I really had high hopes for Senator Sanders when he first threw his hat into the ring, because it did seem like there were a lot of people ready for this new revolution. But, as it has happened throughout history, our push to the left created an even bigger push to the right. And what has happened in cases like this in the past? A left push, a right push, a harder left, a harder right, then violence. Then whichever way the chips fall, you have the paranoia that sets in and creates tyranny so to create order. The winners are looking for a coup around every corner, their minions scoping out the “dedication” people have for their cause, getting rid of those who don’t measure up; the rest are awarded a higher authority to do the same to friends, family & neighbors. Meanwhile, those disenfranchised by the “revolution” that was supposed to be about creating a better, fairer society for everyone are further disenfranchised, angry, and persecuted. There are levels to which these things happen in various countries and in various eras, but it’s a pretty obvious pattern on a basic level for any revolution heretofore. I suspect that, as an intelligent, educated, socialist politician, Senator Sanders is aware of this and although he has been reluctant to call it quits, he knows now how many of us there are who believe in his way of doing things, and that he will have an exceptional position within the Senate to initiate some really great changes.
I also think that the Senator was beginning to feel a little nervous about being put in a position of “savior” or “messiah”. He said over & over again that this movement was not simply about HIM; this was a movement by the people of this country that needed to work to change their lives & communities from the Board of elections to council representatives, mayors, governors, and on up. His withdrawal from this Presidential race is not about “selling out” as much as it is recognizing the inevitable, protecting our progressive causes, and realizing he can lead better from the Senate than from the White House.