Some on the far left side of the political spectrum are mad at Bernie Sanders for choosing to run for the Democratic nomination for President. They claim he should have run as a Socialist. It always amazes me how easy it is for some people to tell other people what do to. Like Bernie Sanders is not allowed to make his own decisions. But here is the problem with trying to run a national campaign as a Socialist. In the last election, the Socialist Party was only on the ballot in 13 states. Even if Bernie ran as a Socialist candidate for President and managed to sweep to victory in all 13 of these states with his populist message, he would still fall far short of the number of states needed to actually be President.
Now I know what you are thinking – the Socialists will do a better job of getting on the ballot in all 50 states in 2016. OK. Fine. Let's pretend that the Socialists and/or the Green party are on the ballot in all 50 states. Here are a couple of quiz questions. Do you know the names of the Socialist Party and/or Green Party Presidential candidates in 2012?
The answer is Jill Stein was the Presidential candidate of the Green Party and Peta Lindsay was the Presidential candidate of the Socialism and Liberation Party. Jill Stein is a respected doctor from Massachusetts and had a very progressive campaign platform. But the Socialist candidate in 2012, Peta Lindsay, was only 28 years old and therefore was not qualified to be President even if she managed to win all 13 states that she ran in and somehow won in 12 other states as a write in candidate for President. See Article II, Section 1, Clause 5 of the US Constitution which wisely requires that a person be at least 35 years old to be President. I know there are some young people who do not agree with that part of the US Constitution. But it has been on the books for over 200 years and it is not likely to change any time soon.
Here is another quiz question... Do you know what percent of the vote the Green Party and Socialist party combined got in the last Presidential election? Here is a clue. Their combined vote was less than one percent!
Let's look at the outcome of the 2012 Presidential election. The Democratic nominee, Barack Obama won with nearly 66 million votes for 51% of the total. The Republican nominee, Mitt Romney, came in second with nearly 61 million votes for 47% of the total. The Libertarian nominee, Gary Johnson, came in third with more than one million votes or just under 1% of the total. The Green party candidate, Jill Stein came in fourth with 469,628 votes for about one third of one percent of the vote. The Socialist candidate, Peta Lindsay, came in 10th place with 7,791 votes – out of 128 million votes. So after getting only 7,791 total votes in the 2012 election, the Socialist Party now wants Bernie Sanders to run as a Socialist for President.
The last time I checked, a candidate needed more than 60 million votes to actually be elected President of the United States. The latest polls show that Bernie has a good shot at winning the Democratic Party nomination. My guess is his odds may be as high as 50-50 once more people have a chance to compare his ideas to the ideas of other candidates. However, if Bernie were the Socialist Party nominee for President, his odds of winning the Presidency would be a big fat goose egg. Thank you Bernie for being wise enough to run as a Democrat! I know – the current leadership of the Democratic Party is corrupt and has lots of other problems. But once you become President, perhaps you can help us fix the Democratic party so that it once again is the party of the people.
Washington For Bernie Sanders