Bern down the establishment


Photo illustration courtesy of Katrina van Warmerdam

Editorial Board

In a presidential primary that has been marred by infighting and high-profile mudslinging, few candidates have managed to hold themselves above petty squabbling. The comparatively tepid campaign and boisterous agreement coming from the Democrats has served as a counterpoint to the Republican debacle. One contender especially has managed to tread above much of the mire on the issues. The real ones facing the American people, rather than the interpersonal issues of various combative egos.

Senator Bernie Sanders has stayed on message, even if you disagree with the content of that message. His refusal to stray into middle school caliber name calling is exceptional. But how should it be that the person who declines every opportunity for personal attacks upon their opponent is the exception, rather than the rule?

We have come to an age of politics unmatched in divisiveness since the secessionist movement in the pre-civil war legislature.

As such, the man best suited to mend the divide is Sanders.

While dissenters may harp upon his far left policies as a deal breaker for cooperation, it is his approach to politics itself that redeems him.Sanders will not attack his opponent of the same party, and has been carefully policy oriented in his criticism of GOP hopefuls.

The individual best suited to mend the divide is someone who will not take personal jabs at the other party, treating them like an enemy. That is the attitude that has gotten us into this obstructionist contest to see who can be the most stubborn.

We need a president who understands that politics is a balancing act, an effort of ongoing compromise. Like not getting divorced until the kids are out of college.

Hillary Clinton’s stump speech, exhorting the need to keep the republicans out of office, is untenable and only serves to exacerbate the divide. We need an individual who is able to run a campaign on a platform that does not hinge on, “we aren’t the other side, vote for us because they are bad.”

Across the board, those running for president have claimed that there is something wrong with America. —That there is some core fault in our nation, and their plan is the one that can miraculously fix everything that has been perpetrated upon this nation by the opposing faction. They are right, to a degree. It is not the fault of any one individual, corporation or party, at whom a great many indignant fingers may so conveniently be pointed, but in the mirror. We, as the American people have cut off our nose to spite our face, and the nation and its people are starting to feel the pain of that division.

America needs someone who can heal the divide of our people, not through appeasement, but by genuinely moving past the squabbles to work on our shared goal, a better United States.

While the process to achieve that goal will be up for contentious debate, one thing is unanimously clear to voters on both sides. That is that the status quo cannot stand, that we need change, that we need a dreamer, we need a future to believe in.