Posted: 07/27/16 07:28
by Dave Mindeman
I know there are a lot of Bernie delegates and supporters that are very disappointed right now. You say you could never vote for Hillary. That you are convinced that she embodies the things you hate. Corporate. Untrustworthy. Establishment.
But there is a difference between the narrative that has been accepted about her and the real person. It will take time to dig deeper into that biography.
But here is what I have trouble with. This isn't really about Hillary or Bernie or even about politics. The Sanders movement has been about lifting up the 99%. To fight for the people that don't have a choice. To make America a place for the American dream again.
That fight is not dependent on a candidate or a person. That is a struggle that is independent of politics. It is beyond class warfare. Beyond fighting the banks. Beyond corporate greed. It is much, much more than that.
The social justice that we all seek is a day to day fight. It is in fair housing. It is in the minimum wage. It is making health care work for individuals. It is fighting for public transportation...the public option...middle class tax cuts..true immigration reform...protecting our voting rights... getting Citizens United repealed....it is about the Supreme Court.
The 99% can't wait for you to get the perfect candidate nominated. You may feel that Bernie was that candidate, but it did not happen. Everyone in politics has experienced that disappointment at one time or another. But the fight for social justice doesn't have a pause button. It doesn't have the luxury to wait for us to catch up.
People need us to fight for them. Now more than ever. This election is not just about Hillary and Trump. It is not about making America great again. It is not even about anger over the donor class.
This election is about forming the future. About how we are going to treat each other. How we solve the basic fundamentals of how America works.
The 99% may not understand that Trump will not fight for them. Many of them might even vote for him. Many of them won't vote at all because they are too busy struggling to live day by day.
That is why we can't just sit back and complain about the process or the results - we need to get back to work.
Hillary is not a perfect candidate. And in reality, neither is Bernie. But as you look at the issues that face us, the two candidates are not so different in what they believe in and in what they hope to accomplish. They have told us via the platform and the convention speeches that they are willing to form a partnership. That their differences are much smaller than the threat of allowing the other party to be in control.
I am not naive enough to believe that everything between the campaigns will be resolved. But those differences can be ironed out when the Clinton administration begins its journey in January. Right now, the Bernie revolution can only continue if Hillary is elected President. The policy changes that Bernie wants will never happen in a Trump administration. That is just the reality of all this.
So, for the rest of the election, let's forget about personalities... forget about the disappointments....forget about an imperfect political system. Let's remember the Paul Wellstone legacy....
I don't think politics has anything to do with left, right, or center. It has to do with trying to do right by people.
Let's do this.