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Monthly Archives: July 2016
This breaks my heart and my spirit. Recently, I reluctantly acquiesced to the DNC’s candidate of choice after working for Senator Sanders for several months and supporting him for years, believing that at her worst, Hillary was an overwhelmingly better choice than ANY Republican, but especially Donald Trump. I was also beginning to worry about myself a little bit, having vowed to never be swallowed up by unsubstantiated conspiracy theories, and I’d been preaching the “gospel” of the DNC’s deal to coronate Hillary since the 2008 elections. Recently and reluctantly I’d begun trying to persuade my fellow Bernie supporters that it was important to keep the White House out of Republican hands at any cost, and a switch to Hillary was our only option.
This revelation has me seething—with rage, betrayal, sadness, and disbelief. The Democrats really have stepped way over into Karl Rove/RNC territory, opting for Watergate-era tactics and outright dishonesty over supposedly established Democratic values and “the higher road”. The DNC has proven that they have given up fighting for the principles held so strongly by Progressives (formerly the Democrats!) for generations.
This is a frightening revelation, as this old, feisty, rabble-rousing troublemaker has had enough. It’s a terribly risky, ill-timed, and potentially devastating time for the US, and maybe the world, to have the DNC betray their “believers” in such a crass and devious manner. But as fearful as I am of a Trump presidency, I cannot, and will not, be responsible for enabling the corrupt actions of a political party to which had pledged loyalty for decades. I WILL NOT be voting for Hillary Clinton in this election cycle, and will change my party affiliation from Dem to Independent officially by next week. This is the sh*t that pissed us off about politics & politicians in the 60s, 70s, and 80s…only, it was the Republicans then. (Don’t get me wrong, I still believe that Republican policies and tactics are still the devil’s handiwork, and I won’t be voting that way—probably ever!) Nice work, DW-S and DNC. I know I won’t be the only one leaving the ranks.
This is such a sad state of the country that there are still people who are so hung up on who is going to pee next to you…. Get over it, folks. The operative words in this discussion are the usual ones– “WANTS to be [opposite gender]; CHOOSES a gay/lesbian/trans/bisexual LIFESTYLE, etc. I’m getting more convinced every day as I grow into an old woman that those who believe that anyone would CHOOSE to be bullied, discriminated against, humiliated, abused, rejected, and/or assaulted because it’s a much more fun way to live, are first, not very smart, and second, perhaps deeply closeted themselves. If you can look at a person just coming to terms with such a realization, or having to face the rejection of family and friends in coming out and you can honestly think that seems like a fun, carefree, irresponsible lifestyle CHOICE, I’m pretty sure it’s your own longing for the freedom to be a part of that community that informs you, not anything based on logic. And if you subscribe to the ludicrous notion that a) someone is going to be charged with monitoring every ladies room on the planet to make sure (how, exactly?) that no one with a little extra packaging underneath doesn’t get in, or b) that any sick bastard who wants to gain access to you or your children is going to dress up & pretend to be a woman, in order to kidnap & tape you, there isn’t much worth talking about until you educate yourselves about the reality of such circumstances. Do that, and if you are still convinced that any of this has to do with lifestyle or choice, come back here, and those of us who know the truth can guide you further. Until then, keep your damaging rhetoric (and legislation) to yourself, please.
I really had high hopes for Senator Sanders when he first threw his hat into the ring, because it did seem like there were a lot of people ready for this new revolution. But, as it has happened throughout history, our push to the left created an even bigger push to the right. And what has happened in cases like this in the past? A left push, a right push, a harder left, a harder right, then violence. Then whichever way the chips fall, you have the paranoia that sets in and creates tyranny so to create order. The winners are looking for a coup around every corner, their minions scoping out the “dedication” people have for their cause, getting rid of those who don’t measure up; the rest are awarded a higher authority to do the same to friends, family & neighbors. Meanwhile, those disenfranchised by the “revolution” that was supposed to be about creating a better, fairer society for everyone are further disenfranchised, angry, and persecuted. There are levels to which these things happen in various countries and in various eras, but it’s a pretty obvious pattern on a basic level for any revolution heretofore. I suspect that, as an intelligent, educated, socialist politician, Senator Sanders is aware of this and although he has been reluctant to call it quits, he knows now how many of us there are who believe in his way of doing things, and that he will have an exceptional position within the Senate to initiate some really great changes.
I also think that the Senator was beginning to feel a little nervous about being put in a position of “savior” or “messiah”. He said over & over again that this movement was not simply about HIM; this was a movement by the people of this country that needed to work to change their lives & communities from the Board of elections to council representatives, mayors, governors, and on up. His withdrawal from this Presidential race is not about “selling out” as much as it is recognizing the inevitable, protecting our progressive causes, and realizing he can lead better from the Senate than from the White House.