Like any good economist admits he cannot predict what will happen to the economy, I also admit I cannot predict politics. However, my spidey senses are tingling and sadly I have to admit that if I were to put my money on any one of the current candidates it would be...
Oh laugh as you might. I know he is a bona fide socialist and endorses policies that are even "too left" for most leftists, but hear the ole Captain out.
First, I cannot see why nobody else (at least to my knowledge) has pointed out the more-than-one parallels between Mr. Sanders and Mr. Obama. I say this not to be hyperbolic or because I hate Mr. Obama, but simply because it's true-
They're both socialists.
Sure Mr. Obama ran and presented himself as more of a "lefty independent," but his actions, words, and deeds in office (and his entire political career if you cared to study it instead of listening to his pablum speeches) is that of a socialist.
Tax the rich
Spend more money on the poor
His hatred for private property
His hatred for Western Civilization
Not to mention all of his affirmative action efforts to advance minorities and women at the expense of whites and males, which gives his version of socialism a particular racial and sexual flavor.
You combine that all together and you have a socialist who is no different in action, policy or voting that Bernie Sanders.
Ergo, so what if Bernie Sanders is a socialist? Our president is one too.
Two, socialism is no longer a four letter word. The Millennial generation proved that beyond a doubt in 2012. And so we must tip our hat to the long-LONG term strategy of the left to slowly but surely brainwash a generation through the schools into thinking that something like socialism is a "good thing." Ergo, while you, me, and our Baby Boomer counterparts either grew up in the 80's (knowing socialism was evil) or grew up in the 60's (only to have the Volcker Recession kick your ass into adult economic reality) and know the evils and drawbacks of socialism, the Millennials don't. They're SO brainwashed, they can't even put it together and realize that is was socialists (in the form of their teachers, professors, and leftist politicians) who have completely screwed them over in terms of
tuition/student debt/worthless degrees
a lousy economy/labor market
that whole minor social security/medicare thing
Ergo, just as the Millennial idiots voted against their own best interests in 2012 (and 2008) they will most certain vote again to shoot themselves in the foot come 2016. And Bernie Sanders is the most qualified candidate to help them do that.
Three, brainwashing and politics aside, the real reason I believe Bernie Sanders will win is (once again) something similar to why Obama won the nomination in 2008 - he's not an insider.
Well, yes, of course Mr. Sanders IS an insider. The loser is the epitome of career politician never working a real job in his life and immediately going into politics in his mid 20's. BUT the fact he runs as a socialist means he has something nearly no other politician has - honesty. And it is this honesty that effectively makes him an outsider and not part of the "established political class."
Consequently, because he's honest and forthright about his politics he at least STANDS FOR SOMETHING.
Something I disagree with wholeheartedly
Something that will continue and accelerate our decline.
Something I would thoroughly enjoy watching being implemented as it would just destroy the Millennial generation and the baby boomer retirements that heavily rely on them.
But at least something more than the self-serving pablum that is spewed from the mouths of Obama and Clinton.
And it is this, combined with the aforementioned traits of Mr. Sanders, that I believe he will get the nomination and win.
If Sanders is nominated the democrat party will be presenting PRECISELY what about 60-70% of the population wants.
1. A (reasonably) HONEST politician who
2. STANDS FOR SOMETHING and
3. That "something" is more free money at the expense of the "privileged class."
With such a candidate you'll win about 80-90% of Millennials, 80% of women, 90% of minorities, and 50% of men 30+, making it impossible for the republicans and whatever spineless, ball-less, SWPL establishment putz they decide to throw at the wall and hopes sticks.
Of course, the republicans could nominate their own equivalent of Bernie Sanders. An individual who speaks his mind. A individual who is honest. And an individual who isn't establishment republican. But republicans are already too busy shooting themselves in the foot and dumping Trump.
Alas, don't worry fellow conservatives and libertarians. The republicans will, as they always do, f*ck it up. They'll pick a nerdy SWPL square that has no spirit or character. A boring, connected establishment patriarch who's not the best candidate but "whose turn it is." And a sheepish individual who cannot handle the media and DARE doesn't get dirty and fight back.
So pour yourself a drink,
Make plans to vote with your feet
Participate in capital flight
And enjoy the decline.