Quick, Find Bernie An Oprah

The 2000’s belonged to Oprah Winfrey. From Time, Life to Forbes, every media outlet and publication ranked Oprah as the most influential woman in America. Vanity Fair credited her with greater influence than the president. Oprah obliterated political, racial and economic boundaries. Anyone could ask what we thought, Winfrey wanted to know how we felt. Adept at measured opinion, she knew what to ask and when to listen. Oprah had no use for editorial rantings or blusters of reactionary postulation. Oprah made  foibles human, transgressions answerable and triumph magnificent. Recommend a book – we read it. Expose controversy – we talked about it. Mention Illinois Senator Barack Obama in 2006 – America listened.

Appearing on Larry King Live in September 2006, Winfrey was asked about a fan who started a campaign “Oprah for President”. Down-playing the notion, Oprah suggested the fan -“take all your energy, and put it in Barack Obama”, enthusing over her “favorite senator” with hopes that one day he would run for President. In October 2006, Barack and Michelle Obama appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show to promote Obama’s book The Audacity of Hope. Oprah chided that if Obama decided to make a presidential run, she hoped he would announce intent on her show. Obama’s book hit No. 1 on Amazon and New York Times book lists, a week later Time magazine hit newsstands with a Obama cover and caption “Why Barack Obama Could Be the Next President”.

Announcing his candidacy on February 10, 2007 (not on Oprah, rather the steps of the Illinois State Legislature ) Obama trailed front runner Hillary Clinton for most of 2007. Considered a long shot, I firmly believe Oprah’s fund raising, endorsement and appearances at rallies catapulted Obama to official nominee on August 27, 2008.

Call me delusional but Bernie Sanders could be the Democrat nominee, we just need to find him an Oprah. Look at the facts – Hillary is a prig. Stiff, prudish, unimaginative, a two dimensional rubber stamp politician spewing  rhetoric with practiced correctness. When she speaks, all I hear is blah, blah, blah. My disdain for Hillary is curious. Twenty years ago I might have jumped on the gender wagon forsaking content for girl power, the single bright light being that today finds me demanding substance. Bernie Sanders has more substance than Hillary could muster in a lifetime.

It may be too little, too late but don’t let media tell you who the Democratic nominee will be. We need to find Bernie an Oprah, and fast!


Bernie Sanders For President

As Bernie Sanders campaign for Democratic presidential candidate builds steam, I find myself pondering why America needs a social democrat president. America is at a crossroads, one littered with flotsam of contentious bickering and abysmal direction. Realities of twice elected Barrack Obama falling victim to obliterating waves of right wing propaganda, can’t eradicate a simple truth. Convoluted as the American political system may be, a majority of citizens voted to elect a Democrat for president. Not once but twice – in my mind that speaks volumes.

Obama failed to smarten America up because right wing alarmists had a field day with trivial diversions. Substance mattered less than hysterical fear mongering accusations. Despite majority’s voice, Obama didn’t stand a chance. Right wing media convinced scores of citizens their president was actually Muslim, a man with secret agendas aimed at introducing Sharia law. Propaganda convinced lunk-heads to dig trenches, to bluster asinine anti Obama rhetoric – for no other reason than he was black, with Hussein as his middle name.

That same majority faces a critical decision – Hillary or Bernie?  Majority must consider repercussions of screwing up, majority means squat if the outcome ignites a replay of Obama’s fate. Electing Hillary guarantees a presidential term clouded by frivolous controversy. Right wing hot heads are poised for a repeat performance of diversionary tactics. A majority vote for Clinton, amounts to handing good intentions to nincompoops on a silver platter. Already they’re calling for impeachment of Clinton (if elected ) based on the email scandal and Benghazi.

Democrats can elect the next president, but it has to be one without baggage. It isn’t enough to vote Democrat. America is in serious trouble, majority recognized this by twice electing Obama. Time has come for majority to retake a floundering nation, to stand up and say I want change, a majority willing to radically alter right wing ideology by daring to embrace unfamiliar territory. What’s wrong with socialized policies, what harm comes from breaking free of antiquated shackles? Be fearless, take a leap of faith and nominate Bernie Sanders.



Hillary Clinton A Big Mistake?

I’ll be honest, Hillary Clinton’s official announcement of presidential intent left me feeling unsettled. The painfully bloated process of convincing Democrats her presidential nomination secures a White House term has begun. In a perfect world, the stuff of bitch slapping justice – American voters would ice two terms under Obama with a heaping layer of – “Hey conservative America, stop pinching yourself – this isn’t a bad dream. Pay attention – the people traded a black Democrat for a female Democrat.” Hard as I try, pondering Hillary as that female arrives at inspiration begging for a new home.

Lacking any basis for conclusion other than gut feeling, coupled with the fact I’m not even American, should have prevented tackling a subject based solely on opinionated babble. Truly wishing I’m out of my Canadian mind, until convinced otherwise – I think Hillary for first female Democrat president of the United States is a mistake.

Politics is a fickle game – weighing probability of success against greatness isn’t for the faint of heart. Compromise is the tough choice taken to assure political victory. Hillary is a household name, she leans to the right of left – a position appealing to vastly more fence sitting voters than a idealistic unknown, controversial shit disturber, Christian morality ruffling visionary or bleeding heart liberal. Hillary strikes me as a safe, uninspired calculation.

It’s entirely possible my naive reaction stems from utter contempt of political posturing. Given a choice between Hillary and any Republican front runner – Hillary looks like a breath of fresh air. If only she wasn’t so boring.

Every so often a politician comes along equipped with electrifying ideas, persons capable of restoring  purpose, hope, and dignity to otherwise disillusioned masses. Obama’s vision of America began that way, I can’t help but wonder if Hillary is a Democrat compromise following Obama’s horrifying slaughter at the hands of right wing nincompoops. America squandered change under a great man – perhaps the Democrats are banking on ho-hum Hillary, appealing to safe middle ground.

If I could choose a female candidate for the Democrats, Elizabeth Warren would take the prize.Warren is a remarkable American – one smart enough to speak her mind, pick her battles and politely refuse Bill Maher’s offer of $1 million dollars to run for president. Elizabeth Warren isn’t boring, complacent or afraid of anything – smarten up Hillary and prove me wrong.