I got to see Bernie Sanders speak in my city tonight.

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  1. AgonyandIrony

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    He paid tribute to a great son of Oklahoma Woody Guthrie and ate at Caz's Chowhouse, while I would have recommended far better for the presidential candidate when it comes to food (I mean, all he had to do was ask) he left a huge imprint on my city.

    I've been to plenty of concerts, Tulsa, while not well known in comparison to Austin, Chicago, or St Louis, etc. etc. what many consider the defining cities in the region. Has an incredibly storied history, as does the state, even if it's sort of the Ireland of the United States, a history steeped in sadness with a underlying sense of perseverance. People often joke "Is Tulsa in Oklahoma, or is Tulsa surrounded by Oklahoma?"

    Tonight, Thousands upon thousands lined themselves down the street, around the block.... then down the street.. and another few blocks to get to see Sanders speak. The volunteers who traveled from around the country were blown away by the result. I stood in line behind thousands of people and they spoke to us, thanking us for coming and assumed we were the last. Thousands more lined up behind me. It was a shocking thing to see in a downtown I spend so much time in, and the air was electric. Due to the crowd, the doors were to close at 6:30, and after waiting three hours after the door opened and still about an hour away I was growing nervous. Bernie himself said to keep the doors open until we got as many as we can inside, unfortunately two thousand waited outside.

    The speech was surreal, someone passed out and Bernie froze, waiting to speak until the person was attended to. People had been standing for as long as seven hours or more to see him speak, and we're not a state known for our health unfortunately. His promises, his campaign resonated in many people of many different lifestyles, the supporters seeming to be lower middle to middle class, "You can be a progressive, you can be a conservative, you can be a moderate, but very few Americans believe in Billionaires buying elections." was a soothing cry to our borderline broken state. Talking of rebuilding crumbling infrastructure through New Deal-esque job production caused many of us to tilt our heads and think about our crumbling streets and poisoned river.


    I walked out the doors after his speech joking about how Sanders needs to introduce height line reform into rallies and was shocked to see 2,000 people waiting to get in

    To those that waited outside.. well..

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    Sanders jumped out of his motorcade tonight to speak to some of those still waiting.

    Overall an incredible experience. The entire time we kept asking ourselves "This is Oklahoma?" I like to think Woody Guthrie smiled down on his fellow Okies from somewhere up above.

     
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    I have a friend at my gym who is in the military grew up about 5 minutes from Bernie Sanders house. He said he is one of the nicest and best small business Politicians going. He said he personally help create 1,000 's of jobs.

    He did things like personally buying buildings out of his own pocket so they could located there for next to nothing. He said Ben & Jerry's ice cream may have not exist without Bernies help.

    Everyone talks about Bernie being a socialist but he said his ideas work great for growing small businesses. He said that's a message about Bernie no one really talk about on him.

    He talked about 4 other examples that became great employers in the area. Just thought I would share this story about Bernie.
     
  3. AgonyandIrony

    AgonyandIrony Gold Belt

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    Awesome story man! Say what you will of the man, but he truly cares about his fellow Americans.
     
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    Thanks for sharing TS!

    In a way, I envy you. I wish I could be so smitten by a career politician working within the confines of a corrupt system. I have no illusion about real change so I'm stuck with weltschmerz.
     
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    Very likable guy. Only candidate that genuinely cares. Afraid his age will be the reason he loses to Trump.
     
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    Don't worry. He'll make a good Secretary of State.
     
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    I like his sincerity, that is awesome to see something like that in person. I would see any candidate talk in person if given the chance. If I agree with their politics or almost despise them.
     
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    he sounds passionate. unfort. the dems will sandbag him.
     
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    Awesome TS.

    Whether you agree or disagree with Sanders viewpoints and stances, you have to admit the guy has the best interest of the people in his mind.
     
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    Ruprecht Hands Of The Judges Staff Member Senior Moderator

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    American politics are hilarious.
     
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    It was quite an amazing moment. If there's one thing you can't take away from Bernie it's his sincerity.

    I love the fact he took time to visit the Woody Guthrie museum as well.
     
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    That's awesome dude! I'm happy you got to go.
     
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    ...because it's less like managerial reports, goal setting presentations, nuts and bolts policy breakdowns and competency statements, and more like entertainment roadshows.
     
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  15. Thank you for the post, this is a moving first hand account that makes me happy, especially for the inclusion of Woody Guthrie. It's hard to wrap your head around what this man's music and ideas have meant to the public consciousness of our country.
     
  16. LucasWithLidOff

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    He won't lose to Trump because the DNC is nominating Hillary.
     
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    Man that looks great.
     
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    Was an attempt at being semi-optimistic. I feel it's a very real possibility and in that case we're fucked either way. It will just be a matter of which hole it is going into first.
     
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    You and I both know that's not true.
     
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    He's the only one that cares about Americans that are struggling in this rigged economy. If your born poor then your most likely stuck there or at most you move up to low middle class.
     

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