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I am a Bernie Boomer

We the Boomers are We the People

By Frank Davis

My father came home from the war, the big one, WWII, and then I was born in 1947. That makes me a genuine “Baby Boomer.”

I was truly a child during the Korean War, and remember very little, first hand, about it, but I am also a product of the 60’s generation. So my war was ‘Vietnam.” I served in the 1970’s.

What does this have to do with “#FeelingTheBern!” and supporting US Sen. Bernie Sanders’ candidacy for President in 2016?

Almost everyone, with any sense, including his opponent in the Democratic primary agrees, when they hear his policies and positions that they are the right ones. The major criticism now is that he is too idealistic and cannot get support to implement them if elected. I am a boomer with a good memory however, and think back to the time when there was a draft. Hundreds of thousands of us were registered and conscripted into the army. In the sixties and seventies tens of thousands of us were sent into combat in the quagmire of the Vietnam conflict that seemed to have no end. We were told it was necessary. We were told it was to prevent evil, communist “dominoes” from falling across Asia, Africa, South America and even into Mexico. It was to preserve freedom. And the military — industrial complex got rich. And over 50,000 of us were killed and others wounded. And we were told if we did not agree we were not patriotic, pacifists, idealists and chicken. And we were told there was no way to stop the draft, to stop the war, to stop the military- industrial complex, to stop the Congress, to stop the president. But there was.

We, the Boomers, protested against the war, against the draft, for civil rights, for women’s equality, we convinced a sitting president to choose not to run for re-election. We put up and supported idealistic candidates, George McGovern, Eugene McCarthy and Robert Kennedy. We faced tremendous odds, sometimes violent opposition and heartbreak but the Civil Rights bill was signed, women are entitled by law, to equal rights, the war ended without our victory, the draft ended, and the dirty tricks and corruption of money in Nixon’s “customary politics” was also exposed. We the Boomers did that.

We did not give up when the police cracked heads in Chicago, or Alabama. We did not give up when Nixon’s Attorney General sent burglars into the opposition party’s headquarters. We did not believe that we are too idealistic. And neither did the founding fathers in 1776.

John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, Patrick Henry, John Hancock, Roger Sherman or James Madison did not believe that anyone could be too idealistic. They believed that by supporting ideals, you get to “all men are created equal,” to the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, and get to a “more perfect union.”

Therefore I will not listen to the argument that Bernie’s plan for universal healthcare is great but will never get past congress, so don’t vote him. Vote for someone who won’t even try. And I will vote for Bernie.

Therefore I will not listen to the argument that Bernie’s plan for breaking up the “too big to fail banks” is great but will never get past congress, so don’t vote him. Vote for someone who won’t even try. And I will vote for Bernie.

Therefore I will not listen to the argument that Bernie’s plan for rebuilding the crumbling infrastructure is great but will never get past congress, so don’t vote him. Vote for someone who won’t even try. And I will vote for Bernie.

Therefore I will not listen to the argument that Bernie’s plan for free public college, paid for by a tax on Wall Street speculation is great but will never get past congress, so don’t vote him. Vote for someone who won’t even try. And I will vote for Bernie.

Therefore I will not listen to the argument that Bernie’s plan for ending the uneven trade imbalance by ending foreign trade deals is great but will never get past congress, so don’t vote him. Vote for someone who won’t even try. And I will vote for Bernie.

Therefore I will not listen to the argument that Bernie’s plan for recognizing that air and water pollution is a threat to our well being is great but will never get past congress, so don’t vote him. Vote for someone who won’t even try. And I will vote for Bernie.

Bernie has been consistent in his positions for decades. Bernie is the best friend in Congress that veterans have ever had. Bernie has been a best friend to the environment, to small and family farmers, to minorities, to women and to real justice. And I will vote for Bernie.

Originally published for BerniesBoomers.org


Frank Davis is a Vermont educator and Co-Founder of BerniesBoomers.org.