States rights. Right?

 

Last night I was listening to a book on audio. It’s called “White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America.”
by Nancy Isenberg

Everything I had studied and taken in over the years, up to that point, began to click. It was like watching a mind boggling large jigsaw puzzle suddenly assemble itself and seeing the picture it was hiding when it laid scattered around.

Then I knew.

The first thing I want to make clear is that for some people this won’t be anything new or especially revealing. We’ve seen this coming but not understood what it was or how to address it.

I first became aware when I was arrested for riding a bicycle, legally and safely, on a public road.

That’s when I started researching and studying these subjects. Because I knew they were connected but I couldn’t tell you how they were connected. OR why. It was this jumbled jigsaw puzzle of a million pieces and I had the border done but couldn’t see how to piece together the individual parts which made up the whole.

Mostly it was because I was missing so many of the pieces. Even now I don’t have them all but the picture is complete enough that I can extrapolate the rest and see what I’ve, what we all have been missing.

I am not a writer. Putting this together in a coherent piece is a struggle for me. It’s Thanksgiving morning and a lot of people have willfully chosen to ignore all talk of world doings and politics. If this wasn’t important. Yes, THAT important. I wouldn’t be up at an unreasonable hour struggling to put this together for you. The least you can do is read it and keep  your snide grammar nazi comments to yourself.

Let’s begin.

We are a continually evolving species. This is the epoch of our next painful evolutionary burst.

It started in what is now Europe. People had become overpopulated in each of their individual countries. The wealthy needed to get rid of the poor “waste” people. Prisons were overcrowded and there was a lot of suffering in the streets. Technology had advanced mankind into a more robust species and people were surviving at a higher rate. The age of enlightenment had come upon man and the church could no longer hold full sway over her people. Things had gotten rowdy and quite out of control. In an effort to maintain the old zeal a lot of people were killed through persecution. Whether it be religious, class, or education people who were deemed unfit for society were murdered or thrown out.

Wealth wasn’t something you could acquire, you were born into it.

The discovery of the northern continents was a boon to the evolution of man in many ways. But it was also a hindrance for those who enjoyed maintaining control. How do you control a free society?

People were taught that the word of god was real and infallible. Anecdotal evidence was all an uneducated swath of society needed to “believe.” And believe they did. So much so that they policed themselves and others. The order of law was a religious process, which even then held a tenuous grip.

As our nation grew and we were exposed to other cultures and belief systems, we started questioning our own.

Our founding fathers established this nation on the understanding that it was an infant and would not reach full maturity until a date well beyond their years. The term “nature” and “nature’s god” isn’t one we are familiar with today. Words also evolve over the years and we add new words to our vocabulary all the time. As well as evolve the definition of old worlds to mean something entirely different than its original meaning.

For example: Slut; didn’t always mean a promiscuous woman. Its original meaning was “lazy” and it could be used for both men and women. But that has changed now.

What hasn’t changed is our inherent nature to classify things and hold separate those whom we deem different from ourselves. Namely class hierarchy.

I’d always been puzzled by the Indians. Not Native Americans but Indians in India. They are one race but they have one of the most vicious caste (class hierarchy) systems in place. It niggled at the back of my brain as I studied American history.

We are all one people. We don’t treat each other differently based on the color of our skin. We treat each other differently based on our station in life. Which in America, we are told that each one of us has the potential to reach the stars. But we don’t. Or at least some of us don’t. That doesn’t mean racism doesn’t exist. What I’m trying to say is that the problem we are seeing today is in many ways larger than our outward differences.

The obvious is too obvious.

Like a magician using sleight of hand we are distracted by racism, xenophobia, and sexism. It’s intentional and the intent is to distract us from what is really happening. A lot of people are going to disagree with me and that’s fine. You still need to hear this.

The nations are rising up to make war with each other. America is on the cusp of being disassembled and separated for corporate gain. But also to make us weak and more compliant.

We truly are stronger when we come together as one people and one voice. There is something we all have in common. We are all people and we are all being divided by class. Not gender, not race, not religion.

Class.

The haves vs. the have nots.

The GOP has taken over the Senate, the House, and the Oval Office. They will nominate conservatives to our Supreme Court. That is on the federal level.

Each state has a constitution and the 10th amendment grants each state their rights to govern individually.

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“The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.”

     “The Tenth Amendment was intended to confirm the understanding of the people at the time the Constitution was adopted, that powers not granted to the United States were reserved to the States or to the people. It added nothing to the instrument as originally ratified.”1 “The amendment states but a truism that all is retained which has not been surrendered. There is nothing in the history of its adoption to suggest that it was more than declaratory of the relationship between the national and state governments as it had been established by the Constitution before the amendment or that its purpose was other than to allay fears that the new national government might seek to exercise powers not granted, and that the states might not be able to exercise fully their reserved powers.”2 That this provision was not conceived to be a yardstick for measuring the powers granted to the Federal Government or reserved to the States was firmly settled by the refusal of both Houses of Congress to insert the word “expressly” before the word “delegated,”3 and was confirmed by Madison’s remarks in the course of the debate which took place while the proposed amendment was pending concerning Hamilton’s plan to establish a national bank. “Interference with the power of the States was no constitutional criterion of the power of Congress. If the power was not[p.1510]given, Congress could not exercise it; if given, they might exercise it, although it should interfere with the laws, or even the Constitutions of the States.”4 Nevertheless, for approximately a century, from the death of Marshall until 1937, the Tenth Amendment was frequently invoked to curtail powers expressly granted to Congress, notably the powers to regulate commerce, to enforce the Fourteenth Amendment, and to lay and collect taxes.

States retain a significant amount of sovereign authority[p.1516]“only to the extent that the Constitution has not divested them of their original powers and transferred those powers to the Federal Government.”57 The principal restraints on congressional exercise of the Commerce power are to be found not in the Tenth Amendment or in the Commerce Clause itself, but in the structure of the Federal Government and in the political processes.58 “Freestanding conceptions of state sovereignty” such as the National League of Cities test subvert the federal system by “invit[ing] an unelected federal judiciary to make decisions about which state policies it favors and which ones it dislikes.”59 While continuing to recognize that “Congress’ authority under the Commerce Clause must reflect [the] position . . . that the States occupy a special and specific position in our constitutional system,” the Court held that application of Fair Labor Standards Act minimum wage and overtime provisions to state employment does not require identification of these “affirmative limits.”60 In sum, the Court in Garcia seems to have said that most but not necessarily all disputes over the effects on state sovereignty of federal commerce power legislation are to be considered political questions. What it would take for legislation to so threaten the “special and specific position” that states occupy in the constitutional system as to require judicial rather than political resolution was not delineated.
Cornell University Law School

Conservatives and Libertarians are seeking to rend the fabric of America. The threads which bind us will soon be cut.

As I’ve stated previously and it’s common knowledge; the GOP now controls all branches of Government on the Federal level. But being that we are granted state rights we should consider ourselves safe.

NO!

32 states now have a Conservative governor and it’s worse. 45 states have a senate controlled by the Conservatives.

I’m going to start using Conservative with a capital “C” to delineate the mad men from the truly liberty loving in this country.

I’ll give you some examples.

1) One who espouses a political philosophy based on tradition and social stability, stressing established institutions, and preferring gradual development to abrupt change.

2) One who believes in less government being better government.

3) One who believes in such “outmoded” ideas as civil liberties (freedom of speech, separation of church and state, right to keep and bear arms, that kind of thing)

4) One for whom the Republican Party no longer truly speaks.

5) a word that today’s so-called “conservatives” don’t know the definition of.
“Today’s so-called ‘conservatives’ don’t even know what the word means. They think I’ve turned liberal because I believe a woman has a right to an abortion. That’s a decision that’s up to the pregnant woman, not up to the pope or some do-gooders or the Religious Right. It’s not a conservative issue at all.” — Barry Goldwater

Urban Dictionary

AND

This article from The Atlantic. Which I’ll give you an excerpt.

Roughly two-fifths of Americans call themselves “conservative.” What do they mean by the word? It depends. And during a Republican primary, that can be problematic. Every candidate is vying to be the standard-bearer for conservatism, and exploiting the fact that its meaning is variable.

Conservatives have taken over both the Republican and the Democratic parties.

A conservative Democrat is a member of the Democratic Party in the United States who holds conservative views on social or economic issues. Despite that party’s longstanding reputation as a liberal political party, the Democratic Party has always had a conservative wing.
Conservative Democrat – Conservapedia
www.conservapedia.com/Conservative_Democrat

See also: Blue Dogs.

There is an emerging Alt-Left but Hillary Clinton isn’t the embodiment of it.

Here is a Daily Kos article from someone who is a liberal and has experienced the Alt-Left.
Here is an example of how the Alt-Right are trying to define the Alt-Left. It’s important to note that the Alt-Right is labeling anyone who cares about those who are different as Alt-Left. Telling a baker they can’t discriminate against a gay couple isn’t Alt-Left. But this is what the Alt-Right are telling their followers the Alt-Left is.   <<< This is NOT Alt-Left but this is what the Alt-Right are telling their followers, so be aware.

My own experience with the Alt-Left came when I was attacked and besmirched by bike lane loving cyclists. Nothing screams LIBERAL like talk of bike lanes. Right? Then how in the world would these same people attack me for riding a bike? Because they are Alt-Left. A mirror image of the Alt-Right. Equally pervasive and dangerous.

Hillary Clinton is the embodiment of people who want a progressive, apple pie loving, gentle America. You can disagree but in this age of propaganda paraded as “fake news” and fake news paraded as “News.” You really need to reconsider your position.

I saw this coming but I couldn’t name it or explain it. I was confronted with it up close and in my face. But it was so close to my face that it was blurry and undefined. Everything else has been out of the corner or my eye. By taking a step back and looking around, the picture has come into focus.

But I digress.

Conservatives and Libertarians.

The two sides of one evil.

I will state plainly now the intention of our president elect.

Control of Government will go solely to each state. I suspect but have not found evidence that states will be divided into groups. If my hunch is correct then I believe it would be along judicial lines. Here is a map.

The federal government will be dismantled under the excuse of “Article X.” But that doesn’t mean he won’t retain control of power. What it means is he will do exactly what he has said he would do and run America like a corporation. Each state or the circuit court boundaries of states would be like a manager. Then the chain of command would tree out just like in a corporation. The right of the people to redress their government would be removed because their wouldn’t be a government to redress.

If you read the “Federalist Papers” you will see that there is a homogeneous reason for having a United States. The freedoms we have come to enjoy would be wiped out. All progress gone. Child labor? Yes, that’ll be a thing again.

All of the rights which we now enjoy and take for granted will be wiped out under this administration. Women will be the first target. They will keep the obvious obvious as a subterfuge to that which is not obvious.

This is also a global movement. Brexit wasn’t the first. I think Poland was the first.

Read this: As long as America B is left in the lurch by what passes for modernity, it will inevitably try to pull the entire country back to some imagined golden age of the past before all those “others” hijacked the red, white, and blue. Donald Trump has hitched his presidential wagon to America B. The real nightmare, however, is likely to emerge in 2020 or thereafter, if a far more capable politician who embraces similar retrograde positions rides America B into Washington.

This article was written with the assumption that Trump would not win and that a worse fate awaited America in 2020.

I told my friends and anyone who would listen that if Trump won the primaries he WOULD win the General Election. I was told I was crazy. Then he won.

I told my daughter. I was too afraid to labeled a crackpot to speak openly about my fears. I told her that if Trump won the General Election we would be in a serious time of trouble and people would die. Maybe even us.

But that if Hillary won the General Election we would have 4 years to prepare.

Kentucky’s Gov. Matt Bevin was that time to prepare but I didn’t see it. It was too close to my face. What happened to me in Kentucky is going to happen to a lot of people. White people will not be safe. Black people will not be safe. Religious people will not be safe.

To be safe you have to be the “right kind of white and have the right kind of religion.”

No Lubbers, Crackers, Clay Eaters, Niggers, Spics, Muslims, and etc.

It’s going to get that bad.

Seriously.

READ! BOOKS!

The overriding goals of Donald Trump and his allies in Congress are the same as the goals of the conservative movement throughout the modern era: to expand the wealth, status, and power of the privileged few at the expense of everyone else. That’s why big tax cuts for the rich are the top priority.

Talk Poverty

I’ve explained this badly. I feel that I have. But I also think that there is enough information out there that if you cram over the next month. You’ll get caught up and see what I’m seeing.

So Book lists!

Read these books.

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Also read:

12 books and you’ll be fully up to speed.

The last thing I’ll add is that this is also going to be a religious movement. Churches will be taxed and active participants in Government or whatever new form of Government they are cooking up.

I prognosticate that the events we see unfold over the ensuing years will be so wretchedly horrifying that it will be an end to religion once and for all.

Part of me wonders if we aren’t entering into the birth of a new era. One which will see the old fade away and be replaced by something entirely new. But what will that be? Will it be good, better, or worse?

Only time will tell.

The only thing I can say with any positivity is that if we don’t fight. If we don’t get involved. It’s over and it will all have been for nothing.

 

Further reading.

These assholes. The Federalist Society.

Liberals are an endangered species.

White Nationalists world wide.  Read “White Trash: 400 years of untold history” to understand how this is relevant.

Form local action communities. Start preparing for resistance.

The fact that this happened on this election cycle gives me hope. But we have to start at a the local level. We have to start at the bottom and work from the ground up.

 

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Irresponsible ads are contributing to child mortality rates.

As a person who commutes solely by bicycle, I am shocked by the inundation of auto ads on T.V. and in my social media news feed.

Maybe it is because I live a auto free life that I notice the frequency of the ads?

I’ve spent a great deal of time educating myself on safety and laws which govern our use of public space. I even have some nifty certifications to show for all that time spent.

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People are being injured and killed at an alarming rate. Traffic fatalities fall in 2014, but early estimates show 2015 trending higher.

Though this isn’t anything new, since the inception of the automobile the death toll has been catastrophic. Americans have recognized the dangers of high auto speeds. It’s a universal knowledge that speed kills. Yet it is often the last reason cited in traffic collision reports. There was a time when people tried to mandate the use of governors to effectively reduce the operating speeds of motor vehicles. Auto manufacturers were understandably alarmed.
Higher awareness about the inherent dangers of speed meant less product sold. Or maybe it was that fewer people would crash and destroy their auto thus requiring the purchase of a new auto?
Either way a slick propaganda campaign was implemented and people were convinced that this was an end to their personal freedom. Never mind the freedom of everyone else.

Companies, such as AAA, which today are known for their emphasis on safety were behind the push to force pedestrians and bicycles off the road.

AAA and other auto clubs turned first to the younger generation, financing safety education programs in the public schools that were designed to teach children that streets are for cars, not for kids. “The Invention of Jaywalking.”

The product, and the financial gains to be had from it, were the driving force behind the movement to all but eliminate the competition.

Once the landscape had been cleared of obstacles, figuratively and literally, the motor manufacturers were free to irresponsibly sell product.
The advertisements were focused on economy, durability, and reliance.
They emphasised the manliness of auto owners and their ability to “Wow” the ladies. One advert emphasised their auto as being so easy “Women and children can safely use it.”, another calls their auto the “Boss of the Road” and “So simple that a boy of 15 can run it.”

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Motor ads were not responsible in the advertisement of their products. They had one mission in mind, to sell as many autos as possible. No matter the cost to human lives.
That cost was excessive. Upto 55,000 people were killed per year by autos. That’s an epidemic!

When faced with a health crisis of these proportions, we take action. Yet we have largely overlooked the consummate dangers to public health by turning a blind eye to auto ads.

We banned ads for cigarettes, as public awareness grew over the dangers of smoking to the public. Big tobacco companies were pushing their product on unsuspecting consumers.

By banning ads for cigarettes public health interests, like W.H.O., have effectively reduced the incidence of smoking. This is an important beginning step to eliminating an expensive and destructive bad habit. The costs of which affect the user individually and the public as a whole. We acknowledged the health risks to the users of tobacco products as well as to those who were subjected to secondhand smoke.

The auto isn’t any different.

The auto is the most dangerous form of transportation available in modern day.

The health impacts are mind boggling. Pollution, cancer causing agents, socio economic suffering, legal systems which punish the poor through a pay to play ticket scheme, the death of our children outside and inside autos, and increased health risks through lack of exercise. It’s all too much to put into one story.

Not too much more can be said, which has not already been said, about the history and nature of the auto.

The automobile is a weapon or a tool. It mainly depends on the ability and intent of the user.

There was a time when the auto filled a need as a personal mobility device. With the expanding use of public transportation and alternate means of travel it is a product whose time has come and gone.

With denser urban areas becoming the norm, revivals in public transit, and auto for hire schemes such as Lyft and Uber; there really isn’t a need for personal autos. Not even for long distance trips. Rent a car and be done with it.

One would think that we’d be over the car kick by now. Except we aren’t.

Part of the reason, I believe, is because of persuasive auto ads. These ads are designed to create a sense of urgent need and a feeling of superiority when on the road.

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You know how people are warned about the dangers of distracted driving by Public Service Announcements? Well none of that matters in Auto Ads.

Gas prices are dropping and Auto Ads are increasing. Along with these increases are deaths. Your loved ones are being destroyed by auto culture and you’re ok with it. Not because you’re ok with your loved one being killed, but because you are brainwashed by auto ads to believe you need that product which is killing your loved ones.

Remember cigarette ads on T.V.?

Neither do I. Yet there was a time when they were sold via television ads. So many ads telling people how sexy smoking was, how invigorating, how tasty! Smoking was increasing and so were the illnesses associated with it.

Through the efforts of activists who genuinely cared about the well being of the American people, over the profits of cigarette manufacturers, a ban on television ads were put into place.

In 1964, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) agreed that advertisers had a responsibility to warn the public of the health hazards of cigarette smoking. In 1969, after the surgeon general of the United States released an official report linking cigarette smoking to low birth weight, Congress yielded to pressure from the public health sector and signed the Cigarette Smoking Act. Via History Channel

This is exactly what we need for auto ads.

We need a full out ban on ads which promote products rated by the CDC as the number one killer of our children.

  • Motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death in the U.S. More than 33,000 people died from motor vehicle crashes in 2013 alone.1   Via CDC

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They call it “Unintentional Injuries” but Motor Vehicle collisions are what the majority of them are. When you drive distracted, drowsy, buzzed, high, or like you own the road. It isn’t unintentional.

Driving is not a passive act. It is hard work and you are required to keep your wits about you while you are doing it.

With the huge flux of auto ads telling us that driving is fun, easy, desirable, sleek, sexy, and your ticket to freedom. Is it any wonder that people “feel” like they “need” to drive?

These are all catch phrases that were used to push cigarette ads and yet we were able to fight “the man” and have them kicked off of television and radio.

So why aren’t we doing that for auto ads?

#BanAutoAds

So the next time you see an auto ad pop up in your news feed, be sure and let them know what you find disturbing about it and add the hashtag #BanAutoAds. Your children’s lives depend on it.

You have options on how to get to work and people are fighting to make those options easier and more accessible to you. Help them.

Don’t wait around for special infra as some people will tell you to do. Take an education course such as Cycling Savvy and learn what real freedom actually feels like.

You can safely travel by walking, cycling, public transport, and auto rentals to get you where you need to go.

All that space removed from auto’s gives us more space to build business’, shops, schools, and cultural activities.

#BanAutoAds

Auto companies are gathering slick advertisers to promote their dangerous product to children using cartoons.

Bernie Sanders and Bicycles

Ask me why I want Bernie for President. I’m a woman, pro-choice, and I ride a bicycle for transportation.

Let me start by saying that I am perpetually shocked by cyclists who maintain a conservative view of women and their bodily rights.
Rights aren’t for a privileged few. Rights are for everyone. Yet, it appears the greater majority view personal rights as a privileged status.

You have rights if you can buy them.
You have rights if you can fight for them.
You have rights if you can defend them.

If you don’t fall into any of those categories? Oh well!

Bicycling as transportation; effectively destroying the stranglehold that the wealthy have over the poor.

I don’t mean people like “Make America Great Again,” (hereafter referred to as MAGA) I mean people who make up agencies such as your local DOT and Auto Manufacturers. Though it also includes those who make up MAGA as well as the after mentioned DOT ruling class.

Bernie Sanders understands these institutions do not MAGA and will never and have never MAGA’d. He also understands political lobbying and why institutions like DOT, FHWA (Federal Highway Administration), and the Auto Manufacturers, which breathe life into them, use your tax dollars to effectively lobby politicians to pass legislation against your best interests.

I’ve spoken to transportation employee’s and heard them refer to cycling advocacy groups as “special interest” groups. These people are completely unaware that the very departments they work for are Government sanctioned “special interest” groups. And they lobby for laws which effectively restrict any of your tax dollars being spent on infrastructure which is not auto centric, I’m talking about sidewalks and public transportation.

Tennessee is currently trying to pass legislation which prevents your tax dollars from being spent on any infrastructure that doesn’t benefit autos. Click here to read about it.

HB 1650 (with a companion in the Senate), as originally introduced and intended, would entirely ban the use of state gas tax revenue for building any sidewalks (even as part of a larger road project), bike lanes and trails, or other similarly cost-effective and popular projects to help make traveling on foot or by bike safer and more convenient.

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Sidewalks would be useful here on Nolensville Rd, a state highway that’s also a local street through Nolensville, TN southeast of Nashville. A new Tennessee law could prevent state gas tax dollars from being used to add them.  Photo and Caption by: Stephen Lee Davis

Want to know something really scary?

Your state already has legislation like this and it’s most likely written into your state’s constitution. Lobbied for by special interest groups and paid for with your tax dollars.

You need to understand that these people are serious about taking your rights away. Look at what they did to women in Tennessee.
Tennessee amended their state constitution to guarantee a woman does not have any legal rights to abortion. Click here.

Tennessee voters reversed that decision last fall by adding language to the state constitution that denies abortion rights protections.

Wouldn’t it be amazingly powerful if we could get all people who respect Civil Liberties of Women and all people who respect Civil Liberties of Pedestrians and Cyclists to come together and promote the election of a President who will fight for all of our Civil Liberties?

Minorities have the most to gain from a President who defends everyone’s Civil Liberties.

You don’t have to be a cyclist to respect cyclists and you don’t have to be a woman to respect women. But you do have to be a decent human being who values others Civil Liberties so that your own Civil Liberties aren’t taken away.

Bernie Sanders understands the bigger picture.

Have you read any articles about how auto owners spend 30% of their income on transportation?

Imagine if you could break up with your auto. Yes, “break up” because it really is that emotionally fraught for some people.

By dumping the auto, you would effectively increase your income by up to 30%. That is 30% which becomes flexible income.  You would have money to spend on your dreams, your family, a hobby, and really anything which tickled your fancy.

That is the real difference between those who have and those who have not. Those issues have consistently been highlighted by Bernie Sanders.

The ability to spend money on items which produce happiness and have money to spend on those things which bring us joy is empowering. If you aren’t enjoying living are you really living? I suspect not.

Bicycles have been the great social equalizer. Historically providing women the means to travel outside their narrow confines, elevating the poor to independent, and giving minorities a chance long before it was “cool” to do so. Though not without the threats from racists in the organization. Read about Major Taylor.

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And that is what I want to highlight now.

Cycling is a great equalizer, and yet! There are those within who would exclude and ridicule anyone who is different from their perceived notion of cycling. Just as there are women who will harass and ridicule women seeking abortion care. I’ve volunteered as a clinic escort and the vitriol which comes from women is shockingly disturbing.
So again, I emphasize that you must respect others Civil Liberties so that your own may be protected.
I personally believe that if Major Taylor had been fully and unconditionally accepted more minorities would have given the cycling community the oomph they so desperately needed to fight back the destructive “special interest” auto lobbyists.

Your auto isn’t freedom, if you are poor and middle class. It is the illusion of freedom.

Bernie Sanders has promised to give power back to the American people, that is a Republican value, and why I, as a Republican, will be voting for Bernie Sanders.

Read: “Why we drive” by Andy Singer

If we should fail to elect Bernie Sanders in the primaries then I would ask you to consider the following.

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Before I leave you, I want you to consider this, I’m writing this article as someone who has spent a great deal of time reading and studying this issue. If you disagree with something, first ask  yourself “what does she see that I’m not seeing?”

Being arrested for legally and safely cycling on a public road tends to give you 20/20 vision on a lot of social issues surrounding car culture. It is this knowledge that I am trying to impart to you. Without you having to first experience the drama of being arrested and having tea party libertarians assault you for safely and legally cycling. The Republican party has greatly sidestepped their original values. Values which first inspired me to join the Republican party back when I was in middle school.

Living in a town which is the epitome of tea party libertarian agenda, I have first hand experience and can confidently tell you that their idea of liberty doesn’t include yours.

With a Democratic establishment we can hold off the impending apocalypse but we won’t fix it. Which is why my first choice is Bernie Sanders and I hope yours will be too.