Not me, you. A Canuck’s hope for Bernie Sanders

We listen up here. We can’t not.

Your politics is somewhere between sexier and seemingly simpler than ours. Ours is mostly as boring as hell, which it should be really. Which is the other thing. You guys are huge. If America went wrong, who the hell would stop you. And here’s me in Victoria BC able to see you guys from across the water.

So I listen up here.

I’m actually south of Bellingham Washington as Southern Vancouver Island goes well below the 49th parallel but let’s just say I’m north for simplicities sake.

When I’m not writing or making music I work as a cleaner in buildings with Wifi. So to keep my mind active its NPR, YouTube Premium, Stitcher and Hoopla audio, the latter being audiobooks attached to your library account.

Needless to say I hear lots and I have occasionally wandered over to the “Fox News/Fake News” side only to wander back perplexed with glazed eyes.

But I do, as Tom Walker who plays Jonathan Pie has suggested.

To watch the 2016 interview of this click here but honestly you guys have got to get more of him over there. He’s great.

But it is a good place to start because the left is not flawless. I mean the electoral college should be trashed but that wont be until the party in power does it, which leads me again to this quote by Sir Humphrey Appleby played by the late Nigel Hawthorne in “Yes Minister” (required viewing as well)

But Hilary was not flawless. Can you remember what she ran on? I cant but maybe you can.

Obama seemed like change, and while he certainly looked like change (literally of course) he was practical and wanted to just keep things going. He certainly did some good but massive change? No.

For the last 10 years things have been harder than ever. It is not all roses up here and from hearing through the cracks of NPR and PBS it’s clear you guys are in the same boat. You wanted actual change. You wanted someone who looked like they would aggressively shake things up. Now which 2016 hopeful looked like that?

Even Walker said it, both as Pie and in his interview “She was just a terrible candidate.”

So there you go. Not Hilary. Don’t like Trump. Who’s side am I on?

The future’s.

We need one.

We all do. Little brother (the one with his maple leaf flag) always follows big brother (the one with the stars and stripes flag).

So why do I think Bernie? The first time I heard of him was back in 2015 when I was working on the Ollie and Emma comedy and my whole production team heard about the noDAPL protests at Standing Rock Reservation against the Dakota Access Pipeline.

It wasn’t through the news but through First Nations media and creative contacts across the board who said how “the media was sharing nothing”.

Until they did. It started here.

Bernie Sanders and Shailene Woodley brought the truth about this protest camp the size of a city to the Nation.

But he didn’t stop there. I wont hammer YouTube clips but you can look up Bernie at the White House appealing to Obama to stop it.

Oh he did. He paused it. Then Trump got elected and we didn’t even get out of that first January before he unpaused it and the digging continued. Straight through not just sacred land but burial grounds.

Bernie was then sabotaged by Hilary’s campaign (Trumps campaign remembers this but the Dems seem to pretend not to) and he would have been totally justified in walking away.

But that’s not who he is. Bernie has been a fighter long before Standing Rock or event being the Senator from Vermont. The guy’s been arrested.

No he fought harder for Hilary than she seemed to be for herself.

Trump won. Bernie kept going. He started coming up with more ideas for health care, student loans, the list goes on and is where the other candidates get theirs.

Speaking of Standing Rock, take the quote from the North Dakota based show about Native Americans Thunderheart and run with it…

Go to the source.

Bernie is the change guy. He’s relentless. He fights for things that he will never really benefit from. Trump signed for Learjet owners to have tax breaks.

Trump probably owns Learjet (probably sprayed gold too, right?) but does Bernie Sanders have an outstanding student loan?

Now I hear the worries of how he wont get it through or cost. As a Canadian taxes have never been a big issue but I can go to any clinic, show my Medical Services Card (MSP) and it’s just plain free. And Bernie seems like the government pain in their ass that will hound them for you. If climate change is nonsense but he can deal with it at a cost that works for everyone you wont lose. It’s not all about price at the pump, theres more we can do than just that.

You need someone who excites and brings people out with hope for the future.

You can only get that with change.

He’s the change guy. If it doesn’t work you can switch again. Drop the bronzed bumpkin, try for actual change and sure, hold Sanders’ feet to the fire.

He’s more than up for that.

All the best in November friends.

We’re behind you whatever you decide.

Cheers,

Tom

The man who caused the 2016 election and potentially 2020.

Ever read a run on sentence? Like a really bad one? Like a really, really bad one.

Like imagine if you had a twelve year old tabby cat that is rather spry for its age and when you were not looking at about eleven after five the cat went outside and you couldn’t find it and you ran into your neighbors and they said they didn’t see it they did want to ask you if you had seen that really interesting show on television about how their cousin Brian Williams from Albany, New York was going to be part of the US Bobsled team but was actually or at least nearly dropped because he didn’t use the proper sanitary box for his November 5th urine sample and so you decided to go get a beer with them at that new place, you know the one with the red umbrellas that overlooks the Inner Harbour around the corner from where they are still cleaning up the harbour from what use to be a paint factory and everyone is up in arms about because the contractor involved in it which is called Big Beaver Construction that seriously makes everyone laugh anyway…

You get the idea. Hard to remember it was actually about a cat.

That is part of the plan set up by Steven Bannon when he met Donald Trump at a function long before what would be Trump’s second run for office. They were going to do the media equivalent of a run on sentence and now we are all living it.

It’s why when you talk about what “he did” a week ago or what “he tweeted” feels like a different era.

It was planned.

Taken directly from Bannon’s Wikipedia page…

Bannon told journalist Michael Lewis in February 2018, “We got elected on Drain the Swamp, Lock Her Up, Build a Wall. This was pure anger. Anger and fear is what gets people to the polls.” He added, “The Democrats don’t matter. The real opposition is the media. And the way to deal with them is to flood the zone with shit

So essentially, for the base he created straight forward simple talking points that they could get behind. For the media he instructed Donald to keep the media hopping with one specific thing after another specific thing, causing everyone to run defense.

Remember the mallet game at any Chunk E Cheese? It’s like that.

On multiple occasions Bannon made reference to The Camp of the Saints which is a novel published in 1973 by author and explorer Jean Raspail. Not only is this book more blatantly racist than Mein Kempf (and becoming frighteningly popular) but it also anti immigration to say the least as it speaks of the western world being swarmed by “Indians” who kill, rape and worse until the last white person is gone.

As such the idea that this former editor of Brietbart Magazine, which Bannon proudly calls alt-right, would be the source of ideas like “the wall” and “fake news” shouldn’t surprise anyone.

The constant stream of one thing after another is a perfect deflection game, on top of the anti Clinton deflection which they knew they would get supporters to then join in on, a strategy that still continues just as voraciously now despite Hillary Clinton being out of political life entirely since December of 2016.

The influence of Steven Bannon on the current administration, despite him being physically gone can not be overstated.

The character of Sir Humphrey Appleby from the BBC comedy series “Yes, Minister” explain it perfectly…

As such the far more effective thing is counter intuitive. I mean, you’re reading from the guy who slammed social media and is now here after more pushed reactions.

Oh yeah, I was counter-tweeting and liking my side this morning too. I’ve had times when I’ve made a point to not engage as it sets me off and kills my own productivity.

Sound familiar? This is it…it’s hard to do anything like that.

We have to, myself included, get to the point when we know that it’s all about getting your reaction. It’s interesting when you read our news or BBC because you start finding about news you never knew about because it isn’t the Pennsylvania Avenue Soap Opera.

So my advice is to make your own point, ignoring completely the Bannon-built apparatus. Make decisions about how you “can do for your country” and go straight there. If you are running (a) holy cow! Thank you for reading and (b) drop the anyone but Trump thing. Tell us what you are going to do. Say what your plan is in your manifesto. It comes down to that one hard as he’ll thing. Ignore Trump.

Just that. Leave Camp of the Saints, Bannon and Brietbart where they belong…

Forgotten.

Cheers,

Tom

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