Bernie has been a one person Occupy of this election and given people a voice and renewed our sense that this is OUR democracy and that it has been stolen from us. Like Occupy Wall Street, Bernie shows us that people want to do something about what has been happening to America and that others also feel the same way.
Mark and Annie call us to the defense of our democracy by being active and making our voices heard and using our feet to march in protest as have the Suffragettes who marched to get women the right to vote and later those who marched with MLK for Civil Rights and to end the Vietnam War. Americans were active in fighting for what they believe in! They were active participants in democracy.
It isn't just us either. Oligarchy is not limited to America and the powerful interests who have whittled away our democracy are doing it everywhere. These trade deals weaken laws that protect us but strengthen the exceptional privileges for the corporations. A second body of laws in effect that separate corporations from the body of international law and allow them to counter it while none of us could do the same nor even challenge the exceptionalism of this new form of corporatized international law. They tell us they can do this as if we can do nothing against the powerful!
Mark and Annie send out a Call To March like a call to arms for all those who know what is being done to the democracy that should have been the one given their children! A 'Call to March' for all who see it and object and want something to be done about it!
We all owe Bernie a lot for having the guts to run against the powerful forces that we have been arrayed against him. Bernie asks us to trust in ourselves - to trust in our democracy - to take it back from the greedy and the powerful - to exercise our rights (or lose them) as Mark and Annie call us to do by marching.
I hope Bernie wins. It is shocking to see that other Americans were so cynical that they would rig the game ...that they would cheat us and themselves of democracy as if they didn't really want democracy to continue. They truly put it at risk and of course deny that they do so. It is pretty obvious that when the 43% of Americans who are independents are considered that Bernie would win in the general election, nevertheless the elites see only their personal gain and willingly subvert their own democracy. They would take away their own children's democracy in fact. It is almost like the elites tell themselves that 'After this election we will go back to real democracy again' but that won't ever happen. You can't expect to get something by first taking it away. What do they want for their children? Do they want their children to live in a democracy or don't they? You actually have to wonder at just how short sighted these people are!
A call to march is our call to arms people of good will. The fight to regain what we have lost and take back what has been taken from us begins anew. Trump is a warning to us all of just what losing our democracy could mean in days to come. It was that easy to evoke hatred and fear, bullying and even violence. Be warned by Trump even if he doesn't win. He came close enough. What he represents is further weakening of democracy perhaps even the death knell of it in the future. The oligarchy has weakened our democracy so badly that a large portion of the population is ready to put the principles of democracy aside at the drop of a hat!
March on Washington not for yourselves but for your children's democracy... You've had democracy but they actually may not. That would be our fault as Americans. The time has come to do more than to just criticize and complain. It is time to march.
And thank Bernie for getting us to wake up to the fact that we are NOT powerless. Millions of people across this country see that the things that Bernie has been talking about are what makes America. It isn't only billionaires and corporations running roughshod over the little people. Bernie reminds us that there are a lot of little people out there but we just have to show that that is true.
Bernie and Mark and Annie embody the American spirit. They want democracy nothing more than that. Just democracy like it should be and like our children deserve to have.
It ain't over yet! How do I know that is true?
A little birdie told me ...
...and I could see it in the faces of people who want to feel positive about their children's future and how much they enjoyed that unique little moment. It is okay to like things like that and just be a person even if you aren't a billionaire oligarch. It is also okay to feel good about the future because you know a lot is being done to mitigate the dangers of global warming and not be arrogant and destructive simply because it is profitable for corporations and oligarchs to keep using oil and coal.
It is okay for ordinary people to have a say in how their government treats them and who represents them in Washington.
That was called democracy... It is time to remember how it is supposed to work.
Don't forget to wear comfortable shoes.