John Samuel Tieman: Bernie Sanders 2016


Vox Populi

Last week, I invested $3.75 in my first “Sanders 2016” button. Like Senator Sanders, I usually caucus with the Democrats. I am also like the senator in that I am a democratic socialist.

My beloved is a little worried. She asks, “Aren’t you worried that Bernie Sanders will siphon off the liberal vote from the Democratic party?” To which I respond, “If the Democrats are worried about a defection of liberals, they maybe they could be more… well, liberal.”

I’ve been a socialist all my adult life. Some of my friends here in St. Louis, find my socialism a mystery. Were I in in England, were I to tell someone that my father was a railroad worker, my mother a secretary, that I’m a retired school teacher, a proud union member – Oh, yea, and I vote Labour! – their only response in England would be, “That figures.” But here…

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