Democracy: One Person, One Vote,
Antonym: A few people, a few billionaires
“As a result of the Citizens United Supreme Court decision, American democracy is being undermined by the ability of the Koch brothers and other billionaire families. These wealthy contributors can literally buy politicians and elections by spending hundreds of millions of dollars in support of the candidates of their choice. We need to overturn Citizens United and move toward public funding of elections so that all candidates can run for office without being beholden to the wealthy and powerful.”
My heart and mind, body and soul…are conflicted! The Bern or Liz? Decisions, decisions, decisions.
Let us be honest…the democratic field grows larger by the day. Like a middle aged pimple that refuses to go away and, only gets bigger and bigger by the stress level encountered.
Originally, I had performed grassroots efforts for Hillary…back in the day. By the way, back in the day had only been a few years ago…but it feels as if it were…a ‘golden’ age ago.
However, the big H seemed to have less spunk and courage and creativity than the Bern. Admittedly, I switched ‘sides’.
So Bern has thrown his hat into the ring(2020). And, yet, another ethical, social and moral question arises…
What is the difference between the Bern and Elizabeth Warren?
With her announcement of an “exploratory committee” this week, Elizabeth Warren is almost certainly going to run for president. And when she does, she is almost certainly going to occupy the same left flank of the 2020 Democratic field as another firebrand senator from a Northeastern state, Bernie Sanders.
Yet despite the natural affinity of these two liberal icons, the way they think about policy is actually rather distinct, in ways both important and illuminating.
A lot has changed since Warren last contemplated a presidential run back in 2015. Hillary Clinton’s triumph over Bernie Sanders in the 2016 Democratic primaries and subsequent loss in the general election to President Trump seems to have loosed the party from many of its imaginative shackles. The kind of economic policies Sanders championed — ideas considered wildly radical or unrealistic a mere three years ago — are now being adopted by many of the party’s likely contenders.
Sanders happily identifies himself as a democratic socialist (as increasing numbers of young Americans do). But more specifically, Sanders tends to champion the Nordic model, where the government provides a wide array of services, from health care to child care to generous income supports and more, thus rolling back the amount of human life governed by markets. Sanders wants to pass a national a single-payer health-care system and make college tuition free for everyone. He also aims to break up the big banks and pass a $1 trillion public investment in infrastructure.
To people who identify as centrists or conservatives, Warren and Sanders no doubt look like two peas in a pod. But Warren actually still self-identifies as a capitalist. “I believe in markets and the benefits they can produce when they work,” she told The Atlantic. “Markets with rules can produce enormous value.”
Freak: a person who is strange or different. A term of derision, typically used to dismiss someone outside of one’s social clique. Also used as a playful tease.
“When we heard about the hippies, the barely more than boys and girls who decided to try something different… we laughed at them. We condemned them, our children, for seeking a different future. We hated them for their flowers, for their love, and for their unmistakable rejection of every hideous, mistaken compromise that we had made throughout our hollow, money-bitten, frightened, adult lives.”
Author: June Jordan
It is unfortunate that those who follow a certain pattern of behavior, particularly, millennials, do not grasp the true meaning of Hippie Freak.
Just the other day, while working as a Bernie lead during the New Hampshire primary…I politely, and with honor in mind, referred to a new found friend as…
Course, that was taken out of context.
Stand proud young man, wake confident, young women, to be considered a modern day,
unique, inquisitive and free spirit. It is nothing more than an old hippies of way of saying,
‘Your shit is pretty cool. Keep the peace!’