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My girlfriend, who never cared about politics before Bernie Sanders, sat and watched videos of the Hillary Clinton election rigging in Nevada with me…

And she cried.

I cried with her.

Her tears were the tears one sheds when they learn that something they had believed in is nothing more than an ugly lie.

My tears were tears of inspiration.

Carrie watched the videos with all the sadness of a child who had just learned that Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny were just pretty lies to help us makes sense of the world.

I watched through a different lens.

I watched with a sort of angry glee.

Many is the time that I had wondered if these so called revolutionaries would be up for the cause, once they had accepted that their democracy was as fake as The Tooth Fairy (if you are under eight years old and reading this, sorry for all the spoilers).

I remembered reading Marx in college and thinking that his argument about Capitalism inevitably falling into revolution and how I had doubted it.

Marx had no way of knowing that even poor Americans would have 200 channels of high-definition reality TV and a shit ton of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors keeping them “civilized”.

All $125,000 of student loan debt had taught me was that Marx and Freud were pretty much wrong about everything.

Women don’t have penis envy and Americans are too damned spoiled to rebel.

Then the man in Nevada raised a chair with intent to throw it…

And I started to wonder.

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What I saw in Nevada angered me, but it also inspired me.

I saw a group of decent, civil people brought to the brink of violent resistance.

Some would say that this is a negative, but the potential for all forms of disobedience make up the very fabric of our constitution.

Never should humans become so “civilized” that they allow their rights to be trampled on.

To love people demands that you must love yourself and to love one’s self means to stand up for one’s rights.

The natural extension of standing up for your own rights is that you stand up for the rights of others.

When evil is running amok, revolt is compassion.

Am I espousing violence?

Absolutely not.

It is not the violence, but the rage I am embracing.

As I saw the Sanders supporters storm the barrier, I prayed that they would stop.

I watched the man raise the chair and my heart skipped a beat.

If he throws the chair…the police charge…the citizens fight back and ultimately people are hurt and more than likely die.

I held my breath.

The man set the chair back down.

Tragedy was averted.

We do not need violence.

We are not at our end.

We have so many avenues to pursue.

The pen is mightier than the sword and The Internet is a billion pens scribbling all at once.

I advocate NOT for violence, but for rage and for action.

If you are not angry, then you are simply not paying attention.

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In college I was an uber-liberal.

Head of the feminist club and speaker for The Young Democrats.

I had trouble with our Amnesty International group.

This stemmed from my refusal to sign The Pledge of Non-Violence.

I read it thoroughly and returned it to them.

They told me that I was the first member of the chapter to refuse to sign and they were curious as to why.

My response was that it called for non-violence for ALL occasions and I felt that this was a very dangerous idea.

I told them that our country was founded on violent resistance and that as much as I wished that there were no need for it, I know that on rare occasions it is the only method of recourse available.

This did not make me popular at our meetings.

The pressure they put on me reminded me of when I was a young Christian and was told that “asking so many questions was against God” and that “I needed to have more faith and less skepticism.” and ultimately told that “maybe I would be more comfortable at a different church.”

At every meeting the paper was presented to me again and I was asked to reconsider signing it.

“If someone breaks into your house and is going to harm the people you love, do you choose non-violence?” I would ask.

“I would try to talk to them.” one guy said.

“You would die.” I said.

“You’re advocating violence!!!” the man screamed.

“When it is the only option.” I agreed.

The talked to me about Gandhi.

I talked to them about Reginald Denny.

The girl with the dreads told me that “violence was the cause of all the world’s problems.”

“Yet it is also the solution to some of those same problems.” I reasoned.

“When?!” she wanted to know.

“What would you do if someone tried to rape you?”

She glared at me.

“I hope you would fight back.”

She glared at me.

I was not long for that group.

Just as with the church, I was asked to leave.

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So while Carrie cried as she glimpsed how cruel the world could be, I cried because I saw the spirit needed for revolution in the eyes of the Sanders supporters in Nevada.

I saw people who cared deeply for their country.

I saw people who were ready to fight for Democracy.

I saw people who were wise enough to walk away and try alternative means of toppling the corrupt establishment.

I saw the balance of rage and intelligence required to succeed vs the fascists who are currently in power.

Those corrupt “Democrats” stood on that stage and rigged an American election and when they were done they hid behind a wall of police and taunted those whom they had just disenfranchised.

They said that they were “afraid for their lives” and the media reported this as if it were an indictment on the voters who had in reality been the victims.

Sadly, they were not “afraid for their lives”.

And this brazen lack of fear is what allows them to repeatedly attack the American people from their ivory towers.

Corrupt government leaders should be afraid.

America’s two-tier “justice” system offers them nothing to fear.

They can simply buy their way into or out of anything.

Nevada, Arizona and New York reminded us that our government officials can and will openly rig our Democracy without fear of repercussions.

Without fear, many have no motivation to act in the best interests of those they are supposed to serve.

If your government does not fear you then they do not represent you.

It has been far too long since our government feared us and for far too long we have feared our government.

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Bernie Sanders has become much more than just a human being.

He has become a symbol of democracy and freedom.

Bernie Sanders is Occupy Wall Street 2.0.

He is what happens when a million fragmented groups join forces under a single ideology.

He is the spark that ignited a hundred million flames that now light the entire world.

He is living proof that good can triumph over evil.

Those in control will not relinquish their power without a fight.

We must battle them on every front.

We must shine a light into every corrupt corner and drag them out and into justice.

Perhaps those corrupt “Democrats” in Nevada really were “afraid for their lives.” even if just for a minute.

Perhaps they should have been.

Perhaps they will think twice the next time they are asked to help rig an election.

 

20 thoughts on “Civil Disobedience and Bernie Sanders

  1. Exactly my thoughts. This is a government takeover by the GOP Republican leadership/NRA/ALEC and it is hostile towards anyone who try’s to get in the way! The Democratic Party is compliant always compromising, never holding anyone accountable or replacing incompetence. Everyone is getting something from someone so they go along with wrongdoing because they are all complicit! I don’t think violence will bring change any quicker but there really is a breaking point. We need to rise above and show people there is a non violent way! The bottom line, as any extremist would say, there is a point where you stand your ground!

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  2. This moved me so much. I feel so much like this. Im already heading Philly. Thank you so much for this. Very inspiring. ❤

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  3. Never went to college and am getting a little long in the tooth. But your message is loud and clear and I am ready to stand up shall we say. When you know love, you can know no fear.

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  4. THE ONE THING WE CAN DO IS EEPLACE THEM NONVIOLENTLY THROUGH NONCOOPERATION. A NEW DIRECT DEMOCRACY W A NONMONITARY FAIR TRADE ECONOMIC SYSTEM WHICH WE CHOOSE BY PLEBESCITE AN INDEPENDENT PLEBESCITE. WE CHOOSE THE FORMS WE WANT AND START PRACTICING IT UNTIL IT CAN STAND ALONE, WE COOPERATE W THEM LESS AND LESS AS TIME GOES BY UNTIL WE ARE SELF SUFFICIENT. THEN IT ALL STOPS. WE MAKE OUR DECLARATION OF INTENT IN WHICH WE DISMISS THE CORRUPT GOVT AND SWITCH OVER TO OUR ECONOMIC SYSTEM. And declare our new govt to the world.
    A ceremonial leader
    People vote for all issues
    committees for research and advice 2 yrs per committee
    ELECT THE SUPREME COURT. 2-10 YR TERMS MAX
    THE COURT AND COMMITTEES are all made up of 3 liberals, 3 moderates, 3 conservatives.
    All well need is an awsome accounting and tracking system.
    Time to do whats good for us and the earth. The one percent can join us living in peace getting what we get.
    or not.
    WE CHOOSE THE WAY OF PEACE BUT CLAIM THE RIGHT OF SELF DEFENSE IF ATTACKED.
    TOLERANCE IS NOT EXTENDED TO THOSE WHO WORK DAILY TO DESTROY US. THEY CAN JOIN OUR SYSTEM OF EQUALITY AND PEACE OR GO TO A SANCTUARY FOR THOSE WHO HAVE COMMITTED CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY. If they instigate violence, we will defend ourself by any means they make necessary. IT IS THE RIGHT OF ALL HUMANS TO LIVE IN PEACE, PROSPERITY EQUALITY AND JUSTICE. TO RULE THEYRE OWN LIVES AND SAVING OUR PLANET FOR THE FUTURE.
    WE THE PEOPLE CAN MAKE IT SO
    TOGETHER.

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  5. I take your words to heart. It is difficult to sustain righteous anger for long periods of time. I hope those who follow this revolution do not get tired and lie down.

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  6. Well done. It’s time. Bernie’s sense of timing is perfect. It’s Jane’s. The need was to teach us, each and all, we are not alone and the corporate media can neither silence nor slander us, with impunity. We are not at their mercy, when we stand together.

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  7. Just because things don’t go your way doesn’t mean that anything is rigged. Why are you all so paranoid? First everyone is freaking out that Bernie pages went down the day of the PA election and that it was a conspiracy, even though the Sanders campaign and Facebook both publicly addressed the issue (it was a huge slew of pages only a small amount of them were Sanders support pages. It was a glitch. They happen all the time.). Then there is the ridiculousness of the Nevada primary. Delegates mad because they weren’t allowed to vote (because THEY made the mistake and never registered as Democrats by the deadline), then the days agenda was over but the Bernie supporters weren’t happy with the results so they freaked out. The casino was throwing them out of the room at a certain time and there was no wiggle room on that and they were going to pick up the agenda the next day when they had the room again, but the Bernie delegates stomped their feet and freaked out and caused a disturbance. Then they have the audacity to blame everyone else for their poor behavior. Ridiculous. Bernie is a good man, but his supporters are giving him a bad name. Why? Because they don’t really care. They just want to pat themselves on the back and say, “We were there.” They have continuously damaged the image of his campaign and the image of the man himself because they only think about themselves. No Bernie supporter I know has ever tried to do anything other than claim their own superiority (which is hilarious because they tend to be the least educated and least intelligent of the people I know), and have done their best to alienate anyone who doesn’t buy into the cult of Bernie. They never once tried to actually change anyone’s minds, nor do they seem to want to actually change anything. They just like the attention and feeling like they “belong” and that they are “fighting the good fight” when in reality they are just sitting around being yes men.

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    1. And don’t get me started on all the Occupy DNC pages out there. The peace and love movement doesn’t actually care about anything. They just want an excuse to riot in Philadelphia. Don’t believe me? Spend some time on these pages and look at what’s going on. I got news for you, the people of Philadelphia aren’t going to rise up in a glorious revolution, they are going to be pissed at you for wrecking their neighborhoods and are going to respond in kind. If you can’t stand the heat, then stay out of Philly, because it’s easy being a revolutionary in your mom’s basement in the suburbs, but we in Philadelphia will rock your world if you start trouble in our hometown.

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    2. It seems to me that you have a lot of facts mixed up. The evidence PROVES that they were rigged. There registrations were changed automatically by some unknown force (same as happened in 5 other states.) That is a fact, does not matter how much you try to twist it around into something else. The other main fact here is that in Nevada, people freaked out because the chair did not follow the rules. If I am playing a baseball game and the other team is up by 1 and I have 2 innings left to play and someone says, I think I will just end the game here, YOU DAMN FUCKING RIGHT I I A GOING TO BE PISSED.

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  8. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

    In a recent interview Elizabeth Warren listed the issues that Bernie Sanders has brought to the forefront of political debate. Her list included a living wage, student loan debt and Wall Street regulation. She could have included unfair trade pacts, affordable healthcare, criminal justice reform, campaign finance reform and so on. Senator Warren ended her interview with the statement that she was proud to be a Democrat. Senator Warren is one of the good guys, but her pride appears to conveniently conflate the good, the bad and the ugly of the Democratic Party.

    Certainly FDR’s new deal Democratic Party stood up for American working families, got us out of the great depression and won a war. That Democratic Party proudly stood up to the wealthy and was of the people, by the people and for the people. Bernie Sanders has shown a life time commitment to the FDR new deal principles and that’s why I’m proud to be a Bernie Sanders FDR new deal democrat.

    Today’s establishment Democratic Party lacks FDR’s commitment to working families and has nurtured a strange Republican-like relationship with the wealthy. Over the last 40 years establishment Democrats have sold our democracy to the highest bidder. Secretary Clinton is in bed with Wall Street, big pharma, the fossil fuel industry, the private prison group and globalized job outsourcers. Establishment Democrats have gutted FDR’s new deal principles and embraced an undemocratic brand of American plutocracy.

    Bernie Sanders has provided a road map back to the party roots in FDR new deal principles, of the people, by the people and for the people. I take no pride in the moral bankruptcy the establishment Democratic Party has delivered, but a great deal of pride in Sander’s Democratic Party resurrection.

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