“You Broke My Heart”

One thing about the current presidential campaign in the USA—it has wakened a lot of passions and tirades among supporters.  On Tuesday, July 12, the inevitable happened as the pugilist Senator from Vermont endorsed his rival as the party nominee.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and Sen Bernie Sanders, I-Vt, wave to supporters as Sanders endorsed Clinton during a rally in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Tuesday AP Photo/Andrew Harnik Japan Today
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and Sen Bernie Sanders, I-Vt, wave to supporters as Sanders endorsed Clinton during a rally in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Tuesday AP Photo/Andrew Harnik Japan Today

I am sure it was difficult for him, assuming his sincerity was genuine during this year, based on what he said about her during the primaries.  American politics have always created strange bedfellows and alliances which defy logic, rational thought and in many cases common sense.

A number of his supporters were left in shock.  Many were shaken to their core ideologies.

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U.S. Senator and Democratic Party presidential candidate, Bernie Sanders, hosts a rally at Rec Hall at Penn State University. Sean Simmers, PennLive.com April 19, 2016

To those supporters:

Based on comments around the web, many of you are disappointed and suffering degrees of angst and betrayal over Bernie Sanders’ support for Hilary Clinton.  You joined the movement to see a different kind of campaign; to support a revolution and to upset the status quo.

Many you were ten, eleven, or twelve years of age in 2008.  The only President that you have known has been the current one with his bad and good points.

You have seen a lot of tragic events transpire near and far.  Your hopes and dreams seemed to have fallen on the establishment political monolithic system that predetermines who the candidate is—why else would they have their super delegates…

However, you had hope. Based on your own sense of change and the current dismal state of the world you believed that Sanders could be the David against the Goliath of a party embedded in their own self-glorification with an aging bureaucratic machine.  Unfortunately, the idealism of change is often tempered by political realities.

Naiveté of the followers is often the causality in this clash of proclivities of the old guard.  The party establishment would have never allowed Sanders the nomination—their candidate was chosen long before the feisty senator from Vermont ever made a public announcement.

Now, The Party expects you to fall in line and support Clinton like minions, like the usual blocks of voters do.  Party loyalty and all that hype!

However, I believe that they do not understand where you are coming from on this decision to join a revolution led by Sanders.  They do not understand your passion, and in many ways they don’t want their ship of state rocked by too many young idealists.

So what you decide to do in November will have an impact on the election.  Let your voices be heard loud and clear.

Your standard bearer may have fallen.  Pick up the flag of the revolution and press on because you are the future of whatever party or movement you belong to now.

Never forget—you are the future.

American politics in all of its various incarnations from the Beltway to Chicago to LA and all parts in between is a grand spectacle to behold.  However, the old ways of doing business as usual need major change.

Perhaps it’s time for the heart-broken, the disillusioned, the fed-ups, the young and the old to embrace the concept that it is time to form a new party if you don’t find one of the third parties to your taste.  The Grand Old Party and the Democratic Party have had their day in the sun—I believe both are in a state of entropy because they will not embrace change, especially change advocated by the young who see things as they are and dream of how they could be.

“If you are bored and disgusted by politics and don’t bother to vote, you are in effect voting for the entrenched Establishments of the two major parties, who, please rest assured, are not dumb, and who are keenly aware that it is in their interests to keep you disgusted and bored and cynical and to give you every possible reason to stay at home doing one-hitters and watching MTV on primary day. By all means stay home if you want, but don’t bullshit yourself that you’re not voting. In reality, there is no such thing as not voting: you either vote by voting, or you vote by staying home and tacitly doubling the value of some Diehard’s vote.”   Professor David Foster Wallace

G. D. Williams © 2016

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References:

Disappointment in Mr. Sanders cascaded across the internet as he embraced his former rival, describing her as a comrade in the fight to overhaul a rigged campaign finance system and lift the poor out of poverty. The sadness was most evident on the Facebook page where the Vermont senator explained his decision in a message titled “Forever forward” that drew responses infused with a skeptical refrain: Never Hillary.

“You broke my heart and betrayed the left Senator Sanders,” wrote Cesar Agusto Diaz, a Sanders supporter from New York.

Daniel Whitfield, of Discovery Bay, Calif., insisted that the political revolution Mr. Sanders had championed did not have to end just because the senator had given up. However, he said that voting for Mrs. Clinton was not an option.

“Intelligent Bernie supporters will NEVER support her because she stands for everything were fighting against,” he said. “Just because Bernie has left our movement does not mean it is over.”

A tirade of disappointed and angry comments poured in online as Sanders made his speech, with many feeling cheated and used by the self-described “democratic socialist.”

Some commenters called Sanders’ turnaround disgusting and said it had pushed them to consider moving their support to the Republican Party.

https://www.rt.com/usa/350829-bernie-sellout-sanders-reaction/

The consistent efforts of the Democratic Party to minimize, sideline, and sabotage the Sanders campaign are a wakeup call that we can’t have a revolutionary campaign inside a counter-revolutionary party.

Sadly, Sanders is one of a long line of true reformers that have been undermined by the Democratic Party. The eventual suppression of the Sanders campaign was virtually guaranteed from the beginning with super-delegates and super Tuesdays that were created after George McGovern’s nomination to prevent grassroots campaigns from winning the nomination again.

Sanders, a life-long independent who has advocated for building an independent democratic socialist party similar to Canada’s New Democratic Party, has said that his decision to run as a Democrat was based on pragmatism, but there is nothing pragmatic about supporting a party that for decades has consistently sold out the progressive majority to the billionaire class. This false pragmatism is not the path to revolutionary change but rather an incrementalism that keeps us trapped, voting for lesser evil again and again.

Each time a progressive challenger like Sanders, Dennis Kucinich or Jesse Jackson has inspired hope for real change, the Democratic Party has sabotaged them while marching to the right, becoming more corporatist and militarist with each election cycle.   Jill Stein, The Green Party

http://www.jill2016.com/sanders_endorsement_clinton

Japan Today

“It’s like he’s giving up if he endorses her,” said Steve Rand, a hardware store owner from Plymouth, New Hampshire, before the two candidates took the stage. He added: “She stands for everything that I am against.

A new GenForward poll of adults ages 18 to 30 found that Clinton was struggling to make inroads among young Americans who overwhelmingly supported Sanders. The poll found a majority of the nation’s younger blacks and Asian-Americans have a favorable impression of Clinton, but the presumptive Democratic nominee struggles with whites and Hispanics.

I felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror, and were suddenly silenced.

http://www.japantoday.com/category/world/view/sanders-finally-endorses-clinton

A Future To Believe In (What Could Have Been)

STATE COLLEGE, PA. – Sen. Bernie Sanders on Tuesday night fueled a raucous crowd at Penn State University, rallying the mostly student gathering into a frenzy of applause, screams and chants.

“It looks like Penn State is ready for a revolution,” Sanders said in his opening words after a thunderous reception fitted for a rock star.

Standing at a podium on a stage on the floor of Rec Hall, the venue used for gymnastics and volleyball events, the Vermont Democrat was at the epicenter of his strongest base – millennials.

http://www.pennlive.com/news/2016/04/bernie_sanders_penn_state_rall_1.html

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