There are two reasons I make this recommendation. Both of them have really pissed me off.
First, Bernie has repeatedly demonstrated that he actually believes things which I also believe; things about economic equality, ending the endless war, reforming politics and investing in people's futures.
Second, he has brought millions of voters - many of them young - into the electoral process and gotten them excited about those ideas. Their numbers and excitement demonstrate that his ideas might well be viable public policy someday.
Before Bernie I had naturally assumed that in this election, like in almost every previous one, there would be no candidate who actually reflected my political beliefs. And even if there were, that candidate would have no chance.
Bernie came along and proved me wrong - forcing me to support him in spite of my utter distaste of politics as usual. How annoying is that? My fleeting moment of hope - now dashed by Bernie's likely loss of the Democratic nomination - gives me the right to be pissed.
Yeah, it's true, Bernie has no chance of winning the Democratic nomination, although at the moment polls are all over the map. I suppose he still has a chance of winning in California just like I have a chance of winning the lottery. Winning anything, even this one large battle in the nearly completed nomination war, would be a huge accomplishment for his supporters to celebrate.
So, on June 7, I'm going to have a rare opportunity in American politics. I'm actually going to get to vote FOR someone who, if he became President, would promote ideas I believe in. In this one election I'm not going to be voting against someone. First time since 1972.
Eventually, I can only hope that some real social liberal candidate wins office someday and she can begin the even-harder-than-getting-elected job of changing the laws, the society and the hearts and minds of the people.
A vote for Bernie on June 7 will send a message to that as yet nameless candidate of the future that there are voters who support her ideas: we are out here and we will vote if given something to believe in.
The pictures of homemade Bernie signs were all taken in Pasadena except the Post No Bills graffiti which was near USC. The two girls with signs were near a voter registration table. I asked a nearby supervising adult for permission to take their picture, but I still felt as though I should obscure their faces.
Here is an 2008 Mixed Meters post showing homemade Obama for President signs.