|Bernie Sanders||He's a nice democratic socialist, which just means he wants us to be more like Socialist Scandinavia, but he's honest, moderate, and successful.||He was a radical socialist and a failure, that has accomplished little but figuring out how to mooch off a hippie state by telling them he was their man to get the free stuff (take stuff from others). Scandinavia is far from utopia, and they are not socialist. And he’s a bit two-faced, like he plays anti-war, except for his support of the wars in Afghanistan, Libya, Kosovo, and for the F-35 or any military program in his state. He talks the working man, while he made millions off the government and has multiple homes. And so on.|
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NOTE: I don't hate hippies. But there are a few kinds of hippies. The hard working kind, that wanted to be in a commune, free love, get stoned, but also could hold a job, help out around the farm, and fund their own lifestyle. Or the ones that liked parts of the lifestyle, but could admit/learn some of the shortcomings and grow. I love and respect those kinds, and don't judge their choices in life, even if they aren't mine. Then there's stoner living in his mom's basement, railing about the bitch that won't raise his allowance, and who steals other kids bikes:the hippie-ocrites that want to fix the problems with tyranny, by becoming the tyrants. Bernie isn't the adorable former kind of hippie.
But let's ignore that Sanders is not electable in a general election, and that America (at large) does not want a Jewish National Socialist failure of a man, polarizing and dividing the country by vilifying americans (for not giving up more of their freedom), attacking minorities (like the rich, gun owners, religious), and empowering the collective over individuals. So let's ignore common sense, and pretend he could win.
Even if he won, there's only two choices:
The only way Sanders could be a tidal wave shift in politics, is if he won with the landslides Reagan did (and got Congress/Senate as well) to have any traction, and there doesn't appear to be any hope of that. Otherwise he'd be a lame duck from day one, as feckless and incompetent as his miserable little hippie life has been (railing against the man, while desperately trying to become the tyrant he always imagine CEO's to be): with no support from the legislative branch (or people). All air. So he stands a minuscule chance of winning, but a far far smaller chance of being transformative or even moderately accomplished.
But let's smoke some of his pot, play make-believe, and visit the delusional world of his supporters. Pretend he not only wins, but wins in a landslide (gets both houses to go with him), and they get the legislative majorities to do everything they want in their first two years (like Obama had). Even if that did happen, it still that wouldn't be a tidal shift from Obama (like Reagan was with Carter), it would just be more of the same, only worse. And all that he would do, if he did get that landslide, is divide and polarize America even more (by generation, income and geography), and probably lead to insurrection. (He's closer to being the next Lincoln than the next Reagan).
Progressive ideals (one group telling others what they should do, "for their own good") always leads to more friction and polarization. And that's the heart of Bernie's message. Some might think tolerance at gunpoint is worth it, to get what they want, but control freaks always get resistance. Thus there would be more friction, violence, and backlash -- as always happens when revolutionaries get control. Then what? Does he ignore it (and prove the incompetence of government), or more likely, crack down on it, in the name of security, and turn us into a hippie police state? I see that as a choice of bad or badder.
So the only real question is would Bernie squeak out a win (and have zero power/influence), or win in landslide (highly unlikely) and lead to a highly contentious Presidency (more than Obama), and be the straw that broke the camels back and cause 4+ years of civil unrest? I don't see a path where Bernie can transform America into anything better, and thus to me, his supporters are deluding themselves if they think otherwise. Like everything else in his life, all roads lead to failure until he learns to grow from his past, and rethinks his entire philosophy in life. But if he's made it to 74 with the philosophy of an angry teenage hippie, wanting to live in his Mommy-State's basement and have his parents give him a bigger allowance, then there's little hope in him wizening up soon. But I think his life and views are serving as a great warning to the next generations: "don't be like Bernie".