Bernie Sanders, the Independent senator from Vermont, has already announced months ago that he would be seeking the Democratic nomination for president. Sanders is one of the few congressmen to remain consistent with his beliefs on his voting record and describes himself as a social-democrat. However, he shocked the nation earlier this month by announcing a bill aimed at breaking up the countries largest banks. “If an institution is too big to fail, it is too big to exist,” he stated.
With all this Sanders seems like an honest politician, and that’s exactly the problem. In 1972 Hunter S. Thompson said the same thing about Democrat George McGovern, claiming there was no room left in politics for honest politicians. It’s the sad truth. Sanders’ bill sounds like a dream for many working class American’s but it has virtually no chance of getting anywhere. Even the though bill is in line with his politics, it can be seen as a strategically placed stunt to create controversy and gain fame. Next to Hillary Clinton, Sanders is practically unknown.
Don’t get me wrong, anything can happen. But will it? Probably not. Maybe there really isn’t room for honest politicians anymore. One has to wonder if Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush are popular because of their ideals, or because of their familiar names. If Sanders were to gain any chance it would need to start right now as a grassroots movement. Even if his place isn’t as president, maybe his honesty and his ideals will inspire others to act on them.