Bernie is Everywhere

I’m sure you’ve all seen the memes. Bernie Sanders, at the inauguration, seated, looking maybe a bit grumpy as he’s got every reason to be, and wearing warm, woolly mittens. By the miracle of photographic manipulation and the imaginations of everybody on the internet, the picture has made it’s way to the far corners of the world, into space, the past, and the oval office. It has enhanced such great art works as The Last Supper, Washington Crossing the Delaware, Dejeuner sur l’Herbe, and Edward Hopper’s Diner. He has been inserted into the cast of The Golden Girls, Friends, Seinfeld, The Big Bang and probably quite a few others were I didn’t get the reference. He has been the drummer with the Beatles, and has been seen with both Big Bird and Baby Yoda. He’s sat on the Iron Throne and was as hard to find as Waldo in a Where’s Waldo scene. He’s sat on a bench with Forrest Gump, replaced E.T. in the basket of the flying bicycle, and was discovered, eerily glowing, by Indiana Jones. He made the cover of Vogue. He was at Yalta with Roosevelt, Stalin and Churchill and sat with the workers having lunch on a girder during the construction of the Empire State Building. Some of my friends in Prague have got in on the act. I’m not computer savvy enough to pull it off, so I’ve been sharing theirs. I’ve seen him at Prague Castle, in the Metro, on Charles Bridge, and many other places on Prague. He has been blended into other memes and I suspect some people have just inserted him into their own photos. He’s everywhere. He is universal.
Why, non-Berners may be asking. Because we love the guy, that’s why, and it was a nice antidote to the substance free Biden love fest and fashion show. We aren’t going away, and the success of the Biden administration will be measured by how well he implements Bernie’s agenda.
If the federal minimum wage gets bumped to $15 an hour, Biden will be a very popular president. (I suspect that’s one thing that Bernie is going to push hard for) If Biden creates millions of jobs erecting wind turbines and solar farms, he will save the economy and make electricity cheaper, and environmentalists will love him, too. If not, well, not so much. (canceling the Keystone permit was a nice first step. Re-entering the Paris Accord is essentially meaningless) If we get Medicare for All, forgiveness of student debt, and legalization of marijuana, his popularity ratings will go through the roof.
On the other hand, if he starts a war, he will right away be denounced. Because Bernie would not do that.

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