Possibly current and definitely future member of the 1%, what should I do?

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Hello s4p,

I grew up in an upper middle class neighborhood in a major city. I went to good public schools and a top magnet school, then an Ivy League university and now a well ranked medical school. I really like politics and Bernie specifically. He reminds me of my favorite president FDR if he spent 10 hours sniffing paint thinner. I also come from a family of immigrant professionals, mostly doctors. Because of this, I have no student debt and won't have to take any on. I didn't realize how well off we were because my family does not live very ostentatiously (I never had video games, we always shopped at the cheap local supermarket, no expensive vacations, mom drives an old subaru).

Up until last year I had very little money that I directly controlled because my parents give me whatever is needed for education and basic living expenses and not a penny more. I only had what I saved up from working as a waiter part time between college and medical school. Then my dad died. As we dealt with the fallout of that, I found out that I would be receiving a six figure inheritance (although I'm sure taxes will take a huge chunk out of it). And then my mom told me that when she eventually dies I will be given 1/4th of her savings, which will be probably another 400k before taxes because she is a doctor who lives frugally. That won't happen anytime soon though.

I had a very good life compared to many people in America and I know that I didn't earn it, my parents did. I don't really know what to do with all this extra money besides try to invest it until I think of something better to do with it. I don't want to piss it away on new clothes or a new car or something stupid like that. I'm going to be relatively busy for the next 6-8 years doing medical training, so I don't have time to start a progressive organization and I don't trust many of them, especially not Justice Democrats who managed to kick out both of their founders for being un-woke. The only thing I've changed is that now I give a dollar to any homeless person I see instead of just looking away. I sent a few bucks Bernie's way but my mom thinks he's a lost cause so if I start throwing thousand dollar checks at him it might get me in trouble with her and jeopardize a big inheritance that can be used for something good. She can see all my transactions and her biggest fear is that I will develop mental illness like others in my family.

I would like to do something good for poor people, and ideally something that is self-sustaining. The only thing that stops me is the thought that I while I may be well off now, I don't have buying politician money. But if I quietly invest this money and keep my mom happy and work hard in medicine, in about 15 years I could easily be a multimillionaire, generate a stupid amount of income working 50 hours a week in the field I'm interested in (anesthesia), and personally bankroll half a dozen AOCs and Ro Khannas. I have a feeling that in the 2030s there will still be greedy conservatives trying to ruin everything and progressives will still have to fight for every inch of ground we get, so I'd like to help.

If anyone has any advice on what to do in this situation I'd appreciate it.

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13% of Obama voters voted for Trump and only 77% overall voted for Clinton. Also 25% of Clinton Voters Voted for McCain The media should really stop scapegoating Bernie Voters.

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https://twitter.com/jmillerlewis/status/900429108487876609

Link to the numbers

https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/8/24/16194086/bernie-trump-voters-study

Link to Vox article independently verifying those numbers.

So yes we can in fact prove that more Hillary voters voted for McCain than Bernie voters voted for Trump. The bottomline is that Hillary was just not a good candidate. She was dancing with Paul McCartney when she should have been campaigning in the rustbelt. There were other variables that played into her ultimate demise but it's just easier to say that it was Bernie's fault than to actually examine the real issues of her candidacy.

There's a reason she had the lowest favorability ratings of any Democratic nominee in history and the fact that we were all led to believe she was the most electable candidate should count as journalistic malpractice. Not to mention the billions of dollars in free coverage that the media gave to the Trump campaign in 2016.

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An approach I think Bernie should take.

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I think Bernie would benefit tremendously in many different ways, if he made a simple statement and plan of action, one that mostly consists of views and plans he's already shared, akin to:

A plan for repairing our relationship with our neighbor to the south, and hopefully with the help and teamwork of Mexico and other nations, work towards improving both the issues of drug violence as well as the immigration situation.

this alone is an obvious good and pretty neutral statement to make, which appeals to all political sides here, and hopefully even with Mexico. It addresses two issues everyone is concerned with, even if they differ in opinion of what to do about it.

One thing we can do right away is to federally legalize cannabis/marijuana, both for the ample obvious reasons we have to do so, but also specifically to take the money and funding out of the criminal and cartel hands, both here at home and in Mexico. The Mexican government has already shown interest in this idea and approach to addressing the cartel situation, and I believe if we work together this could ultimately be a very effective strategy. From there I'm sure we can figure out even more approaches to removing the cartels' funding completely and taking them out of business.

Bernie has already announced his support for legalization. This is just using that in an even farther reaching political way and addressing more issues with it. Also since Mexico is thinking this way already, there is no reason not to use it to regain favor with them as well.

And especially if it can be tied in with the idea that improving the situation in Mexico (by taking money/power from the cartels thus hopefully increasing safety etc, as well as potentially other aid-like options I think the U.S. could do, but that's another story) can ultimately lead to a lessening in the need to immigrate in the first place … This whole idea can start to reach across the aisle in appeal for the more reasonable conservative voters.

I feel like not only is this idea smart politically but also really the only logical approach to actually combat drug violence. Obviously there's more to it than marijuana, but it's a good start to the approach.

I was gonna flesh this idea out more but I'm tired and gonna sleep instead. I'm just also real tired of seeing in my head like the seemingly obvious political moves for candidates to take this election and garner more support, but like nobody is making any substantial smart moves. Nothing really. Maybe if we start talking about these ideas more, these geniuses in D.C. might actually put some of them to use and not just gift wrap the election for trump, again.

But yeah, let me know what you think and feel free to share any other ideas on this, or any other approach you think might be smart for Bernie to take.

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