The campaign of Democratic presidential hopeful said it reached its goal of one million individual online contributions, the first to make such an announcement this election cycle.
Bernie Sanders: SuperPACs Don’t Own Him
If this article doesn’t show that Bernie Sanders is a true contender for President of the United States, I don’t know what will convince you. As a supporter of Bernie Sanders, I’m thrilled to say that the Senator from Vermont makes me more optimistic about our electoral process at a time when I was fast becoming a total cynic. As a person who considers himself a total natural born cynic, it actually makes me happy to have something tangible to hang on to. In this case, it’s Bernie Sanders.
The major reason that I have become very cynical over the years about the American electoral process, is the fact that it has become contaminated by big corporate donors and wealthy individuals campaign purchasing our democracy for their own political and profit minded agendas. Bernie Sanders is almost what I would call an anomaly, because he accepts no contributions from SuperPACs or corporate donors. Therefore, he is not bought and paid for, unlike other candidates for public office, especially president. He owes the big money interests that seek to control this country absolutely nothing. The reason is his campaign is entirely financed by average citizens.
Bernie Sanders is also the first candidate in my memory to effectively use email and the Internet as a platform to successfully raise over 1 million online contributions, more than any other presidential candidate in the short history of the Internet. To me, this goes to show that a candidate doesn’t depend on the “mainstream media” to make some progress in a political campaign. I find this especially refreshing because I’m one of those people who prescribes to the theory that the “mainstream media” is making a conscious effort not to cover the campaign of Bernie Sanders. Even though you still see a few stories about him, the number of stories about him has faded considerably. Even so-called “liberal” media outlets like MSNBC appears to be pandering to the whims of the status quo candidates, like Hillary Clinton and others.
It has gotten to the point where I actually believe that the media wants to do more than just report the news, they want to shape the news. I also think that the media wants to influence our political landscape to the point where they want to control who gets elected president of the United States. Right now, despite her falling poll numbers, it seems that our media is trying to convince us that Hillary Clinton is the best candidate. Of course, over on the right, they seem to be pushing for Donald Trump whom I actually regard as being a dangerous racist. Maybe, the fact that Bernie Sanders has raised more political contributions using an Internet appeal to the masses than any other candidate might actually catch the eye of the mainstream media. Even though it may sound as though I’m being way too optimistic, one can only hope. As far as I’m concerned, Sen. Bernie Sanders is this country’s only hope for salvation.