Follow the giants. Devour their bones.
There’s a couple in their late twenties. They’re educated and healthy. They have two children that they raise in a modest home. One child is school age and one is a toddler. The school age child is given access to any knowledge that sparks his interest. The toddler stays home with a parent who earns an allowance for raising a child. The working parent works 40 hours a week and has a short commute. They’re a happy family that has time to enjoy life and they don’t know the worries of education costs or healthcare costs. They work and pay taxes and spend their free time being a family. If a child is sick there’s no fear of losing a job while they’re cared for. If a parent gets hurt, they’re allowed time to recover. They visit the city which has been rebuilt with government work programs. There aren’t boarded up windows and slums. The streets are much safer. People were given jobs after investments were made. Those people rose up and lived productive lives. They started paying taxes and buying goods. The wealthy are still wealthy. The rich have less but are still envied and the middle class works hard to build a fortune on a level playing field. The poor live in clean safe housing. There are jobs for the poor that benefit everyone. They work to the best of their abilities and are given the same education and healthcare as everyone else. Nothing is free in this dream. Things are paid for as they always have been in a taxed society. The only difference with these people is that they are paid what’s fair for their work and they give something back that helps everyone. It’s real simple and only requires peoples cooperation and the will to do good for others while taking less for themselves. I think it’s a simple good dream.
Our troubles unite us, or they should anyway. Most people impassioned about politics in this election year have troubles. They’re mostly very similar problems. There are some that are angry about gun rights and the right to choose, I’m not talking about that. I’m talking about America’s working class. People that worry about their future from childhood to old age. People that worry about being homeless someday over a job loss or medical bills. People that raise their children on poverty wages. People that have to check price tags when buying cheap groceries and six dollar t-shirts. People that lose jobs over the flu or cars breaking down. These people work tirelessly at dead end jobs and still qualify for school lunch programs.
All these Americans are impassioned because they’re tired and angry, and yet they see hope for themselves. They all see different paths to change with different candidates that they look up to as messiahs for America. People talk about god, and what’s morally right. People talk about what’s fair and how things should be more in their favor. People want whats best for themselves and their family. They want college and homes and their perception of the American dream. This is what keeps us from being united and creating a real climate for change. We’re all far too divided by our ideologies and our wants.
The main source of this division is an infiltration of politicians who don’t truly represent the working people. Millionaires self fund and use super PACs to run campaigns. They tell us with a bought media that they’re running a grass roots campaign and the people are behind them. They act as though they’re a populous candidate in a country where people aren’t even paying attention. They give speeches with their sleeves rolled up and pretend to be friends with every demographic they meet. All the while turning people against each other. Politicians find divisions among the poor and exploit them to divide and conquer. These politicians come to the working people after they’ve been corporate lawyers and lobbyists. They’ve been advisers to presidents and the oil industry and the gun lobby and big banks. They’ve worked for every establishment that has exacerbated the working mans problems. They’re telling America they can fix what they helped to break. They do an amazingly successful job at it.
The average American can’t compete with the barrage of ideas being thrown at them by the richest people on earth. Billions have been spent in telling us what to think and who to trust and who to blame. It’s a 24/7 propaganda campaign that is always there. Americans are told things over and over again by the people who are truly in charge of our destinies. Americans only have choices that are given to them by the people they should be uniting against. Our human nature to be selfish and this barrage of propaganda destroys any chance we have for a level playing field.
Until some miracle changes the human conscious and we desire only whats good for the many, nothing will change. We’ll continue to elect people that sell us on ideas that keep us down. The only proof of this I have is over 200 years of American history. A history of a country founded on freedom that was given to us at birth by a god of our choosing. From the beginning Americans fought a revolution over ideas of representation and freedom. It was fought at the words and promises by those who kept people as property and suppressed whiskey distillers who knew they’d been fooled. Americans fought a war to free a race, only to let that race be oppressed by new laws. Over the last 240 years we’re catching on very slowly. We’re all the same though and our troubles should unite us. People have been united in the past in other countries. Czars and Kings have been overthrown. The wealthy eventually tricked the people back into their chains and new regimes were formed. The working people just have to keep trying and learning the tricks put against them. Eventually the people will do the right thing. Americans are becoming more united and less hateful. Americans are more knowledgeable despite the people we put in charge making cuts to our education. We’re progressing and becoming better people. Eventually our troubles will unite us.
I’m starting to get annoyed with what I hear from Bernie Sanders supporters. Their reasons for supporting the Senator seem to be very selfish and their expectations of what a president can do are very unrealistic. They’re also very hostile at times toward anyone with a different opinion. They remind me of the tea baggers and their policy of no compromise and everyone else is a bad guy. I’m still leaning towards Bernie Sanders but not very enthusiastically. That’s no reflection of anything that Sanders has done.
If Bernie Sanders is the next president, he’ll be everybody’s president. Not everyone is going to be thrilled about that. He’ll have to battle congress, governors, and courts just as hard as President Obama has. Bernie’s fandom isn’t going to help by continuing to alienate people with insults and overly aggressive campaigning. They’ll only turn away moderates and turn the liberal brand into what it has been fighting against. People should be impassioned about what they believe in, but you have to maintain a respect for others beliefs as well.
There’s not a lot of knowledge behind arguments being made either. If you want to campaign for somebody you should be able to make factual statements on their behalf. Preaching to the choir with slogans and agreements won’t bring in new voters. Bernie Sanders and Democratic Socialism are very complicated. The end results and how they would benefit the poor and the middle class need be explained in a way that makes since to people. Saying Obama is the worst president or Trumpsters are racist idiots only caters to the people already on your side. The remarks I hear about our current president actually turn me off the Bern.
I’m 36 and not voting for a free ride to college. I don’t have kids, and I don’t visit the doctor very often, so that doesn’t sway my vote. I’m voting for what I think is best for the country and the empathy I feel towards those in poverty and victims of prejudice. I want immigrants and poor Republican kids in trailers to be able to visit the doctor without worry. I think children and not just college students should get the best education Americas wealth can provide. The environment should be a top priority so those kids can exercise their god given right to be healthy. I wish the Bern would bring up climate change more often. As a socialist liberal I would like to see a redistribution of the wealth towards the poor and middle class. I would like to see that wealth going towards the reconstruction of America’s urban core.
I know Bernie Sanders like Obama and every president before won’t be able to create some utopia. I know the Bernie fandom will continue to act like the immature college kids they are. I’m going to vote Bernie anyway. He shares the closest image of what I would like to see in America. #FeeltheBern
The world is divided. The people are divided.
The good people. The right people. The workers. The family. The children. The flag. The values. The country. The constitution. The history. The heritage. The culture. The church. The babies. The Party. The morals. The jobs. The borders.
All under attack by the wrong people. People who look different. People who think different. People who live different. People with a different vision. People with a different religion.
Back to the old ways. The good old days. The days of our forefathers. The founding fathers.
Picket fences. Cowboys. Covered wagons. Factories. Tire swings. Kick the can.
Everything is clean. Everything is white. Blue skies. Apple pies. Blowing sheets.
Segregation. No regulations. Men vote. Home school. Women obey. There’s the help.
Jim Crow. Slums. Red scare black ball. Country clubs. Low wages. Poverty. Community charity. Visions of past glory. The good old days. The conservative ways. Visions of the past.
People were born to roam free. Out of Africa we walked. Over deserts and glaciers.
Under open skies we lived. We gathered and hunted. Perpetually moving on.
Hundreds of thousands of years unknowingly went by. Seasons marked time.
The land belonged to no one. The fruits and animals were the worlds.
Like animals we fought. Animals are what we are. To survive we fought.
There were no borders. No maps. Only horizons. Deserts and mountains and seas.
People lived. People had families. People had each other. People survived.
We ate and played. We worked at our own leisure. We were good. We were happy.
We one day built a wall. We put things behind the wall. We put ourselves behind the wall.
We quit moving. We quit living under the stars. We quit gathering from the world.
We created our own world. We created our own rules. We broke natures rules.
We planted crops. We fenced in animals. Outside the walls we brought doom.
We made laws. Laws of admittance. Laws of travel. Laws of the gods.
We no longer moved freely. We moved with the laws permission. We settled.
We made laws for settling. We made taxes. We made trades. We made markets.
We made wars. Wars against other walls and the people behind them. Wars to kill.
We made more walls to protect the people from others and their walls. Their evil walls.
We created documents that acted like walls. Laws that acted like walls. Cultures that acted
like walls. Religions that acted like walls.
Constitutions. Declarations. permits. morals. Ethics. Grants. Deeds. Royalties. Classes.
Governments. Townships. Caucuses. parties. groups. labels. Degrees. Ownership.
All walls. Walls that people created. People walled themselves in.
In a corner. Walled in. Not knowing where to go. Always fighting and confined.
Creating more walls. Becoming more constricted. Causing more chaos.
Making more food. More people. More things. More laws. More walls.
Completely walled in. Trapped. Suffocating. crowded. starving. Angry. Walled in.