I should expand what I wrote ST - I’m not really all that optimistic - only marginally so. Bernie Sanders is not a saint or the leader I might wish for, but he is the person with the national stage and many good positions along with his many warts - head and shoulders above the rest. We live in a nation that has been subverted and intentionally divided by powerful forces with the ability to force compliance and eliminate opposition to their agenda, literally and figuratively.
Sanders at this point in time represents the change in course we must begin if the wish-list of the perfect is to be accomplished, even in part. Its either violent revolution or changing the minds/beliefs of the majority to achieve reform - no easy task.
I read some of the usual suspects trashing Sanders for his faults/warts as a politician, but they offer no viable alternative to changing peoples minds, or give Sanders credit for the positive essential changes he supports or his leadership - as if they want his (and our) failure. The Greens have only 5-7% support at best, not a viable going concern - the R’Cons are depraved fools and idiots, brainwashed by extremist politics, religion and vulture capitalism as “the way America is”. The Dem establishment now in control are dominated by much the same forces and are corrupt, subverted by the same powerful forces as R’Cons as most all politicians and ordinary people. - the electorate must be changed to allow further “progressive” change to benefit the 99% rather than those powerful forces that control our politics, for-profit war-machine, banker/wall st/corporate greed and usury, for-profit health “care”, education, a bought & paid-for Fourth Estate/MSM, etc, etc, etc.
I just don’t see how the political system/duopoly, controlled press, subversive mechanisms of great wealth, MICC for-profit war-machine, et al, are going to be magically changed overnight, political criminals become moral beings, and everyone will wake-up to vote Green or any other progressive/left/99% politician or government - aint gonna happen and all the wishing & hoping in the universe will not make it so.
As much as I loath the term “incremental” that seems the only way to shift the firmament of where “we” stand as a nation in a very different direction…right now the path toward a sea-change is educating and changing the electorate, like it or not, and the politician now doing that most visibly is Bernie Sanders - all the rest offer little or nothing…IMO.
The Bernie trashers/nay-sayers seem just trolls dividing US to serve some other powerful master…like the claimed Russian troll factory and all the others that serve some hidden power - corporate/banker/wall st/MICC, wholesale greed and exploitation - those who do not want ANY change in direction…just sayin, I think we must “crawl”, educate and and organize, change minds and hearts before we can run…and win…peace! Keep the faith.