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  • I was in a room with a 100 or more people right before Bernie announced his run for president. We were there to discuss and learn more about the issues facing our nation and the world today...Thom Hartman was there, Dennis Kucinich and his wife Elizabeth, Cenk Uygur from The Young Turks, along with other progressives.....Marianne Williamson was hosting.

    Bernie was the keynote speaker...he spoke about his reasons for not running for president and then he spoke about the reasons why he felt he needed to run for president. He wanted to start a real dialog around climate change, citizens united, raising the minimum wage, education, mass incarceration, and so many other things that matter to me.

    Berie asked if we would support him if he ran...to stand up if we would help in every area to elect him. My daughter, who was with me, and I stood up together. It felt right, and it was exciting to be with my daughter as she took her first real plunge in to the world of presidential elections. I was proud of her.

    And we did keep our end of the bargain...we traveled together to help Bernie's campaign, we canvassed and phone banked, we donated....we blogged and fb'd Bernie.
    And now here we are just over a year later and Bernie is not going to be on the ballot....
    And here I am contemplating voting for a candidate I didn't work for and don't particularly like...
    what now?
    to vote or not....

    In many ways I see Hillary as an extension of the government we already have...
    Bernie represents the government I want..and I worked hard to get him the nomination. It didn't happen but many of the things we fought for have made it to the Democratic platform..two biggies, climate change and overturning Citizens United
    I shudder at the thought of who Donald Trump might appoint to the Supreme Court...

    I'm disappointed...but if I sit this election out because I didn't get everything I hoped for then all my efforts were wasted while the Republicans are doubling down on all the things that I feared they would.

    I can vote or I can believe there is no hope..
    I can go the way that many in my spiritual family suggest...
    I could recognize it all as a dream, an illusion...and cut the tentacles of what holds me to the darkness.....
    I could ignore it all and meditate
    send out love and light..

    I can just hold hope that the real possibility of Donald Trump becoming president doesn't matter.....that indeed the system is rigged and we have already experienced a corporate coup and that is that.

    I can just hold hope that it all turns out alright for our future...our children's future, their children's future....
    because that is how it works when good people do nothing.
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