Thursday, February 18, 2016

open letter to the people of nevada on the eve of the 2016 caucus

dear people of nevada,

hi. i'm from vermont. i have no party affiliation and vote a mixed ticket in nearly every election. i want to talk with you about the saturday caucus.

you maybe think you don't have a lot in common with me. vermont is a whiter state than yours, a smaller state, a wetter state. we are statistically less christian than you, less hispanic, and neither gambling nor sex work is legal in any of our cities.

and yet both of our state economies are largely based on tourist trade. we live in states with a large service economy. it is common in both of our states for families not to have adequate housing or food security even though the adults in those families work at least one full-time job. both of our states get to play host to the vacations of the fabulously wealthy, the moderately wealthy, and the securely solvent.

have you noticed lately that there aren't as many securely solvent people as there used to be?

there aren't even as many moderately wealthy as there used to be.

but the poor? the disenfranchised? there's no shortage of them. have you noticed the huge increase in homelessness?

here's the thing: our government is gamed against us. the people who make the rules largely benefit from the rules. and when we clamor for change, the change is made slowly or only for show, because the people buying the elections would prefer it that way.

i grew up just outside of burlington, vermont during the sanders years. senator sanders has been fighting for better living conditions for all of us since before i was born. and when i say all of us, i mean all of us.

when he was first elected to congress, one of the first things then representative sanders did was to go to florida to look into the problem of mass incarceration of men of color, because the broken judicial system and the failed war on drugs and the privatization of prisons is a problem that sucks the life out of all of us and costs all of us.

he didn't do it because he has a huge constituency of brown people who are going to prison. he did it because when he became a US representative it became his job not just to work for the people of vermont, but for all of the people of this country, just because it's the right thing to do.

up until he started running for president, he ran around without a security detail, flew coach, and did his own shopping. he never pandered to special interest groups, or told people what they wanted to hear in order to get elected.

you KNOW he never got a haircut that cost six hundred dollars.

most importantly, he is not in bed with the bankers whose criminal behavior brought down the economy, and he does not take contributions from corporations, organizations, or individuals who finance the laws and practices that suck the wealth of america away from the people and the land and deposits it in the pockets of the increasingly smaller wealthy rulers of the land.

the democratic party establishment isn't that much different than the republican party when it comes to smarmy quid-pro-quo revolving door looting of wealth.

this is why i'm asking you to caucus for senator sanders.

nobody thinks he can pass every one of his plans.

what he's going to do is make a start at cleaning up the mess. nobody else is fighting for you like that. go on. look it up.

and if you're worried that he can't get stuff done, look at his record. bernard sanders is actually the king of quietly getting stuff done in congress while everybody else is too busy flinging poo.

so please.

go and caucus.

senator sanders will stand for you.

love, flask

(this message is neither approved by nor paid for bernie sanders)

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