So Sanders lost New York. At least he fought like hell to win. As Gandhi said, “Full effort is full victory.” This campaign has always been about more than just election results; Sanders has systematically exposed how the American political system is no longer truly democratic.
For instance, it broke my heart when my wife texted to say that she could not vote because she is registered as an Independent. She was confused, bummed, and a little annoyed. It pissed me off, too. Don’t we live in a country that has a Constitution written by the people and for the people? I thought I read somewhere that voting is one of our most sacred enterprises as free citizens?
The brutal truth is that the system has never been fully democratic. How long did it take African Americans and women in general to finally harness the power of the ballot? My wife felt an aspect of that long and terrible struggle.
Why can’t a native citizen of legal age register at any time she pleases? Right up to the polls closing, why can’t she register to vote? Is this America or not?
I cannot accept that this is the best we can achieve with our opportunity to model democracy for the rest of the world. It will never be ideal, but it does not need to remain broken. Shame on all of us for taking so long to realize how dysfunctional the system has become.
So, yes, Sanders lost New York. But that does not mean Sanders lost. No man who speaks so much truth to power, and is so totally uncontrolled by the corporate and political elite can ever be defeated.
GEORGE C. PAYNE
Founder, Gandhi Earth Keepers International