Unless you’re 100% pro Donald Trump or 100% pro Hillary Clinton, you more than likely had at least a few of these thoughts while trying to stomach the final Presidential Debate.
When I attended a Bernie Sanders rally in March, I genuinely believed he was going to be the next President of the United States. My husband and I giddily left our house at 7:45 in the morning for a speech that was set to begin at 1:00 in the afternoon. Believe it or not, we didn’t even complain about the line that already weaving around through neighborhood blocks.
It was empowering and exciting to be surrounded by so many people, from so many different walks of life, with one common denominator. Bernie Sanders, the face of our revolution. I think he sleeps well at night knowing that he lit some serious fires among his supporters.
My hope is that when future historians look back and describe how our country moved forward into reversing the drift toward oligarchy, and created a government which represents all the people and not just the few, they will note that, to a significant degree, that effort began with the political revolution of 2016.
Now that the primaries are over I’m left with a void that I’m sure is very normal. I’d be willing to bet many Hillary Clinton supporters back in 2008 felt the same way when she lost to President Obama. It sucks, and now everyone is telling me to vote for her.
Did you know that soon after her loss there was a shift of power within the DNC? Interestingly enough, the DNC chair stepped down and it was Hillary’s 2008 campaign co-chair, Debbie Wasserman Schultz who took over. The DNC chair who stepped down? That was Tim Kaine, ya know? Hillary’s current running mate. Perhaps it’s just all one big coincidence… but I doubt it.
Conspiracy theories aside, I just spent the last year of my life learning all about what a shitty person Hillary Clinton is, so if you’ll excuse me, I need some space before I am ready to be bombarded with reasons why I ‘have to vote for Hillary’.
While she may have adopted much of Bernie’s social platform regarding minimum wage and college tuition, I’m not sold. For some reason I just can’t seem to get over those damn emails, Benghazi, the sketchiness surrounding The Clinton Foundation, the paid Wall Street speeches, her ever-changing positions on trade and fracking…
I could go on but simply, I just don’t trust her.
I don’t know who is getting my vote in November but for the record, I refuse to feed into the madness that implies I have no choice and I won’t let anyone to tell me it’s my fault if the bigot wins. I will exercise my right to vote how I see fit and perhaps the DNC can hold onto some of the guilt if we end up with a President Trump.
I still have my Bernie bumper stickers on my minivan and my sign displayed on my front lawn with no intentions of taking them down. I’m proud of the passion I have felt over the last year and let’s be honest, it basically consumed my soul. Some of you don’t get it and that’s okay. Politics are not everyone’s cup o’ tea, but with that being said, I’m proud that I can stand up and say that I care about the future of America.
This will be the last political post I publish on Properly Ridiculous – I’ll be taking my ranting and raving regarding politics elsewhere. A second blog has been on my mind for some time and now it makes sense. It seems that after a few years and 300 published posts, I have finally found a niche.
I’ll keep you posted on the URL as it’s a work in progress, but who knows? Maybe it’ll end up documenting my own run for office. Weirder things have happened.
Real change never takes place from the top down, or in the living rooms of wealthy campaign contributors. It always occurs from the bottom on up – when tens of millions of people say “enough is enough” and become engaged in the fight for justice. That’s what the political revolution we helped start is all about. That’s why the political revolution must continue.
When I jumped head first into the political pond, which is actually more of an infested slimy swamp, I had few opinions. I caught wind of this senator from Vermont and he made me feel optimistic and since I was so taken aback by this guy, all along I assumed that majority of the American people would eventually jump on this Bernie train with me and we’d all ride off into the sunset…
Instead, I find myself wishing I lived in Australia where I could comfortably, with no fear of being shot by a stranger, be popping popcorn into my mouth while this madness unfolds. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I’d ever feel heartbroken over a political process.
I do feel like Bernie Sanders was treated unfairly and I do not care if you think I’m simply being a sore loser.
Harvard released a study that confirmed that while Bernie Sanders was out making history the majority of the republican nominees were the ones getting the coverage. Five Republican contenders—‘Trump, Bush, Cruz, Rubio, and Carson—each had more news coverage than Sanders during the invisible primary. Clinton got three times more coverage than he did.‘
I’ve watched Bernie Sanders speeches get cut off mid-sentence for commercial breaks – while he is talking to a stadium with record breaking attendance. Is that not news?
Meanwhile, Google suggests that perhaps you’re looking to find information regarding Hillary Clinton India rather than Hillary Clinton Indictment. Which is really ironic, considering if you dig into the public demographics of the Google searches, the number of people who search for Hillary Clinton India are significantly less than the other.
Go ahead and try it for yourselves.
I searched on Google first because it’s synced to my phone with Android which is also connected to my Chrome browser – I mean – who even uses Yahoo! anymore?
CNN quickly published an article explaining the logic. Basically, Google is super smart and the other search engines (every single one) do not meet Google’s level of technical filtering abilities. Or, just throwing this out there, it could be that Time Warner owns CNN and also happens to be a top contributor to Hillary Clinton’s campaign – investing over $600,000. But I’m no expert, just a crazy Bernie supporter.
Whether the process was rigged or fair and square, we now have to deal with the outcome. I do not want to place a vote for Hillary Clinton and I can say with confidence that I will never place a vote for Donald Trump. I’m left here hoping there is still another option. I trust the guy so I’ll wait for the convention, see what he has to say and go from there.
What I do know is that the revolution is not stopping with this election. We’ve got a progressive army ready to run for local and state government with these radical ideas in their pockets. Less than 24 hours after U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders called on his supporters to run for office at the local or state level, nearly 6,700 people have signed up.
For those solely depending on mainstream media, you may have missed that part of Bernie’s plan.
The point is change can come about, but it only comes about when millions of people are actively involved in political struggle; the billionaires may have the money, but we have the people.
For now… I’m stickin’ with the #StillSanders crowd.
Here’s the deal – I wasn’t always this crazy. I swear. Today, I will not rave about Bernie Sanders or go on a rage filled rant about Donald Trump; I just want to figure out how this happened.
It’s unclear when I first was introduced to the idea of this man named, Bernie Sanders. What I do know? It snowballed awfully quick. I went from being this person with zero opinions to give regarding anything political and preaching that an uneducated vote is worse than not voting, my go-to excuse for avoiding the whole process.
Now? Well, it basically consumes my soul.
Is it because my son is getting older and I’m concerned for his future? Is it because finally a politician is speaking a language that makes sense to me? Maybe this is just what happens after thirty…? No. That can’t be right – I have plenty of friends older than thirty who observe from afar and are too nice to say so, but they’re more than likely tired of my political posts on social media.
If someone would have told me even two years ago that I would have a political sign in my yard and bumper stickers on my car I’d give you a look that screams, Get the f*** outta here with that nonsense.
Currently, I’ll talk Bernie to anyone willing (or not) to listen to me and Lord knows, once I start I can’t stop. Let’s be honest, one of the reasons I signed up for this A-Z challenge was so I could grace Properly Ridiculous with things other than politics…
…cause I guess not everyone is into all that.
Long story short, I’m sorry I have allowed this madness to consume my soul and I’m sorry if you’ve ever wanted to tell me to just shut the F*** up.
But in reality, I’m not sorry at all.
The dynamic I witnessed today at the Bernie Sander’s Rally in Appleton, Wisconsin was unlike anything I’ve ever seen or been a part of, ever. When thousands of people come together with one common denominator there is a vibe that makes you want to pump your fists and high five until it hurts; and that’s before even getting inside.
We had a hard time deciding what time to arrive, how early is too early? Living less than ten minutes away, logically my husband and I pulled out of our driveway at 7:45am with a door-opening of 9:30am. Come to find out, the first people showed up at the Appleton Performing Art Center, ready to wait for Bernie, at two o’clock in the AM and a few hundred earlier than us.
Scanning the faces of all these people we are passing while making our way to the end of the line, which weaved around the venue and down the block at this point, I’m finding average college kids, hippies galore, old ladies and any other stereotype you can come up with. There are street vendors with wagons filled with T-shirts and buttons screaming into megaphones about a revolution. There are people running for congress handing out information – and an old Jewish socialist brought us all here.
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I’ve never been in the presence of the Secret Service before and scenes from The Blacklist just started spinning around in my overly-excited brain once we got inside. I’ll go ahead and state the obvious… those guys mean serious business. Don’t make a joke… is all I kept repeating while making my way to the metal detector.
When we made our way to the seats, up in the 2nd balcony, there were roughly two hours before Senator Sanders was scheduled to begin speaking. The anticipation was not to hear what he has to say… I know what he’s going to say. I’m well versed in Bernie’s speeches and policies – but it’s like hearing your favorite song live for the first time.
Chants of his name echoed throughout while people started the wave; I saw high fives, people embracing and shaking hands that I feel never would have crossed paths otherwise. Everyone was happy. Everyone was there with the same radical ideas. Bernie Sanders has brought people together, he has opened the minds of people who have dismissed politics and felt complacent with more than a few terribly corrupt government happenings.
When the Senator made his way to the podium, I made a conscience decision to take in my surroundings and if I’m being honest, I’m having a hard time putting my experience into words. There was so much hope, excitement and awe at once, but it was so far from being overwhelming – I didn’t want the cheering to stop. He expressed his views, plans and hopes for our country while the audience never stopped encouraging him for more with standing ovations and outbursts of support. I’ll tell you what there was not also, there were zero violent incidents.
When it was over he made his way to shake hands with supporters and even offer some hugs to attendees who were close enough – like those dedicated 2-am-ers.
For the husband and I, seeing and hearing him with our own eyes was plenty to fill our cup. Bernie Sanders reeks of genuine compassion and truth. I left feeling proud to be a part of his movement and ready to place my early vote for him here in Wisconsin tomorrow. I urge all my Wisconsin friends and followers to at least take a look at his policies and if he’s not the candidate for you – at least go out and vote for who is on April 5th. Find your polling place: HERE.
[Okay, okay…I know I said if he’s not for you to vote for who is, but I challenge you to find another candidate running for president who flies coach, has voted consistently for 20+ years and radical or not, has the American people’s best interest at heart.]