Integrity Disqualifies Sanders for White House
WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—The Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders’s potential bid for the 2016 Presidency was declared over, on Monday, before it even began, because of a key feature of the American political system that makes a person with integrity ineligible for the White House.
According to some experts, the electoral system has developed a number of safeguards over the past few decades to prevent someone with independence and backbone from occupying the Presidency.
“Bernie Sanders’s failure to become a member of either major political party excludes him from the network of cronyism and backroom deals required under our system to be elected,” said Davis Logsdon, a political scientist at the University of Minnesota. “Though that failure alone would disqualify Sanders, the fact that he is not beholden to a major corporate interest or investment bank would also make him ineligible.”
Because of his ineligibility, Logsdon said, the Vermont Senator would be unable to fund-raise the one billion dollars required under the current system to run for President. “The best source of a billion dollars is billionaires, and Sanders has alienated them,” he said. “Clearly he didn’t think this through.”
Logsdon said that Sanders might persist in his quest for the White House despite his ineligibility but that such an effort would be doomed to fail. “Our political system has been refined over the years specifically to keep people like Bernie Sanders out of the White House,” he said. “The system works.”
This is exactly why we will never, CAN never have an honest politician, much less a legislative majority of honest politicians. To even have the slightest chance of being elected to high office, you would have had to spend years proving to the power bosses that you are a team player....that you will work tirelessly to help elect, and contribute money to, and to RAISE money for, the scoundrels who are on the top of the podium, regardless of their lack of morals and integrity.
Those two measures of character are not part of our political system. Politicians care about one thing, and it isn't the "public good". No, it's about getting themselves re-elected and possessing the power election brings, period. They would throw ANY of us under the bus to get re-elected.
When I hear someone say, "Oh, yes, they're a bunch of scoundrels all right...well, except for MY Senator/Reperesentative. He's a good guy", I wonder how, or even if, their brain works? Can anyone really be that naive?
I know of politicians who might have made their early reputation by being honest people, perhaps military heroes, etc, but somewhere along the way they were seduced by The Dark Side to put all that aside and play ball with the Devil. Even the most sedate politicians, the ones you never hear much from, are guilty. Instead of speaking up for "the people", they just "go along to get along". They are accessories to the crime. They might not pull the trigger, but they sure as hell drive the getaway car!
And THAT, my friends, is why I have no respect for ANY politician, of either party.
LATE EDIT: Except for Mr. Sanders, perhaps. Regardless of his politics, he has shown a disdain for the political Status Quo. Good for him! Which is why he doesn't have a snowball's chance in hell of being elected President. Honestly, I don't know how he made it to congress in the first place.