By Paul Moomjean
From 2001 to 2008, America went on a wild cowboy goose chase with George W. Bush, followed by a disgraceful exit. Then in 2008 the country fell in love with Hope and Change, but now our current United States President, Barack Obama, is sitting at an approximately 50 percent disapproval rating. The hope is gone. The change has left the building. But that doesn’t mean there hasn’t been some good in the election of Barack Obama. Just as the Bush legacy had some positives. I haven’t cared for much of the past 16 years. Obama became the health-care and gay-rights president. Bush took out Saddam Hussein. America saw a lot of changes between 2001 and today. So let me say this, the best thing that could happen to America would be a Bernie Sanders presidency because his idealism and pulpit are so radical that nothing would pass or get through in America’s current state, and we could finally end the silly idea that socialism and true progressivism can solve our problems. The best thing for America right now is not hope or change, but instead calmness and a stalemate.
By using deductive reasoning, I truly believe that America could save itself from a radical turn to the hard left or right by putting into office a man who couldn’t possibly pass any of his ideas. America doesn’t need any more reformations; America needs to sit back and see her current state of affairs in the areas of health care, education, foreign wars and civil rights. A Sanders presidency would allow for just that. Sanders would be blocked by a Republican senate and house. Nothing would get done. No wars would be waged. No health-care reforms. No education reforms. Nothing. Sanders would be overwhelmed by his newfound power and, due to his populist leanings and rhetoric, he wouldn’t be able to use executive power the way Donald Trump would. He wouldn’t try to fight a war the way Marco Rubio would. He wouldn’t try to work with Republicans and make backdoor deals as Hillary would. And he wouldn’t use the Lord’s name to invoke policy change the way Ted Cruz would. He simply would try and fail at passing his European vision, and in 2020 a new person would come in to tweak and fix all that has been done over the 16 years under the “compassionate conservatism” of George W. Bush and the “hope and change” of President Obama.
In the past 16 years America has faced two major wars, a financial meltdown and recession, a huge shift in health insurance and health care, the redefinition of marriage and a racial breakdown splitting up Mexicans, Muslims and the black community more than ever. America needs a break. America needs to get out of the woods because she can’t see the forest from the trees.
Do I agree with Bernie Sanders on anything big? Not really. I’m not a fan of high taxation or a single-payer system. I think those socialist ideas work in small Norwegian parts of the world where the logos, ethos and pathos blend perfectly. Everyone in Norway looks the same, has no desire to up the neighbors and feels public transportation and bike riding are acceptable forms of transportation. They are all primarily nonreligious and altruistic. They basically are OK with the church of Norway as long as little is asked of them. They feel they should help their neighbors out. In a nation of 5 million, socialism works because everyone feels like family. But in a country of 350 million people, socialism won’t work. So that’s why I’m not a fan for America to go that route. There are too many people and not enough money.
The world is changing so fast. People are angry. How else can anyone explain the rise of an egomaniac and a socialist? Americans don’t need revolt. They need a timeout.
Would a Sanders presidency solve any great issue? No. And that’s the point. Maybe a four-year breather with a nice, scandal-free guy is what we need to figure out what we should be.