Bernie Sanders, born in 1941, ate bread and politics since the 1960s, before the social movements of that decade, and put himself into play many times as a candidate to institutional positions, the first time in 1972. His career as a politician is long; as a proud socialist, he has achieved important results in an America allergic to the term “socialist” itself, and he was elected senator in Vermont. All the way, he preserved an ethical integrity and an independent spirit acknowledged on all sides (until 2015, he was not even a member of the Democratic Party) that’s quite unique in American politics.
All the while, he maintained a constant relationship with his leftist electoral base and displaying a tireless attention to the working class. Sanders has always been able to hold together and relate to others’ ideals, passion and realism. In short, he’s a progressive movement within a solid government culture.
For those following his long political career, his attitude Monday at the Democratic National Convention was hardly surprising as he supported the candidacy of Hillary Clinton without reservation, and not as a simple resignation to the lesser of two evils. He quoted Clinton 15 times, declaring that “Hillary Clinton must become the next president of the United States.”