Can’t wait to go out to Baton this weekend. Even if I am disappointed, I will finally see some real city folk for a change. This last month has been very relaxing and the country is nice but I miss the little things like the corner bakery or the quaint little bistro down the street. I also miss having grocery options. I love the country but dislike the lack of quality stores and actual normalcies of living in a metropolitan area. The struggles of the rural communities are just as prevalent as the struggles of many inner cities. The difference is the response from our elected leaders. I have witnessed the daily lives of many in Marshall, Missouri, a small rural community of about 13,000. They have the basic necessities like Wal-Mart for all of your shopping needs. Don’t worry about the quality because it is the only option you have. This poor community is struggling to get by. Based on the latest census, the town was nearly 80% white, but when you talk to the community, you get a sense that there is a much larger minority population. About 43% of the community consists of married couples. Nearly 22% of this community is living below the poverty line. With most employers paying hourly wages, the average hourly rate that this community makes is only $8.89. That is less than $1200 a month. No family can live on $1200 a month without some type of assistance. We need to get real here because these lives are in our hands right now. While the Democrats are pushing for redevelopment & revitalization for their inner & rural cities, the Republicans are blocking funds for all poor people who are struggling. They blame the Democrats for the troubles of a poor rural community but they are the ones who deny lifesaving benefits to the very people they claim to be protecting.
This election season started off with a promise to stay above the dirty politics of the Republican Party. The Democratic field had promise. You had many options to choose from but it came down to Secretary Hillary Clinton or Senator Bernie Sanders. On one side you have a life-long Democrat who has been in the public eye since graduating from Wellesley College. On the other side, you had a self-described Democratic Socialist who has been an Independent for his entire political career. Now we are reaching the finale of this primary season and Bernie Sanders needs your help more than ever. Do you know of his record? Do you know what he wants from you? Well let me give you a little information on the man who wants a revolution to achieve a utopian world that he has been fighting for since his days in college.
Here are some interesting numbers to think about when talking about the Democratic race for the Presidency. U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders has won the last seven primaries or caucuses. That’s an undisputed fact, but we need to look deeper when talking about those wins. Let me give you the numbers.
I admit it, I am an emotional person. I have always felt moments of extreme sadness to extreme happiness. I think we all have to embrace our emotions if we want to stay sane. It shouldn’t matter if we are a man or a woman, we must let ourselves cry over the memories. Why am I telling you this? Well, I was watching a music competition show that opened their latest episode with a remembrance of the last 15 years in our lives. It mixed show memories with real events that happened in the United States over the last fifteen years. I wanted to give you some memories of events that have happened to us and why this is the most consequential Presidential election of our lifetime.
Lately, we have heard many Bernie supporters claim we need a revolution to save us from the corrupt Democratic establishment. Instead of speaking on the qualifications of their candidate, Bernie Sanders, they immediately label the establishment as bad and against the people. Well let’s talk about that Democratic establishment that Bernie so desperately has tried to paint as horrible. Let me remind you of just what the establishment has accomplishmed over the last seven years. Now, you can choose to believe this or you can immediately go back to defending Bernie as the anti-establishment candidate that we need.
I have found it difficult to write during this primary season simply based on the actions of her opponent and his supporters. Bernie Sanders and his rabid supporters are attempting to paint Hillary Clinton as some right wing nut job in the pockets of big business and Wall Street. They have seized upon donation records and the fact that Secretary Clinton has made a great deal of money with paid speeches to many big corporations. So I want to remind the American people of exactly who Hillary Clinton is. Let us remember who is running for President of the United States. It is a woman named Hillary, not her husband, not her big donors and definitely not Wall Street interests. So here is a little bit of history on exactly who Hillary Clinton is as well as a few of her accomplishments.
Bernie Sanders wants to be the next President of the United States. He has a few problems that he will never be able to get over. First, his anger and tone are great if you want to rile up the angry electorate. The problem with this tactic is two-fold. First, it forces people to pick sides. You are either an angry supporter of his hand-out ideology or you are a shill for Hillary Clinton, who has been fighting for the same ideas with a different way to accomplish the goals. I haven’t sat down to write recently because of the anger that ‘Feel The Bern’ supporters lob at anyone who doesn’t follow his angry rants and desires to have free stuff handed to them. Now I know you are sitting there saying that I am lying and Bernie doesn’t want free stuff, but let’s look at it logically. In every single stump speech, he screams that the rich are depriving us of our fair share of the pie. While I completely agree with that logic, I will sit back and say demands do not make policy a reality.