There are a lot of people that support Bernie Sanders for president, but why? Various reasons but at the core, I believe, one reason – redemption.
The hippie generation got what it wanted – power. They had come to the conclusion the only way to change the system was from inside, and they did change the system and at the same time the system changed them because they forgot one thing in their idealistic, self-righteous zeal – that they are people with all the same needs as other people and subject to corruption.
Of course the hippies rationalized and justified that such would not happen to them. To quote and earlier age, “God is on our side and our strength is the strength of a hundred because our heart is pure”.
But as time went by they got comfortable with well paying jobs, nice homes and families to support. Their ideals went from the common good to whatever was good for everyone as long as they profited. They temporized that they were being pragmatic to include everyone in their grand schemes. They were being realistic in their goals and that it would take time to change the system forever.
And in the course of time, the hippies, the liberals, gained power, position and became corrupt. Those hippies became the very thing they protested against. They became “The Man”, “The Establishment” and worse of all, “Big Brother”. If you doubt, look at the excesses of liberals during the Obama administration. The unparalleled expansion of NSA spying to virtually every citizen in the United States, the use of the IRS to suppress opposing views and the unheard of restrictions of the Freedom of Information Act.
The hippies had protested heavy-handed government, government spying, a repressive moral atmosphere – and now, as the establishment, they support such things. They want to replace current moral authority with their own moral authority, which is the same as the last moral authority, but with a different master.
Those people, those hippies, have done great damage setting civil rights back 50 years using the principle to alter standards to preserve their power by suppressing those that oppose them. But, of course, those hippies say, “it’s for the own good, we know better because we are intellectual elite”.
The hippies look around and see how corrupt they have become having sold out their ideology, their principles, their ethics and their morals. They willingly sell out family and friends by cold bloodedly manipulating them so they can remain relevant and have their life mean something rather then coming to terms with their own inadequacies having hooked their identities to a job or position rather then being part of the whole, as they were during their younger days protesting when they would give their “Our Lives, Our Fortune, Our Sacred Honor” for one another much as soldiers do for their buddies. Then, back then, they knew “Liberté, égalité, fraternité” and they thought it would last forever.
It didn’t, they are people just like any other and the hippies won’t admit it, they can’t admit because it means they were wrong and their lives are a lie.
Now Bernie Sanders comes along advancing ideas that the hippies had sold out – the share and share alike, overthrow the establishment, make the rich give up their wealth, make corporations more “socially responsible” – all the while not applying it to themselves, their benefactors and only to those that oppose them, those that oppose their moral ideals.
And that is CORRUPTION and leads to totalitarianism because that is the only way to make what the hippies want to work. Call it fascism or communism, its all the same.
The hippies have replaced the “bad old system” that let them thrive with one to be sure their system; their desires are never replaced, never supplanted. The Who lyrics, “Won’t Get Fooled Again” are but illuminating and prophetic . . . . “Meet the new boss, Same as the old boss”
The statement, “question everything” starts with one’s self. You can achieve honesty and understanding of all around you if you do, but you have to be brutally honest and prepared to implement that understanding and you will find you will always support what is right and never need to seek redemption in the form of Bernie Sanders or “To A God Unknown”
Never trust someone who wants to do “what is best for you”, because it’s what is best for them.