I stand with authentic passion and outrage, and with cutting through the bullshit to focus on what really matters, rather then polished 'politiking'. I loved Bernie's zooming in on the real issues right from the start, rather then pandering to American family values by reciting boring personal facts.
I stand with Bernie's decency in citing the best line of the night in blasting the media's attention on those "damn e-mails." Check out the edited version versus the original version on The Intercept and regain a new appreciation for how the media spins the news it feed us! Yes, we are sick and tired of hearing about it. Yes, let's talk about Citizen United and how to get money out of politics. I don't care about Hillary's e-mails, but I do care about her hawkish stances in foreign affairs.
I don't mind Bernie's shouting one bit, we all should be getting angry and should be objecting to the obscenities of politics these days. I take shouting any time over threatening with the imposition of guns (Tea Party.) In conversation with Rachel Maddow, a friendly interviewer, right after the Republican debate, we can clearly recognize Bernie's depth and thoughtfulness:
I stand with Bernie on the de-criminalization of dope and the taking back of prisons and jails from private enterprise. Support of medical marijhuana is not good enough, the evidence is in, give it up already, enough is enough. This coming from a non-smoker, non-drug user of any kind (illegal, legal or pharmaceutical.)
I stand with Bernie on recognizing the importance of Snowden and believe he would be sacrificed if he did what Hillary said and "faced the music." I must admit that personally I am unsure about the NSA surveillance, on what collection of data may be appropriate and what not.
I stand with Bernie in pointing out the absolute immorality of the 1% paying less tax on their profits then the average American while lobbying Congress and buying legislation to their benefit with their influence. Yes, Bernie has it right and really should know more so then anyone, Congress is bought!
I stand with Bernie in his refusal of corporate money, but his being powered by the people with average donations of $30! Bernie raised a phenomenal $3.2 million in the week of the debate! True to character though Bernie refused the $2,700 donated to his campaign from Shkreli, the pharma poster boy of outrageous price hikes and greed of pharmaceutical companies. The money will be donated to health clinic and the Shkreli will not get his desired meeting with Bernie, the presidential hopeful. An obscene amount of money is now needed to take part in the debates, something I abhor, as we all know how many are in such dire financial need, even here in the US. Therefor Bernie's decision to work from the grass roots up with individual donations, rather then top down with super pacs deserves our support.
I stand with Bernie in the belief that we need a revolution, one happening at the polls, with our voting, with real discussions around real issues, not weapons.
Hillary never looked or sounded better then last night during the 1. Democratic Presidential Debate. As a woman close to Hillary's age I surprise myself in not embracing whole heartedly a vision of a first woman president for 2016. But being a woman in and of itself is not enough.
Hillary's support of medical marijuana alone is not good enough, the evidence is in, give it up already, enough is enough. This coming from a non-smoker, non-drug user of any kind (illegal, legal or pharmaceutical.)
Hillary's connection and I suppose support of Monsanto, their products such as genetically modified seeds and the Round Up pesticide as well Monsanto's business practices that are horrible to those farmers not willing to go along are abhorrent and an absolute deal breaker to me.
Hillary's support of Israel with no mention of the Palestinian plight is unacceptable, business as usual as expected. Actually the debate was mum on this issue, but I assume it will come up in the future.
Hillary's support from corporate sources are well known and to my mind absolutely obscene and unsupportable. It alone should sway us to look the other way. Money can not be allowed to dominate our political choices, much less agenda. For more on Hillary's stance on the banking industry check out Matt Taibbi's latest in Rolling Stone.
This is a draft that likely will undergo still some changes, thanks for reading, your comments are welcome.