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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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.]

 

12 Things I Trust More Than Donald Trump

1: Rusty Razors: If I had to choose to shave my body with rusty razors for four years or have Trump as our leader – I’d take my chances.

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2: Beetlejuice

Ah. Well… I attended Juilliard… I’m a graduate of the Harvard business school. I travel quite extensively. I lived through the Black Plague and had a pretty good time during that. I’ve seen the EXORCIST ABOUT A HUNDRED AND SIXTY-SEVEN TIMES, AND IT KEEPS GETTING FUNNIER EVERY SINGLE TIME I SEE IT… NOT TO MENTION THE FACT THAT YOU’RE TALKING TO A DEAD GUY… NOW WHAT DO YOU THINK? You think I’m qualified?

That makes more sense than over half of the nonsense that comes out of Donald Trump’s mouth. Yes, Beetlejuice – you’re qualified to run for President of the United States of America.

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3: Fortune Cookies: Even when I put ‘in bed’ after the fortune the probability of the outcome not letting me down has to be far less than a Trump Administration.

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4: Bill Cosby: I’m confronted by Donald and Bill, both offer me a beverage and I’m going with Bills, I think he would appreciate it more.

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5: Brian Williams: I heard he was at Donald Trump’s wedding and flies on his private jet on the regular – it crashed once. If we could tally the number of lies between the two of them – Mr. Williams would have less.

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6: Yellow Snow: I’d let my kid, and yours, eat yellow snow and fear less for his well being than a future with Donald Trump as president.

7: My Asshole Cat: No matter how many times he knocks my glass of water on my head while I’m sleeping, I trust him more than Donald Trump.

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8: Black Licorice: Not everyones cup o’ tea, much like Donald… but no harm comes from enjoying a box of Good & Plenty.

9: Vodka: After consumption my behavior becomes questionable. Vodka does not have my best interest in mind, much like Donald, but at the end of the night it helps me sleep better – something Mr. Trump will never be able to do.

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10: The Potato Salad That’s Been Sitting In The Sun For Hours: Sure, I might get a stomachache and upchuck but that is also guaranteed if Trump wins the nominee or the election.

11: The squirrel Darting Back And Forth In The Street: Unlike Donald Trump, I trust Mr. Squirrel will be held accountable for his actions and if he ends up lucky, I’ll be happy for it.

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“Vote For Me”

12: Smeagol, from Lord of the Rings: I endorse Smeagol.

Come on Hobbits. Long ways to go yet. Smeagol will show the way.

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