E is for Election

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.

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Feel The Bern, Bitches.

 A-Z Challenge : Day Five

[If you actually do want to read some Bernie posts feel free to click here, here, here or here. If you want to read some Donald Trump rants click here, here or here.]

 

Live & In Color: Bernie Sanders in Appleton, Wisconsin

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.

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Our POV
Photo by Graham Washatka - www.grahamimages.net
Photo by Graham Washatka – www.grahamimages.net

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.

If you’re in need of some free education…

Democratic Socialism Is Not: Communism

Democratic Socialism Is: People Over Profit

If you’d like further information… click here. 

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.

Photo by Graham Washatka - www.grahamimages.net
Photo by Graham Washatka – www.grahamimages.net

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.

Photo by Graham Washatka - www.grahamimages.net
Photo by Graham Washatka – www.grahamimages.net

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.]

 

Bernie Sanders, Big Pharma & Heroin

Recently, I posted ten [super valid] reasons why Mr. Sanders should be POTUS. This additional reason to support Bernie Sanders might trump, no-donald-pun-intended, the other ten I previously penned. While intently watching the Democratic town hall in New Hampshire I heard Bernie Sanders say something I’ve never heard him, or anyone else currently (or previously) running for president say, let alone give any attention to.

I went through four years of high school, smoking an occasional joint at a party; never was I ever pressured into hard drugs, I’d even go as far as saying I had virtually no knowledge of how most of them were even ingested. Growing up 10 minutes out of Minneapolis, it wasn’t until I moved to a less congested area of Wisconsin – as an adult – that my eyes were opened to the large, sickening epidemic of opiates and heroin.

Seven years I have called Wisconsin home, in that time I’ve heard and been exposed to scary and heartbreaking instances that revolve around these drugs. I’ve watched them rip families apart and almost take the life of someone I call a friend. I had to hear about the murder, up the road, because of a deal gone wrong…

The stories continue and I’ve come to the unsettling realization that my son, growing up in today’s world, will be exposed to so much more than I was – a lot earlier in his life if something doesn’t change.

While I believe individuals are responsible for their choices and need to pony up to the consequences connected with poor decision making, I also strongly believe there is a huge injustice circulating within our country. Like Bernie said, You need 50 painkillers after a molar is removed? 

 

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Big Pharma have nothing but their own interests in mind – the more they have addicted the more money they make. Money. Business. Greed.

There were 47,055 lethal drug overdoses in 2014 making drug overdose the most prominent cause of accidental death in America. 

Not only do I trust Mr. Sanders to fight big pharma, I sincerely believe he wants to help the well-being of the American people who have fallen through the cracks. Our country needs to move forward, progressively, in a way that human beings who are getting swallowed up by addiction have a fighting chance. A small light at the end of the tunnel should be bright – if they are compelled to look for it.  Bernie Tweet

 

10 Reasons I Support Bernie Sanders

  1. Consistency

    Show me another politician with Bernie Sanders’ consistent policies and positions,  I’ll support him/her also. Over 40 years, Sanders has built his political career on a very focused message about what he calls a “rigged economy.” Over and over he has fought for voting rights, civil rights & income equality. Four decades of using his position to try and better our country.  There is something (very large) to be said about someone in government who refuses to flip flop their political stance based on anything other than their own personal belief.

  2. For The People

    Bernie Sanders does not take corporate campaign donations. He is not indebted to anyone, except the American people who have raised record breaking numbers for this man. Hillary Clinton acknowledged in the last democratic debate that she is well aware the impact campaign donations have on politicians and their decisions. Mr. Sanders does not owe anyone except you and I. When people talk about his campaign the words, Grassroots Movement are used, when is the last time you saw young people this interested in politics?

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  3. Medicare For All

    A belief that health insurance should be a right given to the American people rather than a privilege. There are people who need medical attention for illness, physical and mental who are avoiding help because of the cost. I was doing my taxes last year, for my family of three we paid over $10,000 to secure our insurance, not including our $5,000 deductible. I do not have $15,000 to spend before I get the help I’m paying for.  I’m currently struggling to pay on over $3,000 worth of medical bills because my husband hurt his back, meanwhile, the private insurance company (and others I’m sure) pockets my $10k.

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    I imagine this would be his reaction if I was telling him this story.

    As a middle class American, I would rather pay a flat tax for insurance and be covered. Go ahead and raise my taxes for insurance, Bern… it won’t exceed $15,000.

  4. Tuition-Free Public College

    It goes without saying that I want my child to have every chance to be successful, but I want everyone who feels the urge to expand their knowledge for good to have that option. Currently, I will never be able to send my son to college without myself, and probably him, going into massive amounts of debt. Sure, there are scholarships, grants and my loose change I’ve been saving but if we examine the big picture it’s not just about my kid or your kid… it’s about America’s future. It’s not a perk or a giveaway. It’s the best way to assure that they [The United States] have a workforce that can compete effectively in the twenty- first-century global marketplace.

  5. Experience

    I am sick and tired of hearing that Bernie Sanders is not electable. He has successfully won 14 elections and held elected office for 35 years. As the longest serving independent politician in Congress, Bernie holds the highest approval rating of any United States Senator in Vermont. acdb036d09900755d03b6419461e2415

  6. Wallstreet and the 1%

    If you’ve ever heard the man speak, you’ve heard the words exit his mouth. For some, it may seem repetitive – I say, scream it from the mountain top, Bern! Believe it or not, there are people, in the 1%, that support his ideas regarding taxes and income equality. Wallstreet is larger than you and I can even comprehend. They own Hillary, they own majority of big business and we are at their mercy. America’s middle class (and lower) need someone in office who is not afraid to stand  up to the billionaire class and say, enough is enough. Bernie Sanders believes our country and government belong to every single American – not just the wealthy – and that is something I can easily stand up and cheer for.

  7. Climate Change

    While Trump is spewing garbage regarding the legitimacy of Global Warming and blaming the Chinese for creating such a lie, Bernie Sanders is well aware of its presence and wants to do something about it. I’m concerned with climate change and the use of dangerous materials – when there are clearly other alternatives available. It’s 2016, America needs to get on board and help save the planet. Bernie-ClimateChange

  8. Guns

    While I try to understand my republican friends stance on guns, my position will never change. I do not think military assault weapons should be owned by ordinary American citizens. I do not believe assault weapons should be considered a “hobby”. If you want to fire and use those types of guns, by all means… join the military. Thankfully, for you gun enthusiasts, that’s my opinion and I am not running for president. Bernie doesn’t want to go door-to-door taking away peoples firearms, his position is stricter laws and background checks to prevent the every-day-mass-shootings that have become all too familiar on our nightly news.

    I have voted time and again for background checks, and I want to see it improved and expanded. I want to see us do away with the gun show loophole. In 1988, I lost an election because I said we should not have assault weapons on the streets of America. [Bernie Sanders]

  9. I’m Ready For A Revolution

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    There will not be another chance to have a man like Bernie Sanders in the White House. Progressive change is what I feel America needs and continuing to do what I can to educate and spread the word to fellow Americans who either a.) claim to not care about politics or b.) are set in their scared-of-change ways, is my plan. I will continue talking about this until it’s over – please join me. If you disagree with me, debate me on it. We’re holding the future of our country, our children’s country, in our hands right now. It’s time to educate ourselves and fight for the future of our country.

  10.  I wish he was my Grandpa

    I want to hang out with him and hear stories about marching with Martin Luther King Jr. and what it’s like having 7,000 people come out and rally for you in Alabama – a known conservative state. I want to tell him how he’s altered my perception of politics and government. I want to tell him that the fight he is fighting is inspiring and exciting. Bernie Sanders will be a president for the people – you and I. We just have to get him there. Regardless of the outcome, I’m proud to be part of the Feel The Bern movement. I’m proud to support a man who flies coach and runs to catch his train. I’m proud to support a man who sincerely wants to make America better.

I Endorse Bernie Sanders.

Politics never interested me. A bunch of  liars, saying what they need to complete their hidden agenda. In the past I’d simply say that I do not affiliate myself with either party, republican or democrat, simply because I wasn’t educated enough to answer any follow up questions as to why. I’ve been guilty of going to vote, looking at the line and thinking, “It’s not like my vote is going to matter anyway…”

Enter Bernie Sanders. 

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I share a lot of other people’s opinions regarding presidential candidate, Bernie Sanders, but have never sat down to share my own. In my day-to-day life I’m a vocal supporter. I’ve contributed to his campaign; I have a sign with his name on it in my yard, a bumper sticker on my mini-van and a lot of talk… to anyone who’s interested enough to ask, listen or simply just be within earshot.

He has consistently held elected office, in almost every level of government, for over 30 years; currently he has the highest approval rating of any U.S. senator. I’m not sure when I first heard about Bernie, but before I knew it I was looking up his policies in my free time and possibly annoying – more than a few people – on social media, trying to spread the word on this guy.

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Simply stated, Bernie Sanders makes thinking about the future exciting. As a middle class, American citizen with a young child- I wholeheartedly believe that he is the only candidate running for President that has the intentions and the passion to make changes that would affect my life for the better.

Bernie Sanders acknowledges issues that I’m personally concerned with. He’s is not afraid to stand up to the corruption and greed this country, particularly our government, has wedged our nation into. Bernie Sanders will be a president for the people…. that’s us, you and me [assuming wealthy billionaires are not regularly visiting Properly Ridiculous].

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The campaign itself has been referred to as a Grassroots Campaign; the words movement and revolution are even sprinkled into context now and then. Typically speaking, other candidates reap the massive monetary benefits of [and owe massive favors to] big business, wall street and the other 1%. Bernie is a guy who refuses to accept any money from big business, running his [extremely successful] campaign  with donations from your everyday American.

Over 41 Million Dollars has been raised, $230,000 per day since he announce his candidacy. Majority of that money, 77% to be exact, were contributions under $200.00 – like my own. By the end of September 2015 over 650,000 people contributed to the Feel The Bern movement. Who does that make Bernie Sanders indebted to?

The American people – his priority all along.

He’s been stewing on this for some time, having a consistent message for 4 decades. In 1974 he was quoted saying, “A handful of banks and billionaires control the economic and political life of America. … America is becoming less and less of a democracy and more and more of an oligarchy.”

Ben is a person; Jerry is a person; Ben & Jerry’s is not a person.              -Bernie Sanders

There has been a lot of talk surrounding it being the younger generations turn to start having our voices heard. While I agree 100% [that the old Republicans are getting out numbered and I enjoy every second of it] – this is the American people’s time! All of us. All I’m asking is that if you feel the same way, go out and vote.

I’m not Seth Macfarland, Bill Maher, Sarah Silverman, Dave Matthews, Will Ferrell or the Red Hot Chili Peppers – I’m a 31 year old writer/waitress from Wisconsin – but we all Feel The Bern. We all want progressive change and yeah, I’m going to say it, I want a damn revolution!

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