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“I run not to oppose any man or woman, but to propose new and far-reaching policies to deal with the crises of our times. And I run because I know we must change course now, or risk losing the future for so many to the interests of so few.”   ~ Sen. Bernie Sanders

Sen. Bernie Sanders & "Birdie" Sanders

  Sen. Bernie Sanders & “Birdie” Sanders

As Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks to his exuberant supporters in Portland, Oregon, March 25, also on Good Friday, a little bird flies in and rests on his lectern. They look at each other for about 10 seconds and it gently flies away. The people jump up cheering with excitement. In the video, Bernie basically says that despite what it looks like, it’s a Dove of Peace saying no more wars, please. Since dubbed “Birdie Sanders,” today it seems the Universe is saying:

“Keep telling the truth Sen. Sanders, the people need to hear the truth. As only the truth can free them of all the lies and half-truths too many of their established leaders prefer to tell them.”

Never Be Fair to Your Adversary

Years ago, a very dear friend once told me: “Never be fair to your adversary.”

Today, this is still good advice, given the intense election process. For Sen. Sanders, it’s a matter of comparing the differences between them for the voters. For the Clinton camp that cries foul every time Bernie mentions her leadership shortcomings, it’s likely a sneaky defense tactic to shift the spotlight off of Hillary Clinton’s abysmal record. Of course, the GOP is well aware of her record and is ready and quite willing to use such against the Clinton’s (in spades) should Hillary make it to the general election.

Today on CNN, Fmr. Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell, a national surrogate for Hillary Clinton, thinks Bernie Sanders should stay in the race, but tone down the rhetoric. Sadly something has gone terribly wrong here! Many of these high-profile Democrats aren’t playing fair, having pledged as “superdelegates” for Hillary Clinton long before the convention; and seem bent on winning at all costs.

Yet, they also seem mesmerized by their own rhetoric, expecting Hillary Clinton to actually be the Democratic nominee and that Bernie and his supporters will give up their quest for a better American life and support her. Ed Rendell also thinks we (Sanders’ supporters) should even form a Super PAC for them. Imagine that? During the Town Hall meetings and debates, I got the distinct impression from Hillary that that’s the way it is done in politics.

Sadly, They Just Don’t Get It.

News flash: this is not politics as usual! In view of it all, seems Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and others made one of those historic “back room deals” when she ran the last time and lost to Obama. You know, the old game: “You scratch my back and I scratch your back in return.” Now, I (and many others no doubt) understand why the doable progress Obama promised America eight years ago has yet to be realized! And why Hillary Clinton keeps saying, “I know how to do it.” Yeah sure! I shudder to think what she will give away under pressure.

Thus Things Have Radically Changed

The people are awake now, are tired of the terrible betrayals by both parties, and tired of being used by the billionaires and millionaires to pad their own pockets while disregarding the country and the people’s basic needs. Actually, this is the type of stuff that started the destructive revolts of the past. How sad is that. Hopefully that won’t happen here.

America is destined to be so much better than that! Thankfully, a different politician is on the scene now. And he’s telling it like it is, much to the chagrin of the establishment. Usually, at times such as this a special leader comes forth: A true leader who has the courage of his convictions, the life experience to get things done, the compassion to truly care about others, and the wisdom to discern between insatiable greed and real wealth for the good of all.

The candidate of whom I write is, of course, Sen. Bernie Sanders, a real agent for change who is not for sale! A change agent who is calling for a political revolution, one that is won not in the streets but at the ballot box!

Today on CNN with Jake Tapper, Bernie Sanders states this when asked: “Look, I’m focusing right now on dealing with why the middle class of this country continues to disappear, why we’re the only country on Earth, Jake, that doesn’t provide paid family and medical leave, why we don’t guarantee health care to all of our people. I was just in Baltimore yesterday. The level of poverty is unbelievable. We have to rebuild our inner cities. I think the American people want us to focus on the real issues impacting them, how their kids can afford to go to college, not worry at this point about who is going to be a vice presidential candidate.”

Hence, a vote for Bernie Sanders will surly set American life back on its right course.

Free the mind, educate yourself, think well before you vote, and do keep the faith!

© Delores L. Adams and The Aunt Jemimah Post 2012-2016. All rights reserved.

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Jane and Bernie Sanders

Jane and Bernie Sanders

“I run not to oppose any man or woman, but to propose new and far-reaching policies to deal with the crises of our times. And I run because I know we must change course now, or risk losing the future for so many to the interests of so few.”   ~Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT)

Wow! The above noble words from the Bern set my feet back on solid ground.

Being an avid Bernie Sander’s supporter, naturally I was disappointed with the New York Primary results and cried for a minute. So, I allowed myself to go with that feeling, grabbed a cup of tea, a light dinner, watched more of the depressing news coverage (silly me), watched a sit-com on TV and took to my bed exhausted.

The next morning, the phone rings and wakes me from my good nights’ sleep. Yet, at the edge of my thoughts lurked Depression, my old nemesis, trying to remind me not to be so happy; which would have worked back in the day.

Having realized the value of real happiness after years of hard work, thankfully my higher mind sharply reminds me that I know better. That the ancient teachings of Jesus the Christ and Paramahansa Yogananda[1] have raised me to think better than that, so don’t even go there!

Bernie’s Encouraging Email

Being the one who initially inspired me, I go to my computer and look for an email from my candidate. Great, I got just what I needed. Thanks Bernie.

The above great words are from Bernie’s initial email announcing his candidacy for President of the United States, which was cleverly included in his recent email reaffirming his beliefs. How cool was that!

For me, Sen. Sanders’ very first words were right on: “I run not to oppose any man or woman, but to propose new and far-reaching policies…”

I detest fighting. Having to be against something rather than for something can be very stressful; thus I was instantly relieved, looked around and Depression had left the building (so to speak)!

Jane Sanders CNN Interview

Nearly a week before the New York Primary Jane Sanders, Bernie’s wife, also from Brooklyn, is interviewed by CNN anchor, Brook Baldwin. According to CNN’s article titled, “Jane Sanders Hits Primary Process…” the New York state primary voters had to register at least 25 days before an election in order to participate. For those needing to switch party affiliation the deadline was October 9th.

Accordingly: “I thought we were trying to reinvigorate our democracy … We’re bringing a lot of new people into the party and it’s really too bad that they’re shutting the door on them,” said Mrs. Sanders.

As to the Democratic nominating process: “You have to admit, the way that they’re doing things in terms of superdelegates and in terms of how delegates are put out there doesn’t make a lot of sense to the average person… We understood those are the rules [so] we’re not complaining about it,” said Mrs. Sanders.

Sadly, indeed there would be significant voter irregularities on the following Tuesday that lights up social media. Wednesday, the Huffington Post reports: The New York Attorney General is Investigating Primary Voting Irregularities.  Like, what else is new these days?

Dreaming the Impossible Dream

According to Bernie Sanders, We still have a path to the nomination….and there are a lot of delegates up for grabs.” In other words, we are in it to win it. And so we will.

Some like to trivialize Bernie’s attainable proposals as an impossible dream. Yet, without our dreams, life ceases to evolve and we become depressed. Sadly today, way too many people have lost their faith. Yet it is our very faith that gives us both the capacity to dream the impossible dream and the courage to make it happen. For a better way of American life, go here to Bernie Sanders’ website.

Long ago, I realized that not only does God give us dreams; He gives us the wings to make them fly.

© Delores L. Adams and The Aunt Jemimah Post 2016. All rights reserved.

[1] Founder of Self Realization Fellowship (SRF), Church of All Religions

 

 

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“Government of the people, by the people, for the people.”

“Old Glory” Historic nickname of the American Flag

“It’s very hard to bottle up the notion of freedom once it’s been uncorked.”  ~Brian Williams, Veteran News Anchor and Commentator

The Alligator and Mr. Nice Guy, a Parable

One day, a rather aimless young man is walking about in the woods. Much to his surprise, he spots an unknown bridge stretching across a wide and mighty river, heretofore only told by the local raconteur. On the other side of this fabled bridge, he sees an enchanted land gleaming with majestic hills and endless possibilities all there for the asking, or so he’d been told. With nothing else to do that bright and sunny day, his idle curiosity gets the best of him and he decides to explore the other side.

Upon reaching the edge of the river, suddenly a massive tree falls onto the bridge. And, with a loud bang, it’s damaged beyond crossing. Wow! He thought: Now what do I do?

No sooner than a bat of the eye, he sees something moving along in the shifting waters. Thinking it might be a barge, he runs along the river bank and catches up with the object. Much to his surprise, it’s that sneaky old alligator that lurks beneath the murky waters of the river he’s also heard about. Now shaken to the core, he proceeds to run away.

Scared out of his wits, nonetheless he hears a friendly voice. He stops, turns around and sees only the alligator. He thinks: This can’t be… after all, alligators can’t talk.

No sooner than his adorable floppy ears begin to sense a distant sound, the alligator asks where he is headed. Mesmerized by this mysterious yet smooth talking being, once again curiosity overtakes him and the young man answers the alligator. Recalling his good manners, having been properly raised and all, he calls out:

Uh, excuse me Mr. Alligator: Can you give me a ride across your mighty river?

It’s Ms. Alligator to you, she sharply replies.

Next, Ms. Alligator’s friend briefly appears with dark sunglasses and a saxophone, a front she had suggested. Seems he is off to their usual game of throngs. After all, alligators do love throngs of people. They just can’t get enough, and they aren’t prejudice either! Not sure if they are married. Do alligators fall in love and marry?

So, my dear young man, what is your name, Ms. Alligator warmly asks.

Well Ms. Alligator, he answers, I’ve been called by many names, some good and some not so bad. Until recently that is. The other day, an irate senior citizen called me a con artist. Seems my convoluted discourse made her feel like she was being primed by one of those con artists we all hear about. You know, the subtle type who preys on the elderly. Of course, that definitely is not me. Glad I’m not that messed up!

Actually, most people call me Mr. Nice Guy having kind eyes and being so polite, and all.

Yeah, I’ve heard all about those types, snaps Ms. Alligator. They’re called superpredators, I believe. Actually, cons are lost souls in dire need of redemption. I would pray for them, but that’s not my nature. Besides, why would God believe a sneaky old alligator that swims around in a murky lagoon all day?

Well, hop on Mr. Nice Guy. I will gladly give you a ride. I’ve been waiting for you.

Soon they swiftly glide across the mighty river. Barley hanging onto Ms. Alligator’s lumpy back, Mr. Nice Guy finally reaches the fabled shores of endless possibilities. He gladly hops off his precarious ride, ready to move forward.

But wait, not so fast! Suddenly, Ms. Alligator rises up, bites him in the butt and drags him into her murky waters.

Luckily, Mr. Nice Guy had on some very baggy pants that day which were secured with a wide black belt that caught on a nearby branch. As his inner warrior struggled to be free of Ms. Alligator’s deadly grip, he woefully asks why?

She looks at him ever so slyly and simply says: Well, Mr. Nice Guy, it’s just my nature.

Meanwhile, further down the river as far as the eye can see, a diverse multitude of happy people are boarding a great vessel to the other side. Having made a way out of no way, seems they are following a gray-haired man in spectacles with a tiny bird perched on his blue baseball cap. Finally, all are on board except for a certain rag-tag person struggling to be free.

Eventually, he reaches the gate and, lo and behold, it’s Mr. Nice Guy completely in rags. Yet, he has arrived! Though his derriere is slightly exposed, he is determined to follow this joyful crowd who had seemly made a way out of no way. Free of Ms. Alligator’s steely clutches, Mr. Nice Guy now sees the better way.

In boarding the ship, and still being of good manners and all, Mr. Nice Guy happily greets the ship’s captain and asks his name. The equally gracious yet very intuitive leader replies:

Well, I too have been called by many names recently, some good and some not so bad. But most folks, including my wife, simply call me Bernie. Welcome aboard my friend!

The moral to my version of this ancient parable is still relevant. So take heed and remember:

“When someone shows you who they are believe them; the first time.” ~Maya Angelou, legendary poet, author and civil rights activist

Momentum

The best kind of momentum is, of course, spiritual; which keeps us on the right path.

With this 2016 Election seeming more like the Summer Olympics than a presidential campaign, in many ways the momentum is off the charts! Likely inspired by his heartfelt sincerity and a clear vision for American progress that can be realized despite the naysayers, Bernie Sanders’ campaign rallies, which are drawing thousands, are also off the charts!

Such reports of his historic rallies all over the country are amazing: Thousands Rally for Sanders in NYC Ahead of State’s Delegate-Rich Primary, Chicago Defender. In a BBC article titled Bernie Sanders draws thousands to NYC rally: “Mr. Sanders said the rally in Washington Square, with its famous arch, was the most important event yet of his campaign, which for months has drawn huge crowds across the country.”

Truly this is a sign of an exceptional leader. Sen. Sanders is proving to be more than just merely qualified, but also a gifted leader who will not only properly lead our country, but will join with other like-minded leaders to advance world peace and prosperity.

Of Course, his Democratic rival, Secty Hillary Clinton, also has numerous ardent supporters. Though still undeclared, her most influential backer is once again speaking in support of her contentious email usage while in the state department.

On Sunday April 10, President Barack Obama gives his first interview with Fox News since 2008, a conservative news network. He discusses, among other topics, the FBI’s probe of Secty Clinton’s former emails, which could derail her campaign according to experts.

During the Fox News interview titled, “Obama vows no influence in Clinton email probe…” President Obama states: “He still doesn’t think the emails to and from her private server breached national security.” While “not a good idea…there’s carelessness in terms of managing emails that she has owned, and she recognizes,” Obama said, which is troubling still.

“Carelessness,” really Mr. President?

According to the Espionage Act, 18 USC 793 subsection (f) pertaining to “gross negligence” in the safekeeping of national defense information in particular, many experts and countless other reasonable people still believe that Hillary Clinton first broke the law by ignoring government protocol, and then used a private email server during her state department tenure. Whether justice will hold Hillary Clinton legally liable remains to be seen.

Seems Pres. Obama has forgotten to guard his own legacy (Obamacare, Marriage Equality, etc) while fellow democrats are tasked with keeping the party united and getting out the vote!

Still, the positive momentum continues, and in the right direction. Lost on many nonbelievers, yet every time We-the-People contribute to the Bernie Sanders campaign toward a more perfect government, both with our time and our money, which includes this writer, the Universe hears our silent prayer.

A Way Out of No Way

Looking ahead: With the Clintons back in the White House, things are likely to either remain the same or exacerbate given their lack of transparency and obvious fondness for big money and worldly power, in my opinion.

Having observed the Clintons for over 25 years and considering the well-known devastation their leadership has already caused our society, it would be very difficult (if not impossible) to vote for Hillary Clinton should she become the nominee; though I likely will vote the Democratic down ticket.

Of course, I don’t dislike Hillary Clinton; I just don’t think she is “qualified” to lead our country. There are some things money just can’t buy, spiritual gifts being among them.

During the height of the Civil Rights Movement when his life was constantly being threatened and that of his family’s, a young Baptist preacher realizes that God is truly able.  He would deliver the following affirmation to his ardent supporters:

“When our days become dreary with low-hovering clouds of despair, and when our nights become darker than a thousand midnights, let us remember that there is a creative force in this universe working to pull down the gigantic mountains of evil, a power that is able to make a way out of no way and transform dark yesterdays into bright tomorrows. This is our hope for becoming better [people]. This is our mandate for seeking to make a better world.” ~Martin Luther King, Jr. (A Strength to Love, 1st Fortress Ed.1981, pp 107-114)

Seems the Bernie Sanders campaign has “uncorked” that American revolutionary spirit too long suppressed by “the establishment” and it will not be easily restrained. No, not this time!

Free the mind! Free our Democracy with Peace and Harmony toward all!

© Delores L. Adams and The Aunt Jemimah Post 2016. All rights reserved.

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