Of course I am saddened by Bernie’s speech, and expect that, barring a miracle like the FBI connecting the dots between Seth Rich’s murder and John Ashe’s murder, Hillary Clinton will be the Democratic nominee.
That sucks. It means the oil companies will be able to frack the fuck out of anywhere on the planet they please. It means corporations becoming even more entrenched with government than they are. It could verywell mean war.
But one other thing I’m really upset about is the reaction of so many Sanderistas. Calling Bernie a sellout. And a traitor. That is uncalled for. He is not stabbing us in the back. He’s a pragmatic politician. I think he’s playing his best hand to get what he thinks we can get, and it’s really not good enough, but that is not Bernie’s fault.
A few things to remember.
There will still be 1900 Sanders delegates in the first round. Superdelegates are still going to have to deal with their consciences but, seeing as how so many of them have none, that’s not likely to hurt her either, even if she’s been flat out indicted on one of the major charges pending.
The important thing is what happens to the Bernie Sanders movement, this massive wave of political energy which has built up and now has nowhere to go. We should focus on getting candidates onto the ballot – Berniecrats – in all districts, state and federal, in 2018. We should have some discussions about what our main goals are.
As to November, our options are as follows: Vote for Jill Stein, or write in Bernie Sanders. Whichever way that goes, we probably should have an open and honest discussion about it and get everybody on the same page.
Some people I know will be voting for Hillary. I’m not going to cut them out of my life, although I don’t think much of their decision. Some people I know will be voting for Trump.
But I’m not talking about them. For progressives, the options are limited to the first two. Unless Bernie actually does get the nomination. Miracles have been known to happen.