Here is the response my mom wrote and sent to the Sanders campaign after receiving an invitation to his new “Our Revolution” group. It’s a moving statement and I urge you to read it.
I’m too disappointed to hope anymore. I’m 62 years old and lived through the assassinations of JFK, MLK, RFK, and so many others who could have done something to change the course of this country, and you were my last hope. I will not vote for Trump or Clinton. I will write your name in, and that will be my last political involvement. I’m tired of hoping and praying for an America that probably hasn’t existed since the 1800’s. I’ve marched, donated, and watched my brothers and sisters die in Viet Nam and the streets of the USA for NOTHING. The only thing that matters to this government is MONEY and how they can get more of it from those who have the least. I am ashamed to be an American. We are the laughing stock of the world, and I don’t see an end to that viewpoint. When my husband and I are gone, I sincerely hope my son and his significant other can sell what little land we own and leave America for a safer place, if there is one left. I just do not have the will or energy to believe anymore. My generation tried, at least, to revolt. There won’t be a revolution. I wish you well and applaud your effort, but I realize now that if you did happen to actually win the presidency, they would kill you too. All the best to you and thank you for trying. But I can’t be involved again.