First of all, go go go Bernie!
My favorite part of the caucuses is the face-to-face part. You have to engage with your community in order to have your vote counted. I know people complain that Iowa shouldn’t have so much weight in the primaries, but I think the act of caucusing should have weight in the primaries.
Until the Iowa caucus results come in, I am reading tweets. My favorite caucus tweets are the ones with pictures of kids. Those kids look like homeschoolers to me. They are out too late.
Non-voter, East High caucus, Des Moines, Iowa. pic.twitter.com/RCFzCgnfcC
— carolynryan (@carolynryan) February 4, 2020
They are surrounded by adults. They are having a hard time following. They are surrounded by people who do not share the opinions of their parents. The adults are arguing and they are listening and they are talking about lofty ideals (hopefully) and the kids are seeing for real why we need to learn: to know how to think and talk about what we think.
There are times when I homeschool and I think, oh my gosh, I’m the only parent who is doing xxx. How can I be doing this?
Tonight I see so many kids who are out too late, because the family thinks caucusing is more important than bedtime. I think that, too.
— Athena Gilbraith (@athenagilbraith) January 31, 2020
I was going to write that I hope my kids grow up to care enough about their community to stay up late on a work night. But actually, my oldest son is 17. He’ll be voting in this year’s general election. And he cared enough about his community to spend the last six months convincing me to vote for Bernie.
So I guess I’m learning from him. And I’m telling you, that I’m voting for Bernie because as a homeschooler I believe our education system reinforces our class system, and squashes opportunity. We need deep, structural change to build a new government with a new mission of fairness and equality.
Imagine you’re building a government without knowing where your place is in society. You don’t know if you’re rich or poor, educated or illiterate. You don’t know your race or your gender. How would you structure the government? I think if you could get your brain to play this game, most of your would structure government in a very similar way to the government Bernie will push toward. Because that’s what’s fair.
Now, I’m going back to read caucus results.