#OurWorld: Former Berner? Hate Clinton and Trump? This Is for You.

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In a world where Frankie and I have about 150 blog followers, my ‘endorsement’ is pretty small potatoes, but I’m giving it anyway. The idea of a grassroots campaign like Bernie’s is to start a tiny word-of-mouth campaign that echoes and grows with every reverberation.

When Bernie began his campaign, he was virtually unknown. We had nothing to lose and everything to gain. Yeah, he had a chance at not winning, but we knew the reward was more than worth it, and we threw in. We threw in HARD, too. So many of us donated more time and money than we could realistically afford. This was our moment. It was a defining moment in the history of the USA.

And oh my dear lord, did we deliver.

So this is a safe space for you and me. You and I both know that Bernie’s campaign was historic. He inspired the love of the people like none other. He had class and wisdom and a good heart. He was the first candidate we’d ever seen who seemed wholesome.

We’ve been wronged. Horribly. And no amount of vote-shaming and argument is going to change what we already know. Bernie attracted more people. Bernie would have gotten more votes if the system was as fair as it should have been. Our democracy is in peril and seemingly no one cares. Our nation has been brainwashed into protecting a broken system for fear of something that may or may not be worse. We’re so worried about what is at the bottom of the precipice that we’ll do anything to keep from jumping.

Former Berners are in a tough spot, particularly because someone is always screaming, whether it’s to support Johnson or Stein or Clinton or Trump, or writing Bernie in.

The answer is clear, but because the answer is a real threat to the status quo, it has been bastardized in several different machines:

  1. A third party vote is a wasted vote
  3. OMG TRUMP. I just can’t.

I could spend all day trying to refute these, but instead I am going to revert to the method that worked for Bernie, and profess to you the goodness of an alternative choice.

Let me introduce you to the platform of Doctor Jill Stein:

Click here for a full description of policy platform. 

If you have any of the umpteen reasons circulating around why you shouldn’t vote for her, ask her yourself. She’ll be on C-SPAN at 9pm tonight. Or you could check out this 3-way debate. Jill Stein was denied a chance to participate, but thanks to some video editing, you can see her responses alongside the Republican and Democratic nominees here:

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Part 5

We are the ones responsible for changing the world. The reality is that no matter what we decide this election, we’re going to lose some part of ourselves. This is a dangerous time. The best we can hope for is changing the world one heart at a time, no matter how exhausting and fruitless it seems.

Make your choice with your heart and soul. Don’t listen to what other people try to tell you to do. We should always consider how we might be being manipulated and why. The government has been failing us. Unless we fight back, this is just going to keep happening.

Good luck, America.

S.K. Balk lives in the frozen wasteland of Northern Michigan. She is the author of the dystopian medical sci-fi THE BLOOD OF NERYS (also available in print).

Check out our #OurWorld category every Tuesday to tune into some of the causes we think are important to raise awareness.



About oneofthedragons

Samantha K. Balk and F. R. Donaldson met on An Archive of Our Own, one of the many fanfiction sites online, when Sam asked Frankie to illustrate the fanfiction that would one day lead to Sam's first novel. They've been friends ever since! This blog was created as a way to share the oftentimes difficult journey any new author experiences on the uncomfortable quest of an introvert for attention to his or her most personal work. It is meant to remind you that authors don't just appear fully fledged like a George R. R. Martin, that all of us start out unsure and feeling inadequate. Feel free to ask us anything. Sam: sammykaye9@gmail.com Frankie: reluctant.fraggle@gmail.com

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