A Letter To My Bernie Sanders Friends Dominic Schmid June 18, 2016 1775 Meandering Thoughts The past few days have been a bit of a roller coaster. First, multiple media outlets declared Hillary Clinton the Democratic nominee before all the primaries had finished. You had to remind everyone that the fight was still on until the old man sang. As the results came in though, your hearts began to sink as Hillary “ongoing FBI investigation” Clinton proceeded to win multiple states, including California. Now I know what you’re saying “Super Delegates don’t vote until July 25th,” but do you really think Democratic party insiders would suddenly decide to have a change of heart? You know as well as I do that the Democratic Party is rotten to the core. Yet despite this, you accomplished so much more. Hillary Clinton and her backers pulled out every dirty trick they could get away with to secure the nomination that everyone thought was her’s for the taking. You showed the a candidate can run a grass roots campaign with young people as his base and have an incredible amount of success. You gave The Wicked Witch of The West a run for her very dirty money Now though, I have to ask you a question. Do you really think that electing “the right person” will change anything? Look back eight years ago. The economy was in shambles, America found itself bogged down in a Middle East quagmire, and people were completely fed up with business as usual. Along came a candidate promising to fix things, and you what happened next. Barack Obama was elected President and nothing seemed to change. The economy recovered for Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, Lockheed Martin, Ratheon, and McDonnell Douglas, but for everyone else, it really didn’t. The Middle East quagmire is still there, with Al Qaeda running large parts of Iraq and Syria, and all of Libya. People are locked up for victimless crimes, and the police rob and beat people at an alarming rate. Simply put, electing a political savior is a clever trap designed by a system you know deep down does not care about you, or anyone else. True change cannot depend on political promises. It cannot depend on you obediently voting for a new master. No, true change is about saying “I’m mad as hell, and I’m not going to take it any more!” Then you go out and make the world a better place without waiting for politicians to throw you a few breadcrumbs. Everyday people are making the world just a little bit better, and they aren’t waiting for the government to do it for them. A better world is in reach, it just requires a change in tactics.