I remember back in the summer of 1984 (auspicious year!) when Ronnie Raygun was running for re-election. My fellow peace activists and I were in despair over the prospect of what seemed a nearly inevitable nuclear war. Anyone who remembers that time, when the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists' clock stood at one minute to midnight, remembers the visceral fear many of us had of an intentional or accidental launch of weapons that could end us all. The sabres were rattling so loud you could hardly be heard over them.
I felt that no peace initiatives we were involved in or knew of were likely to avert nuclear war. I felt that if anything was going to happen to effectively change the dynamic, it was going to come from an unforeseen direction. And just at the moment history desperately needed a new player on the scene to chage things up, Mikhail Gorbachev appeared. Although, of course, the path wasn't exactly smooth after that famous signing of the SALT II arms agreement in 1987... for those who don't remember that time, I can't overemphasize the relief that people like me felt when the superpowers stepped back from the brink.
I mention this because I feel that Bernie Sanders is the person so desperately needed now to chage things up and reroute the ship of state of the "one remaining superpower" ('cause China ain't there yet) back in a sane direction.
Can Bernie be the Mikhail Gorbachev of the 21st century? I dearly hope so.