A little more than a year ago, Jane Sanders sat with her husband Bernie, at a Denny’s restaurant in Vermont, discussing the possibility of making a presidential run.
Bernie and Jane knew that it was a long-shot, given that they would have to run against the Clinton’s, the most powerful political machine in Washington.
Bernie liked being a Senator.
He enjoyed walking to work every morning and he loved improving the lives of his constituents.
Sanders, was never a Washington insider, in fact he pledged no allegiance to any party.
Every weekend, he enjoyed flying home from Washington D.C. to see his grandchildren.
Bernie Sanders was living the life he had always dreamed of.
Still, after nearly 40 years of voicing his Progressive ideals (often to an empty room), things in America were not changing.
Sanders wanted to see real change.
As a Senator, he was able to impact lives in Vermont, but year after year he watched his country slide further and further away from the ideals he had spent his life fighting for.
Bernie was torn.
As if by Providence, a disabled veteran shuffled over to the table and thanked Sanders for helping him to get his benefits a few years earlier.
He told Bernie that Sanders had changed his life and that if the Vermont Senator ever decided to run for President, that he would do anything he could to support him.
Jane looked across the table and said
“I think you should do it.”
There has been much confusion from Sanders’ diehards over the last month.
Many are perplexed at how a man who stood up and said “enough is enough” to multinational corporations could suddenly be supporting the Queen of Wall Street, Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Many in the Sanders’ camp are feeling betrayed and despite Sanders’ half-hearted endorsement of Clinton and his nonstop rants against Donald Trump, more than half of his supporters are blatantly refusing to vote for someone who they view as the epitome of everything they are fighting against.
Sanders has lost control of his own revolution.
His neophyte subversives have grown up and left the Democratic Party, all but guaranteeing a Trump victory in November.
After Sanders’ Clinton endorsement, the revolution pivoted suddenly toward anti-corporatist Jill Stein, who has been more than happy to pick up the pieces of a shattered Democratic Party and put them together in a new Green vision that encapsulates many of the same ideals that Sanders spent the last several decades working towards.
Bernie’s revolution is out of control.
As the Democratic Party tosses platform crumbs at angry Americans, in hopes of luring them back into the fold, record numbers of voters are fleeing an organization that no longer represents their values.
Sanders has started a fire that cannot be put out.
Hillary Clinton continues to slip in the polls, while spending tens of millions of dollars trying to convince Americans that she is better for the country than Donald Trump and it simply isn’t working.
The people are tired of war.
They are tired of tax breaks for the wealthy elite.
And they are tired of promises from a candidate who has lied to them repeatedly.
Hillary Clinton is the girl who cried wolf and now the wolf is at the door, in the person of Donald Trump and the American people are reveling in her screams.
Hillary Clinton is in trouble.
And not even Bernie Sanders can save her.
So what does this have to do with Bernie Sanders becoming President?
Sanders has already been cheated out of the Democratic nomination.
Under what scenario could he rise from the ashes and ascend to America’s highest office?
To answer this question we need to understand what drives this great man.
Bernie Sanders was raised in a tiny Brooklyn apartment.
His parents were poor and often fought over money.
Sanders knew from a very young age that poverty made life difficult for the American family and it triggered something deep inside him.
Sanders has literally been fighting against people like Donald Trump his entire life and it is Sanders’ contempt for bullies that has caused him to endorse, in Hillary Clinton, that which he has so vehemently opposed.
To Sanders, this is political, yet also deeply personal.
Bernie is the tough Brooklyn kid and Trump, the soft, arrogant prep-schooler.
In short, Bernie wants to knock Trump on his ass.
He’s been waiting for this moment his entire life.
While young revolutionaries compare and contrast four years of Trump’s Idiocracy versus eight more years of Clinton Oligarchy (Clinton would run unopposed as the incumbent in 2020), Sanders is willing to trade everything he has worked for, in order to stop this ignorant bigot from coming to power.
Sanders has no interest in personal glory, but instead has traded on his endorsement to move the Democratic platform to the left.
The problem is that the Democratic Party’s leftist movement is only a feint and any platform promises made now will likely be forgotten once Clinton takes her crown and scepter.
Sanders must know this, on some level, but is perhaps blinded by his desire to do “anything in his power to stop Donald Trump.”
Therein lies our leverage.
Bernie Sanders will join Jill Stein on the Green Party ticket only if he believes that there is no other way to defeat Donald Trump.
Recent polls show Trump at 45% and rising while Clinton is at 40% and falling.
Gary Johnson is holding strong at 10% while Jill Stein is at 5% and expected to surge very strongly in the coming weeks.
Just as Johnson is picking up votes from Republicans who dislike Trump, Stein is benefiting from liberals who refuse to vote for Clinton in the vacuum created by Sanders’departure.
While Clinton spends millions trying to guilt Americans into voting for her lesser-evilism, Green Party voters need to accept that a vote for Stein will ultimately help Trump.
This should not discourage activists from supporting Stein, but quite the opposite.
Jill Stein is an excellent use of one’s vote, both ethically and strategically.
Not only is she the only decent candidate left in the race (sorry Gary Johnson eliminates himself from serious contention by supporting TPP), but supporting Jill Stein could possinly lead to the return of Bernie Sanders.
If Stein continues to surge, then Trump’s lead over Clinton will widen and ultimately become insurmountable.
If this happens, Sanders will have little choice but to accept Jill’s invitation to take over as the Green Party nominee.
Remember how torn Sanders was a year ago, when he was considering his presidential run?
Right now, he is in the exact same place.
Perhaps he and Jane are sitting in that same Vermont Denny’s, talking about what a mess this entire race has become.
But Bernie Sanders is not going to come out of retirement for a party that is polling at 5%.
But if the Green Party were on the ballot in 47 states and polling at 15% this would mean that Trump would have an insurmountable lead over Clinton and Sanders would have little choice but to join Stein and carry his millions of supporters with him.
So if you want Bernie Sanders to be President there are a few things you must do immediately.
- Change your political affiliation to the Green Party. The easiest way to do this is to click the link above or to visit your local Bureau of Motor Vehicles.
- Make sure that the Green Party is on the ballot in your state. Again, you can click the blue link above to get started.
- Canvass, phone-bank and donate for/to Jill Stein. Again, you can click the link above to get started. I know canvassing and phone-banking is scary, but not nearly as scary as the thought of eight years of Hillary Clinton warmongering.
Time is running out.
This is a once in a lifetime chance to raise a third-party in America.
If Jill Stein polls at 15% then we can get her on the debate stage with Trump and Clinton to further our Progressive agenda and possibly pull Bernie Sanders onto the Green Party ticket.
Bernie Sanders still has an outside chance to become President of the United States and Stein can run for President in 2020, but in order for this to happen there must be a tremendous amount of political activism from those who had previously supported Senator Sanders.
The worst thing that would happen is that America would have a legitimate third-party to represent the people, not the corporations, in 2020.
We have to reach 18 million people in the next 60 days to lure Bernie back into the race.
We have to work as hard for Jill as we worked for Bernie.
We will need to apply everything we have learned over the past year.
We can do this, but we have to start today.
The fate of the free world is literally depending on it.