“I cannot be an optimist but I am a prisoner of hope” – Cornel West
I started 2020 hopeful. Why? It seemed that Bernie Sanders was going to stomp in, help lift up other young and strong voices for change in the Democratic party. That pretty much ended on a single day. When the forces of the Sith, manipulating behind the scenes, ensured Bernie’s destruction.
The fallout from Super Tuesday was nearly that of radioactive matter falling from the sky. Berners were taking cover in the fallout shelters of their mind. What was expected to be a sweep for America’s dad, Bernie Sanders, instead was thwarted by the Empire getting its crap together and striking back. Unlike the Republican establishment which was in disarray in combatting their fake populist, the Democrats, for better or for worse, coalesced to support the corporate pro war candidate to defeat the authentic populist.
By all measures, an incredibly successful night for Joe Biden. Yet, stories coming out that Democrats had to sue TN to keep the polls open after a massive tornado shows the level to which we care about people being heard. The fact that people even had to force that issue and that the local TN government didn’t just do it anyway, shows that working-class people being heard is not a priority for the establishment.
There were reports of Texas closing hundreds of polling locations in predominantly Black and Latino areas. This shows just how much we believe in the premise of the constitution: “all men are created equal”.
It is well past time that we quit blanketing ourselves in the comfort of platitudes and anecdotes, and instead rise up, rise against, and disrupt the corporate narrative. There are visionaries outside of Bernie Sanders doing just that. People like Zachary Moses, who was running for Governor in Utah, are looking to upend the apple cart for barriers to regular citizens running for office. As it stands now, the state party controls the party voter data. To get access to that data, you pay them your fee.
Zach, on the other hand, got the voter data and had it loaded into a free app called HelloVoter. If any of you have canvassed (knocked on doors) for a candidate, and you tracked your progress on an app, it most likely was NGP Van. Using NGP Van updates info to the Democratic Party. The same Democratic Party that Bernie was trying to upend. If you get valuable voter data, you are freely giving it to them, while you are paying a price to access it. Strange, no?
HelloVoter, on the other hand, is something that allows you to control your own data. You own it. Mr. Moses, for Utah anyway, is paying for the cloud space to allow anyone to access that data. You want to run for office? Download the app, carve out your districts and make your voice heard. Not sure how to use the app? Good thing there is a how to guide.
Why is it necessary that we upend the apple cart? For me, I am a combat veteran. I was part of the first combat support hospital that jumped forward into Iraq within approximately a week after war was officially declared in March of 2003. My hospital not only took care of soldiers but also local nationals. Of them, many were children.
Seeing children with their limbs missing because they were caught in an illegal war for profit, initiated by lies and deceit by the Republican party, rubber stamped by the Democratic party, left me with the mission of never supporting a pro-war candidate. Biden hasn’t found a war he doesn’t support. Biden is happy to waste trillions of dollars on illegal wars while calling people lying dog-faced pony soldiers as his form of representation.
Joe ‘may I sniff your daughter’ Biden, has severe problems with keeping his hands and his nose to himself. It doesn’t take a body language expert to see the severe discomfort on the faces of his victims.
Why hasn’t the media #cancelled Joe? Could it be for the same reason that Hillary Clinton said “how could we have known” when it comes to the pervert in chief, Harvey Weinstein (outside of Jeffrey Epstein, who didn’t kill himself), while at the same time saying “no one likes Bernie” (the most popular politician in the U.S.)?
I know that I, for one, am tired of propagandists giving me my marching orders while they literally have pedophile rape island where people were ferried in by the Lolita Express.
So, by nature of working-class folk running for office, using NGP Van to do so, empowers these same disgusting and duplicitous plutocrats to continue to divide us by means of skin color, religion, sexual orientation etc.
Biden even lied about being arrested. While he tries to explain it away, how can we, as a nation, trust that he will do anything he promises, if when you push back and ask second-level questions, he’ll disparage you with ad hominem attacks? If you are a female child or grown woman, he will inappropriately fondle your shoulders while sniffing your hair. If you let him talk long enough he’ll speak about disturbing things like children rubbing his legs and jumping on his lap.
In the era of #MeToo, is it supposed to mean: I’m a pedophile. Hey, #MeToo!? Is it supposed to mean: “Hey, I inappropriately touch and sniff your daughter”. Hey, #MeToo!?
Is this what equality looks like? Is this what we want, going forward, as an electorate?
Now is not the time to despair. We now have people being elected to office like Jamal Bowman. Someone who is looking forward to upend the corporate applecart and even said “I can’t wait to get to Washington and cause problems”.
Even historically, what has Bernie done in the face of such times? He shows up and typically never stops. He typically fights for what is right, even if he doesn’t make friends. He fights for what his noble, even if he is ostracized from “polite circles” for it.
But Bernie is just a man. I am not such a fan of Bernie as I am his policies. I will abandon Bernie the day he abandons his policies because I am not part of a cult of personality. What we need, is to show up. Be your own Jamal Bowman. Don’t be dismayed, get mad! Don’t be discouraged, ROAR with the ferocity of hundreds of thousands of murdered civilians as a direct result of our illegal war in Iraq alone. A war Biden vociferously supported.
The time is now to stand up. There will come a day when it is time to sit down and let others carry the torch forward. Today is not such a day. Today we must fight like our lives depend on it. Quite frankly, our lives likely do!
They may have the power but we have the moral arc of history at our backs while also having the best policy ideas. This fundamentally undermines their power and creates a vacuum that is often filled by these very people with ideas like Medicare for All, a Green New Deal, a federal jobs guarantee. Hell, Trump may be an imbecile but his space force is something that could be hijacked and used for exploratory means while coupled with the federal jobs guarantee.
If we really are the “best” country in the world, should we act like it? If we truly are the richest country in the history of the world, shouldn’t we pay dividends back to the working-class, who made it that way? For one, we could start by giving people a guaranteed job that is actually meaningful.
If we can get rid of McDonald’s jobs with robots, good. Do it. We pay these people starvation wages while they are doing some of the most physically demanding work many people have experienced.
I mean, if we have tax dollars going to subsidize the beef industry, so I’m paying money to make my hamburger cheap, then since these workers get paid so little, I then have to pay more money so they have a social welfare net. All the while the corporate class, the CEO and executives rake in all the profits, while doing none of the work, and then tell you to pull yourself up by your bootstraps.