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Oixi1993

(81 posts)
Wed Jun 1, 2016, 11:31 PM Jun 2016

Perspective on Senator Sanders

I want to share a perspective I have on Bernie Sanders. I am a consultant to small businesses that are struggling. I tell them the truth even when they do not want to hear it. I am passionate about helping them. I find myself losing patience and nearly get overwhelmed with frustration at their ability to stay in denial about the dire consequences of not making changes. Many times I do not take their money to prove I am motivated to help them yet they still do not listen. With this in mind, I have no earthly idea how Sanders keeps his cool. I have no idea how he does not just go off on the media or others who refuse to face reality. He just calmly talks about the problems and the logical obvious solutions and explains to people who do not want to get it how things could be if they would just be willing to change. I experience this on a very small scale compared to him and he does his thing with such grace that I am humbled by his example.

I am further humbled by the fact that I bought the bull shit of Fox News and the mindless right wing for 30 plus years. So in my case I am grateful that he calmly explains the facts of where we are in a way that made me willing to change. I honestly wish I was half the man that Bernie Sanders is. This is a man we need as our leader and I wish I could do more to make this a reality.

But still, how in the hell does he do it? Do you have any idea how he has kept his sanity standing alone all these years knowing he is trying to do what is right and Americans chose to stick their head in the sand? What is your theory of how he has maintained his composure in the face of so much willful ignorance?

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Oixi1993

(81 posts)
4. YES!!!
Wed Jun 1, 2016, 11:40 PM
Jun 2016

I like to think I have integrity. In fact I know I do. I just realize there is no way I could do what he has done with the level of integrity that he has demonstrated. This choice is so damn obvious to me now. It is so obvious that I am afraid that if we do not seize it we may never get this chance again. The post that he is special is an understatement. He is a once in a lifetime leader.

Mira

(22,385 posts)
13. The only thing that keeps me going
Thu Jun 2, 2016, 01:16 AM
Jun 2016

Is the knowledge that if it is not going to be him, it will be the next one who stands up and tries to serve the people rather than himself.
It is coming. And it is LAW

bjo59

(1,166 posts)
2. I think about this a lot. All those years of keeping right on course without becoming
Wed Jun 1, 2016, 11:37 PM
Jun 2016

demoralized or utterly cynical (or, as you say, losing his sanity). If I were in his position I probably would have become so disgusted that I would have simply moved out of the country and left the place to its self-induced demise. He's special.

Joob

(1,065 posts)
5. He understands that many are ignorant because they are paid to be.
Wed Jun 1, 2016, 11:43 PM
Jun 2016

And that's what he's fighting. He's fighting it having it's claws in our political system because he feels he has to.

Basically, every time he sees someone or talks to someone like that, he is reminded what he's fighting for. That keeps him ready.
His cause is to fight ignorance, a unique position. That's why he remains composed.

 

Oixi1993

(81 posts)
6. Love this group
Wed Jun 1, 2016, 11:48 PM
Jun 2016

I know I say this often but I do that because I mean it. I love this group of people here and I am just grateful to be a part of it. The insights and wisdom here is a very good thing for people like me who are recovering Fox a holics.

Donkees

(31,689 posts)
7. He has the inner strength of a mature ego, his self-confidence is rooted in insight and wisdom, and
Thu Jun 2, 2016, 12:02 AM
Jun 2016

not by what others think of him. Compassion is a key to insight and wisdom. If you find yourself losing patience and being overwhelmed with frustration, your energy is focused on making judgments and comparisons (better/worse, superior/inferior, right/wrong etc.) If you are rooted in compassion, you don't get 'pulled down' by others' negativity/problems.

Donkees

(31,689 posts)
9. There is a difference between pity and compassion, pity will pull you under while compassion keeps
Thu Jun 2, 2016, 12:17 AM
Jun 2016

you centered and rooted in intuition.

 

Oixi1993

(81 posts)
10. Truth
Thu Jun 2, 2016, 12:23 AM
Jun 2016

I pride myself on being direct and truthful. I just got a dose of my own consulting medicine. Good leaders make good followers. I just got some good consultation that hit me between the eyes. Thanks for sharing this with me. I took this to heart.

hopemountain

(3,919 posts)
11. bernie respects the truth - he stays
Thu Jun 2, 2016, 12:24 AM
Jun 2016

focused on the truth and by doing so, he is able to maintain his focus and grounding.

he has really amazed me with how he does get right back to the truth - no matter how ridiculously stupid the pundits pose their small brained thinking or try to corral him to their agenda.

bernie's campaign head, jeff weaver, has maintained his cool, too. he has managed more than one campaign for bernie. today he was interviewed by jake tapper on cnn. tapper kept pressing the reason for bernie staying on the campaign trail despite hillary being the chosen nominee. weaver answered him truthfully - and did not relent nor was he flustered in the least.

bernie is in this race for us - not his ego.

Mira

(22,385 posts)
12. Before letting myself be influenced
Thu Jun 2, 2016, 01:14 AM
Jun 2016

So I won't read the responses
Your comments and questions hit my emotional strings, that's why I want to respond without reading. You recognize his greatness, and you laud it. This greatness is the emotional stability of his to have been reliably and dependably the same in his stances for a long time, without a need to waffle, lie or distort. And secondarily the greatness is his brilliance in knowing th more he brings his message home without deviation, the more chance he has at helping us.

 

RobertEarl

(13,685 posts)
14. What energizes him?
Thu Jun 2, 2016, 02:36 PM
Jun 2016

I am a firm believer that all us 'little' people thinking about him being our president feeds into the atmosphere an energy that effects him.

With his background of doing for others instead of just himself, he has become an open conduit for our energy.

It is our responsibility to keep that positive energy flowing.

Donkees

(31,689 posts)
15. Yes. "let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream"
Thu Jun 2, 2016, 03:15 PM
Jun 2016

Bernie has mentioned that justice is a prime motivating energy for him since childhood. He talked about his family and the holocaust, and mentioned standing up to bullies who were picking on others, etc. This campaign is rooted in social justice, environmental justice, economic justice.

wendylaroux

(2,925 posts)
16. His convictions were learned as a child, watching his parents
Thu Jun 2, 2016, 04:01 PM
Jun 2016

struggle,day after day..He felt great empathy and sympathy for them,and others like them.

That is something that does not leave you,ever.

I feel hurt by the shit that people have flung at him.Awful people,that would not know true

goodness and kindness,if it bit them. I am happy and honored that I got to vote for

such a person as this. 100% for the people. Even the poor!:

GO BERNIE!!

hopemountain

(3,919 posts)
17. oh, they recognize true goodness and kindness -
Fri Jun 3, 2016, 12:40 AM
Jun 2016

they recognize it as a weakness to ridicule and exploit.

yes, we are "feelers" - they can't get over how easy it is to target.

except for bernie - he is very strong in his convictions.

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