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. 

when he left, he whispered into my hair,
“i’m really going to miss you,”
and i wanted to say the same to him,
but i couldn’t get the words past the lump in my throat,
the only answer i gave him was a shaky breath,
rattling out of my lungs,
out of my mouth against his,
for the last time.
my last words to him were “see you later.”
two years is a very long later.
will he remember me?
—  notes for a boy who won’t ever read them