What Bernie Means to Us
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We have had our opportunities to change: the end of chattel slavery….The list could go on for an entire article. Each of these moments was a potential turning point…Bernie is dear to us because he, like us, sees an opportunity to become. The last crash triggered the worst possible responses: spare the rich, punish the poor. Bailouts for them. Austerity for us. The policy-driven chasm between rich and poor has deepened well beyond the understanding of most humans. Bernie says we all deserve a fair wage, food, water, shelter, quality education, and excellent healthcare. Regardless of the cost.
Bernie is unafraid when we need courage most. In a time when instability and insecurity are reawakening the worst of human nature here and around the globe. He is saying “NO.” Loudly and firmly. We can be better. Live our best lives, together. Fight for one another and not with each other.
Bernie Sanders does this in the face of a hostile media. Both political parties attack him regularly. Driven by one-percenter funding; public relations firms, F-list celebs on social media, cable news, wannabe gatekeepers, & troll farmers are arrayed against him. And us. They lie, divide, and misinform. Bernie stays on message. Our message.
Bernie’s off-the-rack appeal speaks to us. Not in a pandering way of the open collar & rolled up sleeves from his manufactured, perfectly coiffed peers in the political arena. His rumpled appearance carries a far-too-unique genuineness that says “This is me. Take me as I am.” He is that co-worker, friend, or family member that is habitually ready to lend a hand and a back when the burden is too much to bear alone. We’ll fight the good fight shoulder-to-shoulder with that guy. Perfection not required.
January 4, 2019 at 7:03 AM #8333peacecorpsParticipant
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here and around the globe. He is saying “NO.” Loudly and firmly.We can be better. Live our best lives, together. Fight for one another and not with each other.”
That summarizes the difference between progressives and ‘right wing populists’ better than anything else I have read.
And that is what Bernis is all about: “Fight for one another and not with each other.”
The Big Lie: "Make the lie big, Make it simple, Keep saying it, And eventually they will believe it." AH.
"Arguments must therefore be crude, clear and forcible, and appeal to emotions and instincts, not the intellect." JG
National issues (slavery/racism, income inequality, pandemics and pathetic health care, weak unions) are not solved with more states' rights. Global problems (climate change, migration, trade, war, pandemics) are not solved with more nationalism.
January 4, 2019 at 7:06 AM #8337
January 4, 2019 at 10:13 AM #8390jwirrParticipant
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