I’m not. This is my first (and maybe the only) post about the upcoming election.
I changed my party affiliation from Independent to Democrat only because I wanted to vote for Bernie in the primary. It was a decision that I did not make lightly: I felt strongly that Hillary was not the one I wanted to represent me during the next four presidential years.
I firmly believed (and still do) that our country needed a change – not the one that Barack promised and was not able to deliver – but a REAL CHANGE. A change that encompassed all of our societal strata.
Just because Bernie did not win the primary, does not mean his supporters will throw up their hands in defeat and turn away. His supporters are as strong as ever, and for the most part, will not vote for the presumptive nominee(s).
Leverage? [Take a look]:
● 12 million votes.
● Victory in 22 states.
● 45 percent of pledged delegates.
● A history-making small-dollar fundraising campaign that out-raised his well-heeled opponent.
That was all while facing one of the most powerful Democratic clans in history, rejecting big-money donors, and challenging one of the most famous people in the world as a leftist outsider.
Leverage? Consider the trend line: Twelve months ago Bernie Sanders was all but unknown nationally. He didn’t fit the typical “politician” profile in age, style, or rhetoric. He was a self-described democratic socialist. And he faced overwhelming obstacles erected by the party machinery at all levels.
This election is not about just the next four years, it’s about our current and future generations. As I see it, the problems with which our nation and the world have to wrestle, are seemingly insurmountable. We need new ideas and strategies from our more savvy younger citizens. The old guard should be retired. And, at 78, I can say this with some degree of experience. I admire our young people. They are vigorous and full of new ideas that are waiting to be put on the table; unlike many of our “tired, old fogeys” who say they represent their constituents, but in reality, represent themselves with their self-interests.
The polls I’ve seen have shown that Bernie had a better chance at defeating Trump than Hillary did.
I look forward to the upcoming Democratic Convention. It is going to be veerryy interesting, I expect.
I refer you to the following links:
[Bernie images from bingdotcom]
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