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Rainy day, and it's only 52˚F. But at least all that fucking snow is gone. As long as we don't get walloped again this weekend, we might be free and clear.

I only slept four hours last night. Since March 15th, I've only left the house twice.

I can't keep this up.

Yesterday, I read over what I'd written on Tuesday, and I wrote a few new sentences.

I watched Facebook "friends" "unfriend" me because I've finally had enough of not saying what I think about Sanders and his cult of personality for fear of...well...pretty much what's happening because I've finally started saying what I think about Sanders and his cult of personality.

No, he can't win the nomination. This is not a question of opinion. It's pretty much a mathematical certainty. At this point, he poses almost no genuine threat to the party he's high-jacked. But it galls me all the same. No, I'm not a far-left liberal. I'm not interested in a revolution. I'm a slightly left of center liberal interested in fixing the system we have and preserving and expanding upon the progress we've made, not casting it all aside for the pipe dreams of socialists and democratic socialists. I've lived under five Republican presidents, and I know what we stand to lose if we to fail to send a candidate to the election who has a chance of beating the Republicans.

I do not back the lesser of two evils. I did not back Walter Mondale in 1984 and Michael Dukakis in 1988, Bill Clinton in 1992 (and 1996) and Al Gore in 2000, John Kerry in 2004 and Barack Obama in 2008 (and 2012) because I vote the lesser of two evils. I supported those candidates because I believe in the Democratic Party and the principles and values it represents and recognize and cherish the advances it has fostered. And it makes me ill watching Sanders' disingenuous, opportunistic attempt to use it as a stepping stone to the presidency. Sanders and his supporters are cynically employing the Democratic Party the way that a cuckoo employs the nests of other species of birds, the same way that Trump is using the Republican Party. This is the Year of the American Cuckoo.

And I'm tired of watching and being silent.

If you want to stop following me, fine. If you want to get rid of all my books because I'm not "feelin' the Bern," then that's what you have to do. But please do not attempt to use the comments section of this journal (or my Facebook) to convince me how wrong I am. You make your mistakes, and I'll make mine.

Yeah, I could have kept my mouth shut and saved myself the bother. But I've been doing that too long.

TTFN,
Aunt Beast

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Marc D. Goldfinger
Apr. 7th, 2016 05:26 pm (UTC)
Freedom of speech and thought
You've expressed freedom of speech and show that you think. What's wrong with that. I think I'll keep your books. Until I give them to my daughter. After all, I don't want books burnt with me. I can be Fahrenheit 51 but my books will live on.
everville340
Apr. 7th, 2016 07:08 pm (UTC)
I did not back Walter Mondale in 1984 and Michael Dukakis in 1988, Bill Clinton in 1992 (and 1996) and Al Gore in 2000, John Kerry in 2004 and Barack Obama in 2008 (and 2012) because I vote the lesser of two evils. I supported those candidates because I believe in the Democratic Party and the principles and values it represents and recognize and cherish the advances it has fostered.

Thank you.
kennydoogs
Apr. 7th, 2016 07:27 pm (UTC)
Well said!!!! When it comes to politics, I am a liberal, but I am also a REALIST. Should Sanders somehow get the Democratic nomination(he can't), we would be rolling out the red carpet for a President Trump or a President Cruz, both of which are nightmarish scenarios. Hillary Clinton is a pragmatic progressive who has both legislative experience(almost 7 years in the U.S. Senate) and executive experience(4 years as Secretary of State). She understands the complexities of the world and the difficulties of working in Congress. If you think Barack Obama is a good President (I do), then the best and most qualified person to carry on his good works, is Hillary Rodham Clinton.
ponderpine
Apr. 7th, 2016 08:31 pm (UTC)
I agree with you completely and have done my best to convince my ultra-left wing friends that their lofty ideals will not appeal to the masses; we need a liberal candidate who can win the election.

Your books will remain firmly planted in their places on my book shelves.
pisceanblue
Apr. 7th, 2016 08:35 pm (UTC)
You have stated your position in a reasonable manner and to my mind, anyone who feels threatened by that doesn't truly understand what it means to be an American.

There is something decidedly surreal about this election year, your analogy of the cuckoo makes perfect sense to me. I had a stranger ask me if I was voting for Sanders and I said, "That's between me and my ballot, thanks."
alumiere
Apr. 8th, 2016 05:11 am (UTC)
thank you. in person i'll try to have rational discussions with my friends who 'feel the bern'. but on facebook? oh fuck no.

this election is so fubar i cannot believe it some days. and my republican parents will vote for hrc over trump or cruz, but not bernie. we need her.
starshoegazer
Apr. 8th, 2016 06:21 am (UTC)
We'll see how brave you are, yes, Anastasia.

Wow, it's been a while since I've heard someone mention songs from that album, let alone two favorites.

Stay warm up there!
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