The young man at the corner store by my house works 60 hours a week and every time I come in he’s watching CNN with the volume off (subtitles on). I always tell him to “be careful” because ‘they’ are trying to “brainwash you” and he laughs. English is his second language but he understands what I mean.
Tonight, I told him again to “stop watching CNN” because they were running their usual Trump drama. This time it was beef with Hillary (which is their current wet dream until there’s another terror attack or mass shooting).
He tells me, “I like Trump. He is crazy,” and laughs. I tell him, “yeah he is, he could start World War III.” He laughs again and nods. I tell him that they want him to keep watching CNN and vote for “Coke or Pepsi. Clinton or Trump.” He smiles and says something to the effect of “it’s going to be one of them.” I tell him, “Trump can’t win but Hillary has to beat Bernie Sanders first.” He said “who?”
I quickly realized that he didn’t know who Bernie Sanders was, until I explained what he looked like. I told him Bernie has raised the most money from individual donors of any of the candidates, and even more than Obama in 2008 up until this point. He was impressed but you could tell he was confused. Why wasn’t Bernie Sanders all over his CNN screen? Why isn’t he more aware of the candidate that’s received the most campaign contributions from average Americans? Upon leaving I told him “good luck, and be careful.”
If you think this guy is clueless or out of the loop, you’re wrong. He literally watches CNN every night and yet doesn’t really know who Bernie Sanders is without explanation. This is how they do it. This is why the DNC chair put the democratic debates on Saturday nights during the holidays when nobody is home in front of their TV. While Bernie Sanders is making a lot more sense on ISIS and Wall Street than Hillary (and infinitely more sense than every GOP candidate aside from Rand Paul), most people who might vote for The Bern are either out drinking at holiday parties or shopping for Christmas.
This is America, but this isn’t a Democracy.
We live in a Nation controlled by a Corporate Oligarchy.
If we lived in a real Democracy our news would tell us truth. Not sell us gossip and drama.
If we lived in a real Democracy, the head of the Democratic Party wouldn’t be rigging the system in favor of the preferred corporate establishment candidate. Thus tricking people into believing HC is “Presidential,” even though she is just another political actor that actively works for the Big Banks and the War machine, rather than the people.
If we lived in a real Democracy, poor white people wouldn’t be lined up to foolishly vote against their own self interests. Working class white Americans wouldn’t favor a bigoted Billionaire that spews fascist rhetoric as opposed to populist policies that would actually help the average hard working person.
But the popularity of Bernie Sanders is because of all of this hypocrisy and madness. It’s because of Bush’s reckless invasion of Iraq. It’s because of the greedy bankers who crashed the economy but were bailed out without jail. It’s because of Occupy Wall Street. It’s also now influenced by Black Lives Matter, and voices like Killer Mike, and Cornel West.
Bernie Sanders may not win the primary (he does poll better against Trump in many states). Hillary Clinton may indeed become the next president of the United States. A lesser of two evils that appears to be progress but is more of the same when it comes to the Middle East and crony capitalism in Washington DC. However, the people that understand that we need true systemic change (from the top down) are not going to go away. Because once you know the truth, it’s very hard to go back. There’s always the NFL, the Kardashians, Christmas specials, your job, your rent, medical bills, drugs, alcohol, relationships, but there’s no ‘Blue Pill’ in this Matrix.
We need more people to Wake up.
originally posted from Facebook