On Bernie Burgers, T-Shirts, Babies, Birds, Murals, Memes, Mariachi Bands and Art of A Political Revolution
In honor of today's key New York primary, the Belmar Pub & Grill in Binghamton, New York has created two timely new burgers. The lush Belmar Bernie Burger features an eight-ounce beef patty, bacon house-smoked with Vermont maple syrup, Vermont cheddar, garlic aioli baby spinach and red onion, all served with a side for just $7. The Hillary Special is a hard roll packed with a pound of processed bologna - from the proprietor, "as tasteless and full of baloney as the candidate herself”- for $14. No sides. Those concoctions are the latest in a deluge of heartfelt, good-time, grassroots stuff, from memes and GIFs to videos and Eat-the Rich t-shirts, by people moved to action and sometimes middling puns by the indefatigable Sanders and his online campaign.
People have dug into archives for photos of Bernie's charmed and charming Burlington era. They have transformed their VWs into Bernie. They have summoned the promise of once-obscure Scandinavian models to prove Bernie's social democracy can work. They have made countless Feeling the Bern products. They have created wall murals and cunning memes and punk-rock t-shirts and campaign videos, including one in the spirit of David Lynch. They have brought Mariachi bands to Sanders rallies; one band wrote and posted a video of their own Sanders tribute: "Bernie Sanders se llama el compa, (Bernie Sanders is the ‘compa’s’ name). Su quemazón ahora van a sentir. (And now you will feel his Bern.)" And a group of inspired international artists supporting him has created a touring show, "The Art of A Political Revolution," which Bernie just visited in New York. A longtime supporters of the arts - he has declared, "Art is speech. Art is what life is about" - he smilingly proclaimed the show "extraordinary." "This is precisely what we're trying to do," he said. "We're trying to unleash the energy and the potential of the American people." And damn but they're having fun.
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