The Problem with Bernie Sanders' Campaign

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tylersr
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The Problem with Bernie Sanders' Campaign

Postby tylersr » 17 Apr 2016, 04:46

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While Sen. Bernie Sanders certainly deserves credit for shining the light on wealth inequality in the 2016 Presidential campaign, the political revolution he repeatedly calls for has yet to materialize. The reasons for this are twofold.

The first reason the movement to #FeelTheBern hasn't and likely won't materialize in any real, substantive change that is best for all is simply because creating change in the system requires more than sharing inspirational messages on Twitter or even showing up to vote. It requires change within to be able to put oneself in the shoes of those abused by the system and then work towards implementing real changes that actually improve the lives of such beings to an acceptable level. Many Sanders supporters are comfortable posting something to Facebook, perhaps even donating money to his campaign, and then going to vote for the man in the primary. Perhaps progressive Americans have a short memory but voting for a single person and expecting change didn't work in 2008 and it won't work in 2016.

The second reason why Sen. Bernie Sanders isn't the savior we've been waiting for is that he, himself, hasn't undergone the changes necessary to understand what it takes to replace the current system with something that values all lives equally. This is not to fault the man, although Desteni has made the tools of self-change public for nearly a decade and, at this point, the choice not to utilize them belies a certain sense of self-deception... Thus, Sanders' approach is still rooted in the old ways of doing things and his mindset seems to be rooted in a certain nationalistic American exceptionalism that, unfortunately, puts him in the same playing field as all of the other candidates with their rhetoric of making America great, or greater, or the greatest. It's partly a reflection of the zeitgeist of today, but any call for revolution that seeks to maintain American superiority is bound to be short-lived. American superiority/exceptionalism/greatness (or whatever you want to call it) is inherently based upon the perpetuation of self-interest as if its pervasiveness was a cultural success.

To those who support Sanders' call for a revolution and are genuinely interested in a politics of equality, I suggest to first start with investigating oneself through the free, online DIP Lite course. Within, you'll learn the nature of the thoughts, emotions, and feelings that dictate our daily participation in 'life' and learn to CHANGE them and thus yourself into a more effective being capable of the compassion and empathy required to be a leader in bringing about a new world order. Did I mention its free?



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Re: The Problem with Bernie Sanders' Campaign

Postby William » 21 Apr 2016, 05:53

Agree with that, as Bernie Sanders is only one man, and therefore can easily become another JFK. It is interesting how people become so emotionally involved in the campaigns for the presidency, without recognizing the mechanics at work within and without. Bernie is doing a great job at bringing some awareness to the some issues, and in that sense, he is helping to pave the way for real change, but again, he is just the 'good guy' in the whole polarized psychopathic delusion... Real change can only come for Real by way of Real Equality as what is Best for All.



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Re: The Problem with Bernie Sanders' Campaign

Postby Marlen » 22 Apr 2016, 06:09

Definitely agree with these points guys, it was also discussed on a Politics of Self Hangout [8]: The Bigger Picture and You

If anything I agree that this electoral process can expose how flawed the 'democratic' process in itself is - to begin with - but overall it is quite obvious by now that no matter how well intentioned ONE single person is, it's futile in terms of changing an entire nation and system that is not held or 'run' by one single person, but accepted and allowed by millions. This was also discussed in some great interviews by certain political leaders in interviews, I leave links for the refreshing perspectives they represent as well.


And yes, many more have to wake up to realize the whole 'hope' and desire for change with a new master in place is just another pipe dream really - recall how things were with Obama and 'yes we can'? - things will really change as each one stand by one one as self-leaders, no more just 'choosing a leader' as democratic exercise. So, if anything the results can be used so that people question further this whole political system and get to ponder more about self-responsibility, self-change, self-leadership and not just trusting that a government can sort out our lives, which is an abdication of responsibility in any case.

Thanks for sharing these very needed points of view, keep them coming as you see fits in the discussion.


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Re: The Problem with Bernie Sanders' Campaign

Postby tylersr » 23 Apr 2016, 23:58

Haha, yes Marlen, I've sometimes found myself hoping a Clinton or Trump wins so that people will be forced to wake up to the reality of the need for self-responsibility. I'm worried that if Sanders wins, people will spend 4 or 8 years sitting back and blaming everyone else for obstructing him in his attempts to bring about change and at the end not much will have been accomplished. At least with the others, it will be obvious that not much will get done to change the system and thus, then, maybe, will we turn to ourselves as the answer.




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