Last night I was up late waiting for the New York primary results. This is the first presidential election I have ever followed. In the past my mantra was “vote for the least worst” candidate. Obama briefly held my attention, but then continuously let me down. Then, about a year ago, I started hearing rumors that Bernie Sanders might run for president! A small glimmer of hope pierced my long-held cynicism. Not only has Bernie’s campaign revitalized the American people, it has changed my despair into hope. I am resolved. I will no longer support any person because they are the “least worst.” We desperately need to change the way we live within this world and electing Bernie is part of this process.
I know that Hillary Clinton supporters may disagree that she is a bad choice for president, but perhaps it is because they are not fully educated regarding her stance on various issues. It could also be self-interest for the somewhat-liberal, wealthy of our country. I’m not choosing Bernie because of his fiery speeches and crazy hair (though I think both are great); I am choosing him because his stances on issues reflect my values. If we allow money to control our government and our own decisions we are not living within this world. Those that do so live in a fantasy world where everything is wonderful and easy.
Do you know why you can read this article? Because someone else is not getting the food they need, or the clothes they need, or shelter they need. Please don’t pretend this isn’t true. Americans, including myself, take up more than our fair share of resources. If Bernie becomes president, we can start creating a world with less hardship, less conflict, and a healthier environment. I can hear naysayers strongly disagreeing with that statement. I realize Bernie won’t fix everything. The point is that he wants to try!
The problem I see with many Americans is they try too hard to compromise, and therefore they end up eroding values that reflect the better parts of humanity. We can no longer uphold the status quo (Hillary). We live within a broken system. It doesn’t work and never did. We can only continue to evolve as human beings if we make changes that benefit the health of the entire Earth…trees, geology, animals (including humans), water, air. Everything.
So let us have hope that people will choose health, community, and inclusiveness.