Sunday, July 29, 2012

Lunch with Bernie

Democracy is a great thing. Today, I was able to go to a small town hall meeting, literally in the town hall of my hometown, to listen to a 2-hour discussion with Bernie Sanders, the Independent Senator for Vermont. Sanders spent about half the time giving a speech that touched on most of the major issues facing our nation, and the other half taking questions from the fifty or so individuals who were there.

Of all the politicians and government officials I know of, Bernie is one of my favorites. Being an independent, and a self-described Democratic Socialist, Sanders and I hold many of the same views on major issues. The great thing about that kind of venue is that the people can really bring up the points that they care about most, and can get answers to their questions.

As you might expect, most of the time was spent on issues facing the economy. Like myself, Bernie was advocating for a reinvestment in our infrastructure and health care system to help boost jobs. He also discussed the continuing conservative shift in the Republican Party, and how that shift has come to the point where Republican Doctrine is more focused on the further wealth of the rich and the fleecing of the American People.

It was a great show of the power of our Democracy to see and speak with Bernie. he called on those present to take an active role in their communities and to stand up and demand change in Washington. I hope others, like myself, took that to heart and will do what they can to make our country a better place.

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