Feeling the burn of feeling the bern.


To my younger friends and readers,

I have been engaged in the American electoral process for forty years; I understand your frustration. Really I do. I was a single mom in the Reagan years. I get it. A candidate has not been put forward since Jimmy Carter with whom I have agreed 100%. Not one. Walter Mondale, Michael Dukakis, Bill Clinton, Al Gore, John Kerry, Barack Obama… Yup, I can find fault with each one. And I voted for them. I love Bernie Sanders, all but his stand on gun control. I voted for him in the primary knowing his stand. He was my top choice. I checked that box, gun control or lack there of and all.

It’s not the world according to Mel…much as I would like it to be. I have never voted for “the lesser evil” I always vote for the candidate with whom I have the most in common. Not everything, but more than the other guy. And I like to make my vote count. I liked Ross Perot. But I knew he couldn’t win, so I looked to next candidate… and cast my vote there. And I would willingly vote for Bernie in the general election. However, it does not look like he will be on the ticket. So I have to reevaluate – who is next on the list?

I have worked for presidential candidates, senators, congressmen, board of supervisors, school board members, knowing that I was not 100% in agreement with them. But agreement enough.

Agreement enough. Not the lesser evil, but the greater good. Supreme Court justices, women’s rights, LGBTQ, people of color—jobs! The greater good.

I’m sorry that you’re angry. I’m sorry your candidate didn’t make the final cut. That happens to the best of us in the grown up world. Al Gore, for god sake—you want a reason to be pissed at the system? Al goddamn Gore! Florida! The Supreme Court! But for the sake of our nation we must move forward. Am I happy with what the Democratic Party has done?

No.

But untied we stand. And we must stand for the sake of our children and grandchildren. We must stand for our LGBTQ friends, shoulder to shoulder. We must stand with our friends of color, arm in arm, fists raised. We must stand with women–fighting for the rights our mothers fought for. We must stand united.

Let me explain some of the things I have learned along the way. We do not live in a democracy. We live in a democratic republic: we vote for people who cast votes for us. We are not going to change that before November… So listen to Bernie, make your vote count. And don’t be angry with the people who have been fighting the good fight before you came along. You want change? Work for it after the election… Work with leaders and representatives you believe will initiate that change.

Whining never fixed anything. Vote for the greater good, and WORK for positive change.

 

ok, done ranting.

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2 thoughts on “Feeling the burn of feeling the bern.

  1. I agree with everything you said. I was a Bernie supporter. The country and the world needs to look out for every man woman child dispite their color race religion or who they love….
    Anger is not going to produce that. Wake up people. Sit down and whole heartedly look at the options. Vote for who you most agree with.

  2. Voting does not destroy idealism; cynicism does. Voting is a true political act. Not voting will not lead to a better, more just society. Not voting is not idealistic, it is the ultimate act of nihilism and insures disempowerment. Through the simple act of voting, one exercises a franchise and a voice. One vote may not change the world but it may foster more engagement rather than useless disassociation.

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