Oh, I know. The 2016 election is a giant cesspool of horror. I get it. I have followed (with a great deal of nausea) the “tiny hands” comments, the “my wife is hotter than yours” mess and even the “beat the crap out of ’em” moments.
But still. I am having a good time with this election cycle.
In the first place, after having had to hide my lefty tendencies for so many years, I am finding it incredibly liberating to finally have a candidate who is saying “You aren’t as lefty as I am!” The “who’s more progressive” fight is so. much. fun.
And I am having a great time watching the party of Lincoln devolve into a pack of badly behaved five year old brats. I am thoroughly enjoying the nasty stupidity of that side.
But you know what’s the best part of the whole thing?
Its the never ending chorus from the media: “Bernie supporters are all millennials!” and “Oh, those innocent young people being fooled by Bernie!”
I have heard this story on NPR, on CNN, on ABC, on NBC and on CBS. I have read it and seen it over and over again. All those Facebook memes about “20 somethings who want free stuff.”
I LOVE it.
Because its so incredibly wrong.
I am 60 years old. I recently went to a Bernie Brainstorming meeting, and 2 out of 25 people were under 35. Most of us were gray haired and mature. We were not looking for “free stuff”.
So I am loving the misconception. Yes, I want to say to people I meet, I am very young! I am feeling the Bern!
I sort of wondered about which celebrities are backing Bernie. You know, were they all under 25?
- Susan Sarandon: 69 years old. (I know. She looks fabulous)
- Spike Lee: 59 years old.
- Tulsi Gabbard: 34 years old. A youngster, but a veteran. She’s a grownup.
- Joan Baez: 75 years old
- Mark Ruffalo: 48 years old
- Robert Reich: 69 years old
So guess what, mass media?
Even though I am thoroughly enjoying the label of “youngster”, you are completely missing the point on who supports Bernie. I hope you keep missing the point all the way to the Inauguration.