The Berning Hope

Hope is not found in sweeping, poetic rhetoric. Hope is found in ideas. An idea of a new society where all boys and girls will live with optimism, the hope of a better future.

In an article recently written by the Roosevelt Review editorial board, “#FeelTheDour”, it was said that “Bernie has no unifying narrative or historical vision for the nation. . .There is no hope. There is but to ‘fight.’ What for is anyone’s best guess.”

What is there to fight for? Hope. The promise of a new nation where there is genuine equality of opportunity.

Investment in human beings is the greatest route to public prosperity. If a government educates citizens, employs them through infrastructure projects, insures they are not sick, provides social work assistance, and fights the growing socio-economic and political inequality, societal surplus grows. Families will have greater income, discipline, structure, and the chance of social mobility. This contradicts Republican “Family Values”, defined by attacks on safety nets, minorities, women’s rights, and marriage and wage equality.

Bernie is hit for being a democratic socialist, but critics ignore that socialism can help capitalism. Businesses will have healthier, better-trained employees and the negative externalities of poverty will be reduced, keeping young people out of jail and into a job. When a greater proportion of the population is more productive and resources are improved, both small and large businesses will benefit.

In this nation, where unions are left behind, workers are stripped of wage decency, and millions still cannot afford the one of the most basic human rights, health care, stronger protections are needed to create opportunities for all Americans. Bernie wants to open these doors for the much-maligned poor in this nation, while aiding the middle class’s success. He wants to create the outlook for a better future for them. His unifying narrative is one of hope because it creates a historical vision where all Americans will live, work, and retire with dignity.

His social vision is as uplifting as his economic one: Bernie understands the institutional racism that plagues this nation. He wants to end private prisons, fight for criminal justice reform, and insure that people of all races are equally protected under the law. Bernie wants to cut military spending to invest people in the United States and around the world; he wants to engage in a moral war, a war against global poverty. He voted against the war in Iraq, has supported gay marriage for nearly 30 years, and is a champion for women’s rights. Bernie understands that true liberty is found in protection.

If that isn’t uplifting, what is?

It was said that “The fundamentally negative outlook that Bernie presents for the country is balanced by no optimism or narrative of uplift.” But, what good is politics if all politicians do is lie about the state of the nation?

Bernie brings optimism through bluntness, a fresh approach to tackle problems that prevent the United States from being a nation where all can prosper. For too long, the 1% have dominated the policies and practices of our government and our nation. A rigged campaign finance system, opposition to climate change measures, outrageous college fees and debt, and the vulnerability of social security and Medicare leave the social fabric of this nation in great peril.

As proven by Bernie’s third quarter financial results, many Americans are with him and contributing in mass. The idea that things could change instills hope in many people; the down-trodden may actually have a chance.

Something is stirring. Something new, something bold, something exciting. Something called a political revolution. It sears and burns into the status quo and promises a new dawn, a time when the people say enough is enough. Bernie is creating hope through the opening of opportunities and breaking down of institutional barriers. That has to be better than platitudes from the matriarch of flip-flopping and establishment democratic politics.

Feel the Bern.