My Perspective on Bernie Sanders

My Perspective on Bernie Sanders

It’s not much of a perspective really. I don’t like to discuss politics. I leave that to my friend James L. Burns on his facebook page, The Burns Review. In fact, there are only 3 maybe 4 people that I will engage in a discussion on politics.

And then U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders​ came along. My perspective has shifted. Slightly. Marginally. But it HAS shifted. I find myself now bringing Bernie up to people that I know who love politics. I have an aunt, by marriage, who is a former judge. Earlier this summer, I picked her brain about this topic just to get her perspective. (most of the time if I’m asking a person a question, that’s all I want. people that don’t or won’t give it irk me endlessly, but I digress)

The interactions between Bernie and the #BlackLivesMatters movement. The policies introduced. The memes. Sound bites. Mentions. All of these have been great. I now find myself actually excited for a political race and watching it unfold. I wasn’t this excited about Barack Obama​. His race and rise gave me hope-pardon the pun-but if you know anything about White America and its hate/tolerate relationship with African Americans, then you well understand the well founded doubts that I held about that campaign. But that ain’t what this is about.

I find myself actually looking for things involving Bernie. I find myself, well, noticing the Bern. LOL. Can’t say I actually feel the bern quite yet since things sounding too good to be true and the aforementioned relating of White America. I’ve seen too many times that people that stand for the 99% are either murdered or missing. Dr. King was assassinated after he started shifting focus from the Civil Rights Movement to the Poor People’s Campaign. But this is my perspective. Care to share yours?

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One thought on “My Perspective on Bernie Sanders

  1. Well . . . my opinion is that we have a responsibility to engage ourselves in the political process. Clichés become clichés by way of being true; change only happens when you “roll up your sleeves” and get involved. In these times, we need to do MORE to challenge our elected officials, not less. To leave them unchecked is to unwittingly approve their decisions. As a Black man, I am more frustrated when “my” people don’t engage. Elected officials –especially on the federal level– hope for us to look the other way. In fact, they count on it . . . plan campaign strategies around our apathy. And we play into it each and every election cycle. EVERY election affects us directly, because in all of the talk about democracy, we neglect the fact that we do not actually LIVE in a democracy. our government is a republic. We don’t make the decisions; we ELECT the people who make the decisions. Why we stopped taking seriously the decision of whom we send to make those choices, I will never fully understand. No time like the present, however, to reverse the current trend.

    With regards to Sen. Sanders, I count myself as a fan of many of his policies, particularly economic ones. He speaks without filter for the most part, though I don’t believe he has a shot at getting the nomination. Unfortunately, elections are won on television and, well, further indictment on us as a society. That said, Black Lives Matter is kinda pissin’ me off. You mentioned Dr. King, and I think his quote on riots being the language of the voiceless fits in this instance (and that of the incidents involving Maryland Gov. O’Malley and now Secretary Clinton). Maybe before planning revolution and discourse, they should research those they mean to disrupt. Sanders has been on the right side of just about every civil rights issue since holding elected office, at times to his detriment in his home state. As for O’Malley, he was elected mayor with a mandate in the primary against a field of African-American candidates in one of the heaviest African-American populated cities in the country; then proceeded to reduce crime by almost 40% while reducing incidences of racial profiling significantly. Now did he respond incorrectly when ambushed? Hell, yes, in my opinion, as I detest when the Black cause somehow needs to be diminished by the “every” or “all” label instead (When folks want to “Save the Dolphins!”, no one cries in retort, “No, Save ALL Animals!”). I won’t fully delve into the “white supremacist policy” crap they tried to lay on the Clintons the other day. That was just reactionary garbage.

    I get that the purpose of revolution is to “stir the pot”, to get people moving and incite change through disruption. Why disparage and embarrass allies, though? Show up at Ben Carson’s events. Send a group to one of Governor Bush’s rallies and wait for his response. Find out where Scott Walker stands on civil rights. Right now, it looks like they’re just striking at people who have been warriors in their struggle — not front line, of course– but willing to carry the ball, nonetheless. Take the time and craft a legitimate strategy, so that when you strike, it lands a blow that is felt . . . and brings about the truly desired result.

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