I share the disappointment many of my fellow Bernie Sanders’ supporters feel and understand their need to express their dissatisfaction with his loss to Hillary Clinton for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination. But the behavior of some at Monday’s opening session of the Democratic National Convention was embarrassing for all of us who worked so hard to make Bernie the nominee. Yes we fell short but our voices made an impact that would have otherwise gone unnoticed.
Hillary Clinton will remain the symbol of the failed neoliberalism policies that have contributed to the demise of many working class families. The status quo will remain in play for the most part should she win the election in November and as a result, income disparity will continue to widen between the haves and have-nots. Healthcare and higher Education will remain primarily within in the domain of the wealthiest 10% in this nation and good jobs will be lost to foreign labor markets and robotics. Worst of all we will not have the strongest advocate in Hillary to move polices forward that are necessary to curtail the life threatening effects of climate change from man’s use of fossil fuels and deforestation.
But the die has been cast and behaving like spoiled brats who didn’t get their way is beyond comprehension for someone like me who made regular contributions each month to the Sanders campaign and vigorously talked up his candidacy to friends near and far. We now need to get behind the movement to make sure the egotistical, misogynistic racist representing the Republican ticket is not placed in the oval office as commander-in-chief of the largest military power in the world.
Hillary definitely has her sins that need exposing but her skill set for the office of president cannot be matched by many people in this country. Donald Trump, for all his bluster, has been as much a failure at what he does as he has the successes he claims for himself. Successes that came at the expense of others who were powerless to fight his well-healed lawyers who look out after his self-interests.
I imagined myself at first voting for the Green Party candidate Jill Stein since I am in the non-swing state of Texas. But more important now is not so much making sure Trump doesn’t win the presidency but defeating him so completely that we send his kind slinking back to the stone age that he came from.
Hillary has indicated she heard the desires of us who put our energy and money behind Bernie Sanders and though I am sure she will shrink from some of those over time we will achieve more with her election as POTUS than we will with a Trump presidency. Trump is incapable of being a public servant. He doesn’t want to be President of the U.S. – he wants to be its CEO. A position in the corporate world that only answers to handful of people who rely on his or her decisions that increase their own personal wealth.
Heed the warning of Senator Sanders given in his key-note speech last night:
“Our credibility as a movement will be damaged by booing, turning of backs, walking out or other similar displays. … If you don’t believe this election is important, if you think you can sit it out, take a moment to think about the Supreme Court justices that Donald Trump would nominate and what that would mean to civil liberties, equal rights and the future of our country,”
I have put my disappointment behind me and accepted the hand I was dealt. I encourage my fellow Bernie supporters to do the same. This doesn’t mean we stop fighting for what we believed in with our support of Senator Sanders over the last year or so.
Be the grown up you want everyone to be and let’s work through this in unison. There will be future opportunities to win the battles that need to be fought but we can’t achieve that as disgruntled losers.