A Stanstead President?
may remember when then Congressman Bernie Sanders was bringing busloads of Vermonters to our brand new local pharmacy to protest the high cost of medicine in the United States. This was before the only man crazy enough to call himself a socialist ran and won as a Senator.
Reminding us that the only Communist controlled party elected in North America refused even to call itself socialist. We are talking about Québec Solidaire.
Back to South of the Border. Monday, in Iowa, Bernie Sanders may have lost by 2 Convention votes, but he won the race. When a toss of a coin decides who wins, in this case Sanders was the lucky fellow as reports say that he won 6 out of 7, claiming a victory as the Clintons’ did has an air of obscenity to it. When you cannot beat fair and square a Muppet-like character who was trailing you 50% a year ago, it’s time to take another look at your campaign. Mind you the Clintons are excellent at this, they are the inventor of political Teflon after all.
Sanders is, in a way, what current president Barrack Obama aimed to be: a man of change. Harbinger of a new political revolution that looks a lot like the original one. President Obama had no choice but to bend to the reality of the greatest economic crisis in the United States. The crisis in the 1930’s did in fact less harm than this one.
That the Americans need a dose of ‘socialism’ is a given. That is unless they want another revolution of the downtrodden. That the country lacks simple universal health care is an ignominy that shames the world’s greatest economy. Our system is imperfect, nothing is perfect, but nobody goes bankrupt because they are sick in this country.
On this, Sanders could be able to give his countrymen what Hillary Clinton wanted to when she was First Lady.
We do not live on another planet in our region; we sometimes live directly on the border. What happens in the USA impacts our daily life. Imagine any of the Republicans getting into the White House and what will happen to traffic into the USA. As if something that applies to the Mexican border would evade us.
Next week it will be New-Hampshire’s time to vote in a primary. Senator Sanders has a good lead there, but every vote that he can get there is a bonus. While the caucus system in Iowa is complex, in the Granite State it is easier. If you have friends or relatives there, please tell them to vote. They do not have to be registered to do so.
For us, directly, the election of a president knowledgeable of who we are, who can pinpoint Stanstead on a map, is almost unbelievable. While we are forbidden, unless we are dual citizens, to vote or contribute to Senator Sanders’ run at the White House, we must try our best to see him nominated as the Democratic candidate.