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What Happens When You Don’t Get What You Want… ;(

Bernie Waving

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Man oh man, have I been procrastinating processing my feelings about this one: Bernie’s not going to be our president. Only last week did I hang my head as I took down my “Bernie 2016” sign from my front window. Ugh. And the thing is, I knew this going into the campaign. I think many of the Sander’s supporters who were overwhelmed by Sander’s appeal well over a year ago knew that Sander’s probably wansn’t going to get the nomination. He’s anti-establishment, running against the establishment, in a “race” created by the establishment. Every aspect of the presidential run was stacked against him, with the exception of American populism. But even all these truths doesn’t make my bleeding heart burn less when I’m faced with the fact that the man I really believed in isn’t going to be our president.

As the months progressed, and Bernie became more popular and influential, a lot of Bernie supporters thought that this might be enough. That the amazing divine power of social media and grassroots organizing would lead us into the next candidacy with a renewed faith in how our government and politics are run. I did my best to think as realistically as possible, and continued to focus on Bernie’s issues and needs in key states and key areas like Northeastern PA. I knew if I started to buy into the idea that Bernie would be president then I would be greatly disappointed, and maybe I might slack off in my campaigning for him. I can tell you, the first time I think I really cried of happiness over Bernie was staying up until past midnight, waiting to see who won Iowa back in January, because I couldn’t believe how close it was. How the hard work was paying off.

So what now? A lot of people I know are angry at Bernie for endorsing Clinton, but truth be told, he said he was going to do so from the very beginning. He was positioning himself to make sure he could still have influence on the Democratic Platform, and the influence he’s had over it is way more than what I had hoped for last year at this time. Bernie’s given us the MOST progressive platform ever in the democratic party. Even if the democrats don’t follow it, his guidance is there. We are the ones who need to hold our politicians accountable for following it.

He also said he’s not going to run as a third party candidate.  I had written a post about him being Stein’s VP, which was a pipe dream, and a fun thing to think about, but Bernie has integrity. Even though the entire DNC ran a coup against him, he continues to stick to the POLICIES and ISSUES, not what is grabbing headlines. This is admirable. What is even more so, is that Bernie has asked his followers to keep this movement going. And that’s the best thing he can do- and it’s a really big thing! Now that so many people feel EMOTIONALLY connected to politics, we can make a real change.

How does this happen? Well, let’s keep in mind what we do want. Some things that I care about: Cut military funding and stop perpetuating wars in far off lands, redistribute our budget to give more federal money to states for schools and human services, and start to make the transition to a new green deal. Now, that I have some goals in mind, how do we make this happen? Well, if you watched Bernie’s speeches, one of his favorite lines is “Change doesn’t come from the top down, but from the bottom up”.  Local elections are so important. Everything from School Board to City Council, these are the people who are elected to really get something done. It would be pretty naïveté to think that Bernie could have gotten much done (other than appoint true, really, social justice warriors for Supreme Court instead of waify, corporately influenced, democratic titled judges) without the help of electing other REAL progressives in the House, Senate, and at the State and Local levels.

I don’t think Bernie losing was a loss for Bernie supporters. Sure, it’s okay to feel a little disappointed, but now’s the time to stop dwelling on it. Let’s figure out how to use the momentum that was created to continue to strive for REAL change. Bernie did such a wonderful thing bringing issues to the forefront instead of ad-Revenue-debacle-content that we see covered as “the issues” on all mainstream media.

The most important thing we can do is stay together and work towards change. Bernie was the catalyst that got us going, but we’re going to have to be the real soliders that begin to overthrow this corrupt oligarch that is American politics and government, starting from the bottom up.

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Is a Stein-Sanders Ticket a Fairy Tale?

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once upon a time, there were two progressives who wanted to beat the big bad wolf and the evil witch…

So I’ve been learning more and more about the Green Party Presidential Candidate hopeful, Jill Stein, and she seems pretty great.

She recently wrote an open letter to Senator Sanders, in which she applauds his campaign’s progressive agenda, his “inspiring grassroots movement”, and makes note of the unfair attacks from the establishment and media against him. She ends the letter by inviting him to speak with her about “collaborative ways to advance the effort and ensure the revolution for people, planet, and peace will prevail”.  Sanders still hasn’t responded to this invitation, but I’m curious if he might after the DNC in Philadelphia hands over the nomination to Clinton. Sanders campaign has demonstrated a sense of integrity since the beginning- and since Sanders promised supporters he would take his campaign all the way to the convention, I believe he will do so, and that this might be delaying him from speaking with Stein.

Stein’s platform lines up very closely with Sanders. Her “Power to the People Plan” includes creating millions of jobs from transforming the country’s dependence on fossil fuels to renewable energy, end poverty by providing helpful social programs to increase social mobility, creating a single payer healthcare system, providing free education, including college education, break up big banks, increase minimum wage to $15 and hour, and make GMOs transparent. Because of this progressive stance, it’s easy to understand why Sanders supporters would embrace a Stein-Sanders ticket with open arms.

I mean, is this a crazy thought? Would it be impossible for a Stein-Sanders ticket to materialize? I don’t think so. This could be a way to get around the outdated, bought and sold, two party system and start a real revolution of the people. Sanders has said that he will not run as a third party candidate, but he never said (to my knowledge) that he wouldn’t accept a running partner position.

This would cause an even bigger problem than the DNC is worried about now with the #StillBernie and the #BernieorBust movement. These diehards would certainly give their support to a Stein-Sanders ticket, and people who are on the fence about who to vote for if the options are Clinton-Trump (meaning, do I write in Sanders? or compromise to vote against my own convictions and choose the lesser evil, which arguably is Clinton), such as myself, would be so relieved to see this ticket as a viable option.

There are still things that Stein needs to accomplish before she can seriously think about getting Sanders on her side. She still needs to get on the ballot for a lot of states, including PA. If she hopes to gain media attention and be invited to debates, she will have to receive at least 15% of the electoral vote which can be difficult if she doesn’t have Sanders supporters already.

So for all you naysayers, just let me have this daydream. I don’t want to give up on the hard work I, and so many of my new friends, have done for the Sanders campaign. If I allow myself to give up on my own ideology, then ultimately the entire establishment has won.

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How to Vote 101 (Because Sometimes Its Scary To Ask These Things When Adulting)

Fellow Pennsylvanians, tomorrow is our primary. I have been anticipating this day since last year at this time (when Bernie announced he’d be running). Tomorrow is very important. Even if you’re not into politics, which is totally okay, I urge you to go vote if you’re registered.

How can you tell if you’re registered to vote in PA? How about finding where you’re polling place is?  Here’s the link that will tell you all of that. 

Maybe you know you’re registered and where to go already, but you’re nervous because you’ve never voted before. That’s totally okay. I know that it might seem scary and complicated, but it’s not. And if you’re someone who doesn’t like to ask questions to the people working at your polling location, I can guarantee that there are printed directions posted everywhere in the polling place on how to vote.

If you’re still nervous, I’ll tell you what goes down:

You show up to your polling place. You walk in. There will be a table and probably a little old lady sitting there with a signature book. She will ask your name. You’ll tell her. Then she’ll find your name in the book and have you sign it. If this is your first time voting you will need ID- a license, birth certificate, etc.  If it isn’t your first time, you don’t need anything (Although, I bring my ID just in case something fishy happens).  You’ll then get a paper ballot for your registered party and will be told to go to a little booth which has a curtain around it for privacy. Then you fill in the circle of the people you’re voting for. If you don’t know who to vote for for a particular race, say for example the Attorney General Race, feel free to just leave it blank (or vote randomly). When you’re done, there’s a printer looking machine that you feed your ballot into.

Its that easy. Seriously.

If you don’t know who to vote for and are registered as a democrat, I beg of you to vote for Bernie Sanders for US President and John Fetterman for US Senate. If you weren’t planning on voting, please reconsider. It’s one of the things that makes us American and one of the only ways to get our control back as a people. 

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It’s not about Bernie Sanders the person that is important.

Sometimes I feel like people get unreasonably angry about Bernie Sanders running for President. I see so many things online that basically say “All you Bernophiles are so stupid, just wait until he drops out/loses primary/forget he’s running for president and enters a nursing home”. I’m approached with this argument, in kinder words, to my face often (at least whenever I wear my Bernie shirt out to Price Chopper grocery shopping on Sundays in Dunmore). My answer each time is that it is the ideology of Sanders that gets me excited.

How fellow dunmore shoppers look at me in my Bernie 4 President t-shirt.

How fellow dunmore shoppers look at me in my Bernie 4 President t-shirt.

When faced with these scowling faces, annoyed with me for even saying that I will vote for Bernie Sanders, I must check myself and realize that their frustration towards my hope and ideology isn’t completely unwarranted. Of course I realize that Sanders is a long shot. I think everyone can agree to this, even if you do believe with your whole heart that he will win. The point is, people are tired of being let down. People are tired of getting their hopes up or allowing themselves to believe that things can actually change. If anyone should be doubtful about any possibility of change actually happening in America, it is the American people. 53% of us believed in 2008 that Obama would welcome in a new era, especially for us millennials, voting for our first time in a presidential election. But alas, because of the bureaucracy that is Washington DC, Obama was destined to fail as the dream we had imagined.

Here’s what I consider to be the best thing about Sanders’ run- he is bringing to light how things could be. He’s getting people, and not just young people, by the way (holla at my dad), interested in how our country works- how our economy works, how Wall Street works, what happened in 2008, how bills get passed, why we should care about who we vote in during the midterms, etc. etc. etc. This is why Bernie Sanders is important. Sure there have always been fringe and third party candidates that get young people riled up, but I do believe that Sanders’ is different. I believe that the American people, regardless of their political views, are realizing that we have a broken system and that by the definition of democracy we should have the power to change this.

So call me a dreamer or an idiot, it doesn’t matter. What matters is that we start opening our eyes to the corruption we’ve been hopelessly ignoring. Maybe ignorance is bliss, however I’m optimistic that the American people are starting to reject what’s been comfortable and start seeing what is happening in our great country.

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Mainstream Media vs. The People

After watching the first Democratic debate on Wednesday night I predicted what the headlines would be the next morning: “Sanders wins over more American voters”, “Clinton second to Sanders at Debate”, “Crazy Scientist Looking Guy Actually Has Good Ideas”, etc. etc. Instead I was (somewhat) surprised to see via news headlines how Hillary had “clearly won” the debate.

I was a little confused by this considering that I saw more positive words about Sanders during and after the debate via social media than for any other candidate on the stage. Bernie pulled in 1.3 million dollars from donations during the debate, more than any other candidate. If talking financially and popularity it can be proven that Sanders won the debate.  Investigating further, I saw screen shots of many different mainstream media polls, including CNN, MSNBC, and Slate, all which pointed to Sanders as having the popular vote. It seemed by morning however these polls were deleted, and support for Hillary’s victory seemed universal throughout the media.

If we look at Hillary’s donors, we can see that Time Warner has given $501,831 to the Clinton campaign over the years, and an additional $83k for the 2016 cycle. Coincidentally, Time Warner owns CNN newsgroup. Of course CNN’s agenda is a Clinton win. By the controlling mainstream media we see how America’s views are manipulated.  Looking into Hillary’s donors for 2016 I found it startling that Google has donated $58k so far to her campaign. Will we soon find our right to open internet compromised in favor of Clinton? I wouldn’t be surprised in the coming months if it is easier to find pro-Clinton information online than any information opposing Clinton or positive information about Sanders. Checkout Clinton’s donors for 2016 here.

Should we be surprised by Hillary's appearance on SNL? NBCUniversal owns the network is a donor to the Clinton 2016 campaign.

Should we be surprised by Clinton’s appearance on SNL? NBCUniversal owns the network, who is a donor to the Clinton 2016 campaign.

In the midst of all of this, the mess that DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz has made of the debate schedule only favors mainstream media more. In a piece this morning from Bloomburg, fellow vice-chairs and reps spoke out about the Chairwoman’s dictator ways in choosing to only hold 6 democratic debates. In 2007 there were 21 democratic debates held before the Iowa Caucus on January 3rd, 2008. The huge variance in democratic debates is an outrage to democracy. The fact that Wasserman Schultz was co-chair of Clinton’s 2008 campaign should be considered as a conflict of interest in her role as head of the DNC. Obviously she has stacked the deck in Clinton’s favor. I believe its safe to assume that Wasserman Schultz didn’t make this decision solely by herself, but by the help of Clinton’s top donors.

I guess I shouldn’t be so surprised by the injustice to democracy via mainstream media, however I am frustrated. It is the power of large corporations such as Time Warner, NBCUniversal, Comcast, and Google who will filter what the American people get to see and learn about the candidates. Information is at their discretion. I just hope that the momentum of change continues and that those who share this frustration will understand the obligation they have to inform those around us who may not realize how serious this issue is.

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