A fascinating concept I learned recently is the “digital footprint” concept. Simply put, a digital footprint is everything a person has said or done that has been recorded and posted online. Unlike footprints in the sand, there is no ocean tide to wash away digital footprints. And every day pre-Internet era articles, files, images and video are being uploaded, too.
When it comes to digital footprints, you can’t beat Senator Bernie Sanders’ consistent record. Since Bernie became mayor of Burlington, Vermont, he’s been recorded in print and video. At first, it was probably because Bernie was an oddity to the 1980s mainstream media. The pundits seem to say, “Get this – there’s an independent mayor in the U.S., and he’s not afraid to tell it like it is!” Later, as Bernie took his seat in Congress, he was recorded speaking frequently from the floor of the House on C-Span. Several years later, Bernie spoke on C-Span from the Senate floor. Bernie Sanders is the one person running for office whose every utterance is recorded and accessible online in exacting detail.
The Panama Papers is this year’s huge breaking news story. Over 11.5 million documents have leaked showing how the super wealthy stash their billions in shell companies to avoid paying taxes. The most astonishing thing about the Panama Papers revelation is that it was predicted over four years ago by an individual who saw the folly and potential use for criminal behavior in the 2011 Panama Free Trade Agreement. No, it wasn’t then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton who predicted the massive tax evasions and swindles. Mrs. Clinton actually touted the agreement as a good thing since she believed that free trade with Panama would help create U.S. jobs and improve our economy. I bet you can guess who predicted the Panama Papers fiasco.
Here’s what Bernie Sanders had to say: https://youtu.be/LrsI0Sw2hq8
Prophetic, isn’t it? When you view C-Span videos of Bernie speaking on important issues, the consequences of a House or Senate action or non-action, and then compare his insights to the problems we experience today, you see Bernie’s true wisdom and compassion for ordinary Americans.
Perhaps Bernie’s most prescient statements were made when he spoke out in Congress against the folly of war in Iraq: https://youtu.be/NdFw1btbkLM
To see where Bernie stands on the issues both today and in the past, simply research him online. (Find links at http://www.feelthebern.org) Bernie’s stands on health care, the environment and civil rights, among others, have been consistent over the decades.
You can even watch his arrest for protesting racial segregation in Chicago in 1963: https://youtu.be/AVtOQ85BKRU
Bernie has never “flip-flopped.” He knows his mind and wants what’s best for ordinary citizens. His digital footprint is consistent. Bernie’s willingness to explain the issues and desire to make America better for all its peoples endears him to many. Watch, read, listen and see if you don’t feel the same way.
Bio: Cindy A. Matthews is a freelance writer, novelist and editor of The Bernie Blog. http://bernie2016.blogspot.com