I’m getting a really strong Babylon 5 vibe from this election.
When I say this, I’m talking Trump vs. Bernie.
Trump and Bernie are both outsiders. They both represent real, actual people and not just the ruling political parties who only care about perpetuating their own power and corruption.
Both are genuinely good people with genuinely good goals. I know a lot of people will say they’re so opposite that there’s no way that is even possible, but it really is.
Bernie supporters aren’t blocking highways and throwing feces and urine at police in Cleveland. We all know those are Hillary supporters … the same Hillary supporters who helped create chaos and commit massive voter fraud to keep Bernie off the ballot.
The shame is that while the Republicans failed to keep Trump off the ballot, the Democrats succeeded in their plot against Bernie.
Let’s face it, an election between Cruz and Hillary would have been a waste of everyone’s time. You’d have to choose between supporting the status quo or stopping things from changing.
Trump vs. Bernie would be about two equally valid and moral ideologies. And that’s what brings me back to Babylon 5. When I talk to a Bernie supporter, half the time, I feel like I’m talking to a Vorlon.
For those who don’t remember a big part of Babylon 5’s plot revolved around the endless battle between the Vorlons and the Shadows, two ancient races who represented good and evil … except at the end, it turns out that’s not what they represented at all. It turns out that the being that created both races had meant for them to look after emerging civilizations, but they’d had a falling out over the best way to do it.
The Vorlons saw themselves as shepherds. They wanted to help and protect everyone. For most of the series, they were portrayed as the good guys.
The Shadows were portrayed as constantly attacking people and being against everyone. But it turned out, the reason they did that was they believed if you fed and clothed and protected a race, it would never evolve. It would remain at the level of a well-fed pet forever. The Shadows believed that rather than fighting for the oppressed, it was better to teach them how to fight, or create conditions where they’d either learn or perish.
That is essentially the difference between liberals and conservatives. At least if you strip away the over the top rhetoric and outright lies that people in the mainstream establishment tell about their enemies.
The truth is we need to learn to work together.
Bernie is right. There needs to be a basic standard of living that we will not allow any of our people to fall beneath. It is our responsibility as Americans to take care of other Americans.
But Trump is right, too. We can’t allow people to live their entire lives at that basic level without making any effort to improve themselves. And we can’t help people who aren’t willing to do basic work of coming here legally.
Our current system is broken. Trump can’t fix it. Bernie can’t fix it. Hillary is the rust that’s destroying it.
The only hope is for Bernie and Trump supporters, the actual people of America, to come together and find some kind of middle ground.
You help us close the borders. We’ll help you make it possible to send every legal citizen who wants to attend college to go to college.
We’ll help you proved a safety net for people who need welfare. You help us make sure that net doesn’t turn into a trap they spend their entire life in.
We’ll help you see to it that police who murder innocent people are dealt with immediately and harshly. You help us see to it that criminals who attack the police are dealt with just as harshly.
We both agree that either all lives matter or no lives matter. Anything else is just partisan politics and that’s what’s killing us both.