Points to Ponder:
At one point, the Democrats were the “Old South,” the “Boll Weevil Democrats” who supported slavery, segregation, and everything the Republicans were against at that time. Yup, Republicans of the day were the radicals who were on the Union side of the Civil War.
Then they flip-flopped. Republicans became more “Conservative” and Democrats more “Liberal.”
These days, the Democrats have become more Conservative again, with Republicans going far off in some “Tea Party” movement, and the Republican Party is beginning to fracture. John Boehner’s step-down is a symptom of this. Don’t be too surprised to see more “Republicans” become “Democrats” and vice versa. And there are new parties on the rise: Libertarians, Democratic Socialists, the Green Party to name a few. Realize that these are all just names, that could be “X”, “Y,” “A,” and “B” like when you took algebra as a kid. Variables, and you have to look at the surrounding circumstances to figure out what someone truly represents.
Don’t just blindly vote for a party – research the candidates, look into their policies. Ask yourself what you think would be best for this country. Ask yourself what serves YOUR best interests. You are TOTALLY allowed to be “selfish” when you vote. It’s called having a voice.
Remember, too, that up until last week, KIM DAVIS WAS A REGISTERED DEMOCRAT. She has now switched affiliation to the Republican Party. Surprise!
It is no secret to anyone who knows me that I support Bernie Sanders in this election. I support him because I look at his record, and I listen to his words, and I see him as someone who has a positive message about financial equality. Some will say that his policies require “using someone else’s money.” I would say that when someone WORKS for less than they should, because big corporations hold all the cards, it is the money of the WORKERS that needs to be returned.
I’ve seen trends in the workplace over the past few decades. One huge trend is for companies to lay off a bunch of workers, then instill enough fear in the people who have not been cut that they cower, and work two jobs for one salary. Unions may have their faults, but if it weren’t for the Electricians’ Union, my father would have been cut so that Florida Progress could hire someone with less experience and expertise at a lower rate. Service gets shoddier, but it’s not like people would just shut off their power rather than suffer at the hands of the power company. I know we’re paying WAY to much for really crappy cable service because we have too many trees on our rental property to go for satellite, and there is only one cable company. (We have it for the internet, too.)
Democratic socialism is a political ideology advocating a democratic political system alongside a socialist economic system, involving a combination of political democracy with social ownership of the means of production.
Look at his stance on the issues, and compare Bernie Sanders to Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Ask yourself, how did the economy change after FDR brought in his policies? Would it be so bad to repeat that part of history, minus the whole World War II thing?