How an Independent Bernie Sanders Run Could Change Politics as Usual

How an Independent Bernie Sanders Run Could Change Politics as Usual

She may be the presumptive nominee and potential President, but Hillary Clinton has a thorn in her side that refuses to just go silently in the night.


Bernie Sanders may be gaining momentum, yet it may not be enough to overturn the Clinton and her record-breaking donation funds. If he fails to secure the Democratic nomination, Sanders can do what he does best by going the independent route and forcing Clinton to prove that she is not as “Establishment” as many people contend she is. The potential move, which has been threatened by loud-mouthed GOP candidate Donald Trump, would be of far more importance coming from Team Sanders since, unlike Trump, Bernie Sanders actually has something important to say and the impact it could have on a national level is of far more importance.

Politics: A Game of Chess, not Checkers

What made current President Barack Obama so great was not only his record, but his new-ness, his fresh take and outlook on American politics. When he first emerged as a candidate, no one took him or his campaign seriously and it was predicted early on that Hillary Clinton would clinch the nomination with few speed bumps along the way. It was an uphill battle from the start and what many people assumed would be a hindrance – his name, lack of name recognition, race – turned out to be an asset that he wielded to impressive results. As she faltered along the way, more Americans were forced to take a deeper look into Team Obama and a love affair was born. By not being a Clinton or Bush or insider, Barack Obama, now in his second term of an accomplished White House run, has been able to proclaim that he is offering something Americans have been missing out on for a very long time: a clean slate.


Is America Ready to Feel the Bern?

The question of the moment seems to be just how badly does American want the very change it is constantly asserting via social media? And how fast do we want it? Bernie Sanders is considered by many to be exactly what America needs to be great again, but the question that many are asking themselves is whether or not Americans are ready enough to go all the way towards the best path back to greatness, or if taking smaller, more apprehensive steps with Clinton is the best route to go.

Although Clinton has proven herself as a public figure, her ties to old school leaders and agendas have not gone unnoticed and the pause heard throughout Congress and the Senate is whether or not she will truly forge her own distinct path to fixing the ills of the country or follow a blueprint that is already somewhat in place behind closed doors?

Is America ready to tip toe towards greatness again or are we complacent with crawling?

We will have our answer by the end of next year.




Triston Brewer (@Triston212) is a performance artist, journalist, and activist. He has been published in The Huffington Post and featured in publications such as the New York Times, Vogue Italia, to name a few. His memoir about living overseas, Heaux Confessionals: The Sintroduction, is available on Amazon.