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between heaven & hellby @alexandralyman

“Are you not happy like this? Can’t you see that we could have this all the time, Emma?”

“It’s a sin, Killian”.

“The world is a fucking cesspit of sin. It always has been, and it always will be. The rich still get richer and the poor still get poorer, only now it’s CEOs instead of kings and bad credit instead of debtor’s prison. Endless wars over names on a map and which direction to pray. They eliminate diseases and then invite them right back in, forgetting that less than a hundred years ago fifty million people died from the flu. All that is a sin, but you and me? No. Not in a million years could this be a sin”.

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lmao why do i actually still follow jk rowling on twitter

Media talks a lot of benefit cuts and people struggling with this, disabled people being denied money and mobility cars, the rise of foodbanks. It’s easy to look at it and think the media is exaggerating, that it’s not as bad as they make it out to be.
I work for a welfare charity on the helpline, doing benefit checks and grant searches. I get 30+ calls, and we’re massively understaffed for the amount of calls we get. Every single day, I hear people’s stories. I don’t ask them why they’re calling, I ask how I can help, and the caller will tell me what is happening in their life at the present moment.
The media isn’t exaggerating. Every call I get is someone about to be made homeless or is homeless, is starving and can’t get out the house due to having no method of transportation due to their car being taken, needing emergency help, getting benefits that don’t even cover the rent let alone the bills and cost of living. For 9 hours a day, I hear stories throughout the UK of how the population are suffering.
If you think you won’t ever suffer from welfare cuts, don’t be so sure. People can fall ill at a moment’s notice, can have someone providing financial stability die, you can lose your job and be restricted to find another. Benefits are there to help when circumstances hit you so hard you don’t know how you’re going to live.
The benefit cuts effect everyone in the UK. They will effect every member of your family, your friends, every person you know who may need them to survive. The cuts have only happened due to Tories being in power.
For the sake of your future, for your financial stability, for your friends, your family. Register to vote, and don’t vote Tory. The Tories want the rich to get richer and the poor to get poorer.
For the good of the country, vote, and don’t let the Tories win.

Debt is the perfect commodity, as interest makes it accrue value on its own ahead of inflation-hence its attractiveness to banks and investors. But if the poor keep getting poorer, it might turn out to be a risky investment. For debt to retain its value, there must be no chance of social change; the future must remain an eternally frozen version of the present. Collection agencies force this present on debtors, while police form the front lines against the future-witness the SWAT teams that remove foreclosure resisters from their homes.
—  Crimethinc, Work
theguardian.com
Caroline Aherne’s death ‘leaves British TV short of working-class voices’
There is a gap left in her wake, says late actor’s friend and Royle Family co-star Ralf Little
By Hannah Ellis-Petersen

He said: “I think these days with TV and drama, people recognise less and less of their own lives. I’m not convinced at all that current TV drama and comedy is particularly reflective of most people’s experience. Whether it’s a posh spy drama or Downton Abbey, the past 10 years of TV commissioning has phased out working-class drama or comedy – and that’s where we are now.”

“I do think that in the last few years we’ve seen the rich get richer and the poor get poorer and that growing gap is reflected in all areas of society, even TV,” he said. “We have to realise that has a knock-on effect. People are pissed off that not even TV represents their lives any more because there aren’t enough writers like Caroline being given a break"

“Hopefully being reminded about how amazing she was will reaffirm people’s belief in the fact that working-class stories can be told on TV, that writers need to be unafraid to show the minutiae of everyday life on TV and commissioners need to boldly seek out these voices.”

Looking at the past few decades it’s time Americans realize the Republican Party is nothing but a danger and threat to us all

1. Who started a decade-plus war by invading the wrong country on faulty info  further destabilizing an already unstable area of the world leading to the rise of ISIS? The Republicans
2. Who crashed the global economy as a result of massive deregulation? The Republicans
3. Who made it harder for sick people to get treatment and harder for people to get treatment for mental health? The Republicans
4. Who made sure the rich get richer and the poor get poorer? The Republicans
5. Who alienated many of our allies and turned our nation into a global punchline? The Republicans
6. Who has proven time and time again that they will always put party over country? The Republicans
7. Who is guilty of everything they accused the Democrats of, and takes it to the excess? The Republicans
8. Who stocked the fires of racism and bigotry resulting in the rise and spread of numerous hate groups? The Republicans
9. Who said they could do it better, that they were the only ones who knew how to govern yet when given the chance fail at even the slightest thing? The Republicans
10. Who would rather side with foreign nations over the people who voted for them? The Republicans

This is all why, no matter what the Democrats may or may not have done, I will always pick them over Republicans.

“The rich were getting richer, the poor were getting poorer, small farmers were being squeezed out, workingmen were working twelve hours a day for a bare living; profits were for the rich, the law was for the rich, the cops were for the rich”
― John Dos Passos, 1919: Volume Two of the U.S.A. Trilogy

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between heaven and hell by alexandralyman

“Are you not happy like this? Can’t you see that we could have this all the time, Emma?”
“It’s a sin, Killian.”
“The world is a fucking cesspit of sin. It always has been, and it always will be. The rich still get richer and the poor still get poorer, only now it’s CEOs instead of kings and bad credit instead of debtor’s prison. Endless wars over names on a map and which direction to pray. They eliminate diseases and then invite them right back in, forgetting that less than a hundred years ago fifty million people died from the flu. All that is a sin, but you and me? No. Not in a million years could this be a sin.”

Here’s the thing. Life’s shit, and we’re all gonna die. You have friends, and they die. You have a disease, someone you care about has a disease, Wall Street people are scamming everyone, the poor get poorer, the rich get richer. That’s what we’re surrounded by all the time. We don’t understand why we’re here, no one’s giving us an answer, religion is vague, your parents can’t help because they’re just people, and it’s all terrible, and there’s no meaning to anything. What a terrible thing to process! Every. Day. And then you go to sleep. But then sometimes, things can suspend themselves for like a minute, and then every once in a while there’s something where you find a connection.
—  Adam Driver, GQ Magazine
Here’s the thing, life’s shitty, and we’re all gonna die. You have friends, and they die. You have a disease, someone you care about has a disease, Wall Street people are scamming everyone, the poor get poorer, the rich get richer. That’s what we’re surrounded by all the time. We don’t understand why we’re here, no one’s giving us an answer, religion is vague, your parents can’t help because they’re just people, and it’s all terrible, and there’s no meaning to anything. What a terrible thing to process! Every. Day. And then you go to sleep.
—  Adam Driver

anonymous asked:

Saw your bernie sanders pumpkin lol. Are you planning on voting for him? If so, could you give the reasons why you like him as a candidate?

Definitely will vote for Bernie Sanders, and definitely will give you reasons.

American children are brought up in a “patriotism” that is passed down through families and often laced with ignorance and bias for what America should be. We have children saying the pledge of allegiance in kindergarden before they can even pronounce the words. We have all been told this is the best country. If you’ve noticed, this is not true. There are amazing things about our country, there is great opportunity in our country, but there is also deeply rooted issues, especially in regard to economic disparity, and systemic racism. Trickle-down economics does not work and capitalism really only benefits those who are born into privilege. I like that Bernie loves America, but that he is humble enough to acknowledge, confront, and proactively change the policies that hold us back. I like that he is able to pull his head out of the sand and say look–we’re doing things well in many ways, but we’ve got do some things differently. Perhaps the most progressive aspect of his campaign is the way he has looked to other countries who are strong in ways we are weak and he is seeking–in super radical, but practical ways–to revolutionize our healthcare system and education system. Out of all the candidates, Bernie’s economic platform is radical not just because it’s something no other president has done, but because I believe it models the gospel. I believe that the most corrupt aspect of America is it’s economic divide. The rich are getting richer, the poor are getting poorer, and the middle class is being depleted, devalued, and ignored. 

Bernie practices what he preaches. He is against the billionaire class, he is against corporate America’s greed. Because of this, he has refused to utilize super pacs. This means that no major corporations fund his campaign. He is fully supported by average Americans. Let me make sure you’re hearing this. He is the only candidate whose campaign runs fully on the donations of the American people. Within 24 hours following the Iowa Caucus, he raised 3 million dollars. This man is backed by the masses and is only growing in momentum due to the passion and pennies of American citizens. Seriously, how badass is that? This is one of the main reasons it took so much time for the media to even mention Bernie’s name….no corporations are dependent on him doing well. Have you seen the crowds he has drawn? It is social media and word of mouth that has carried him this far because the American people have carried him this far because they want him to lead our country.

From here we’ll move onto jobs… stay with me… first let’s talk about infrastructure. We build shitty infrastructure as quickly as possible as cheaply as possible and this has long-term negative effects–wasting government spending of our tax dollars, mostly. Hardly no one is talking about this. Bernie is. You can look at the flooding that happened a few months ago in South Carolina for a perfect example of what is going to be happening in the future. It’s going to come crumbling down. I like Bernie because he isn’t short-sighted. He wants America to be sustainable and he wants our country to be the best it can be for our children and grandchildren. He is coming with both long-term and short-term goals to benefit us now and forever. And a perfect example of this is how he is addressing what everyone else is ignoring–infrastructure. Well, back to increasing work for Americans. If we are going to make it a priority to strengthen present infrastructure and invest in new infrastructure, there are going to be tens of thousands of jobs. This will be a long-term blessing to our country, making it beautiful and sturdy, and it will be a present blessing to so many who need jobs. 

Next, and extremely important to me (and hopefully to you). BLACK LIVES MATTER. I’m so proud of Bernie for openly and often addressing institutional racism. He is a just man. He wants justice. This means that police men whose behavior in the work force is polluted by racism will face the consequences of their actions. That is the proactivity I want to see in a president. While in college, he marched for civil rights. He was an organizer for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, was part of a contingent of students from Chicago who traveled in 1963 to the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. This means that he is not hopping on a trendy band-wagon. He is genuinely an equal rights activist who values people regardless of their race, gender, sexual orientation, etc. and is intentional and consistent in combatting oppression and mistreatment. Go watch his speeches with Killer Mike.

Another thing that I love about him is this–he is not a coward, but he is not a bully. While you will never catch him attacking another candidate, he is not afraid to address the flaws in their policies–and he usually does this to their face rather than talking about it during an interview. He doesn’t take cheap shots. He cares about politics, not popularity. I saw someone say, “Hillary wants presidency. Bernie wants change. That is the difference” and I believe it’s true. It’s about time we had someone who proposes what no one has ever been willing to do–free public college? The retroactive release of criminals of non-violent drug offenses? Free healthcare for infants and the elderly? The legalization and decriminalization of marijuana? These are incredible propositions. 

Let me briefly rewind to the fact that Bernie wants to release those who have been sentenced to jail for non-violent drug offenses. He plans to tremendously change the war on drugs and repair the detrimental consequences it has had on our country. What am I talking about? Okay… check this out….
China’s population: 1.4 billion
America’s population: 319 million
Which country has the most prisoners? America. If this isn’t evidence of how broken and corrupt our system is, I don’t know what is. The first way he’s making change is by letting men go back to their families–men who were sentenced more time than sexual offenders for the possession or dealing of marijuana. The system is broken and instead of ignoring that for the sake of being patriotic, Bernie is calling the country out for its bullshit and plans to do something about it. 

As for making healthcare and college more accessible, he plans to do this by taxing the 1% billionaire class who skips out on their taxes and never faces consequences for it. It is really hard to conceptualize what a billion dollars is. Please take the time to look at this post to gain some perspective about it so you realize that Bernie isn’t “picking on rich people.” He is going after the corporations that screw over America, and I don’t know why anyone would try to stop him. It is nonsensical, disgusting, and most importantly, unbiblical for the mass majority of wealth to go to 1% of Americans while 15% live in poverty. Bernie Sanders fights endlessly for the Middle Class and the Working Poor trying to ensure that the largest segment of the American population will have somewhat of a brighter future than we currently do.

A short message from my husband, Charles: “When politicians support policies that push others down to uphold the wealthy, they’re able to pass legislation that perpetuates this economic divide, and when that continues to happen you get major wealth inequality, which is a reality for America right now and the reason the middle class continues to shrink. The poor get poorer and the rich get richer. If this inequality remains unchecked our society will suffer. Saying “Socialism” is a dead end is just wrong. The US has many socialist government programs that are super necessary: social security, Medicare, Public schools, the roads, the army, national parks etc. The real problem is the socialism of the rich: bailouts on Wallstreet, the continued increasing of subsidies for big agriculture and pharmaceutical companies, monopolization of cable companies, big CEO tax breaks, companies like Walmart abusing welfare by paying their employees low wages and guiding them to the government for the rest of the money they need to survive… It is very ignorant to suggest that Bernie wants the US to model Soviet Russia. The reason young people like Bernie isn’t because the schools have failed us… it’s because we like to see a candidate who hasn’t been bought. We like to see a candidate who is honest. We like to see a candidate who cares about ALL of the American people, not just the ones on top.”

I could keep going, but please just go to his website and educate yourself on his policies. Go to youtube and watch his interviews. Figure out what policies matter to you and why and learn where the different candidates stand. 

Bernie isn’t afraid to point out America’s dirty laundry, and he’s willing to take it head on and change it for the benefit of the country and it’s people as a whole. It’s beautiful. It embodies the heart of God in so many ways. His platform upholds the things I believe scripture tells us to value: To take care of the poor, the oppressed, the lowly. To be good stewards of our resources and to take care of the creation we’ve been given. To treat others as we wish to be treated. Bernie might be radical, but he is the most morally conscious candidate we have. 

edited/updated 2.3.16

The Magic Money Growing Formula

This was posted today on my Facebook feed, and I think it’s a very powerful technique so I’m sharing it here, enjoy :)

I am going to share with you a technique I call “The Magic Money Growing Formula”!

This is one of the most effective techniques I have ever used to multiply my own wealth. I know it will work for you as well as it has magically worked for me. The idea is simple, and you can start using it as soon as you finish reading this.

Over the years, it has become a habit of mine to use this technique on a day-to-day basis, until it has become second nature to me. And I guarantee you that if you apply it consistently enough, it will create wonders in your financial life.

Ok, now relax a little bit. I want you to recall the last time you spent some money. Imagine the picture vividly in your mind. Were you paying for your food in a restaurant? Were you shopping in a supermarket? Or were you paying your monthly bills? It can be any scene that involves an outflow of money from you? Now recall the feeling that you had at that moment. What I want you to do now is to go back to that scene, and pretend it’s happening right now. What are you feeling?

Most of the time, we are unconscious of our feelings, and this is why we are unconsciously attracting the things that we don’t want. If you want to solve your money problems, you have to bring awareness to the feelings that you have about money. If you have a shortage of money in your life right now, I guarantee you that the feelings you have when you spend your money are not going to be particularly pleasant, and sometimes it is very painful. That said, the question I want you consider is this: Which is the cause? Does the shortage of money cause the painful feeling? Or does the painful feeling cause the shortage of money? Well, either “yes” or “no” answer is right. They both are causes and at the same time they both are effects.

This is a vicious circle that goes round and round, and it will never end until you consciously break it. You have to make an effort to break it if you want to finally make your financial dreams come true. If you are constantly struggling about money issues, you have unconsciously fallen into this trap. That’s why I want to bring your awareness to the feelings you associate with money. The first step to freedom is always awareness. When you are aware of the feelings, you have the power to change them. And I am going to tell you how. But first, I want you to note your feelings every time you think about money.

Now, take out your wallet. Look at how much cash you have, then take note of your feelings. Does it trigger a feeling of lack or a feeling of abundance? Does it trigger a painful feeling or a pleasant feeling? This simple exercise alone is awakening. You will realize clearly that the rich associate money very differently from the poor. That’s why the rich get richer and the poor get poorer. When you realize the difference, you can choose to be rich or to be poor, it is all within your reach. But the first step is to realize there is a world of difference in the way that the rich feel about money and the way the poor do. And then it’s up to you to choose which group you want to be in.

The so called Law of Attraction has recently become very hot due to the release of “The Secret” and “What the Bleep do we Know?”. Everyone is talking about the Law of Attraction, but how many people are actually consciously using the Law of Attraction to their advantage? Unfortunately, most people are using it in reverse. If you have a lack of money, that is evidence that the Law of Attraction is working for you in reverse. I want you to really take a deep look at your life when it come to money. You’re dealing with money everyday. When you go to a shop, when you go to a restaurant, or even when you are at work, you are constantly thinking about money. If your financial situation is not a pleasant one, you will notice most of the time you are worrying about the lack of money. Remember, the Law of Attraction is always at work. If you are sending out a signal of “lack”, the universe will respond by giving you more “lack”. Whatever you ask, it is given to you. That is the promise of the universe. When I say “ask”, I don’t mean verbally ask. Your words don’t count that much to the universe. What counts are your feeling signals. The more lacking signals you are sending out, the more lack you will see in your world. The only way to change that is to change your feeling about money. It’s simple enough. Don’t worry, it’s never too late to make the change, and you do have the power to change at any moment Here’s how…

As you practice what I am going to share with you, you will gradually change your feelings about money, and the effect is enormous. Expect a big surprise. Ready for this? Here’s what I want you to do: Each time you deal with money, whether you are spending money or you have any encounter with money, think of that figure, multiply it by 10, and expect that amount to come back to you. Let’s make this a bit clearer. Suppose you are shopping at a supermarket, and you spend $100. As you take out that $100 note from your pocket, speak to yourself mentally: “I give thanks that 10 times this much is on its way - coming back to me now. Thank you, thank you, and thank you.”

Simple enough? Let’s see how powerful this idea is, and how it is absolutely going to bring you riches. In our previous example, as you took out the money from your pocket, your original, habitual thought was that you had less money, which means, you would have more lack of money. You now know that this negative thought is going to bring you negative results with money. So you are now going to replace it with a better thought in which you expect more money coming back to you. You’ve not only broken the vicious circle of attracting lack, you have also offered a new thought of growing. Instead of a painful feeling, you have now associated spending money with a pleasant feeling of expecting growth. What the universe sees is that you are now having a pleasant feeling with spending money, and it will keep you in that pleasant state by giving you more money to spend. Does that make sense to you? The universe only cares how you feel, and it will provide more evidence and support to keep you in that feeling state. This is how the Law of Attraction works.

Another thing I want to emphasize about this technique is the power of 10. The number 10 has a magical multiplying power embedded in itself. See it as a seed for growth. In fact, this is beyond explanation; nobody can explain scientifically why it has so much power in a number. I personally believe that the number 10 as a symbol for growth has been embedded in the collective consciousness of human beings throughout evolution.

Fortunately, we don’t need to know why this is in order to make this technique work for us. The rule of thumb is that you should always expect 10 (or 10x10) times more whenever you deal with money. Whenever you get a receipt from buying anything, look at that amount, and expect 10 times more to come back to you. Whenever you take out your wallet, look at how much money you have there, and expect 10 times more come to you. Whenever you check your bank account, look at the amount of savings you have there, and expect 10 times more come to you. You get the idea: whenever you think of money, use the power of 10 to make it grow.

And remember to give thanks to the universe. Your gratitude adds more power to this simple technique. I must warn you though, don’t let the simplicity of this technique fool you. The difference between the rich and the poor is a series of small habits. There isn’t a magic pill that is going to make you rich by tomorrow. You’ve got to do your work to make small changes one at a time. As you do, you will quickly see the difference in your life.

Song Chengxiang is the author of popular online ebooks “Rapid Manifestation” and “The Lost secrets of Manifestation”. His words have helped thousands of people greatly change the quality of their lives and manifest their true desires easily and effortlessly.

hannahandonlyhannah  asked:

Hey Lucy! I don't know anything about English politics and research doesn't really clear things up, but would you mind telling me what's made the election a disappointment to you/what's wrong with the conservative party? I know my girlfriend voted for them, but she can't really explain why. Who did you want to win the election? x

Hello! I’ll try and summarise as best I can.

In short: the Conservatives are right-wing, well-off, Eton-educated pompous old white men. Their main focus, despite what they may say, is to make life easier for the rich. Under Tory power, rich people get special tax cuts that the rest of us don’t get. (Because rich people need tax cuts, right? It’s basically legalised tax evasion).

They’re privatising everything, and shredding up our welfare. We can say goodbye to public transport, pension plans, our Post Office, and most importantly, the NHS – something millions upon millions of people rely on for basic healthcare which they otherwise could not afford. Including my mother, by the way. Oh, and you can absolutely forget about mental health services. Depressed? Anxious? Suicidal? Put a plaster on it, and good luck. People will die because of this. But don’t forget, the rich are still okay, because they can afford expensive healthcare already! Sucks to be the rest of us, eh? While the rich are lying in their Bupa beds, I hope they think of the kid with cancer who now can’t afford to get treatment because of their utter selfishness.

Tuition fees will now rise and rise and rise. There’s no cap anymore. So poor people can forget about getting their degrees – university is now just a right for the privileged. And of course, Cameron knows all about privileged. He went to Eton, for crying out loud. He probably wears a black tie to bed. (Fun fact that someone pointed out: Cameron, Boris Johnson and many others were in a club at University where to join, you have to make an outrageous statement of your riches – most popularly, burning a £50 note in front of a homeless person. Let that sink in).

He’s making sure that poor people and/or immigrants are demonised. They’re his scapegoat. He’s blaming benefit fraud and illegal immigration and using them as scare tactics to hide the bigger picture, and sadly, people fell for it. But watch. The poor will get poorer, and the rich will get richer. The wage gap will get wider. Poverty will increase. Rights for women, the elderly, the young, the disabled… you can forget it (they’re scrapping the Human Rights Act, you see. Yes, you read that correctly. Apparently some people don’t deserve basic human rights). The arts will become a national running joke. Charities will dwindle. And then, just maybe, people will realise the mistake they made.

It’s selfishness. The country has been divided between the rich and the selfish, and the poor and the helpless. We’ve forgotten our common humanity. It’s now every man for himself.

Oh, and just as some icing on the caviar cake – fox hunting will be legalised again. Because on top of everything, what’s more fun than hunting and killing innocent animals for fun?!

This is the beginning of a dystopian future in which the government will constantly reassure us that everything’s fine while they slowly dismantle the sanity and health of general public behind closed doors.

A Complexity in Discussions of Economic Inequality

When people say “The rich are getting richer” that sounds like they’re saying “There’s a group of people who are rich that keeps getting richer.” Remarkably, this is not what it means. 

When we measure income inequality or wealth inequality, we’re looking at segments of the population, not individual people. And every year, people pop in and out of the brackets (usually five of them, called quintiles) that economists establish. One person might move from the top to the bottom, another might move from the bottom to the middle. This is what we call economic mobility, and it’s an important thing to study…and vital that we encourage, but it’s not the same thing as economic inequality. But when progressives like me talk about income inequality, we often simplify it until it sounds like we’re talking about economic mobility when, in fact, we are not. 

We do this because economic inequality is very easy to study (you can look at what’s going on this year) while mobility is hard to study and it takes a very long time to understand lifetime outcomes for people in different quintiles (a lifetime.)

So, if people in the top bracket have a larger share of the wealth or income, we’ll say “The rich are getting richer” even if the people in that top bracket only recently arrived there. They’re different people…they weren’t rich before…but they are now the rich…and they’re richer than the rich people that came before them. That is, of course, not the case. Mostly, the people in the top bracket were there five or ten years ago…but there is a lot of jumping between the brackets, and we ignore that when we use simple statements like “The rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer.”

This opens us up for surprise rebuttals from the other side of the argument with people saying “Sure, rich people make more money, but everyone has the opportunity to become one of those rich people.”  

And that’s true. While 40% People raised in the bottom fifth of income in the US ended up in that same quintile…10% ended up in the top. And that’s roughly flipped for the top quintile. But for the middle quintile, Americans had roughly equal chances of ending up in any of the quintiles. That’s good…though it could be a lot better.

I was asked on Facebook how I could support Bernie Sanders in light of his “support of abortion.”

To provide some context, here are the highlights of what was posted on my wall: “His form of socialism involves raising taxes in a ‘steal from the rich to give to the poor’ kind of way.” Further, he writes, “I believe his policies would actually end up hurting ‘the least of these’ …because he supports the abortion industry, Roe v. Wade, Planned Parenthood, etc.” Lastly, he encouraged me to “thoughtfully reflect on Bernie’s policies from a biblical perspective before voting for him this Tuesday.”

I’m sharing my response on tumblr because I understand that a large majority of my followers are Christians, and my support of Bernie confuses the conservative portion of those followers. I’m here to provide my thoughts on that to let you inside my brain in a way, because I truly value electing a candidate who I think upholds my convictions the best. Here are those convictions:

While I understand that Bernie is an imperfect politician with imperfect policies, I have decided that he is the candidate that aligns the most with my convictions. While there are candidates in the GOP that confess their affiliation with Christianity, I mean it when I say that the majority of Bernie’s policies remind me of Jesus. I see that you can’t fathom it due to Planned Parenthood, but there are so many other policies worthy of my advocacy and support. I think it is an overstatement and an exaggeration of facts to say that Bernie “supports abortion.” He supports Planned Parenthood, and 3% of their funds are related to abortion services. I support the other 97% of their funding and I’m genuinely grateful for how they care for women. But I will not spend any time defending that 3% because I stand with you, agreeing that it is a heart wrenching thing that could never fit into my biblical ethics. While I have a more conservative view than Bernie, it’s important to understand that his stance is that it is not and should not be the government’s right to tell a woman what to do with her body and while I get that this disqualifies him in your eyes, I have to acknowledge that there are many other things going on in our nation that cannot be overlooked. I can’t write off Bernie because I disagree with one of his beliefs when compared to the other twenty-two policies.

I do not think that America is a Christian nation. “One nation under God” never meant my Lord and Savior. Our forefathers came to America for freedom of religion. They had a theist worldview—not a Christian one. So, please don’t misunderstand me to be apathetic about my Christian principles. Even if you don’t agree, at least understand that my perspective is that I do not view the government as my moral leader, and I am for a separation of church and state. The government’s job is to maintain order in our nation, not to outlaw sin. Similarly, the government’s view of life is not the same as the biblical view. So as for PP, I understand the value and biblical calling to defend the helpless, but while conservatives are rallying outside of abortion clinics, they are also pro-gun and pro-war and tens of thousands of innocent, helpless lives are lost in the middle east and here in our country’s schools every week due to gun violence. I consider myself far beyond the rhetoric of pro-life which argues something that sounds a lot more like pro-birth to me. As much as I am for defending the unborn, I am also for defending those who are born into a corrupt society that does not defend them, and the overwhelming majority of Bernie’s policies seek to care for and defend the marginalized.

The policies that do remind me most of Jesus are the ones that stand up for minorities, fight for the middle and lower class, and seek to be good stewards of what we have by addressing our crumbling infrastructure, addressing the corrupted criminal justice system, and seeking to provide education, jobs, and security for veterans and the elderly. When politicians support policies that push others down to uphold the wealthy, they’re able to pass legislation that perpetuates this economic divide, and when that continues to happen you get major wealth inequality, which is a reality for America right now and the reason the middle class continues to shrink. The poor get poorer and the rich get richer. If this inequality remains unchecked our society will suffer. Saying “Socialism” is a dead end is just wrong. The US has many socialist government programs that are super necessary: social security, Medicare, Public schools, the roads, the army, national parks etc. The real problem is the socialism of the rich: bailouts on Wallstreet, the continued increasing of subsidies for big agriculture and pharmaceutical companies, monopolization of cable companies, big CEO tax breaks, companies like Walmart abusing welfare by paying their employees low wages and guiding them to the government for the rest of the money they need to survive… It is very ignorant to suggest that Bernie wants the US to model Soviet Russia. The reason people like Bernie is because he is a candidate who hasn’t been bought. We like to see a candidate who is honest. We like to see a candidate who cares about ALL of the American people, not just the ones on top.

I don’t think of it as “stealing from the rich.” It’s an increase in taxes that doesn’t go up too much for anyone except the extremely rich, but mostly the billionaires, and it will not affect their lifestyle in any way. It is hard for most people to conceptualize what a billion dollars is, but you don’t get that kind of money by simply being a hard worker. That kind of money multiplies off of privilege in a corrupt economy. I encourage you to recall the content from The Working Poor that we read in our first semester. The poverty in our country is not due to laziness, but a broken system. I don’t see how maintaining our current system would even vaguely reflect biblical principles. I remember from the last time you commented on a Facebook post of mine that you think that generosity should depend on an individual’s own prompting. While in a perfect world, people—especially Christians—would live lives marked by generosity, the majority of people are self-focused, worried about money, and cling to the proverbian verses about working hard to dismiss the notion that we should give to the poor. Leaving it up to the goodness of people’s hearts to give has never worked and it never will. It is the government’s responsibility to care for the basic needs of the people. Today 62 people own HALF of the world’s wealth. Five years ago that number was 388. That is sickening. Trickle-down economics does not work and capitalism really only benefits those who are born into privilege. I like that Bernie loves America, but that he is humble enough to acknowledge, confront, and proactively change the policies that hold us back as a nation. Out of all the candidates, Bernie’s economic platform is radical not just because it’s something no other president has done, but because I believe it models the gospel.
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Tomorrow Michigan and Mississippi will vote in the primaries. I live in MS and have many friends in MI, so it’s going to be a big day. Hilary is the projected winner of both. I hope that if you live in MS or MI, you will consider showing up to vote for Bernie Sanders. 

ok so the authoritarian future is gonna be our bosses with full sleeves of tattoos and body mods we’re constantly reminded about how lucky we are to “express ourselves” at work and that we get to be “creative” and how “fun” it is to sit on beanbag chairs all day all the while labor unions and our human rights crumble, the poor get poorer and the rich get richer