Last month a family member made a contribution to the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign. It was one of the donations that allowed Sanders to raise an astonishing $40 million, plus, in February.
The $40 million number is particularly remarkable because it no doubt came from tens of thousands of contributions from individual people, and it came at a time when the pundits would have us believe that Sanders is finished and Hillary Clinton is the inevitable Democratic Party nominee. But my family member didn’t care what the pundits were saying. The idea was to send a tangible expression of strong support for Sanders, because he is talking about issues of importance to many and because he is willing to tilt at the prevailing political windmills. The donation, it was hoped, would show that there are a lot of people out there who like what Bernie Sanders is doing and how he is doing it, and hope that he continues the fight.
I’m not a fan of Bernie Sanders’ positions on the issues, but I’m glad a member of the extended Webner clan stepped up to participate in the political process and didn’t get dissuaded by the pundits’ predictions of a lost cause. I’m tired of the pundits and the political elites trying to prematurely shovel dirt on candidates because of a few results from a few states that aren’t exactly representative of the country as a whole. We aren’t sheep! We need more people who are willing to state their views and, from time to time, put their money where their mouth is. The Democratic and Republican campaigns aren’t over — yet. The people still will get to have their say.