#FeelTheBern

If you’re not interested in politics, please turn back now or you’re in for a really boring read.

I want to start by saying that for all intents and purposes, that I am a liberal. Hell, you might even call me a socialist. I see nothing wrong with that. Maybe I’m a liberal with socialist tendencies? I don’t know. I’m not that deeply entrenched in politics. I have a lot to learn but I’m paying attention. Not just to what the democratic party is saying, but what the republican party is saying as well. Though I will say that what I hear from the republican side these days is a lot more name calling and outright lying than I would expect from adults who expect to be elected to the highest office this country has.

What made me want to write this post was a status a friend posted on Facebook. He’s a good guy and I generally like him. He’s hilarious, most of the time. Our political views really couldn’t be much more on opposite ends of the spectrum. I try not to engage him in too many debates because instead of having an open dialogue about things, he turns into one of those smug, sarcastic types who doesn’t really want to discuss it at all; he just wants to be right. I should also mention that he was born in ’87 and considers Reagan to be his hero. Draw whatever conclusions from that you’d like. I’ll keep mine to myself.

What my friend said was:

“Hi, I’m Hillary Clinton. Everything that has ever reflected poorly on me is someone else’s fault. Vote for me because I’m a woman.”

That irked me quite a bit. At no point during this debate did I hear any such remarks come from her. Maybe I blinked and missed it. Nor have I ever heard her go on record as claiming that it’s everyone else’s fault for her poor judgments or because she’s got involved in one scandal or another, nor have I heard her suggest that she should be voted for simply because she’s a woman. I should also mention that the friend who posted this watches Fox News on the regular and is constantly sharing pictures of Dana Perino’s dogs. Uhhh who gives a fuck? That also reminds me that I do not consider Fox News to be an actual news organization, but rather a propaganda machine. Don’t believe me? Check this out.

Furthermore I don’t really consider myself a Hillary supporter. But wait, she’s a female. Shouldn’t I – another female – be voting for my sister? No, and neither should you if that’s your sole reason for selecting her. Would I love to see a female president? Of course! I’d be crazy not to. However, I think Hillary plays into a large part of the problems our country is dealing with. There’s all this talk about the top 1% and Hillary admittedly falls into that category. I don’t disparage all of her hard work over the course of her lifetime. That’s not the issue for me. My issue is that Hillary is part of the big banking machine.

Her Wall Street backers and top campaign contributors make me wonder if she’s a bought and paid for talking head. She’s been in the game a long time. There are pros and cons to that. Yes, Hillary is probably the most qualified from a political standpoint, given the positions she has held over the years. In many instances she already has relationships with world leaders thanks to her positions as First Lady, Senator and now Secretary of State. Those are valuable relationships and I don’t think there’s any question that she’s better capable to work diplomatically with other world leaders than, oh say, Donald Trump. I mean honestly, can you imagine him trying to broker a deal with Iran or Palestine? If he thinks it won’t get back to Putin that he called him a “loser” he’s got another thing coming.

Quite honestly, Trump is the worst thing that could happen to this country and that’s saying something after the disastrous eight years of Bush and Cheney we endured.

In watching the debate last night it was pretty obvious who the democratic darlings are in this race. If we’re all being honest, O’Malley, Webb and Chafee (I had to look his name up just now because he was so unmemorable) were there as a formality. The truth is, they’re not likely to win the nomination of the democratic party. It’s going to come down to Sanders or Clinton. Sanders is skyrocketing in popularity but Clinton remains the most notable and most familiar face of the running candidates.

Chafee, unfortunately, shot himself in the foot when discussing his regret over his vote to repeal the Glass-Steagall Act (which Senator Elizabeth Warren would like to reinstate) wasn’t a very good way to introduce himself to the country.

O’Malley is so soft spoken and I just can’t get it out of my head that he sounds like Will Forte’s impression of Tim Calhoun, who ran for president back in ’04.

Webb spent a great deal of his time complaining about not getting equal time to respond to questions. Come on, let’s not start this who’s getting more time nonsense, particularly since it was pretty clear that the debate really centered around Clinton and Sanders.

Chafee suffered pretty much the same freeze out at some points that Webb did, but in all honesty, I don’t see either of them winning the party’s vote to become a nominee.

The discussions about the issues were good. I will say that the candidates all had valid talking points and it was refreshing to see adults hashing things out without resulting to name calling of one another or rolling their eyes or displaying any other juvenile behavior when they disagreed with another speaker’s point of view. The malice was appropriately reserved for those across the aisle.

I will agree that there needs to be some kind of common ground and that there has to be more bipartisan sponsorship of bills. We need to start working together to build this country back up to where it can be. Right now, I feel like we’re at a crisis point. Conservatives have gone so far off the deep end and drunk far too much of Kool-Aid Fox News is constantly serving up.

There is no war on Christmas.

Liberals do not want to take your guns.

The poor do not want more “free stuff”.

Immigration is what this country was founded on.

Then again, as Bernie Sanders so eloquently put it, republicans seem to be experiencing amnesia.

They don’t like to talk about the fact that this land was stolen from Native Americans. They don’t like to admit that science proves that climate change is real and we need to take steps to deal with it. They don’t want to hear that “trickle down” economics is a failure. It seems to me, from all the things I read and hear, that they want to get back to some Mayberry Utopia version of America that never really existed.

1950’s America has been romanticized and distorted.

Guess what? There’s no going back. Those days ended long, long ago.

There’s the call for morality to return to this country and for God to be let back in. I wasn’t aware that He ever left, but whatevs. Aside from the fact that the Constitution of this country demands that church (that means God) and state be separate, I’m not so sure that letting religion rule a land is a great idea. Anyone else remember the Crusades or the Inquisition? Look at the Middle East and the fighting over Israel. Is that really what we need here?

I’m not an expert on all this constitutional, nor am I a scholar of said subject but I can read.

Do the right wingers understand that God wasn’t always part of the Pledge of Allegiance or that “In God We Trust” was not always stamped on our currency? My guess is they aren’t. Now if you want to pray at school before you eat your lunch, I say go for it. If you’re Muslim and your faith requires prayer, I don’t see why anyone shouldn’t be allowed to do it. The beauty of religious freedom at work. However, for certain candidates – Mike Huckabee, for example – to go on record as saying this is a nation that needs to be God-centered… Well, that’s just plain false. Contrary to what Ben Carson thinks, the founding fathers probably wouldn’t have had an issue with a Muslim president but they probably would have taken a serious issue with a black man taking that office.

The presidency is not meant to be used to force your religious beliefs down the throats of others.

Christianity has been hijacked by these extremists. If you’re not familiar with Sharia Law, I suggest looking it up pronto, because that’s what these zealots are really pushing us towards. No thanks.

I was raised in the Lutheran church. I can admit that I haven’t been the biggest practitioner of the faith for many years, but I don’t need to go to church every Sunday to know right wrong wrong. If I want to feel close to my grandmother who passed away four years ago I don’t go to the cemetery where she’s buried; I look for her in the flowers each spring and every time I catch a whiff of skunk it might as well be a hug from her. Just the other day I took the wrapping off of a wax tart from Yankee Candle and I almost cried because the first thing I thought of was that it smelled like Gram’s laundry room in her old condo. To me, those experiences mean so much more than any I could ever have in church.

I speak to God all the time. I know He’s watching me right now, listening to the words I’m typing. I don’t expect anyone else to share by views or believe as I do. All that matters to me, at the end of the day, is being an honest, good person. Hell, I’ll even deal with you if you’re an asshole, as long as you’re upfront about it. A girl likes to know what she’s getting herself into, after all.

At the end of the debate I find myself wanting to know more about where the candidates from last night’s debate stand on other issues. I’m tired of hearing about Benghazi and that entirely faked scandal. What happened was tragic but it has been admitted by House Speaker Kevin McCarthy that it was all a stunt (not to mention a huge waste of taxpayer money at a time when we really couldn’t afford to be wasting money) to bring down Hillary’s numbers. Planned Parenthood, it seems, was really no better.

Has Jason Chaffetz checked out of the burn unit yet?

The fact that this clown thinks he should be the next Speaker of the House just goes to show how far out of touch he is with reality.

But all of this conniving and scheming leads me to ask a very important question: What are they afraid of?

It’s not just the smearing of Hillary Clinton, but the ridiculous voting laws going into effect, not to mention the gerrymandering in states like Texas, Alabama, Louisiana, Ohio, North Carolina and Illinois. It’s cheating on a whole new level and it’s not something we should be turning a blind eye to. How are they getting away with it?

When people suggest I’m paranoid for pointing out that we’re living in an Oligarchy instead of Democracy, I tell them to do their research. It was a great relief to me when Scott Walker dropped out of the race. We don’t need the Koch Brothers pulling all of Walker’s strings behind the scenes.

Ultimately, I couldn’t say who won that debate. While I’m not the biggest Clinton supporter I don’t dislike her. At this point in time, my vote goes to Bernie Sanders, but we’ll see that future debates allow me to learn about the man who might be our next president.

Anything would be better than Trump.

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4 thoughts on “#FeelTheBern

  1. Well said, Meg. Just so you know, there are lots of us out there that feel the same as you do. Oh, and Bernie did mention oligarchy last night, which I thought was interesting (and appropriate).According to media outlets like the Huffington Post and the BBC, we are already an oligarchy. Sigh. Anyway, thanks for being brave enough (and mad I suspect) to post this. The Socialist in me is yelling “Go Bernie”, but the pragmatist is for Hillary. We’ll see. Keep posting your rants. We read them.

    • Thanks, Maggie! I tried to keep the rage to a minimum and go with facts, although if you think about it, you should feel passionately about who you vote for. I won’t vote Republican for several reasons. For years now I have been saying I vote Democrat because I can’t afford to be a republican and that was BEFORE the economy crashed back in ’08.
      There are more issues that came up in the debate that I feel very strongly about. While there was a bit of mudslinging at the GOP, I was happy to see that the candidates last night were respectful and thoughtful. I feel like Hillary is going to be tough to beat when it comes to foreign policy. She has more experience with it than all of the GOP candidates combined.
      Honestly, I think in the end it’s going to come down to gun control issues because the reach of the NRA is so far and they have done a fantastic job of convincing republican voters that big, scary liberals are coming to take away their guns. I don’t know a single person in favor of gun control reform that has suggested abolishing guns, but that’s what they think. It’s better to sit on our hands and pray on it than it is to be proactive. Don’t get me started on the bullshit good guy with a gun failed logic.
      Fox News has somehow convinced a lot of America that to vote liberal is to check Christianity and Old Glory at the door. I didn’t hear a single one of the democratic candidates make a suggestion even close to that.
      I will say that this election has helped the turds rise to the top of the cesspool. Trump, Carson, Fiorina, Huckabee, Cruz, Walker and now Rubio, Kasich and Jindal are getting in the game with more grotesque rhetoric for America to digest. The scary thing is that we have a largely lazy and uneducated populace that spends more time keeping up with the Kardashians than they do who is running the country. Too much pop culture obsession. There’s not enough reality in our reality TV.
      I’m finding in my own family there are a few members I’m not so happy to be related to. I keep thinking Gram would be turning in her grave if she heard some of the racist and xenophobic things being said. It disgusts me. In the end we’re all human beings. We all want to live in a safe world where kids don’t have to be afraid of going to school and parents don’t want to be a paycheck away from homelessness. We have to start somewhere to make these things possible.
      Keeping the GOP OUT OF THE WHITE HOUSE is the first step.

      • You’re preaching to the choir here. My feeling on the Republicans is that the party is acting like cornered animals, lashing out at anybody, because they’re trying to appeal to a small minority. Someone from the GOP (I think the nickname doesn’t fit anymore) will win their party’s nomination, and then will have to face the whole country with their xenophobic, racist bs. This whole situation would be amusing, if it wasn’t hitting so close to home. Anyway, keep ranting. We’re listening.

  2. I swear sometimes you read my mind, or you’re the daughter I had and someone stole you from the hospital. I’ve been saying for years that we live in an oligarchy, unfortunately many times thereafter having to explain just what an oligarchy means… It’s a sad state of affairs when educated people don’t understand the simplest things.

    “I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people build a wall of separation between Church & State.”
    – Thomas Jefferson, Letter to the Danbury Baptists (1802)

    “Our civil rights have no dependence on our religious opinions, any more than our opinions in physics or geometry.”
    – Thomas Jefferson, A Bill for Establishing Religious Freedom (1779)

    “There is nothing which can better deserve our patronage than the promotion of science and literature. Knowledge is in every country the surest basis of public happiness.”
    – George Washington, address to Congress (1790)

    I’m not sure I can take another election like 2008, or even 2012. I have some things I’d like to say to all of the candidates in office or running for office, not that it would make any difference.

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