I Just Don't Know……
So Far From HeavenKeymaster
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The Idiot is back, but not necessarily all here.
This election cycle has all the promise of the last election cycle for President. Joe has promised to contest if Bernie wins the plurality of delegates, but not the majority. Terrific. But then again, what else would one expect? That, in essence is what Bernie tried in 2016.
The real difference is the future. Perhaps four years from now, or even sooner, two years from now. It won’t be too long, and I won’t either care or be able to fight for a world to live in for my kids and grandson. So, I am paying attention like never before on some tidbits of info coming from all over the place that give me hope for now. And today I found one on NBC of all places. It isn’t just what I want to have told, but it is enough of a boost for now. It deals with the future. A future that should be shaped and forged by young people. Not dinos like me and Bernie.
That is one of the things that make Bernie ‘different’. It isn’t his policies or his personality and it certainly isn’t his preferred hair color and style. It’s a spark that he throws out on the winds of his campaigns that can light fires that may burn forever, given a chance. And he knows it. Bernie isn’t a fool and he isn’t drinking the wine or partaking of the ‘rooms or any of that stuff, he’s just planting embers and hoping for the best. He has always stated that his election to the presidency isn’t the end, but the beginning of a ‘revolution’, and if he wins and the revolution fails, then he also fails. He doesn’t have long to get this thing going, either. He better get with it as they say.
So there are two things that I wonder about just now. Both deal in the future. Both have hope and both have the potential for disastrous outcomes.
Let’s just stick with the idea that a revolution can be mounted and won for now. I’ll quit being depressed over Joe Fuckbrains stated policy of denying Bernie the win and deal with it later. So, the revolution.
I am beginning to see Bernie as the Wizard of Oz, with the exception that he can actually perform miracles from behind the curtains. Or perhaps have miracles occur because he is behind that curtain, watching and moving and showing those interested the things they need to see and address. Like poverty, climate change, social inequality and economic systems that make millions losers while few win. And perhaps, just perhaps, he’s leading a revolution among the most important sector of our society, the youth.
Isn’t that the sector that will inherit the future? My daughters and grandson? Bernies’ revolution has to come from them, and be for them. Sure, it can help all of us as well, but it is imperative that this revolution be geared forward, marching along after I’m just a memory to a few.
It just has to.
So, today I find a little piece on NBC of all places that gives me hope. Not just a little hope, but a lot of hope. It has stuff in it that isn’t my cup of tea, but its message is exactly that which I just tried to say myself. The article is
And its about a guy in Houston, Texas of all places. A Berner looking to unseat the usual Clintonite 3rd way Dem currently in Congress from his district.
That’s the question facing Orozco and other Democratic candidates who share his fervent progressive views: Is the message resonating with voters? He’s part of a wave of young, unapologetically left-wing candidates who are mounting primary challenges against older Democratic incumbents in solidly Democratic congressional districts and local races, in Texas and across the country.
These candidates are inspired by the anti-establishment message of Sen. Bernie Sanders, who has the most delegates in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination, and by the rise of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the 30-year-old democratic socialist who became a national star when she unseated a 10-term incumbent Democrat in New York City two years ago. Many are millennials and political newcomers, motivated by their experiences coming of age amid the 2008 financial crisis. Others got started as activists on the front lines of battles over police brutality, gun violence, climate change and immigration.
He’s trying to unseat Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, who I, along with this schmuck don’t think she embraces anything truly progressive….
As if that wasn’t bad enough (this is Texas, right?) they have others with the ember fighting this year for us as well…….
“They are long-shot bids, sure, but so was AOC,” said Brandon Rottinghaus, a political scientist at the University of Houston, referring to Ocasio-Cortez by her now-famous initials. “So the prospect of catching lightning in a bottle again is what many of these candidates and these groups are looking for.”
In South Texas, Jessica Cisneros, a 26-year-old immigration attorney, has been endorsed by both Sanders and Ocasio-Cortez in her campaign to unseat Rep. Henry Cuellar, a 64-year-old pro-gun, pro-trade centrist backed by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
This gives me hope. We don’t have a whole lot of time for this revolution to get going, but maybe, just maybe, it’s finally getting started in earnest.
March 2, 2020 at 1:33 AM #278210Ohio BarbarianModerator
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You remember the Reagan Revolution. For me, it fucked up my entire life. I was all ready to take the Foreign Service Exam. Yessir. 21 years old, a career in the State Department. But I couldn’t bring myself to serve under that SOB. Couldn’t do it.
It’s happening again now, but this time the wind is blowing from the left. A storm is moving in, and it will strike Texas on Tuesday. You’ll feel the gusts in New Mexico. A democratic socialist is going to win the Democratic primary in Texas, and may well turn the state blue in November for the first time since 1976. It’s possible, even probable.
That’s a sea change, brother.
It is better to vote for what you want and not get it than to vote for what you don't want and get it.--Eugene Debs
You can jail a revolutionary, but you can't jail the revolution.--Fred Hampton
March 2, 2020 at 5:29 AM #278290PunxsutawneyModerator
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If I think on it, that and neoliberalism, though a rose by any other name…
And I have my brothers who think he is a hero. 🙁
In America, “Liberty” means “Free to Die in Service of Capital” - Amfortas the hippie.
Most of today’s elites have the moral and social reasoning capacities of spoiled toddlers.
“People of privilege will always risk their complete destruction rather than surrender any material part of their advantage...but the privileged also feel that their privileges, however egregious they may seem to others, are a solemn, basic, God-right. The sensitivity of the poor to injustice is a trivial thing c
March 2, 2020 at 5:00 AM #278275snotParticipant
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I’m willing to believe that many of his opponents consciously believe they’re doing the “right” thing; but because they lack Bernie’s integrity, they fail to interrogate themselves closely enough to discover where they’re misled by their own self-interests and cowardice; and this leads to slips of the tongue, flip-flops that seem to be for the wrong reasons, etc., which reveal that their purported progressiveness is only skin-deep. Put them next to Bernie, and it’s clear which is the real deal.
Destruction is easy; creation is hard, but more interesting.
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