Rebound

There is little doubt that the American left is in disarray. Bernie Sanders has been kneecapped, sidelined, and the powers that be are doing all they can to ignore his ideas and sweep them under the rug.
His supporters have been scattered, there is no unity among us. Some, trying to stay as close as possible to Bernie’s ideals and goals, are voting Green. Others are following the lead of Bernie himself and succumbing, reluctantly, to Biden. Some have washed their hands of politics all together and will sit this election out. A small percentage have gone over to Trump, apparently with the idea that the quicker everything is destroyed, the quicker we can recover, and a still smaller handful are throwing bricks through windows and committing arson, although I suspect the majority of those instances are agents provocateurs. The Overton Window has been slammed shut, and reopened somewhere to the far, far right.
It is a darned shame, no doubt about it. But, one important thing to remember is this: the greatest gift that Bernie gave us was each other. Despite decades of hearing “America is a right wing country, there’s nothing you can do about that” we now know that there are millions and millions of us with a very similar left-wing mind set. We believe that sick people deserve to be made well. We believe that the planet is worth saving. We believe that rich people should pay their fair share. We believe that working people are entitled to a satisfying life. We believe that people should be judged on the content of their character and not on the color of their skin. We believe that poverty is unnecessary in a world as technologically advanced as ours, and should be eliminated.
These are good ideas, righteous ideas, and they are not going to go away. Sure, we need to take some time, evaluate why we lost (yes, I think we were cheated, but we need to evaluate how we were cheated and figure out how we can prevent that in future) and begin strategizing for the future.
We will be back. We will always be back. And, eventually, we will win.

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