Tuesday, November 18, 2014

An Open Letter To Senator Bernie Sanders - Bernie, Please Don't Do It

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

My Dear America:

(I would really appreciate it, America, if you could look over the following "Open Letter to Senator Bernie Sanders" and provide me with some feedback regarding the letter.)  

Dear Senator Bernie Sanders:

Greetings Senator Sanders.  My Name is Jerry Gallagher and I am a lifelong Democrat.  In recent years, however, I have found myself paying increased attention to much of what you have had to say and have found myself in agreement with almost everything you have had to say.  Thank you for your extremely honest support of issues like Free Healthcare for Every American and Sensibility in Foreign Policy.

I know that at this point in time when it is looking like the front runners in the Republican Presidential Race for the White House look like a bunch of Lunatics, that it must be difficult for a Socialist like yourself to look at  the 2016 Republican prospects with anything besides horror.  

I saw you last night on "The Colbert Report" and listened with intensity to your announcement that you are considering a third party run for the Presidency.  While it is a free country and you are certainly free to do what you want to do, I sincerely believe that your candidacy could, and probably would, lead to another Republican Presidential Victory in 2016.

The truth is that while many Americans do consider themselves to be Independents, like yourself, most Americans, even those on Social Security and Medicare do not consider themselves to be Socialists, even though they might be living fairly well as a result of those admittedly Socialist programs, which the Tea Baggers and the Republicans in Congress are intent on destroying.

The truth also is that in a Perfect World I would be the First person to get on board the Bernie Sanders Bandwagon and promote your candidacy.  As you know very well, however, we are living in a far from perfect world and political realities being what they are your chances of reaching the White House are as likely as a snowball's chances of surviving in hell.

Whatever you do, Senator Sanders, I wish you well in your endeavors.  I must admit that there is a  nagging little thought in my brain saying "Why Not Sanders?  Maybe he might just have a chance.  Maybe its his time.  Maybe the American People are ready for a candidate as good as Sanders"  All of this may be true I tell my brain but lets be realistic.  

Although Ralph Nader never had the decency to admit to or apologize for his role in giving us George W. Bush, Nader's candidacy certainly played a role in Al Gore's defeat and our having to live under the yoke of W's 8 years of hell on earth, especially for Iraquis.  Certainly Nader had a role in Democratic defeats more than once.  It is troubling to recognize that although Nader did a lot of good for America, he will always be remembered mainly for his role in defeating Democratic Presidential Candidates in 2 major elections.

I hope, Senator Sanders, that you never have to apologize for playing a role in Hillary Clinton's defeat in 2016 when and if she runs.  Although Hillary Clinton is not a perfect Democratic Candidate she certainly is heads above the entire Republican Presidential Hopeful Candidate Cast of Mad Men.

Chris Christie, Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, Scott Walker.

As my mother, bless her heart, was fond of saying: "God Bless Us And Save Us." 

As I said previously I admire you, Senator Sanders,  for continuing to speak out bravely and consistently on the issues which confront Americans every day and I hope that you continue to do so.  I would advise you, however, to, if you feel that you must run for President, to abandon your Independent label and turn Democrat and then run for the Democratic Presidential Nomination.

Who knows, that Snowball's chance in Hell is still a chance, after all

Sincerely Yours

Jerry Gallagher

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