Yesterday, I had the opportunity to meet one of my US Senators in person. Not the first time I have met Bernie Sanders. We are a small state with a small population. Citizens of Vermont are some of the best represented humans on the planet. We get two Senators while a huge state like California get two also. So the chances you get to meet your Senator and talk to them are much higher here. I have lived here for a little over ten years and I have met all of my representation in Congress. There were about a 100 or so people in this little church on Westford green. The questions from the crowd came from carpenters asking about Wall Street, IBM employees asking about Unions to dairy farmers talking about the difficulties of running a small family business. It was a great way to spend an afternoon seeing and hearing my neighbors engaged in civil discourse.
When I hear Bernie speak, I am amazed. Not because he is a great speaker but because I agree with him about 90% of the time which is surprising for any politician. He is consistent, unlike a Romney or Clinton, so I know what I am getting when I vote for him. He is also an independent so he isn't accountable to any party leadership, only to the voter. The only problem I have with this is that if Republicans take the Senate in November, which is possible, the Senate committees' leadership will be taken over by Republicans. For example, the leadership of the Energy Committee could be taken over by Jim Inhofe (R-OK). This scares me. Inhofe just published a book dedicated to proving that humans aren't causing global climate change. He is one of those Republicans that I referred to in an earlier post who fell asleep in their high school Earth Science class. Would Bernie change his party affiliation to prevent the Republican crazies from taking over the Senate? I don't know. I raised my hand but wasn't one of the people chosen.