Politics are generally considered to be not a very "spiritual" subject, probably because they're considered to be machinations of the material world, along with the institutions of financial power and war. I believe that this is why so many of us aren't interested, or are even disgusted by the current state of our politics — it's our intuitive wish for spiritual solutions to the problems of the world. The great majority, I'd guess around 70% of people, wish for sanity, peace, equality, justice, tolerance, environmental responsibility, and so forth, to prevail in our systems of governance, but these are concerns seldom represented by our elected officials.
Possibly as a result, in the U.S. only about half the people who qualify to be registered to vote are registered to vote. Of them, only about a quarter to a third of them ever exercise that right. In recent years, corporate interests, mostly associated with the Republican party, but in recent Democratic primary elections as well, have been at work to disenfranchise large numbers of qualified voters—and have been meeting with great success.
Of those registered to vote in our country, around 20-25% are registered as Republicans, 25-30% as Democrats, and with by far and away the largest number of party affiliates, around 45% are registered as Independents. But the great majority party in the U.S. has little or no say in the actual exercise of democracy—that exercise is controlled by the two minority parties, and their corporate and private supporters.
The result is the intensely skewed (patently insane) system of governance we have now, the system that alienates most sane, potential participants. People of honesty and integrity are generally filtered out of the process, which is, by its very nature, corrupted by the interests of what has become predatory capitalism.
As in every election—especially in the upcoming primary elections, and in the general election this November—there are spiritual choices to be made. Of particular note is the simple fact that [for one of the first times in my life] there seems to be a candidate that has consistently supported a preponderance of spiritually-motivated causes. Causes that support those ethical standards of peace, justice, fairness, equality, etc., that all right-minded people (the great majority) wish to see governing those who govern us.
Unlike the other remaining presidential candidates campaigning, Sen. Bernie Sanders does not accept corporate money. His campaign has been (miraculously) financed by small, personal voters contributions. Sen. Sanders has consistently voted against the power-seeking interests of big corporate finance and defense, and for environmental and societal sanity. He's never repeatedly been under criminal investigation, like the other candidates. He has consistently supported causes that seek to preserve the interests of the middle and lower financial classes, against the juggernaut of corporate greed.
The simplest cursory examination of the candidates' financial records leads one to the spiritual bottom line concerning their priorities and intentions (as well as—and most importantly to—their spiritual and psychological conditions): Donald Trump inherited a massive fortune from his real-estate magnate father, claims to have been responsible for that wealth himself, and refuses to reveal any of his taxes. He pathologically lauds himself as a system "player."
While in 2014 Senator Sanders and his wife made just over $200,000, Hillary Clinton (and Bill) made over $28 million. Both parties have come by their fortunes from careers in public service, but it's made very clear by that disparity which public they are serving, respectively. Neither of Sen. Sanders opponents have a single year where their income was derived simply from their paycheck as public servants. The unsavory details of both Mr. Trump and the Clintons personal and financial antics are available for research online, so I won't go into any details here; however it is of the utmost importance to point out that you won't find any such unfortunate complications—none whatsover—on Senator Sanders record.
Senator Sanders appears to be a person of real integrity, having adopted and held to the same ethical standards his entire career, namely: civil rights, personal rights, women's rights, anti-war/pro-peace, pro-choice, pro-labor, anti-corporate profiteering (pro-responsible regulation), against global job-market competition, against corporate subsidization, anti-income redistribution to the super-elite financial class (pro-equitable redistribution of wealth), pro-environmental responsibility, cultural preservation and respect, and on—all concerns clearly determined by the impulse to seek spiritual solutions to the growing problems of our society, and of our world.
Nobody's perfect, and that's true of Senator Sanders as well, but at a time when corporate interests seek absolute control of our democratic process, our national interests, our global resources, and our very freedoms, it is more important than ever to stand up and be counted among the great majority of qualified voters who wish to turn the relentless tide of corporate greed threatening our system of government, and the sanctity of all life on Earth. It is time to truly declare our independence, as Independents, from the corrupt two-party system we are suffering under.
Stand up for this June primary, and for the general election in November; and while it's true that the lesser of two evils is less evil, we have an opportunity to actually vote for good — for a change! Get all your friends together, talk to everyone you know, gather them all together and go out and vote! for the spiritual solution in this, and if possible, in every election from now on. We're running out of chances...