Why I am supporting Bernie Sanders for President

bernie_picLet’s get the gender card out-of-the-way.  Sen. Elizabeth Warren would have been my first choice but she is not running. A lady president would be just as fine as any other, I do think America and most men in this year 2015 are beyond the primitive mindsets of sexism.

So why Bernie and not Hillary? Let’s get to the root of it, money.

I am all for changing the system for what is best for all, call it the ‘common good’. And what would motivate politicians to work for ‘common good’, and what is ‘common good’ in this age of mega campaign funding from the billionaire class?

Corporate masters have proven without any doubt that they are only after profits at any cost, ‘common good’ is not their concern, even the so-called corporate philanthropy is a cover up, to hide the guilt of making loads of money while the rest of us (99%) continue to struggle in this dog-eat-dog casino style capitalistic economic system.

But the same brutal capitalism is not applied to the banks at their moment of need, we the middle class came to their rescue with billions in bailout. These multinational corporations including the banks have grown out of their national boundaries, they have become global controllers, and that’s not hard to see, billionaires  in India or US share very similar interests and easy access to all levels of state powers. Nothing personal here, not trying to demonize the billionaires, in fact only showing that those with billions can influence the political process in any democratic country, not just influence but buy out even the supreme court to favor their agenda. Citizen United ruling is just one example, you can find ample examples how billionaires are influencing politics from school board elections to presidential.

Hillary is funded by those billionaires, therefore she is obliged to serve them once in office, no matter how saintly, qualified, noble or experienced Hillary Clinton is as a person, she has no choice but to serve the masters who are funding her election. It’s a no brainer, this one and only point should disqualify Hillary for public service because she is no longer in public service, only in the service of the corporate elite, whereas Bernie is entirely funded by the public therefore accountable only to the public which is rightfully termed ‘public service’.

Corporate powers have overtaken democracies worldwide, they probably didn’t intend to, but overtime, this process happened, now the world is run by the oligarchies behind the scenes.

Bernie is promising to take mega money out of politics and a return to good old public funded elections. This is fantastic and a return to real democracy, where money will not be the influencing factor but public policies and their details etc, ‘common good’ will become the main point of debates among the candidates without demonizing each other, then the people can choose which ‘common good’ they prefer, this is democracy, by the people for the people; elected leaders with honor and pride can serve the public, creating and ever-expanding common good, how noble is this.

Bernie has promised an elaborate set of proposals, from tuition free education in public universities and colleges, healthcare for all as a human right, checking TPP and keystone pipeline issues, 2-state solution to on-going Israel/Palestinian conflict, and my favorite one is ending private prisons. And things like ending institutional racism are high of his list too.

That’s Bernie’s idea of ‘common good’ and he is in public service to accomplish them. Whereas madam Hillary Clinton is not in public service, as mentioned she is in the service of the corporate powers therefore even her proposals for ‘common good’ are not trustworthy, as she can without notice flip on them by the direct orders from her behind the scenes corporate masters.

I don’t want to use personality characteristics like ‘honesty’, ‘integrity’, ‘power-hungry’, or ‘money-hungry’, ‘liar’, ‘popularity’, ‘charming’, ‘friendly’, ‘funny’, etc to prefer one candidate over the other, because I truly don’t’ know what’s in their hearts, I don’t know for certain if a person is honest or not, therefore personality traits are not accurate attributes to decide a president. Go by the proven record, follow their money sources, in that the choice is very clear.

Who is in public service and who is corporate service, here I argue that clearly Bernie is in public service to create and expand common good, while Hillary’s common good matters not, because she can’t serve two masters, the public and the corporate interest, certainly ending private prisons or cut-it-out Wall Street won’t be to the liking of her funding masters even though she says she would demand Wall Street to ‘cut it out’

When serving the corporate is part and parcel of the public service, then yes, it makes all the sense to serve and protect the corporate,  like providing subsidiaries to agriculture industry, we have to recognize corporate has an invaluable role in society, just that their mighty powers have become absolutely detrimental in recent years, and this must be checked not rewarded or protected. 

No wonder Bernie is calling for a revolution, it is a matter of urgency, otherwise corporate greed similar to our personal greed which has no limits, could devour the life out of this planet in its blind pursuit of happiness, which is money, addiction to mega money.

Therefore I support Bernie Sanders for President, to restore true sense of public service, to expand common good, to restore true democracy and to honor all parts of society. I believe that we shouldn’t demonize or destroy anyone for their past wrongdoings, including the corporate, we should put in legislative measures to prevent the past from repeating, to correct the past, and to create a future that is best for all. 

Even the military industrial complex can be transformed into an entity that serves the public, think of it as a ‘goodwill force in public service’, a far cry from the demon it is today, you may not know this, the initial internet communication protocol was designed and developed by the US Department of Defense awarded contracts as early as the 1960s. (see wikipedia on History of internet). Even the demons have the potential for transformation and goodwill.

Transformation is the key, Bernie Sanders is not just a same old, same old candidate, he can set the stage for transformation.

As a personal responsibility, the normal citizens must transform themselves, stand up for what is best for all, not just in this election, but in every public affair, so we the citizens can elect our leaders to increasingly expand common good, ultimately resulting in a world that is best for all.

In my humble view, Bernie is a good start in the right direction, while the other candidates including Hillary who are in the service of the corporate will be just same old, same old. To a greater degree, it is near impossible to escape this system, even the good-hearted people have no choice but to serve the money system and its masters, it’s a survival thing, and you can’t blame them, this is why changing the system from within is a revolutionary act, Bernie is a rare candidate willing stand Equal and One with the system and change it without any revolt, protest or violence, only using the principle of democracy, by the people, for the people.

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day 678: “I know, I know” expression is rude.

scream-headerI know, I know”, wow, what a rude and mean way to cut off people. Of course it’s not done with such ill-intentions, more like an automated response system to inconvenience, irritation, or bother etc.

I can recall many times how ‘I know, I know’ have been used to shut off others. I have used it to show anger, irritation, instead of yelling ‘shut up’, I would say ‘I know, I know’ as a short and sweet way to cut them off.

But ‘I know, I know’ can be a state of denial too, where I simply reuse to take self-responsibility for something, so I just don’t’ want to be bothered about it now, so yeh, ‘I know, I know’ what do you mean but not now please. It can be a moment of self-realization, to pause and really listen to another specially when you have that urge to shut them off with ‘I know, I know’. So lot to consider in this trivial but universal expression of abuse which we have accepted and allowed as normal.

I forgive myself that I have accepted and allowed myself to use the expression ‘I know, I know’ to cut off another from talking to me about a point that I am refusing to look at and take self-responsibility for.

I forgive myself that I have accepted and allowed myself to say ‘I know, I know’, to shut off another because I just don’t have the patience nor the interest to listen to their monologue, in that not seeing/realizing, may be, this being needs to discuss/rant and rave a bit about a situation they are facing within themselves, which is a point of support for them, so I see/realize ‘I know, I know’ is pretty uncool/rude way to discard another.

I mean, certainly I wouldn’t like it when I am cut off like that while me ranting and raving about something I am facing within myself. We humans like to talk, discuss, as a way to unload our inner burden and also to hear ourselves speak as a way to find solutions from our own words. It’s a cool support to just hear and listen to another unconditionally.

Within this I forgive myself for refusing to listen to another because I feel that I will have to provide them with a grand solution for their situation, this is not the case, listening is an act of care, providing a sound board for solutions.

I forgive myself that I have accepted and allowed myself to react in anger when I am cut off with ‘I know, I know’, and take it very personally as if I am being shut down, or unheard. In this I see/realize people have certain pre-design, pre-programming, sort of innate ability (or inability) to hear some people and not some others, in this I realize if someone cuts me off, it’s not personal, so me reacting only makes things worse.

I forgive myself that I have accepted and allowed myself to not see/realize treating a human being as if they are ‘not worthy of being heard’ is very uncool, and I certainly wouldn’t like it if it is done unto me. Within this I direct myself to pause and breathe whenever there is an urge within me to cut off another, or the urge to speak the words ‘I know, I know’.

I forgive myself that I have accepted and allowed myself to not see/realize in this vast mix of personality patterns, social and cultural patterns, some people are more inclined to listen to people whom they find more to their liking than some others, this could simply be cultural, age, gender, racial, regional, language, or just plain old familiarity, or just simply good old friends, in that a newcomer or a stranger, may not receive the same hearing, in this I see/realize you cannot demand to be heard, so if someone says ‘I know, I know’, I direct myself to not take it personally, or react emotionally, because I see/realize there could be hundreds of reasons why they said such, and it has nothing to do with me personally.

I forgive myself that I have accepted and allowed myself to speak the words ‘I know, I know’ to indicate ‘go away, get lost’, in this I see/realize I am only avoiding to look at something within myself, or attempting to protect my own self-interest.

There is preference, there is practicality, there is prejudice and there is pre-programming. Sometimes we prefer to cut off people as they are not upto our liking, may be they are too strange or foreign to us, too weird, or may be not cool enough, etc, and sometimes it’s simply not practical to share time and space, may be you’re in a rush to get to work, then there is prejudice, you simply don’t’ want to talk to them because one of their qualities like racial or sexual orientation or social status that you have some issues with etc, and more often you find ‘pre-programming’ is the cause, where you’re simply speaking out shit because you’re conditioned, brainwashed, pre-programmed that way, and this is where ‘I know, I know’ expression fits in.

So many dimensions to this ‘I know, I know’, there are no hard and fast rules to say which is which, it requires self-honesty in the moment to catch yourself to find why you say ‘I know, I know’ to another, and not to some others, or in some specific situations but not in some other situations. Could it be annoyance, impatient, inconvenience, fear, dislike, etc etc etc.

As I said, it cannot be generalized, and it requires total self-honesty to see it in the moment and STOP it. Because you will agree with me, no matter what, to say or hear the words ‘I know, I know’ is uncool as nobody likes to be unheard.

When and as I see myself speaking the words ‘I know, I know’, I stop and I breathe, because I see/realize I am accessing some emotional discomfort within me, and that’s why I want to cut off this being. I will not accept and allow this normal but rude conversational expression within me anymore. I direct myself to actually hear/listen to another as I would like to be heard.

Goes back to the golden rule, isn’t it. Listen how you would like to be heard. And breathe to slow down, so you can actually catch yourself in the moment as you speak the words, “I know, I know”. 

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