Category Archives: Bernie Sanders

Arrogance

Neither the Democratic Party nor Hillary Clinton recognized the deep-seated antiestablishment sentiment in this country that Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders represented. They stayed in their bubble and ignored evidence that was building throughout the spring and summer of 2016 and crowned one of the most disliked people ever to grace the stage as their nominee, giving lip service to the bold and popular work of Sanders. Now they are shocked, shocked, that the others, the voters so enlivened by the two outsider campaigns, still hated the Clintons and all they represent.

Their arrogance, their disdain for Sanders and their manipulating of the media and the DNC led directly to the hell we are now facing. Sure, blame Donald Trump too. But I’m done with the whole pack of them and will have nothing to do with the Democrats again.

DAPL and Bernie

The Dakota Access Pipeline is a-building and all of President Obama’s requests that construction be stopped in the Lake Oahe section have been ignored. The military style enforcement against the First Nation protests continues with arrests and harassment at a tremendous level.

Bernie Sanders, with Patrick Leahy, Dianne Feinstein, Edward Markey, and Ben Cardin, wrote a letter to Mr. Obama requesting that he do what he promised to do years ago, stop the DAPL. These five senators, led I’m proud to say by the Vermont contingent, have spoken of the environmental and cultural degradation going on in the pursuit of money, profits, for the few at the expense of clean water for hundreds of thousands of people and clean air and climate stabilization for the world.

Islands throughout the world are suffering rising ocean levels. Vanuatu, one of the newest countries, may be the first to disappear under this onslaught. Rick Scott forbids Florida government employees from discussing climate change while Florida’s water table is being invaded by the Atlantic Ocean, making environmental hash of wildlife and drinking water resources. Hurricane Matthew, so destructive in Haiti as well as in our southern states, is only the most recent in a growing line of killer storms that grow from the heated oceanic waters.

What we need now is leadership to combat all of the assaults on our environment, in large measure because of fossil fuels. The one leading now is Bernie Sanders, who got this group of senators to sign the letter. We are not getting leadership from either Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton, the person who got the Democratic nomination for president over Bernie. Since when is a presidential election allowed to overrun the day to day business of this country? When native Americans and fellow protesters are being arrested for exercising First Amendment rights, why can’t Hillary and Barack speak from the many podia they share to say that enough is enough about the climate when they spend so much time saying it about Donald Trump.

I say the climate is more important than they are admitting. Donald Trump has shot himself in the foot one time too many. He has admitted committing sexual assaults, and then threatens the New York Times with a lawsuit when they produce his victims. He is no longer a concern. The clean water in the Missouri River, in the drinking sources of much of the Midwest, is more important. Guess what, apparent leaders of the Democratic Party? You can do more than one thing at the same time. You can excoriate Donald Trump and Dakota Access at the same time. Trump is an investor in the pipeline. Not only is he a sexual predator, he also preys on the environment and the rights of First Nations.

Now I’m not surprised that Bernie gets it, and that he has led his doughty crew of Democratic senators to sign this letter to the president. He has been right on so many issues for so many years, and he is a leader we could be proud of. I am casting my vote in the next week, and I will be writing in Bernie Sanders. He has continued to show the leadership we are entitled to and need. Hillary hasn’t. Hillary doesn’t deserve my vote. I hope many of you are with me.

Bernie Does It Again

I’m talking about the Panama Papers. Though Wisconsin is nice, too. Bernie said when the treaty with Panama was proposed that it was unwise because of Panama’s reputation for enabling tax avoidance. He said nothing, in spite of what the other democrat wants you to believe, about money laundering or other forms of fraudulent financial transactions.  He called it on tax avoidance, which is an area he has fought against for decades.

Bernie has a way of picking out the problems with various statutes, treaties, or agreements in Congress. After all, he famously predicted in 2003 the following, the fifth of five points to consider before spending our treasure in the Middle East:

“Fifth, I am concerned about the problems of so-called unintended consequences. Who will govern Iraq when Saddam Hussein is removed and what role will the U.S. play in ensuing a civil war that could develop in that country? Will moderate governments in the region who have large Islamic fundamentalist populations be overthrown and replaced by extremists? Will the bloody conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Authority be exacerbated? And these are just a few of the questions that remain unanswered.”

Bernie is many things to many people, but his current role seems to be a thorn in Hillary’s side. It must be difficult to argue, as she must, that she is the “better” candidate because she “evolves.” He was positively prescient about the result of the ill-fated move to war in Iraq, a country that had nothing to do with 9/11 and the terror that gripped this country. In 2008, Hillary opposed the treaty with Panama that led to the recent disclosures, but became a firm supporter and cheerleader for it when she took over as Secretary of State. In much the way that she extolled the TPP as the gold standard of treaties, she went all in for the Panama treaty in spite of Bernie’s clarion view.

When I think about the person I will choose to vote for, one of the things I look for is vision. And vision that proves to be accurate is much more appealing than vision which changes to meet the current situation. All in all, I’d rather be with the one who got it right the first time, who saw the danger, argued for a different path, gave cogent reasons for following that different path, and didn’t change. Sorry, Hillary.

NaNoWriMo 2015

I believe I warned you earlier, but if I have not, today I have started NaNoWriMo 2015. For those of you unaware of this charming endeavor, the letters stand for National Novel Writing Month. The theory is that one commits to writing 50,000 words in the month of November on a book, preferably new, with the assumption that one will put one’s Inner Editor on hold, in detention, on vacation, or wherever you send it when it’s in the way. The main purpose of this practice is simple. It is training to put oneself in front of the computer, the typewriter, the pad of paper, or the dictation device, for a set period of every day. It is to develop the habit of writing, and writing everyday.

This is a refresher course for me. I participated in two camps (Camp NaNoWriMo) in the spring and summer of 2014. I wrote very well for several months after the second one, in between editing and rewriting and all the other day to day tasks we undertake when trying to complete a book. So they worked. But over the last several months, my life has been divided between the writing world (represented by my writers workshop) and politics. It’s rare for me to get personally involved in politics, since I virtually never am committed to any candidate in particular, and use the smell test to vote. I vote for the one I don’t have to hold my nose so hard to vote for him/her.

I lost the habit of writing for Bernie Sanders. I committed gobs and gobs of hours to his cause, volunteering several days a week at his headquarters here in Burlington. And a funny thing happened. As I was so involved, the urge to write disappeared. I would pick up my WIP after a successful day of work for my favoritest candidate ever, and have not a glimmer of an idea where the story went next. As I am a pantser, I need a character to tell me what to do, and they could not be found. Since I have the better part of 28,000 words on my current story, this is an awful dilemma. I care about the story, and I’m vaguely interested in continuing it, but the characters have stayed mum for the past four months.

It was time to take the bull by the horns, or whatever your chosen cliche is. With NaNoWriMo approaching, there was a fall-off in the number of hours of work at HQ caused in large measure by the opening of offices in other areas, including several states and DC, which meant that we were no longer doing everything for the campaign. And while this is a very good sign for the campaign, not so much for a gung-ho volunteer. Hmmmm, I wondered. Did NaNo just appear at the right time?

So I signed up, and started to write again on my story. Well, I’m over 2600 words for the day, taking this break to share with you. Amazing how easy (HA!) it is when I actually start it. It’s bedtime, and I’m going to call it a day. But the wheels are oiled and the engine is beginning to turn over. Look out, world, I’m coming at you again!

Bernie Sanders and the dream of a politician

Do you dream of a politician that talks about the things that you think are important, like the climate, the economy, Social Security, civil rights, the horrendous income and wealth inequality in this country? Do you hate negative ads and the cult of personality that so often accompanies a presidential election? Are you tired of politicians telling you there is “no political will” to do what needs to be done?

There is a political revolution beginning, and we can all climb on board. Imagine that dream politician speaking of the issues you care about, refusing to engage in the silliness between candidates that was so evident in the Republican debates a week ago. No sniping, no badmouthing with lies and innuendos. No temper tantrums and false offense. Just the facts and the issues.

As a Vermonter, I am proud to support Bernie Sanders in his campaign for the democratic nomination for president. He is my dream candidate. I may disagree with him on one or two points, but in the main he is speaking my language, my hopes and dreams. He is not playing the games of politicians past, with jostling and nitpicking to differentiate himself from others. He simply and forthrightly talks about issues, not personalities, he proposes specific solutions along with how to pay for them, and he tells us we can win if we rise together. This is a revolution I happily have joined. Wouldn’t it be nice if politicians always addressed the issues?

Bernie Sanders and the MSM

Just a few thoughts on my favorite Senator Bernie Sanders and the way he is ignored by the main stream media. Bernie has been a blessing for Vermont for the past 30 years, and we are willing to share him with the nation. With Bernie, wysiwig. What you see is what you get. He is, in a sense, boring (I know, let me finish) because he is saying now what he has been saying for all those 30 years. The takeover of America by the moneyed class, the loss of a middle class, the destruction of the environment, the banks too big to fail, these have been his mantras in one form or another from day one of his elected life in this fair state.

The mainstream media doesn’t like him because he’s honest and consistent. Where’s the fun in that in gotcha news? Even more important, he is comprehensible, which puts him one step ahead of his colleagues in Congress and the residents of the Republican Clown Car. There is no inconsistent video or tape of him, because  he is as unchangeable as the sun. In order to get any interest out of Bernie, they have to report on his ideas, which are not soundbites, or watered down for the dumb class.

And the most amazing thing about all of this is that Bernie is raising money, quickly, from a young and involved electorate. This is one way in which people can show their support through the coming thirteen or fourteen months. Join in the giving at https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/lets-win-this?refcode=em150602b  Please realize that donations as small as $5 or $10 are appreciated as much as the higher donors. In fact, his first $1.5 million was raised by gifts that averaged $43. I am on my own version of the installment plan. When I have money, I send it, even if it is only $5 or $10 because it mounts up overtime.

Please join us for a roller coaster ride toward prosperity for all!