During the Depression years of the 20th century a now-treasured edition of the works of Charles Dickens were published with the goal of demonstrating that fine things--in this case quality tomes--might be offered at affordable mass market prices and not simply reserved for the wealthy.
Nonesuch Press was its name.
What has this to do with Bernie Sanders
or Chuck Dickens, for that matter? Just this, and powerfully so: in this time of the early 21st century, themselves so reminiscent of that of the 20th with its wealth disparity America is experiencing both a political and economic climate not generally seen since that of the frightening 19th century known as Dickensian.
No there are no debtors prisons, or public hangings; however, sufficient examples of similarity abound--including the seeming cheapening of life via child abuse tantamount to his time's child labor or the prevalence of violence in public places--such that exceptions may only serve to prove this rule of rough comparability.
And just as the nonesuch Dickens used his day's powerful medium of serialization of his often socially scolding works of fictionalized reality so, too, is this extant expositor of wrongs increasingly communicating the shaming quality of utter truthfulness to an increasing--and increasingly--hungry audience of the populace. This is no small achievement, given his contumacious refusal of status quo corporate sponsorship for his searing truth-telling.
His consistency in the service of truth has been, for other lesser political creatures, a mark of 'little statesmen', but not Bernard Sanders; indeed, he seems to be the rarest of his fellow human creatures--both human and humane. Perhaps the great Emerson would be moved to be resurrected to repeat to us in this time his famous relevant utterance:
"A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin
of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines. With consistency a great soul has simply nothing to do. He may as well concern himself with his shadow on the wall.... Is it so bad, then, to be misunderstood? Pythagoras was misunderstood, and Socrates, and Jesus, and Luther, and Copernicus, and Galileo, and Newton, and every pure and wise spirit that ever took flesh. To be great is to be misunderstood."
Even allowing for the differences of colloquial expression, Sanders consistency would be judged by Emerson as anything but foolish; and while he may rarely be misunderstood, so plain-spoken is he, any such misunderstanding should fairly be seen as the equivalent of wilful if not downright ignorant in its essence.
This brings us to those august personages cited by Emerson as misunderstood (either fairly or otherwise).
While his rhetorical questioning of authority and its clearly unfair status quo may be seen as Socratic, he neither welcomes nor invites hemlock (notwithstanding the likelihood that the mighty Koch Brothers enterprises may certainly oblige via its array of chemical pollutants). He claims no special mathematical genius like Pythagoras yet needs none, simple arithmetic serving amply well to demonstrate his financial accuracy. And Jesus, while of fellow Hebrew heritage, is sui generis for martyrdom and incomparable regardless of Sanders or any other's belief system.
As for Luther, here there may be some marginal kinship in iconoclastic terms, although any Sanders thesis is summed up well enough without the nailing of same to any doors save figurative doors locking the house of the status quo in place.
The rest of Emerson's misunderstood brood are concerned with the heavens and the stars and, while their study is both noble and necessary, Sanders wisdom compels him to attend exclusively to earthly realities and their redress.
Hence, to the nonesuch thesis herein set forth, and it is this: with due regard for Emerson and his understanding--and ours of him--to be a great leader and President one must be both virtuously consistent of word and deed, and those utterances and actions must be understood.
It is posited here that insofar as the truth is of such infinite strength that it lasts throughout all times then, it follows that it must be wise and simple at its core. When combined with a fittingly simple wise messenger in the person of Bernie Sanders we are left with the very heart of what the demanding office of President requires: a nonesuch servant of the truth who has consistently given the Dickens to all its enemies.
To the extent that he has been marginalized by the various agencies of the status quo--by its literal ancient name the enemy of necessary change--his necessity is thusly proven by them.
Are you listening, modern corporate media? It's the sound of the nonesuch civilly yet resolutely knocking at the locked door with its peaceful political revolution rooted firmly in truth, and it has the master key.