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The last, best hope for humanity

Andrew Burnes, Editor

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It should be a sure thing.

From plans to track Muslims like Jews in Nazi Germany to wasting millions of taxpayer dollars on walls “with a big door in the middle,” to calling the Supreme Court’s decision on gay marriage the “darkest day in our country’s history” to claiming that the Egyptian pyramids are secretly stores of grain, the current lineup of Republican candidates are, without a doubt, the worst in American history. And that, my friends, is saying something. Countries around the world are looking on in bewilderment, horror, and fear that Americans might actually be stupid enough to elect Donald Trump as president (The British Parliament actually debated on their floor whether they should ban him from their country). But judging from some of the issues highlighted above, who can be sure that he’s even the worse the GOP has to offer? A candidacy from any one of those men (save perhaps Ohio governor John Kasich who at least seems to have retained some sense of sanity, but is also one of the longest shots to win this thing) would not only give us the worst president in the history of our nation, with nuclear weapons at the ready and an incredibly dangerous, blindfolded stance on climate change, it could potentially spell doom for the world that we are preparing to take over as the next generation.

For months, I was under the impression that a Democratic victory in November is not only a necessity, it’s a given. Considering what’s at stake, I couldn’t imagine that there would be enough stupidity in the country to elect one of these mad doctors of insanity and Christianity. But I had underestimated one thing, something that could create one of the biggest problems in the history of America: the amount of hatred that so many around the country share for Hillary Clinton.

Is Clinton really the worst person to ever run for the position for president. Judging from the opposing field, the answer is obviously no. Backed by the media, a rigged DNC election process, and countless millionaires, billionaires and corporations, up until a couple of months ago, it seemed like her coronation atop the Democratic party was all but a certainty. Even today, as the DNC rolls back regulations on contributions from lobbyists to help give her the edge in addition to granting her an automatic near-15 percent of the vote that she needs to become the party nominee through the ungodly superdelegate process, her victory is more than likely on track to become a reality. The reasoning behind this groundswell of establishment support? The common thinking is she has the best chance of beating the potentially planet-ending GOP nominee.

Unfortunately, due to a combination of controversy, frustration, hatred, her own condescending personality, and an opponent that is simply better than her in nearly every conceivable way, this thinking that she is the inevitable 45th president of The United States of America is no longer backed up by the numbers and facts, and it could mean the end of the world as we know it.

In the latest Quinnipiac poll, Hillary Clinton is within the margin of error or losing to every single Republican left in the GOP field. That means from Donald Trump on down to Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio and even Jeb Bush, at this point in the electorate right now according to this nationwide poll, Hillary would lose to every single one of them. Considering the talking points that the mainstream media, pundits, and party establishment have been shoving down our throats for the past year, this is not only shocking, it’s disturbing as hell.

But there is a silver lining; a gimmer of hope peeking through the clouds of fear and disdain that could be the savior for all of us: a Democratic Socialist 74-year-old former Jew from the state of Vermont that has fought against the establishment for the benefit of the downtrodden, the disenfranchised, and the underdogs across the country for the past half a century. And like most things in our world, it’s been our generation, the one that’s almost universally hated by the out-of-touch baby boomers that have nothing left to lose in the Hell-in-a-handbasket world that we now have to inherit, that has been the one that figured it out before everyone else.

We need Bernie Sanders to become the Democratic nominee not only because of what he stands for, not only because he could be the man to end the morally reprehensible and corrupt campaign finance system that people like Justice Scalia created, not only because he’s the only candidate that is working for all of us just as he has his entire life, but because he may be our last, best hope for the future of our country. Because here’s the reality: in that same poll that showed Hillary Clinton losing or tying radicals like Donald Trump and Ted Cruz, Bernie Sanders beats all of them. And in many cases, it’s by a landslide. He’s the only candidate in the 2016 race with a positive approval rating. He’s the only candidate that has a track record of bipartisanship. He’s the only candidate willing to sit down with a man like Killer Mike in a barber shop to talk about the issues of the day. And if the numbers stay like they are, he may be our only hope.

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