I know I said I’d stay out of the political realm this month, but today’s op-ed by Bernie Sanders in the LA Times grabbed my eye. I’ve been following Sanders since 2004 when he was the only Representative in the House from Vermont (he was one voice among – 435). When be became a Senator he was half of two voices for Vermont among 100. This year he became the voice of 1894 delegates (out of 4701). That is pretty impressive political capital.
Sanders has always been a Social Democrat, which fits in with my mental picture of how our society should work. Every human has the basic needs for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness and America is supposed to be the place for all of us to achieve those three human needs. Yet there are 45 million Americans living in poverty. Every one should have their basic needs met. We have already achieved life, now we are looking for liberty and hopping for happiness. There is no reason with the knowledge base of the human race, that we should have 100 people living in poverty. So when Bernie’s consistent messages began to resonate, I listened.
In his treatise he steps-in with the Democrat party and asks all those who have supported him, to join him in supporting Secretary Clinton for President. This must be done because –
“Donald Trump would be a disaster and an embarrassment for our country if he were elected president. His campaign is not based on anything of substance — improving the economy, our education system, healthcare or the environment. It is based on bigotry. He is attempting to win this election by fomenting hatred against Mexicans and Muslims. He has crudely insulted women. And as a leader of the “birther movement,” he tried to undermine the legitimacy of our first African American president”
What should I be thinking as I straddle the middle of this political fence- where are you sitting?