Mr. Smith Has Left Washington.

My interest in politics began at a very young age. I believe I asked my Republican mother to please vote for Jimmy Carter rather than give me a birthday gift when I was about three-years-old (this explains a lot about The Juggernaut) and I used to carry a book bag that said “I was born liberated” on it (this went over huge with the nuns at Catholic school).
There have been candidates that I have believed in with every fiber of my being and none more so than Bernie Sanders – I once contemplated moving to Vermont just so I could vote him into the Senate. When he announced his candidacy, I felt a little sad, honestly. It was sort of like when a band you’ve been following for years suddenly gets some recognition – you’re happy for them, but they’re YOUR’S – you found them first, and now suddenly everyone loves them. That’s how I feel about Bernie. I truly thought all that would happen is he’d move the conversation slightly to the left of moderate and nothing more. It wasn’t until his rallies started drawing thousands of people that I believed he actually had a chance to really make a difference. Possibly even become president.
I have watched in disbelief and horror as mainstream media and the DNC actively ignored and then basically suppressed the Sanders campaign. I find it baffling that a US citizen cannot join the military if under investigation by the FBI, but apparently are allowed to run for the office that is in charge of it. That’s just wrong. Honestly, I once believed that anyone could be POTUS. I now know the only way anyone becomes president of the United States is to lie, cheat, and steal their way into office.
I realize Senator Sanders is not going to be president, but I still support his fight and am glad he’s hanging tough until Philadelphia. It’s about more than just rolling over and uniting a party that so blatantly has no regard for him – it’s about following through on promises made to the people who support him and his philosophies. It’s about finally creating a progressive platform for a party that is almost impossible to discern from the GOP of 30 years ago. What Sanders is offering the DNC is a chance to actually make a difference in the lives of the people in this country, not more of the same old same old.
As a nation, we have become the worst version of ourselves and our current presumptive candidates for the GOP and Dem tickets reflect this. We had a chance to be great – to truly change America for the better – and we chose mediocrity. Whatever happens going forward, there is no one to blame but ourselves and our shortsighted vision of the future.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Clearly, ‘Idiocracy’ was a documentary.

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