2016 fast-forwarded to 1968…
Posted January 27, 2016on:
These thoughts are my own. I speak for no one else other than myself. If these comments cause you to loosen your man buns, climb upon your trusty hoverboards, and descend upon us with your keyboards blazing, I apologize to our regular readers for the inconvenience.
My dude-a-licious friends, just let me know where I can go and I’ll gladly follow you to a more suitable environment for my gravatar water-boarding. With that said…
1968 was a very good year. There was the first generation Camaro. There was the release of the song America on Simon and Garfunkel’s Bookends album. And there was a great northern migration of about 36,000 hippies to Vermont.
Bernie Sanders arrived in Vermont in 1968. He’s currently using America in a very moving ad. And if he was a car, he would be a Camaro.
The Camaro was a muscle concept car designed to appeal to a young, male demographic. The Camaro had an allure kindling a lifelong attachment between car and owner. That cachet was legendary until 2002 when Camaro production ceased.
Production resumed in 2010 and suddenly, for a whole new generation, the car was new again; and thus, an exemplar of Bernie Sanders.
Just as the Camaro, through some testosterone-fueled anthropomorphism, spoke to young men symbolizing their ideals, the brogressives are hearing an old idealized message being made new and shiny again through the Bernie megaphone.
Let there be no doubt, it is a wonderful message – if, and only if, bitcoins grew like dandelions after a spring rain, insurance companies employed people with hearts, and all university admissions officers were trained unicorns.
Bernie is a certified dude-whisperer. Forget economics. Ignore reality. Deride incrementalism. Preach revolution. Neglect politics. Pray Republicans will be struck mute by the gods after an Asgard toga party.
What is the magic of this Sanderscology? It’s a “creeper whistle” primarily perceptible only to young, white, affluent, men. Not people of color. Not people of need. Not single-parents. Not minimum wage workers. Not ordinary Joe and Jane Lunchbuckets.
One aspect of this “playa magic” is that Vermont, New Hampshire, and Iowa are the win, place, and show states for liberalism in America.
Another aspect of this prog-prestiditation is that a large portion of Bernie’s support is solidly middle-class earning between $50k and $150k. It strikes me as peculiar being lectured on America’s obligations from a group immunized from the stark realities of need. Conversely, a mainstay of Hillary’s support comes from those making $25K or less — folks who understand need firsthand.
For any of this Sanders wish list to materialize, nothing short of a revolution would have to occur. Democrats would have to hold each and every seat they currently have in the House, win a majority of the remaining toss-up districts, and then pick up at least two-dozen Republican-leaning districts. Bernie acknowledges this is impossible – something that just doesn’t seem to compute with the bro-homie brigade.
All this raises a basic issue the Bernbros avoid like Chlamydia brochures at the free clinic: Most of these people were Obamabots in 2008. Their support promptly soured. They voted in higher percentages for Romney than Obama in 2012. As former Obamabots, they are vocally critical of the lack of progressive wins put on the board by Obama. All this leads to the question: Why should anyone listen to the newest fascination of these fanboys and take their recommendation?
Simply put, the Obama idolatry of 2008 has morphed into a feverish avidity for the showroom shininess of Sanders. Such fickleness is the stuff of Starbucks pumpkin spice lattes – not candidates for the Oval Office.
One last 30,000 foot observation: No matter how much the bros hate incrementalism, our system of government is built upon deliberative processes. Two legislative bodies and an executive must agree in compromise without intervention by the Supreme Court for government to work.
What Obama didn’t understand and this cohort of brogressives fails to appreciate is that leadership is inextricably intertwined with teaching. Educating and reeducating the electorate on policy is the leitmotif of politics.
Progress, whether in incremental steps or in one fell swoop, must always be preceded by instruction in the importance and logic of proposals. True policy gains are only realized through battle-hardened perseverance – a characteristic exemplified by Hillary over the last twenty-five years.
The guttural growl of the Camaro has a mesmerizing quality. The seductive nature of the growl promises performance even though it is loudest when the car is standing still in neutral. Regrettably, any perceived power is ultimately checked by speed limits and speed bumps. Such truisms are never explained on the showroom floor. The same is true for politics.
Enjoy your Wednesday and take this conversation in any direction you might like.
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