1.open to new behavior or opinions and willing to discard traditional values.
Sometimes one has to share the description of a word in order for people to get the real meaning in a world where words often get new “street” meanings depending on the culture at the time.
I’ve never been very specific as to how exactly I describe myself when it comes to politics. I use to consider myself a Republican once but I learned my lesson, the hard way, and realized that the Democrats have more in common with my beliefs. But Republican and Democrat is a very vague description, it only implies that I either believe in more Gov’t or less Gov’t, in more taxes or less taxes, etc. The truth is if I was to be more specific liberal would be the best way to describe myself.
I use to think of myself as a conservative. I was very fond of the idea of maintaining tradition and such but I eventually realized that for as much as I enjoyed tradition I also liked changing things, creating my own traditions thus kinda contradicting the point of being a conservative. I liked trying new things, transforming the traditional into a new style, a new form while maintaining the feel the original tradition gave me. But in the end I liked change because I tend to get bored with repetition. And thus liberalism is more suited to my desires.
But If there’s one thing I learned in life is that change isn’t always easy. It’s not easily accepted by the average person even when it’s necessary, unavoidable or even when it’s wanted, ironically. However as a “liberal” animated rat once told his dad “Change is nature, Dad. The part that we can influence. And it starts when we decide” Ratatouille. It’s unnatural for mankind to just sit there and accept that there is nothing that can be done. If this were true people like George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King Jr, Rosa Parks and even Malala Yousafzai would not have bothered to sacrifice themselves and their beliefs to bring about change.
It’s OK to want to make things easy. I myself strive to make everything I can easier to do. I see no reason for something to be difficult if it can be done easier. It saves time, energy and makes things more enjoyable and convenient. It’s easier for me to buy pre-made frozen burgers than it is to buy the ground beef and shape them myself even if there a good chance the homemade ones might taste better. But sometimes easy is not always better. There are some things in life we have to do the hard way in order to achieve them but the good thing about it is the feeling you get knowing all that hard work paid off. One thing in life that is not easy to change is life itself. It easy to get comfortable and feel there isn’t any need to change what is (the status quo) or even accept that you may not be able to change it, so why bother. But in that thought lies the very reason why one must not always accept what seems to be a limitation.
This is why although Bernie Sander’s future for the US seems to be more like a fantasy, like a pipe dream, I can’t dismiss the fact that the only reason these ideals seem to be unattainable is because the people of this nation have grown to believe it’s not possible to change the current status quo which is in itself an odd concept considering we have, what was once believed to be impossible to do, a Black President. It was because of the belief that change was needed and possible this nation even exist; from the day the first settlers came to this land, to the time when we fought the Civil War, to the days of Civil Rights Movement and even the formation of the Tea Party, the Occupy Wall Street and Black Lives Matter groups. It has all been about one thing above all else, to bring change to a system that was corrupt and lawless and needed to be changed even when it seemed impossible to do.
If so much of our history is about change, change for the better, change that was not easy, that took a lot of belief, a lot of sacrifice and sometimes it took our very lives to accomplish them, why would anyone believe that just because the road will be difficult, the people we will work with difficult and the system we aim to change difficult, that we should just not try? I refuse to believe that I have to live in a world where the dreams I wish to become reality through the leadership of Bernie Sanders can never be just because people are more concerned with the now, with accepting what can be achieved at this moment rather than take a chance and try to achieve a better future right from the start.
I refuse to believe that the only way for us to achieve a future where corruption does not exist, where equality is the standard and where our options for the next leader of the free world is not the lesser of two evils is to sit back and hope that someday it will all fix itself. As a Catholic there is a saying I firmly believe in “God helps those who help themselves”. My own life experiences have taught me that only after I have made the effort to try have I been able to succeed in the things I wanted to achieve. That sitting there waiting for a “miracle” to just happen was not how my life was driven.
That’s why although the future I dream of, the future Bernie Sanders claims we can achieve together seems futile, it’s a future I will not give up on just because the road ahead will be hard, just because the Republicans will try to obstruct my path every step of the way, just because we have been convinced that there is no other way, just because I may be afraid to lay my life and beliefs on the line to achieve my goals. For as long as my faith is strong, for as long as an option exist, I will continue to fight for what’s right for this nation and will refuse to settle for what’s convenient, easier and safer.
If necessary, a vote for Hillary Clinton is not out of the question. Hillary as President is 100 times more appealing than any Republican, even Kasich. The first Madam President, first First Gentleman, a strong leader and a powerful one. She may have her downsides which is why I am not currently siding with her, but her downsides pale in comparison to every Republican formerly and currently running and even some who potentially could still run, even at this time. But as long as Sanders remains in the race I will continue to cheer for him because my hope is that he does become the nominee and he does become our next President. There is a chance he may not be able to accomplish all he promised but I will be satisfied with him trying and at least get us started for I don’t expect this level of change to happen overnight or even in 4 to 8 years, but I do expect it to happen and it’s up to us to make it happen and it starts with President Sanders. Don’t give up on him just because it seems hard to believe he could still win. In the end, we still have Hillary Clinton, not my first choice but still a better choice than any Republican. And let’s not forget that the power that has given rise to the Sanders machine is a power that can still move the Clinton machine in the direction we want because last I checked Clinton would still work for the people and we are the ones with the power.