Feeling the Bern

I went to my first ever political rally recently because it was happening nearby, and I wanted to see what they were like. It turns out they’re sort of like going to a football game, but everyone’s rooting for the same team. Everyone wears team colours and waves signs, while high-fiving each other and feeling generally merry about being in a crowd of such like-minded, superior beings. We were the enlightened ones and we were certainly the brave because we stood in near-zero temperatures for a couple of hours.

The star of the show was Bernie Sanders, but it took more than an hour of listening to people talk him up before he finally had his turn. They were like supporting acts for a band, but instead of doing their own songs, they only paid homage to the main act. Bernie spoke very well and I appreciated his heart and clarity on every issue raised. It’s hard to find fault with values of equal rights and fairness. It’s hard to say no to more good stuff and less bad stuff. But all of his proposed changes sounded really expensive. I’m not sure that we’ll all want to cough up our equal share to pay for them.

I didn’t like how aggressively they tried to trick and harass everybody into signing up to their email lists and made it seem mandatory. I refused but I was still inundated with almost daily emails & SMSes asking for donations. I know it costs a lot to run for office, here. The money wasted in America’s political circus is so gross to me. The idea that noble values can be easily swayed by fat coffers is sad.

This was my first public experience with American politics. It’s a dangerous topic so I generally steer clear. People in this country are binary and polarised on their ideas. Everything is met with love or hate; there’s no in-between option, and little room for dialogue or earnest questions. People here seem to need to believe that they’re already correct. It’s probably a by-product of growing up in “the greatest country in the world”.

– Greatest country in the world – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=16K6m3Ua2nw

One Response to “Feeling the Bern”
  1. sherine says:

    You are right / sad when there is no room for conversation and an attempt at just listening to another point of view

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