Bernie Sanders is a dime-store Marxist whose policies will bring ruin to America and the West if ever implemented. However, his support among young people is driven by an economic disaster that society needs to address.

If someone had told me a decade ago that Bernie Sanders would not only be running for president in 2016 but that he would have a good shot at winning, I’d have pinched myself to wake up from the nightmare I was having. I was a freshman in college living near Burlington when Sanders was elected to the Senate, and the thought of this bumbling old grifter having a national following was so far outside the realm of possibility that it didn’t even register.

It wasn’t Sanders’ hair-of-the-dog socialist ideas that made it so unlikely. The man is as suited for national politics as Kim Kardashian is for a purity ball. His voice is permanently stuck in rant mode, he rambles like a senile grandfather at a family reunion, and he looks like he believes bathing is capitalist oppression. If Sanders lived in any state other than Vermont, his political career would consist of doing the chicken dance on college campuses while begging for Green Party ballot access signatures.

But no one ever went broke underestimating the taste of the American public. With a week to go before the Iowa caucuses, Bernie Sanders is closing the distance in the polls, notwithstanding his already huge lead in the New Hampshire primary. Sanders’ success has the Hillary Clinton campaign in emergency, break-glass mode, and the DNC is pulling out all the stops to make sure the Ice Queen gets her crown.

free college tuition signIt doesn’t make any sense. For all his vapidity, Barack Obama was at least a youthful, eloquent public speaker. Get rid of his tailored suits and pour some Wild Irish Rose down his throat and you could easily mistake Bernie Sanders for a Times Square bum ranting about the Illuminati. How could he marshal enough support to dethrone Hillary?

I got the answer by attending Monday’s Sanders rally at Iowa State University in Ames. Schadenfreude is to me what China white is to a homeless junkie, so I entered the auditorium expecting to get higher than the Pope. Instead, I left feeling a weird sympathy for everyone who’s feeling the Bern. Much like Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders is tapping into a massive problem in America: the economic ruination of young people. His solutions are Communist insanity, but the loyalty he inspires and the issues he addresses are real.

I got to the rally ten minutes before the doors opened, and in a completely unexpected move, I was seated almost immediately. Sanders’ supporters were about 500 strong, but the first floor of the auditorium filled quickly: by the time the man himself arrived, I’d have pegged the crowd at around 2,500. My nose stuffed up as I entered the building, quite possibly as a defensive measure.

Demographically, the Bern victims fit into two groups: college kids and old hippies, both largely white. I saw only two minorities, a couple of black girls in the stage seats. The girls were more attractive than Hillary’s feminist backers: for example, a redhead with Sanders’ name splayed across her massive rack kept leading the crowd in chants of “That’s why Bernie tells them no! Super PACs have got to go!” A jittery flower-power type stepped on my foot as he clambered into his seat; he profusely apologized, saying he had Parkinson’s, and that I should “enjoy [my] youth while [I] have it.”

When Sanders arrived, he received a standing ovation, the only other candidate I’ve seen aside from Donald Trump to get one. The content of his speech was a complete 180 from Hillary’s. While Clinton focused almost exclusively on social wedge issues such as gay and transgender rights (and, strangely enough, HIV), Sanders’ emphasis was on economics, namely student loan debt, health care, and campaign finance reform:

Bernie is still the unhygienic red diaper baby I remembered from my college days, but he has an odd charm going for him. Sure, that bum in Times Square ranting about the Illuminati is crazy, but he adds flavor to the neighborhood. Sanders also lacks Clinton’s obvious psychopathy: it’s clear he sincerely believes the nonsense spewing out of his mouth.

But the real item of interest for me was the crowd. The college dweebs getting Berned out are legitimate victims of a rigged financial game. Much digital ink has been spilled regarding the student loan scam, which I don’t need to regurgitate. Beyond having to rack up five figures or more in debt to get a shot at entering the middle class, youth unemployment and underemployment have rocketed to their highest levels in decades. While it’s true that many of these kids have made dumb financial decisions—shouldn’t have majored in Arachnid Sexuality, dear—they’ve been pushed into making those bad decisions by their parents, teachers, and other authority figures.

Essentially, America’s youth are a lost generation, who are doomed to penury barring some kind of massive economic realignment. Is it any wonder they’re cottoning to Sanders’ retro-seventies politics? We can criticize them for being stupid, but we can’t criticize them for being anxious about their futures. Much like how working-class Whites are supporting Trump because of the massive bullseye Obama has painted on their foreheads, college-aged Whites are backing Sanders because they’re tired of the university system making them bend over and grease up.

While I’m not going to put money on it just yet, Bernie Sanders could easily pull off a win in Iowa and take the Democratic nomination. Hillary may have the media, the DNC, and the super PACs on her side, but Sanders’ supporters have two things that no one can buy: passion and loyalty.

The Bern ward is packed to capacity and the inmates aren’t leaving the asylum any time soon. Time to break out the ointment.

About The Author

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Matt Forney is a Chicago-based author and journalist. He blogs at and is the author of several books, including Confessions of an Online Hustler. Matt's work has also been featured at Return of Kings, Taki's Magazine, Alternative Right and many other sites, and he also served as the editor of Reaxxion, a gaming website for men.

  • Sure, but just look at Rachnera-chan and tell me that she doesn’t make you want to major in Arachnid Sexuality:

    • anon1

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  • Karl Ushanka

    Great wrtie-up! I felt like I was there (and am glad I wasn’t). The primaries are the time for ‘passion.’ I wonder what Bernie’s plans are for the general election campaign.

  • Wolf

    Bernie (((Sanders))) looks like the world’s most constipated Muppet.

  • Stephen

    This was excellent, and I too am quite sympathetic towards Bernie voters evem if their remedy is wrong headed.

    Coincidentally I just finished reading (yet another) conservative writer’s take an how Trump voters are deranged, deluded, deviant, etc… it’s interesting and perhaps telling that alt-right types are (perhaps) less likely to demonize others than conservatives.

  • Kristine Sletten

    To throw a populist judeo-bolshevik into the fight has always been a preferred strategy by the elites when nationalist or patriotic movements pose a serious challenge. Incitement of class warfare is one of the more effective ways to prevent national unity and rebirth.

  • The dark matter that both Bernie and Trump have tapped into is “authenticity.”

    There’s a tremendous wellspring of frustration across the political spectrum with the elites’ efforts to systematize and streamline the electoral process into an essentially inhuman and choreographed affair.

    I would certainly take Bernie’s old school socialist leadership over Hillary’s more contemporary corporate/sjw crap. It’s clear from context that Bernie’s just clapping along with the racial and gender crap to avoid having his microphone stolen again.

  • You missed the main point of Bernie’s rise happening parallel with Trump’s:

    This is the real collapse of the neo-liberal consensus that had ruled Washington since the end of the cold war. Everything else is noise.

  • Jeff Bonczyk

    bernie is just one man. he’s not a dictator. and out of all the frontrunners (yes, we want guys like rand and gary johnson.. but they wont win) who is a better candidate?

    keep in mind im not voting for him.. im voting for the guys that “cant win”.. but you have to admit bernie is better than any frontrunner we have. and he’s also the candidate most likely to get rid of indefinite detention and the patriot act provisions.

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  • Cobbett

    Clinton is a worthless warmongering cunt. I sincerely hope she falls flat on her face.

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  • mike schwarzer

    I think american is ruined already, all thanks to the the multi-decade failure. Which one? Reaganomics. The right has ruined America.

    Truman – mass murder and he provoked the airs race.
    Nixon – the crook gave away the US to China.
    Reogan – crappy actor who gave the US to the ultra rich at everyone else expense.
    G.Bush – fought a war for Israel, lied to the people, dropped his guard allow the economy the be pillaged.

    So you can say allot about stupid presidents like Wilson who gave the money creation business to the shisters. But you want something screwed to the point of be confounding, just ask a republican. Their creepy sick-o-fascist leadership is poisonous, these guys are leftovers from the plantation slave owners. A privileged morality which is no morality at all.

    • pauldrake

      Too much knee jerk guilty guilty liberalism in your post but you do raise some interesting points and I don’t completely dismiss your rant out of hand.

      1. If Truman is a mass murderer then what is Stalin? Mao? Pol Pot? And of course everyone’s favorite #1 devil Adolf Hitler? Don’t get me wrong. I’m no fan of HST but a little perspective is needed.
      2.Nixon – Overstating the case on China but yes he surely got the ball rolling. You know others would say his getting the US off of Bretton Woods was the beginning of the end for the US economically.
      4. I assume you mean W? Of course both father and sons fought wars for Israel. At least HW knew when to quit. Both presided over economic downturns but I blame the Dems more for the 08 meltdown than W and you should too. Fannie Mae Freddie Mac.
      3. Reagan – I saved him for last. I always thought that conservatives bought into the myth of Reagan. It is a fantasy. His administration was a disaster, particularly economically. We have the beginnings of the terrible two tier Brazilian style economy during the Reagan years. The coasts and the sun belt flourished while the industrial heartland and farm belt both got hammered. Want to know why CT, NJ, PA, MI, IL and CA turned blue in Presidential elections and never looked back? Reagan made them blue. The combination of a dying industrial economy and uncontrolled immigration turned those states bright blue. Last but not least Reagan’s slavish devotion to Volcker, the man who slew the inflation dragon and killed American industry both at once made this all possible.

      So thanks for your post. It got me to thinking and it should do the same for others too.

      • mike schwarzer

        Nice to see you recognize Truman as one of those guys like Stalin and Hitler. But the nuke of Japan was never necessary – Japan was ready to surrender. if they kept their emperor, and in they end even after nuking them they kept their emperor. The provocation of using the Nukes guaranteed a trillion dollar arms race with Russia, You can’t frighten people and then expect no response. Provocation begets provocation. Bush fingered North Korea as the axis of evil, guess what they are doing – reacting to prevarication. But in G.Bushes mind war is good for the economy. Frankly so is digging a hole paying one group, then paying another to fill it in. Republican lunacy.

        Reaganomics, is a disaster, but one that was never reversed and now has left the US domestically looking very hollow.

        No one can forgive G.Bush, I’m sorry if you voted for him. But in 8 years this moron gave us a fake war fought unknowingly for Israel a total misrepresentation to the people and the world. And in 8 years, he should have payed attention and mediated excesses in the domestic economy. Bernie knew and hammered Greenspan before there was a crisis. Fraud is fraud and the fact no one is in jail is an outrage. The super rich harvest on these booms and busts they don’t fear them them want them. The banks should have been nationalized along with the federal reserve or the Rothschild should have covered their action since they own most of it.

        I swear the republicans are the reminiscence of the slave plantation society. Their philosophy is tyrannical. Americans should not be stepping on the necks of Americans but you do. It’s like the civil war never ended. And when the dems act like republican stooges I reject them. But by far the republican record are clearly why trillions have been misspent and and misdirected at the expense of the US citizens with policies that don’t work and are often ridiculous like some sort of religious dogma, they live in a state of denial about what is so obvious.

        Nice chat.


        • mike schwarzer

          Also I might add, Trump is clueless, anything positive will be reneged, guaranteed. I don’t believe anything about him. I’ve listens to all his imbecilic speeches and he is so full of shit, and himself that it’s intolerable. The worship if money and celebrity is so weird when common sense, substance and integrity go out the window on such an important decision.

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