Back to Basics on #BernieOrBust
Creationism aside, we grew from photosensitive cells to primate bipeds which send computers into space. That is a mammoth scale of observation to cross. To do so, we've had to become very complex creatures, utterly dependent on an inherited social structure. Depending on where we live, those can be pretty nasty. Not just personally dangerous, but dangerous to all of us.
One downside to our generational indoctrination as life survival skills is that eventually information is outdated or corrupt, thus needs to be updated. In a complicated social ecosystem, it can often mean fighting against genuinely good people defending their outdated programming. Once unaware- or uncaring- that it no longer serves the majority, they then threaten the whole.
We are in that exact situation right now. Climate change requires immediate action. Perpetual wars are getting waged in our names for profit and power. The driving need for representative tokens of value kills many every year in what we claim is a "civilized democracy," yet those who make all the rules have every available luxury. Our news system's now part of that game.
This isn't okay. This isn't sustainable. The channels we're told to go through to fix it are ineffective by design, and continually adapt to resist doing what they were originally intended to do- carry out the will of the people (not an insulated royalty). That meaning has gotten lost behind rhetoric. For all our pomp and circumstance, all our historic pride, we are merely hypocrites.
Politics has become a battleground between people who see it as one more team sport (or religion) vs people trying to use it to genuinely avoid disaster. The young generations- those fresh eyes on old problems- are pushing for change. The thoroughly indoctrinated, insulated and ignorant push back. Both think they are doing the right thing. But a speedy transition is essential.
If one steps back and looks at policies instead of personalities, preferences over polls, and documented history more than media hyperbole- we realize that most candidates running will not address today's worsening issues. Not because they're bad people, but because they've been shaped to believe in things that no longer serves the majority. They live within echo chambers.
They have a job, they do it well, and they get paid well. But that job isn't actual representation, and their civil service position salary is a pittance compared to what they make from their real bosses. "It's been this way for a while, and worked out great so far; why rock the boat?" They are indoctrinated to defend an unsustainable system that most of us no longer see as working.
I don't think it is crazy to put political faith in a guy who has been fighting for these issues to be addressed for decades. I don't think it's irrational to have serious reservations about candidates that offer little substance yet make millions from profit-driven corporate donors. I can't take the media seriously since they've voluntarily abandoned fact-based reporting for narrative wars.
Bernie or Bust isn't radical fandom. It's standing firm behind overdue corrections that a legion of sponsored mediocrity is intent on tamping down. It's recognizing where we have come from, where we're going and that there is a bit more to elections than fundraising games and color creeds. It's saying, enough is enough, and refusing to make one more bad choice for our futures.
This social structure we've created and depend on can either doom us, or serve us. Just because we were born into someone else's legacy doesn't mean we can't cast off the unhealthy parts. The founding fathers were slave owners; we saw fit to end that. Surely we can see fit, as a collective, to band together and reject all billionaire-class warmongering non-representation too?
I choose to believe we can. Which is why I am still- both defiantly and responsibly- #BernieOrBust. Any Blue (literally) won't do.