I want to start by saying something that should be obvious to everyone: I’m the boss of this blog.
Oddly enough, even though I’m the owner and CEO of Thinker Boy, Inc., it wasn’t entirely obvious to me, though. My most recent posts, all of them personal reflections on my profession—I’m a teacher—had started to feel stale and I was growing bored while writing them. Still, I hadn’t turned away from the topic because I had promised to complete the project. Guess what? I’m going back on my word. I’m discontinuing the series of blogs I’d been calling “The Accidental Teacher.”
I blog a lot like I travel. When I go somewhere as a tourist, I never make a plan before arriving at my destination, nor do I carry a guidebook. I like to arrive in a state of naiveté, which assures that I’m going to be surprised as I roam around. When traveling like this, I wander upon an interesting spot, one I’d never expected to find in the first place, and stop to look for a while. When the time feels right, I turn my back and walk away.
I’m using this analogy to tell you that I’ve been looking at the topics of “education” and “my life as an educator” long enough. I’m now ready to stroll away from them and make new discoveries. I guess I could be a more focused writer if I were a more focused person. Part of the reason I’m unfocused is that I have so many interests. I’m all over the place and so is my blog.
One of my interests is American politics. Lately, I’ve been obsessed with the competition between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton. (FYI: The Republicans only interest me to the extent that their current crop of candidates are capable of disturbing my sleep by giving me nightmares. One of them in particular—I think you know which one I’m talking about—seems hellbent on causing the whole sane world to have really bad dreams.)
I’m a Sanders guy and I FEEL THE BERN every day of my life. If you want to follow my thoughts on the contest, go to my Twitter page and have a look.
My Egyptian wife and I live in San Antonio, Texas, and we are very active people. While moving around and through Texas’ second largest city, we see many streets with houses that have Bernie Sanders signs in their front yards. To date, I have not seen a single Hillary Clinton sign even though she won the Texas primary a while back. Who are these Clinton supporters and where are they? They sure seem like a shy bunch, at least in these parts.
In an attempt to get to the bottom of what motivates HRC supporters, Camille Paglia has written an interesting piece with a very provocative title—“Enough with the Hillary Cult: Her admirers Ignore Reality, Dream of Worshiping a Queen.” I wholeheartedly recommend that you read it.
Sanders is constantly calling for a revolution in America. By this, he means we need to revolutionize our thinking. Sanders, of course, would never ask others to do something that he hasn’t already done himself. If you want to see what he means by this sort of thinking, watch the video below—it’s the speech he gave at the Vatican—and you will certainly see a politician who has embraced the sort of progressive ideas that many would find revolutionary.
When was the last time you heard a candidate for president talk about the weak and downtrodden and argue that America’s profits-before-people economic system is “immoral” and even “unsustainable?” If you can’t hear the voice of saint—or a jewel of a politician—when Sanders speaks, you need to get your ears checked. You might want to check your ticker too—to make sure you haven’t become heartless.
We in the 99% are those who Sanders is looking out for and talked about in Rome. By running for president, he’s throwing us a lifeline and we need to be smart enough to grab it. If we don’t, we may find ourselves sinking to the bottom of the deep, blue sea.