A Letter to Friends: Now and in the Future

 

Dear Fellow Berners,

With all my heart I support Bernie Sanders in his fight to become the 46th President of the United States of America.  Two weeks ago that chance seemed to be slipping away. Today, I think the tides have turned but the tide can always turn back.

The establishment is the clear enemy.  All of it as we can see in their fight to not provide financial support, food, shelter and energy to those in need.  They are failing us as Americans and they are proving that their only interest is in themselves.

We, the people, need for this to change or we will be in for a long road with a lot of unneeded suffering and pain.  In other words, we need a regime change. AOC and the rest of the Goon squad, as they are now called, were a move in the right direction.  We can see that by their actions today in the crisis we face.

Now on to what I have learned.  Change is a fear that most people have and a fear of change is a powerful tool for those in power to use.  Inflammatory and inciting and racist statements are proof of this. Unfortunately, the Honest Truth can be hard to see especially during turbulent times making change even scarier.

 Some psychologists call this the “meat paradox”, though it’s also been couched in stronger terms – as “moral schizophrenia” – Zaria Gorvett

The dilemma is that we ethically, morally and humanly are in the right and we see others with their heads in the sand or still smoking.  We are driven by empathy, compassion and kindness for others. We want to help. The outsider doesn’t view it that way. They interpret our good intentions as personal attacks directed at their core values and no one in that position will do anything other than attack back.

So I am asking a favor as I think I may have found the solution.  I am not a Mormon but I think we should take a play from their playbook.  They send their 18-25 on a mission to convert others to their church. Mitch Romney is one and he seems to be in support of the people, for the people and by the people.

I bring the Mormons up because, faith or no faith, their model has been successful.  Their missions and charity have led to a growing congregation and $200 billion in worth.  That’s a lot of doing it right at a grassroots up level. We need that same success.

“Mankind is a single body and each nation a part of that body. We must never say “What does it matter to me if some part of the world is ailing?” If there is such an illness, we must concern ourselves with it as though we were having that illness.” ― Mustafa Kemal Atatürk

Coronavirus sucks.  No if and or but. However, it came at the right time.  Without it, either Biden or Trump would easily be elected and we would be fleeced even more.  Coronavirus has revealed just how bad we are being fleeced by the rich and that a complete change of regime is needed.

Solution:  All of us Berners are sitting at our homes feeling scared, angry, resentful and unsure.  Maybe I am speaking too much for you. That is how I feel and my head is like a mental rollercoaster.  

The good though is that we have time to reach out and really try to make a Mormon like movement of change. Last night I made a Tweet and someone came back and questioned me about the Honest Truth.  They snapped at me and I quipped back and suddenly some fellow Berners were there to have my back. It was a great feeling in this time of uncertainty because I felt loved by others.  

But what about the non-Berner who attacked me?  That person for all I know is alone and scared like many of us and their world, like ours, is changing at a very uncomfortable pace.  They are in a worse spot in some ways than us. We will at least be able to say I told you so when the dust settles like a non-smoker to a smoker diagnosed with cancer.

So this is what I know and what I am asking?  I think from now until November, WE need to remember that WE are the People, all American citizens and we are in the fight together and need to carefully and compassionately try our damnedest to sway those who attack us to join us.  This takes time, compassion and the willingness to listen. I think the others just want to be heard and debated and hopefully brought into the fold.

Mistakes are always forgivable, if one has the courage to admit them. – Bruce Lee

I make mistakes all the time.  It’s part of life. Learning from them is the hard part.  I know I feel hoodwinked and bamboozled. I always had a naive thought that the world was fair.  It is not. We have an opportunity to make it so if we create the Great Sanders Tsunami of Support to get him and his policies into the White House and our support, then it needs to be unyielding.

The future of two weeks is gone.  We are now moving into an unknown.  I know who I want to be leading my nation through this time, Do you?  And if you do, are you willing to help others see your view?

Sincerely

Me

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