I like Bernie Sanders, I do and I’m happy to see someone pulling the national conversation left after years of it being yanked right by conservative extremists. But lately I’ve noticed Tumblr doesn’t seem to have a great grasp on the 2016 campaign as a whole and what it actually means to be a presidential candidate, particularly when it involves Bernie Sanders.

Tumblr on politics is like tumblr with everything. A politician is either on a pedestal and can do no wrong (Warren, Sanders) or they are the literal devil, trash and have no redeeming qualities. Its a frustrating enough formula when applied to celebrities (dehumanizing in either iteration) but its particularly damaging when applied to politics.

Look, every politician has good points and bad. Don’t turn someone into a white knight thats going to ride in and rescue the country. Democracy doesn’t work like that. Even with the expanded powers of the President in recent years they still function as only one branch in a multi-tiered system. Even if Bernie Sanders were elected he wouldn’t be able to implement every facet of his agenda. And given the need to work with the legislature its worth asking if any politician that far away from the center (left or right) could actually function as chief executive. 

Keep paying attention to  politics and vote for whoever you think will be the best candidate! But consider them in both their views and their ability to function in our system because both are necessary qualities in a candidate. 

nytimes.com
Right Divided, a Disciplined Left Steered the Supreme Court
The court’s liberals spoke with one voice, and the conservatives with many. The result was one of the most left-leaning terms in recent years.
By Adam Liptak

“The most interesting thing about this term is the acceleration of a long-term trend of disagreement among the Republican-appointed judges, while the Democratic-appointed judges continue to march in lock step,” said Eric Posner, a law professor at the University of Chicago.

Many analysts credit the leadership of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the senior member of the liberal justices, for leveraging their four votes. “We have made a concerted effort to speak with one voice in important cases,” she said in an interview last year.

Imagine michael coming home with a bunch of hair dye and you ask him why he wants to dye his hair again bc youre lovin the black and he just says he feels like changing it up and later he goes out and leaves all the hair dye on the bathroom counter and you start thinkin you need a change with your hair so you take the blue dye and change up your own hair and when he gets home and sees you his jaw drops and he aint even mad bc you look so fuckin hot