In his letter, Robert Michael Jones (MCN- 10-1) stated that "if Bernie Sanders is a Socialist, I am the Prince of Wales." Well, Mr. Jones, congratulations on your advancement, I assure you, Bernie Sanders is indeed a Socialist and revels in the fact, it's not a putdown.
Before moving south in 1996 my wife and I lived in Vermont where "Bernie" (as he is known) is a U.S. Senator. I've spoken with Bernie several times, the first occasion was when he approached me in a Mall in Barre, Vt., and asked for my vote when running for Vermont's lone congressional seat.
Bernie considers himself a social Democrat, always has, his campaign language (it's not rhetoric) hasn't changed much in 50 years, certainly not in the 25 years I've known him. He thinks and acts independently and is an Independent in the Senate but caucuses with the Democrats. He's running for president as a Democrat in order to participate in the debates. Both parties, you see, eliminate independent and third party competition by denying access to us who vote. Will he run as an Independent if he loses to Clinton in the primaries? Very unlikely knowing he would be handing the election to the Republican.