Democrats, we need to talk. Bernie Sanders joined this race with one goal: pull Hillary Clinton to the left and get a new progressive agenda within the DNC’s foundation. HE ACCOMPLISHED THIS GOAL AND WE CANNOT PUSH FORWARD WITHOUT RUINING EVERYTHING THAT WE HAVE SUCCEEDED IN THIS PRIMARY RACE.
The “political revolution” will not happen overnight. It cannot happen in one election, especially when super delegates will override public opinion and vote for a “stable center”. Bernie Sanders is not our “progressive prophet”, but a “missionary” of sense that has changed the establishment viewpoint of the Democratic Party for the next one hundred years.
I Feel The Bern; I have since before he launched his campaign last April/May. I believe Bernie Sanders is the best candidate that could do the most for our country within the next four years. I know and believe he’s more progressive than Hillary Clinton, more trustworthy on his opinions, and more legitimate with his personal history. But, when it boils down to brass tacks, Bernie Sanders was destroyed not by the people but by the super delegates within his own party.
Yes, I will still support him until the 50th state has had their say in the primaries. I’ve donated at least $150 to his campaign this season, and I’ve fully supported him since the beginning. I own his shirt, I’ve passed out his buttons, and my Twitter feed has exploded with Bernie Sanders news and updates since day one of his campaign. I’m with him, and he’s with us. But, I understand what will happen to us if he does not win the nomination. It’s pretty simple: it’s not the end of the god damned world if he loses to Hillary Clinton.
I realize the primaries are not yet over. I realize theres a chance, however small it may be, for him to shoot through several key states in early June and possibly shift super delegates over to his side — much like how Barack Obama managed to do in 2008.
As former Governor and former DNC Chairman Howard Dean put it, the super delegates are not elected by the people — they are free to vote however they feel best suits their personal interests. It’s a problem within our democracy, rooting to oligarchy and the beginning of the end for the public vote. These super delegates, along with a biased media system and the age group of young voters, are what demolished any chance for a Sanders victory on national levels.
This campaign, the so-called political revolution that is a major step for progressivism and civil activism within an establishment controlled and dominated bipartisanship system, has broke through historical precedent and is behind some of the greatest political upsets in modern day history.
We took Michigan, a blue collared Democratic state that has first handedly witnessed the terrible attributes of a Republican government. The city of Flint will never be the same after the horrendous governorship of Rick Snyder, who should be arrested or in the very least indicted. The city of Detroit will never be the same after the almost criminal collapse of the automobile industry.
Let me say this clearly: progressivism is on the rise. The activists that dominate younger voting groups — those unfortunate souls who cannot vote in the primaries despite being eligible to vote in the general — will be of prime voting age and of political importance by the 2024 or even 2020.
I am not a fan of Hillary Clinton in spirit, but I realize that Bernie Sanders has completed his task: Clinton will be, especially if the Republican Senate is replaced with Democrats of any nature, forced to become the model of progressivism throughout her first term of office. It’s exactly what happened in 1912 with Woodrow Wilson. Meaning, even if Sanders loses the nomination; HE’S DONE WHAT HE SET OUT TO DO AND HAS SET US UP FOR GREATNESS IN THE LONG RUN.
Regardless of which Democrat ends up in the White House this next January; we will see progressivism remain on the rise. We won’t see as much as we would under a Sanders administration, but a Clinton administration will have to listen to the progressive agenda — much like the Republicans were forced to listen to a Tea Party agenda within the last few years.
So, I beg of you — my fellow Bernie Sanders supporters and progressive democrats of all ages — don’t screw this up. Don’t refuse to vote in a Sanders-less general election. Do not write Bernie Sanders in as an option. Do not vote for a third party, do not split the vote, do not vote Republican. Because I can PROMISE you something: you won’t see any progressive gain under a Trump administration.
I will spoil this for you: your third party candidate cannot and will not win in a political bipartisan society dominated by DEMOCRAT and REPUBLICAN. Your write-in of Bernie Sanders will not win against an official DEMOCRATIC nominee with an electoral vote dependent on getting near the White House. A vote for anyone against the Democratic nominee — or an absence of a vote for said Democratic nominee — will lead to four years of Donald J. Trump.
IT WILL BE YOUR FAULT IF DONALD TRUMP WINS THE PRESIDENCY AND DESTROYS WHAT MASSIVE AMOUNT OF PROGRESS THE PROGRESSIVE MOVEMENT HAS MADE UNDER BERNIE SANDERS.
LET ME SAY THAT AGAIN. IT WILL BE YOUR PERSONAL FAULT, A WEIGHT HELD UPON YOUR SHOULDERS FOR THE REST OF HISTORY, IF DONALD TRUMP WINS THE GENERAL ELECTION AND MOVES INTO THE WHITE HOUSE.
IT DOES NOT MATTER IF YOU DON’T LIKE HILLARY CLINTON, IT DOES NOT MATTER IF YOU ONLY LIKE BERNIE SANDERS. PROGRESSIVISM IS STILL ON THE RISE, AND WE WILL HAVE A CANDIDATE THAT TRULY REPRESENTS SAID POLITICAL MOVEMENT WITHIN THE NEXT FEW YEARS IF ANY DEMOCRAT MAKES IT IN THE WHITE HOUSE THIS ELECTION.
“BERNIE OR BUST”, YOU WILL PICK BUST AND RUIN ALL PROGRESS.
So, it doesn’t matter if he’s with us or if you’re with her.
We need to stop bashing each other, or else we’ll find ourselves factioned and demolished from the inside out — just as we see within the Five Ring Republican Circus.
We need to unify. We can worry about remodeling the abhorrent super delegate system later. We can worry about fixing the McGovern-Fraser problem later.
We can let progressivism grow and grow and grow until it becomes a staple of the Democratic Party within the next few years. We can rebuild ourselves from the ground up as time goes on. We cannot RIP the seeds of change from the ground before the change has a time to flourish.
Blue collared Democrats are dying off in our political nomenclature. Believe me; the conservative branch of American Democracy will break off and reform into something new. Don’t worry about NOW, because we still have a FUTURE. We still have a chance to make change, but that change cannot happen in one split second. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and American progressivism will not be a staple in our politics in one election. This election, regardless of which Democratic candidate happens to win the nomination, has changed the game of Democratic politics and policies.
So, I say what I mean: UNIFY. We cannot be divided by hate, bigotry, xenophobia, or political (in)difference. We cannot let this source of hatred divide us up simply on the concept of candidate. We cannot give up; Bernie Sanders did what he set out to do — he has modeled Hillary Clinton to be a progressive politician, whether she wants to be or not.
She has to win the vote of her party, especially since those who cannot vote for Sanders in the primaries are eligible voters in the general.
Let me say that again. She has to win the vote of her party, especially since those who cannot vote for Sanders in the primaries are eligible voters in the general. THESE VOTES WILL MATTER, AND REGARDLESS OF WHAT YOU THINK OF HILLARY CLINTON SHE UNDERSTANDS THIS.
Change occurs through hard work, dedication, and knowing when to compromise with the best situation possible. This has to be our compromise for the next four to eight years. And it’s really not a bad compromise.
We’ve made it, people. Don’t mess it up now. Don’t split the Left like the Right has split itself; we have to stay strong while the Republicans go through brokered conventions and weak nominations with fractured supported. We cannot allow a radical Republican to take the White House while the progressive movement is still nurturing itself.
A vote against Hillary Clinton, if she wins, in the general election is a vote for Donald Trump. Let me say it again: A VOTE AGAINST HILLARY CLINTON IN THE GENERAL ELECTION IS A VOTE TO KILL THE PROGRESSIVE MOVEMENT AS IT STANDS. A vote against Hillary Clinton in the general election is a vote for hatred, a vote for bigotry, a vote for radicalization, a vote for open racism and sexism. A vote against Hillary Clinton, or no vote as all, is a vote for Donald Trump.
So, we need to stop bashing each other. No more “Hillary hecklers” or “Bernie bros.” No more district factions through our belief of what is right for the beginning of the peak of our movement. We need to focus on the true enemy: we need to attack the Republicans, not each other. We can’t let a divide ruin what we’ve created. Say what you want to say about me for writing this: I refuse to split the vote when the future is laid out nicely for us.
Democrats — whether you be establishment or progressive, blue collared or white collared, authoritarian or libertarian, socialist or moderate, rich or poor, white or black, majority or minority, old or young, populist or centralized — we need to unite as one core voting power.
Vote Blue. Vote Democrat, whoever the actual nominee is, on November 4th, 2016. Vote for the sanest and most civilized candidate. Bernie Sanders will not be the final step and first victory the progressives will have. I support Hillary Clinton – begrudgingly.
Whether you tag your opinions with #FeelTheBern or #ImWithHer, we have something in common: #NeverTrump.