republicans? Or is he simply running as an anti-Trump bulwark? Is he even running at all?
Biden’s identity crisis aside, you can’t deny the truth of what Bernie said. Ideas like universal free healthcare, open borders, government jobs to whoever wants them, and so on…these were considered outlandish a few years ago, and now they constitute the Democratic Party’s foundational platform. That’s not even getting into proposals like the Green New Deal, increasing extremism on abortion, and the worst of them all: Defunding the police.
With such rapid progress, who can even predict what the party will come up with after four years of Biden (read: Biden’s handlers) in charge of the country?