The new generation, statistically speaking, don’t care much about politics. Even compared to other generations of Americans, who generally don’t care much about politics, they care less. Arecent poll by Harvard’s Institute of Politics, for instance, found that 79% of Americans 18 to 29 consider themselves politically disengaged. 94% said they’ve never gone out to support a political campaign of any kind.
Can you blame anyone? A quick glance at contemporary American politics tells us all we need to know about why so many are apathetic. US political system, seldom a source of inspiration, has devolved into a maddening pastiche of failure. Congress is paralyzed by partisan cock-fighting and electioneering and refuses to do anything useful. The country well-meaning president can only celebrate that the Supreme Court isn’t gutting the things he’s managed to get done in six and a half years. Progress, the Atlantic’s Garrett Epps writes, is now defined as “disasters averted, not new frontiers discovered.” And the future isn’t much brighter: those Americans aspiring to take Obama’s place are pretty much either race-baiting Neanderthals or corporate apologists, the most prominent of whom are, at best, ’90s throwbacks.
”In the face of dysfunction and disappointment the people has turned to their only hope one and only Bernie Sanders”
Against the odds, the 73-year old democratic socialist senator from Vermont has managed in the last few months to capture the fleeting attention of millennials and engage them in the political process. This wave of support is unfolding most prominently on social media. Sanders’ has been blowing up my newsfeed and I bet he’s all over yours too. It’s almost impossible to evade his posts about Wall Street and wealth inequality or the short videos highlighting his thick Brooklyn-accented pronunciation of “billionaires” (“bill-yun-AIRS”) that circulate the Internet. At a time when most young Americans couldn’t have less faith in the political system, Bernie is firing them up.
This is video is a clear example of Sander’s different behaviour then the behaviour of the other politicians in out country
It has become a common trope in 2016 politics that Sanders can be irritable and impatient, but as the campaign has wore on and the pressures of creating a long-lasting movement rise, Sanders’ mood seems more dour, perhaps than it was a year ago. For Sanders, there is little time to waste to carry out an idealistic vision that has garnered millions of votes: universal healthcare, free college, and a more equal and just society.
Bernie Sanders is more progressive than virtually every active politician today and has a record of being on the right side of every issue important to liberals. From war to welfare, Sanders has consistently put the interests of the vulnerable ahead of those with the most, and his lengthly legislative record is definitive proof of this. As Matt Taibbi, a journalist who has spent asignificant amount of time with him, wrote when laying out the case for his presidency:
Sanders is a clear outlier in a generation that has forgotten what it means to be a public servant. The Times remarks upon his “grumpy demeanor.” But Bernie is grumpy because he’s thinking about vets who need surgeries, guest workers who’ve had their wages ripped off, kids without access to dentists or some other godforsaken problem that most of us normal people can care about for maybe a few minutes on a good day, but Bernie worries about more or less all the time.
Wherever you stand on the political spectrum, it is impossible not to respect this. His compassion for the most needy and his unwillingness to sell out to gargantuan corporate interests that have corrupted the US political system are a real rarity in the current political climate. To declare oneself a socialist in America should spell the death knell for any politician’s career, yet here Sanders is, running for president against the well oiled Clinton machine — and doing pretty well.