Bernie Sanders ends his presidential run… again

I just came across the news that Bernie has suspended his campaign. I guess the shushing Joe Biden is the guy now. Who will be his running mate? Possibly her? Or her? I wonder why Bernie picked today to make the announcement. I still think he would’ve had a better shot of beating Trump in 2016 but I could be wrong about that. Afterall, his loyal supporters just don’t vote. They are vocal and often annoying, but when it comes to necessary action, they come up short.

It’ll be interesting to have Joe Biden in debates with Donald Trump. I still can’t believe he’s the nominee even with his supporters (and everyone) witnessing the degradation of his mind right before our eyes. It really makes me question our whole political system for this reason: why would anyone support a person declining in health unless they just want their party to win, no matter who the party rep is?

That’s scary.

Surely Bernie would have been MORE scary, though, because he actually believes the ideas he promotes, and his mind is clear (as far as we know).

What are your thoughts on Bernie dropping out? Do you think anyone else might swoop in and take the Democrat by storm before the convention? Will Biden win the Senate? 😉 Comment below!

-Out of the Wilderness

Watching political debates, but why?

I’ve made a habit of watching the Democratic debates from back when there were 194 candidates on stage to the more recent with just a handful of hopefuls arguing about climate change, healthcare, and removing Donald Trump from office.

Historically I would be considered a republican but I think of myself more as an conservative independent now. So when I watch the debates, I find it interesting as to what they discuss and what they value most.

With that said, most of the democrats I know (real people, not politicians on TV) actually do have a big heart and care for people. That’s a good thing! I don’t necessarily believe that’s true about democrat politicians, the same way I don’t believe some republican politicians care about “right to life” for the same reasons republicans I know do.

So these debates… why do I watch when I most likely have very little in common with any of them? Well, I like to know what people I don’t agree with are up to. I hesitate to use this quote…

Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.

…because we shouldn’t be enemies. As Americans, we’re all on the same team. I don’t like that there seems to be a gigantic chasm between two political parties. It doesn’t seem healthy for the country at all. The interesting part is that I really don’t see it in real life, only in the news and media, YouTube, etc.

Now I’ll be totally transparent, I kind of tune in just to not miss something crazy Joe Biden might say. He’s got a knack for saying some weird stuff lately, and I kind of feel bad for him. I don’t think he’ll get the nomination. In fact, I wonder if any of the current candidates will… it might be Hillary!!! Click here for a post about that.

Have you been watching? If so, what are your thoughts about how the debates are going, and who might be rising to the top?

Thanks for stopping by!

-Out of the Wilderness

12-year climate change timeline is a win/win for Democrats

Leaving science and everything that makes sense out of this, the 12-year deadline for the end of the world is the best thing Democrats could have ever come up with. Why? Well, I haven’t heard anyone say this yet, maybe they have and I’m just unaware, but here’s why the Democrats are putting most of their eggs in this climate change timeframe…

It’ll be the year 2030 when the so-called climate change timetable is at it’s end point. At this point, either the world ends, as suggested by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, or it doesn’t. And here’s where it gets good for the Democrats…

Scenario 1 – the world ends

Democrats announce the ultimate “I told you so!”

Scenario 2 – the world doesn’t end

In this case (and what I think the Democrats will do since the world isn’t going to end in 2030, at least not because of global warming), the Democrats will say, “We did it! Thanks to all your hard work and the amazing vision and leadership of the Democrat party, we’ve avoided disaster. Now, you should trust us with your vote, your money, and your future!” They’ll use this heroic act of saving the world to push their party forward and ask for everyone to join in with the party of the future. They’ll say, “Republicans and conservatives would have brought the world to an end, but thank goodness the Democrats did something about it!”

The ironic part is this: even if no one did anything environmentally responsible from today till January 1st, 2030, the world wouldn’t end. The Democrats know this, so no matter how much effort is or isn’t put into “saving the world,” they’re going to take credit because of what’s going on now– the party-wide push to fix global warming. In 2030, they’ll say it was all thanks to them.

What are your thoughts on this? Do you think they have a 12-year plan to set themselves up as the saviors of the earth? Comment below!

As always, thanks for stopping by!

-Out of the Wilderness

 

Life: Laughing together like people in Japan probably do

Laughing.

We all do it. Babies. Old folks. Democrats. Republicans. AP English teachers. Criminals. People in the smallest town in the US to people in the largest city in Japan.

ms smilingWhen God created us, he included something that makes life so much more enjoyable. The sense of humor. And it’s pretty cool that there are different types. Something I find funny isn’t the same as what you think’s funny. Sense of humor can be seen in all areas of life; from TV ads like this one…

…to funerals where someone giving the most heartfelt eulogy can pepper in a bit of humor that works perfectly, even in the midst of heartbreaking loss.

I’ve been thinking some this week about this thing called humor. How it fits into my life. If you know me at all, it’s needless to say I value it very much. I absolutely love making someone laugh with a timely thought, an odd look, or a movie quote. And I equally love when someone can make me laugh. There’s more to it, though, and this is what I’ve been wrestling with the past few days.

When do I use humor to keep people from knowing the deeper things in my heart?

I think there are times I don’t like to admit that I’ve used humor as a way for you to like me. Sort of a social resume. It’s especially true when I first meet people. Humor is a way to say, “Hey, I’m a fun person!” I hand over a piece of paper with a few topical one-liners, a personal quip about my dogs, an impression of Jimmie Fallon doing an impression of Donal Trump.

“Let’s build a waalllllll.”

But hey, I’ve already built a wall! Yes, perfect segue. I can comfortably hide behind this wall to keep from revealing the other things I value. Deep conversations. Complete trust. Working hard and not cutting corners. No one wants to talk about those things in social scenarios, right? So a wall’s constructed, beautified, updated with the most current news or movie quotes, all in an attempt to:

  1. Get you to like me
  2. Keep me from being vulnerable which could lead to rejection

This weekend, though, I’ve longed for that vulnerability. I feel it most alive, or most exposed, when I have conversations with long-time friends, those handful of people that’ve climbed over the wall to experience the deeper parts of my personality. Beyond the humor I sometimes hide behind.

So to my long-time friends, thank you for letting me be vulnerable. To new friends, please like me! I hope one day soon we can let our guards down. To laugh together like people in Japan probably do, but also trust each other like long-time friends do.

-BW
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