Older Americans don’t like change. The truth is that it scares the hell out of them. I am 74, and I don’t see it that way. Without positive change we become stagnant and remaining in one place is moving backwards.
The United States is the youngest nation in the developed world. Our nation’s people average 38.1 years of age. Every day America becomes more diverse. The people will no longer accept a regressive government, and doing nothing is the same as moving backwards.
When the 2020 election season began, I rejected multiple candidates because they had zero new ideas. They included Amy Klobuchar, Pete Buttigieg, Joe Biden, and later Mike Bloomberg. If he or she was not progressive they would be unable to lead our nation into the 21st century with an overall goal of improving the lives of 90 percent of our nation’s people.
My first choice was and remains, Kamala Harris. The fact that she is extremely intelligent, strong, assertive, progressive, her age, and the fact that she is a member of our growing diverse population made her the perfect candidate at this time in our nation’s history.
When she dropped out of her campaign I was disappointed. However, I continued to admire Senator Elizabeth Warren. Very little separated Senator Warren and Bernie Sanders, but the fact that she was a woman with ideas to address all of our nation’s problems convinced me that she was the best candidate to be our 46th president. After ‘Super Tuesday,’ she ended her effort to obtain the Democratic nomination. I admit that I felt lost. But I quickly became aware that Bernie Sanders was my only remaining choice. His position on the most important issues are closely aligned with my own, and his progressive agenda is paramount to our nation’s future.
However, the same people who failed the Democratic Party since 2000 once again revealed themselves. Bloomberg, Klobuchar, and Buttigieg announced their support for the man I believed to be the worst candidate from the Democratic Party for the 2020 presidency, Joe Biden.
Biden is the past both chronologically and policy oriented for our nation’s future.
The results of Super Tuesday proved my greatest fear. Democrats continue to be cowards; the primary reason why they lose elections in the 21st century. The fear the label of “liberal” instead of embracing it’s true meaning. Not since FDR has a Democratic president been forceful in his actions to defend and serve the working class. They bowed to the fear tactics of the right-wing.
Bernie Sanders will save the America of our founding fathers. Unrestrained capitalism has destroyed the American dream for 90 percent of our nation’s people. He is not a radical, Bernie is a patriot. His loyalty is to the American people, not to big business and other special interests.
Sadly, Senator Sanders is under attack from Trump and his own party. They are afraid that his ideas are too extreme, but they are not. They are based on the needs and wishes of most Americans.
Our elected officials chose to forget that the United States of America is composed of 330 million people. It is not about ‘real estate,’ buildings, the president or our legislature. If the people are not served our government has failed. Today our government is a disaster.
Finally, something to think about. Our nation was founded by men who believed that doing the right thing courageously and with the best interests of the people of our new nation was more important than anything else and would be remembered by historians forever. When did we become a nation of cowards and hypocrites? One entire party has refused to do the right thing for more than 30 years.
I am an Independent, but have been unable to vote for a single Republican for the last 30+ years. These Republicans in name only have no resemblance to the party of Lincoln. They are imposters who care more about themselves than the American people.
“The Truth Lives Here”
Op-ed by James Turnage
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