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But for Republicans there always has to be some string attached. Too poor, not Christian, another immigrant, liberal kool-aid drinker, socialist. Bernie makes no distinction between Americans because it’s not about him, it’s about us.
Empathy as a political platform. Cool.
This is really the fundamental difference between left-minded thinkers and right-minded thinkers. Conservatives have empathy but it often only extends to their family and friends. Things that happen to other people don’t really resonate with them. People are in poverty or homeless? They probably made a big life mistake or aren’t trying hard enough or at all. People dying? It doesn’t involve me or my social circles.
Very often these things only become real for conservatives when it personally impacts them. Gay people are awful until their son is gay and suddenly it becomes harder to hate them without severe cognitive dissonance. Abortions are for wicked people until I or my daughter needs one. We just made a mistake, but most people getting abortions are idiots and aren’t careful enough!
Left-minded people seem to be inherently more capable of extending their empathy towards people who are outside their social circles as well as those who act or look differently from themselves.
I think this speech is a wonderful display of that type of far-reaching empathy, and I hope it was powerful and moving enough to make some conservative-minded folk at least consider some of their viewpoints.
No candidate has been sending the kind of unifying message Bernie has; not back in 2016, not now in 2020.
The pundits in the media smearing Bernie and his movement as “too white” or “not pro-women” are some of the most disingenuous, insincere lying bastards there is. It’s truly shameful.
I wasn’t really on board with Bernie, always preferring the more stable route, but there’s something about this speech that seems to ring true and square and…realistic. That’s the thing I think a lot of people may be looking for: what can be really real with a Dem. president. But now I see the light!! (and the funny thing is, so does my husband, almost at the same exact moment.)