Wednesday, June 08, 2016

Bernie Ain't Debs

Bernie Sanders Can't Sustain His Revolution Long Term | US News Opinion:

...Sanders famously points to labor leader Eugene Debs as his political role model. Between 1900 and 1920, Debs ran for president five times as a candidate with the Socialist Party of America. Riding a red train, he whistle-stopped the country defending workers and exhorting voters to support him. Debs was jailed for his protests, the last time in 1918 for denouncing U.S. involvement in World War I. He campaigned from prison and still got a million votes. Debs was no flash in the presidential pan. He founded the Socialist Party, built it into a national force and sacrificed for his beliefs.

Sanders is no Debs. His year-long crusade is done. Good thing for Sanders that he's two years into a six-year term. He can go back to being the junior senator from Vermont who also ran for president.

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