Bernie’s not the Answer

In this photo taken May 20, 2015, Democratic Presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., poses for a portrait before an interview with The Associated Press in Washington. For Democrats who had hoped to lure Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren into a presidential campaign, independent Sen. Bernie Sanders might be the next best thing. Sanders, who is opening his official presidential campaign Tuesday in Burlington, Vermont, aims to ignite a grassroots fire among left-leaning Democrats wary of Hillary Rodham Clinton. He is laying out an agenda in step with the party's progressive wing and compatible with Warren's platform _ reining in Wall Street banks, tackling college debt and creating a government-financed infrastructure jobs program. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Neither is Hillary, neither is Jeb. Donald Trump might be the answer, but I’m not sure yet (kidding).

The first time I could vote was back in 2008, when Barack Obama inspired so many of my generation. I remember being mesmerized by the words of Obama. He had such a great message. I witnessed so much of this country fall in love with his message. His mere presence gave people hope as his values and goals resonated with so many of us.

If you supported Obama in ’08 as I did, in your eyes, he was the savior. He was going to save America. He was going to “Make America Great Again”.

2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011 went by and improvements were certainly made. But we witnessed how an opposing side can halt solutions and progress at will.

We saw a lack of passion from those of us who still supported Obama in 2012. For me, I still liked his premise, his goals, and his values, but I felt like I could see the writing on the wall. It had already been made clear to me; Obama can only do so much. He doesn’t even have that much power (which is a good thing, in some cases, when you think about it. For instance, if Trump found a way to win the upcoming election, I don’t want him to have the power that I would want Obama to have right now). So while he was the right choice, when the opponent was Mitt Romney, that’s all that he really was — the best choice. He’s simply a manager of the Country. He has more power than most, but that really doesn’t say too much. In many ways though, it has felt like he has had no power.

The point that I am ultimately making here is, the President is never the answer. This only took me about one and a half elections to figure out, yet it seems this is a realization only a handful have. Day after day I see my Facebook feed full of Bernie Sanders videos promoting his glory. Sadly, I am also seeing the same of Trump (Perhaps it’s time I delete some friends from my Facebook). I see people enamored by the exciting message that Bernie brings to the forefront, and they are good messages. They are great ideals. It’s a great premise. Where I see the fallacy, however, is in the response of his supporters. They view him as the Messiah; the man who will single-handedly save America. This is a belief that is far too plain to see isn’t true.

No one person will ever be the solution, because for real, significant change to happen, a social alignment needs to occur. For real, long lasting change, we need the great majority on the same page wanting the same things. Yes, Obama has done some things that have benefited us, thanks to his strong ideals and leadership. But some of the greatest social achievements during his presidency (marriage equality, for one), was the result of a change and alignment of social morality. The push of a united good that provided momentum in the masses is what made the change inevitable. It was too obvious to our society as a whole what the solution to the barbarically stupid question of marriage equality was, and it was this social pressure that forced change. Still, some of the most important and crucial issues have yet to be solved; the dissolving middle class and income inequality as a whole, climate change, stem cell research, the list goes on and on. These are issues that aid in the impotence of our society. Not just in the U.S. But in the world. And neither Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton, or Donald Dumb Fuck Trump are the answer to these serious issues. The answer is us. Social pressure. Expelling ignorance through education and conversation, making the answers to these problems undeniable and thereby shifting the moral and social zeitgeist that, as of now, is still suffering from a virus that feeds on the greed and ignorance of too great a majority.

So by all means, support the man or woman that you believe will be a good leader for this country, with the right ideals that will aid us in moving in the right direction. But keep one thing in perspective; no one President is the answer. We are.


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