The Leaders Letter Series: The Honorable Bernie Sanders

Wednesday, 01 October 2014 00:00 GFP Columnist - Jack Random
The Honorable Bernie Sanders
United States Senator for the State of Vermont

Dear Senator: 

I love you, Bernie.  There is little ground between your positions on the major issues of the day and my own.  But I have to chuckle when I see your name mentioned as a progressive candidate for the White House on the Democratic ticket.  Has everyone forgotten that you are not a Democrat? 

To run for the Democratic nomination your first act would have to be a repudiation of your independence.  Don’t go there, Bernie.  If you want to run for the presidency do so as an independent.  As a United States Senator with decades of governing experience, you are eminently qualified.  Within the Democratic Party you would be branded a socialist and marginalized just as Dennis Kucinich was marginalized.  As an independent candidate you would inject fear into the core of the Democratic machine. 

In our heart of hearts, we both know that real systemic change, the kind of change that our national evolution demands, can never come within the confines of the two-party system.  We both know that the probability of third party or independent success is remote but it is no more so than the chance of your prevailing within the Democratic Party. 

Whatever path you choose, no public official has earned the loyalty and support of the progressive community more than you have. 

Warm Regards,
Jack Random

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