The Truth Will Set Us Free
by Cindy A. Matthews
"Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free." --John 8:32 NIV
It's been just over a year since many of us came together for Bernie Sanders' first live stream address, and little did we know what our lives and world would be like thirteen months later. On August 24, let's promise to gather and discover our voices yet again, to continue the political revolution that Bernie has been talking about his entire adult life. As Nina Turner has told us on many occasions, we must speak truth to power.
One thing I've really missed lately is watching to Bernie's rallies online, mostly through the auspices of Bernie2016TV (now PoliticalRevolution.TV). I was instantly drawn to Bernie's message. The voice of reason and of truth... The voice that spoke to my progressive leanings and said I was not alone in the world in thinking government should serve the ordinary people and not the oligarchs. Even if Bernie wasn't speaking on a particular day, I listened in awe and admiration to his surrogates like Nina Turner, Dr. Cornel West, Killer Mike, Rosario Dawson, Susan Sarandon, Mark Ruffalo and others. It felt good to know we were all a part of something greater than ourselves.
It was good to hear the truth, no matter how painful, confusing or challenging. It was good to know we had a future to believe in--and we still do--if we work hard to bring about the political revolution Bernie Sanders has inspired. We need to keep our eyes and ears open and be ready to act and spread its message of liberation to others.
Truth this week hit home with the photo of a young Syrian boy, 5-year-old Omran Daqneesh, who survived his home collapsing on top of him after a bombing. (Sadly, Omran's older brother later died of his injuries.) As the iconic photo of 9-year-old Kim Phuc, running naked and still burning from her napalmed village, led to the end of the Vietnam war, perhaps this battered child's image can help bring peace to his troubled homeland.
Truth this week also came from presidential candidate Jill Stein at the CNN Green Party Town Hall when she said we can close down our 700+ overseas military bases, stop the endless drone wars that are killing thousands of civilians and exacerbating the refugee crisis in Syria, and instead use the trillions of dollars in the bloated military budget to forgive student debt and build a stronger economy for everyone--not just the Daddy Warbucks of the Military Industrial Complex.
Truth this week announced that the Department of Justice finally came to the conclusion that private prisons weren't as safe or effective as government-run prisons, and they weren't renewing their contract with some of them.
Didn't Bernie say something like that at his rallies, about how we need to spend more on education rather than incarceration? That Black Lives Matter and that institutional racism is the cause behind the for-profit private prison system? Finally, something is being done about it! Maybe there's something to this political revolution after all?
The truth will set us all free. Share it by inviting your friends and neighbors to a Bernie live stream event near you. It's amazing how freeing the truth can be to those who have heard nothing but establishment lies and think there's nothing they can do to stop them. But we know there is--it's called Our Revolution.
Let freedom ring!
And now a Berner lets the establishment in on an Inconvenient Truth.
Focus on the Reality of Climate Change
by Liam Byrne
There is an official platform survey that is being solicited by the Democratic Party. My answer to them:
You need to focus on the reality of climate change and recognize the speed at which we are seeing the climate change in the last few years. The planet is beginning to cook us, and we will not survive as individuals or as species if business as usual is given a free pass.
We must eliminate carbon emissions in the next few years, or we will have passed the point at which we will be able to make any meaningful impact on saving the planet--and ourselves in the process. We have not a century, not decades to do this. We are f***ed to a level that I doubt you can imagine.
The global food supply will cease to function and be reliable. There will be an even worse situation with fresh water supply, which we're already seeing issues with across the globe. We will pass climate-tipping points, which have the deadly potential to completely eliminate any chance of us being able to have any further control over the global atmospheric concentration of greenhouse gasses.
Exxon knew 45+ years ago that their industry, with its never-ending greed for the profits provided by the consumption and burning of fossil fuels, was capable of raising the temperature of the global climate and threatening human civilization. You, our government that is supposed to represent the people of the United States of America and who are supposed to be a role model for the rest of the world to look up to, have failed miserably in your leadership on climate and environmental issues.
You are complicit in handing over the government of the USA to the corporate interests that care for nothing but adding more zeros to their ledgers. And when we have a potential leader, Bernie Sanders, who recognizes that we are faced with a immense challenge if we are to survive the coming climate upheavals and be able to return the planet to levels of green house gasses similar to pre-industrial levels of CO2 (~280ppm rather than the 408ppm that we are currently at), you say he's got no chance at winning the Dem nomination.
You, the Democratic Party, have been active participants in trying your best to push Sanders out of this nominating process and thwart the will of Democratic and Independent voters all across our country. At the same time, you're shoving Hillary Clinton down our throats when it was she who has pushed hydraulic fracturing (fracking) across the world in many countries where their citizens are united in their desire against fracking.
The only way I shall remain supportive of the Democratic Party is if Sanders and the people, who are awake to the sham that our government has become, prevail over the fat cat greedy interests currently in charge of our government and in charge of the party. Or if there is a massive WWII style effort where the entire society of the USA and the rest of the world come together and put 150% effort into eliminating green house gas emissions and transforming how we supply and use energy.
I'm already disgusted that in the Democratic platform that the issue of climate change is not mentioned anywhere. That in itself is a failure to recognize the death of the planet that we are speeding towards with the pedal pushed to the floor.
Bio: Liam Byrne has been an active Bernie Supporter with Political Revolution TV.
Finally, a Berner shares a truth many of us can agree with.
You Only Think You’ve Won!
by Tricia Grant
Media bias did not stop Bernie Sanders from shining a light on our corrupt political system. The corruption of Debbie Wasserman Schultz and the DNC could not stop Bernie from becoming a serious Democratic nominee for president.
Bernie started a revolution, and the establishment's only hope of stopping it is if we let it die. And that is exactly what the establishment is trying to do--kill the revolution. The oldest military strategy in the book is “divide and conquer.”
And that is what is happening to the Sanders supporters. They are fighting among themselves. Some are voting Clinton; some are voting for Stein, and some are even voting for Trump. This will only serve to get Hillary Clinton elected president.
Sanders supporters would never have backed Trump or Clinton in the past. Even though Bernie did not win the nomination and endorsed Hillary Clinton, Jill Stein and the Green Party would be the best choice for his replacement and for his followers to support if the revolution is to continue.
There are about three months before the election. If Hillary Clinton gets indicted before that time, then Bernie Sanders should get the nomination and be our next president. If not, and we want Bernie’s Revolution to continue, then our next president should be Jill Stein.
And if this does not happen, at least Sanders supporters will have stuck to their principles and gone down fighting.
***We hope to see you August 24th at a live stream event to kick off Our Revolution, but if you're unable to attend in person, Political Revolution TV is broadcasting it online at the link below. Watch and share it with others. #OurRevolution has begun! Feel the Bern always!