Saturday, October 24, 2015
Mel and His Shadow Feel the Bern - Tsunami Endorses Sanders for President, 2016
By Mel Carriere
Partisan politics is something I vowed not to take part in some time ago, mostly because political parties usually enshroud themselves in ideology. I say enshroud, meaning to cover up, because for the most part their ideology is just a cover, without any real teeth behind it. When push comes to shove and there is a pile of tainted Superpac money being pushed across the table by some hairy knuckle, heavy breathing corporate sleazeball, all that impassioned rhetoric about protecting the little guy gets forgotten on the way to the bank
So I gave up on using ideology to pick presidential candidates. A quote I love from a book says "ideology is mental murder." When we straightjacket our thinking with ideology we risk missing out on good ideas just because those evil shysters across the aisle are proposing them. That is why I am trying to renounce ideology altogether and think for myself. This is not easy, because built in biases and prejudices against those mouth breathing, knuckle dragging baboons over there don't die easily. But my resolution from now on is to vote out of practically, not ideology, to vote for the man or woman who is going to protect my job, my livelihood.
Usually this means voting for the lesser of two evils. Usually the candidate you wind up picking is dragging around some pretty rotten, rancid, festering dead bodies in the trunk of the campaign mobile. Yet because the other guy is hauling his own nasty collection of decaying corpses in plain sight, even propping them up on the podium and tongue kissing them on national TV, we wind up voting for the guy or gal trying to hide their dead bodies because that way we can claim plausible deniability later. "Hey I never knew about those dead bodies in the trunk!" Yeah right.
The long and short of it is that every presidential election we wind up picking the person we think will do the least damage, not the most good. Then Bernie Sanders comes along.
The following is a short list of why I and my staff here at the Postal Tsunami, which consists of my shadow, have unanimously decided to endorse Bernie Sanders for president and why, if you are a postal employee. me and my shadow agree he is the only choice that makes sense for you. This was not an overnight decision. I have to confess I was frightened off by Bernie for a while by some of the scary labels attached to him, but since everybody in this country is a socialist to some degree or another I've gotten over that. Here are our reasons:
1. Bernie is the first and only candidate who has openly and specifically advocated a strong public postal service - If you google "Bernie Sanders Postal Service" you get a long list of articles either written by Bernie on why he supports the Postal Service, or written about what he has said or done in Congress to help us. If you do the same for the other candidates, Hilary included, you get about 5 million results but none of them have anything to do with the Postal Service. Sure they want our vote, but none of them care enough about us to defy their anti-postal super pac allies and voice a word in our favor.
2. Bernie sets the agenda - Bernie Sanders is the only candidate with a set of specific policies he plans to implement, and you can tell he spent a lot of time thinking about these things before he threw his hat in the ring. Bernie has a plan, man. The other candidates' platforms consist of responding to things Bernie said, and agreeing that these things are wonderful, but... His chief rival's platform is basically "I'm better, I'm smarter, It's my turn, and people are ready for me." I will concede that Hilary has way better hair than Bernie, but I'm not sure how much is her own and how much is surgically implanted.
3. Bernie has passion - While watching reruns of the Democratic debates, my son remarked that "Bernie is full of righteous indignation." My 23 year old son used the term "righteous indignation" in a complete sentence, God bless him. On the other hand, there was nothing righteous or indignant about the other candidates. Their answers came across as slick, rehearsed, and with an exit strategy. Furthermore, the other candidates all wore phony smiles, carefully crafted by focus groups, that didn't transmit the idea of indignation in the least.
Bernie's detractors, of course, bring up some points about why he shouldn't be nominated for President. Here are a couple:
1. He's too old - I don't see why this matters. At age 74, this supposedly old and enfeebled Bernie is still smarter and more vigorous than the rest of the uninspiring bunch. Can you imagine what a dynamo Bernie must have been at age 40? It must have been mentally exhausting to sit across a table from him.
2. He is unelectable - According to this theory, a primary vote for Bernie is a wasted vote because, even if he does get the nomination, he doesn't have the right stuff in the eyes of the American people to be elected President. In response to this I say hogwash. Bernie is receiving more individual donations than any other candidate, last I heard. Who will he run against, anyway, if he does get the nomination? Fluffy hair, flapping lips Donald Trump? Bernie will eat him for lunch.
So that is why the Tsunami supports Bernie Sanders, and urges our Union to do the same. I hope the NALC can resist political backroom bullying from "mainstream" Democrats and get behind the man that the rank and file membership knows will unequivocally support their interests at every turn. Bernie is a veritable political tsunami, sweeping away everything and everyone in his path. Feel the Bern - 2016.
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