I finally understand why Bernie Sanders will never get the Democratic nomination for Presidential Candidate against Trump. It is not that he is a bad person, a bad candidate, or not a viable opponent for Trump. It is that his policies are not understood or embraced by democrats. I found this out after talking with my oldest sister.
She was checking in with me because of the corona virus and of course we ended up talking about the massive short comings of Trump. What surprised me was how vehemently she attacked Bernie Sanders too. She said he was F**ing crazy and made her sick along with other denouncements. Here I had thought she had learned her lesson from the mistake of Hillary Clinton. At first I thought there may have been some lingering bullshit from the democratic tactics that painted Sander’s as anti-women, but I soon learned the truth. It was the socialistic programs of free education and medical coverage. Paraphrasing her words “She’d be damned if she was going to pay for someone else’s shit.”
The truth was revealed. I had had an inkling for some time that this was part of the problem; however, I failed to see exactly how bad it was until my sister’s hate filled rantings smacked me hard in the head. Don’t get me wrong, I have seen this side of her before because she used to manager a business her ex-husband’s father owned. In addition, she is an uncompromising worker that kills herself in everything she does whether she is fairly compensated or not. Thus, anyone else that does not live to these standards, even with valid reasons, is basically trash. So people collecting money without working are scum in her eyes. She does not see beyond that to the many people helped by social programs when there is no other place to turn or that the majority uses it as a way to get their lives back.
To be fair, she has not had an easy life either. Our family, as I later learned, was a morass of deeply flawed morals, confusing and misleading beliefs, and broken parents. In addition, she married into a family that had a lot of dark closets and screwed her over too. Her children suffered because of it and added to it. She was robbed by her own son and one of his girlfriends. So she has a very dim view of the lower class from experience, applying it to the whole. From managing the store she had to deal with a lot of people who did not have good work ethics. However, from listening to her stories, some of that was from the choices her ex’s family made and in my opinion not an objective sample of the whole. I feel she unfairly blames the whole for the actions she observed.
I am not immune to her reactions but I understand something else. Everything we do, everything we have is the result of others. We are totally connected. The sacrosanct individual that the republicans love to push has been a load of B.S. for centuries. In fact, it never was. Yes, when there were fewer humans on earth it felt like that but it wasn’t. Earth is a chaotic system that is relatively enclosed. What we did in the limited area of our world in ancient times worked its way around the world. It may have taken longer and the affects may have been minor, yet they were there.
Now we come to the real reason it is important to share with one another instead of hoard it for ourselves. What we give comes back to us and what we deny comes back too. So when our corporations went overseas because they could exploit workers like they couldn’t in America guess what came back to us. I find it funny how many people are complaining about how much companies are ripping off workers now. Well, they can’t compete with companies that run sweat shops so, if you want a job at all …
Back to my sister and democrats like her. It is so disheartening to hear them parroting words that are actually a republican mantra. These entitlements make people lazy and are not fair for us hard working Americans. The republicans tend to forget all the golden parachutes and government bailouts they think are their due, which are entitlements they give each other from our work. Here is a hard fact I have learned in my five decades in this country. 80% of work is done by 20% of the workers, including management and wealthy CEO’s. So 80% of people don’t deserve what they are paid. There are many wealthy people who never worked a day in their lives yet they fill they deserve all they have. These are the people we have allowed to ruin our country. They are both republicans and democrats. They both view Bernie Sanders’ policies as stealing from them.
The sad part is that people like my sister do not understand his policies. They do not understand what they stand to gain from it. This lack of understanding is the biggest failure of Bernie Sanders and the people running his campaign. Yes, taxes are going to be higher, but not as bad as you think because the top 1% will carry the brunt of the cost for the programs. The 1% will of course cry foul. However, I feel this is fair since much of their wealth is created by the economic system our government maintains and the hard work, for the most part, of the 99%. They gain more and should pay more. That is how it works in retail. To sell more in stores companies have to pay for more space. Also, in my opinion the wealthy are over emphasizing their contribution to this country. I do not deny that they came up with many of the ideas and some work very hard but they are nowhere worth 50% of the country’s wealth just like no sport star deserves 30 million dollar or more contracts.
To me that is government’s real task, balancing out the excesses so that the economy is stable and works now and in the future for our children and their children. Unfortunately, the forces of corruption have deeply infiltrated both parties skewing our economy further and further off balance, making emergencies like the Corona virus outbreak threats to the nation’s economic security.
Finally, what so many, including my sister, do not understand is what they will gain out of Bernie’s policies. All they see is that they will pay more taxes for someone to get a free education and free medical care. They did not get that, why should they. Yes, your taxes will be higher, but your medical bills will be lower and will not bankrupt you. Yes, your taxes will be higher, but your children and their children will be able to get an education without starting out buried in debt. Your taxes will be higher, but your doctor will be more focused because they are not thinking of the mounds of debt they had to have to be your doctor. Their prices could be lower for the same reason. Your taxes will be higher, but the people making all the things you like and need would make them better because they are not drowning in debt. This is the real cause of whoa in our country, overuse of debt to create and maintain wealth. The real enemies are the banks and the bankers. Like they always say, follow the money. The only way we will survive is by changing this dynamic. Bernie’s plans are the only ones heading in the right direction. Obama’s and Trump’s answers were to increase our debt and, just like each world war we fought kills increasing numbers of people, each economic bailout costs more in debt. Obama’s was 700 billion with the Fed secretly spending another amount (I can’t remember the total). Trump’s is now 2 trillion with the Federal Reserve adding another 4 trillion, which nobody really mentions. Where does all this money come from? Nowhere! It doesn’t exist and if you don’t spend your part, it will do no good. I know; however, where it comes from though and who is going to benefit the most from it. It is coming from your children and their children and their children, etc. It will mostly benefit the wealthy and Trump. You are selling your progeny into slavery to the rich. It will suck to be you at the pearly gates.
P.S. Like the republicans, so many of these so called democrats forget or turn a blind eye to the fact that we have been a socialist country for decades now. Social Security and Medicare are socialist programs along with unemployment just like the hated welfare programs. Worse for the republicans, one of their hallmarks, Theodore Roosevelt, created several of them.