The Bern Lives Inside

I’ve been watching Bernie Sanders as of late. The guy has been on the attack ever since Donald Trump won the election. He has been involved with marches, protests, standing with Standing Rock, and now wearing out Trump’s cabinet picks. I thought to myself, “Bernie really does have some kind of force inside of him, something that compels him to stand up for the downtrodden. The Bern, my friends, is real. It is something that I feel on the inside. It is a burning desire to make the world a better place.

I know Hillary Clinton is still out there, somewhere, but I can’t help but notice her silence. She lost, I know, but she still has a voice. She could still help lead the opposition against Trump and the conservative hoards. But not a peep. I guess that’s the difference between someone like Bernie Sanders and someone like Hillary Clinton.

If you’re a Hillary fan, I do not intend to offend you. I would certainly rather have her at the helm that this megalomaniac. Sure, Hillary was a status quo candidate, but at least she would have known how to do the job. I have almost zero confidence in Donald Trump’s ability to be the President of the United States.

Anyway, I just wanted to remind you to keep the Bern burning. We need a little light to get us through the darkness.

Another Bernie Rant

This is one of those nights that I I don’t really feel like writing. I had a pretty good day, but I am exceptionally tired now that I’m home. My body is used to eating around now, so it’s waging a protest. It will fail. Going a day without eating is a small thing. I am going to exercise my will and be just fine.

Tomorrow is Friday and there is just one more day until the weekend. Oh what debauchery awaits. I’m going to have to do a junk run tomorrow after work.

Denice and I are sitting here watching the news. The nightmare administration of Donald Trump is preparing to get kicked off. I am watching the MSNBC talking heads lament the various horrors that await. They are talking about how close Hillary Clinton was to winning. “If only her economic message has been more clear. Yada, yada, yada…” Well, you know what? We could be getting ready to inaugurate Bernie Sanders as President of the United States right now. We could be on the verge of a modern age progressive enlightenment, not staring down into the abyss. Donald Trump would not have stood a snowball’s chance in Hell against Bernie. Every poll demonstrated this fact. But no, the DNC could not allow that could they? Well, you crooked creatures,  you made your bed, and now we all have to lay in it.

Sorry for the rant. Good night friends.

Choose the form of the Destroyer

It is almost midnight, and America is still in the process of choosing a new president. I have held off on this post as long as possible. It’s looking like Donald Trump will become our next (gag)… leader.

I proudly cast my vote over a week ago for Dr. Jill Stein of the Green Party. To me it is equally disappointing that either of these people will be elected. If Trump wins I will have to reevaluate my belief that the election is completely rigged. If Hillary wins this will confirm that belief. We will see. Either way, we all loose tonight.

The election reminds me of the scene from Ghostbusters where Gozer demands that the Ghostbusters choose the form of the Destroyer. “Choose and perish.” This night we will choose our fate… a neo-liberal sellout to the corporate elite, or a half-unspooled fascist wannabe. This should be interesting.

Good night, and good luck.

 

The Dark Hour is upon us

I’m sure many of you share the sentiment that it will be a relief when this screwed up presidential election is over. It has been a rough road. If I have learned anything from this fiasco it is that power truly concedes nothing without a demand. We all know Bernie was screwed out of the Democratic nomination. I don’t want to get into all that that entails, except to recognize one thing… if change is ever going to happen, it is almost certainly not going to come out of either of the two corporate parties. They are both equally corrupted.

In two days “we” will elect Hillary Clinton as president of the United States. Let’s face it, Trump doesn’t have any more of a chance than Bernie Sander did. Hillary has been chosen by the economic elite to be their stooge. She has proven that she is a team player, and will do as she is told, all the while making the masses feel that they have someone in office who is  sympathetic to their needs. Trump, of course, was just a useful boogeyman, and that’s all he has ever been.

Something that Jill Stein says that has really stuck with me is that “we are the ones we have been waiting on.” If there will be progressive change in the future it is going to come through us, and not the top down political system. We must be the change that we want to see in the world. If enough of us get on board with making the world a better place, then the forces arrayed against us will not be able to stop us.

A better world is possible. There is no technical reason why all of humanity cannot enjoy a high standard of living, without war or poverty, and at the same time restore the biosphere to a healthy state. No, the problems are not technical, they are due to a systemic value disorder in society. This is the natural result when profit and power trumps (no pun intended) all other metrics for success. If we are to survive, this shit has to go, as Jacque Fresco says.

So, Hillary Clinton aside, I am going to choose people and planet over profit and power. There is another kind of power to be had. Instead of Power Over, we can have Power With. Together, we can change things. Together, nothing can stop us.

Sorry for the ranting and dreaming. It’s one of those nights.

 

Don’t let the Presidency go to Shit

Well, early voting has begun. This has been the craziest election cycle that I recall, and the first one where I have actually given half a shit. Denice and I spent many hours volunteering, phone-banking, face-banking, and giving of our hard-earned money to Bernie Sanders. I don’t regret any of it. It was a great experience and a valuable leaning opportunity. I would be lying if I said that I wasn’t disappointed. Bernie represented a real change, a true departure from the status quo. I know he probably believes that endorsing Hillary was the only option that he had, given the impending horror of a Trump presidency. I don’t blame him. In fact, I am grateful for the renewed sense of hope for the future that he has given me.

I for one do not endorse Hillary Clinton. That does not mean that I approve of Donald Trump… far from it. I cannot endorse someone of her low moral character for the job of president. This has nothing to do with her being female, but everything to do with her corruption and complicity with the corporate interests that are hell-bent on destroying this biosphere and our future as a species.

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For me, there is only one person still in this race that I can throw my unbridled support behind, and that is Dr. Jill Stein. Jill is the Green Party nominee, and she is amazing. She is intelligent, strong-willed, and morally above reproach. I have seen many of her videos, and have no doubt that she would mop the floor with either Hillary or Donald in a fair debate, but that won’t happen. She is bared from the “official debates.” It’s a shame too, because most Americans aren’t even aware that there are more choices than the two pathetic options that we are presented with.

I know what you’re thinking… “But Jill is third-party, and she CAN’T win.” I don’t care. I am done, D.O.N.E. with being bullied into chosing the supposed lesser of the two evils. I’m done with chosing evil. I am voting for the greater good. I like Jill Stein, and there is not a better person in whose hands I would intrust the fate of this nation and world.

However, these are just my humble opinions. Feel free to make up your own mind. If you want to know more about my champion, check out her website: Jill2016.com