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The future of progress is in the hands of Hillary Clinton’s supporters.
Most of Clinton's supporters have no qualms about voting for Bernie Sanders in the event he wins the Democratic nomination. For Clinton’s supporters, the difference between the two Democratic nominees is minute compared to the difference between the Democratic and the Republican candidates. However, it seems many of Sanders's supporters don't come to the same conclusion. They see Clinton as being no different from Cruz or Trump. Taking their view to its logical conclusion, if Clinton becomes president, we should expect to see the same results that a Ted Cruz or Donald Trump administration would execute.
Clashing on the Left
The perception that Clinton is in cahoots with the one percent is festering within Sanders’s camp. Clinton’s club and those feeling the Bern are heading towards an impasse. To be quite honest about the matter, the impasse is largely the result of the #BernieOrBust zealotry.
Sanders has not indicated that he's at all a part of that particular sect of his. But his rhetoric did light the ideological fire with which his followers seek to purge any and everyone who is not as politically sanctified as he is.
Sanders's political countenance resembles a once-in-a-life-time champion for the everyday American. He doesn't make as much money as Clinton, whose speaking fees equate to what Sanders makes in a year. He did not vote for the Iraq War, while she did. He has the perfect excuse for voting for the infamous 1994 Crime Bill, and has no need to admit contributing to its passing and the negative effects, whereas Clinton advocated the Bill as first lady. Also, he has a few pictures of being involved in the Civil Rights Movement, when Clinton was a Barry Goldwater teenager.
There is a lot more to "bern" Clinton with. But that is enough to understand why many on the Left don't like or trust Clinton. To them she is a self-serving, power-hungry, money-making, undercover Republican.
Again, Sanders's official indictment does not go so far. Apart from questioning her judgement, he indicts Clinton's speaking fees. And his main concern is that she will not, and cannot if she even wanted to, break up the big banks and make them pay their fair share. Taking Sanders's speculations to their logical conclusion, if Clinton becomes president, we should expect her to completely dismantle Dodd-Frank, one of the toughest measures to reform Wall Street, which she supported, helped to build and protect.
So, the next best candidate would be Trump I suppose.
What is at Stake? The Political Revolution
Unfortunately, many citizens on the left think Sanders’s campaign is revolutionary. It’s not. But I admit that it is fiery, impassioned, and has good intentions.
The "political revolution" which is ascribed to Sanders began with the election of President Barack Obama. And it is in danger of being sabotage.
Many of Sanders’s supporters do not fully appreciate the significance of Obama’s presidency from 2009 to date. Worse, they deny that Obama is really a liberal or progressive. (I will discuss Obama and the real “political revolution” in my next post.)
However, I would say here that it’s interesting that critics of liberalism and progressivism are well aware of and threatened by Obama’s success. For example, renowned conservative political scientist Charles R. Kesler, writes: "Tempting as it might be to write President Obama off, it would be a big mistake. Whatever else he may accomplish, his staggering victory on health care reform has earned him a future place on the Mount Rushmore of liberalism, alongside those other supreme hero-statesmen of the creed, Woodrow Wilson, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Lyndon B. Johnson.” (I Am the Change: Barack Obama and the Crisis of Liberalism)
But the de facto ultimatum given by the #BernieOrBust crew threatens to abandon the inroads that the Right are set out to destroy. Because if Sanders is the Democratic presidential nominee, they will not support Clinton in the general elections.
And this is what I am concerned about. (Let me be clear, Sanders has not waged this threat himself, although I feel he's partly responsible for how his supporters feel, as Trump is for his troop).
Most Democrats know that they don't have the luxury to not vote for what some sarcastically refer to as the “lesser evil.” Experiencing a systemic disadvantage for decades if not centuries, they are cognizant of the ground they have covered and are unwilling to let so much hard work and sacrifice go to waste. If anyone knows what I’m talking about, it's the LGBT community, women, African American Community, immigrants, low-income workers . . . We can go on and on. Had these groups quit voting every time their favorite president wasn’t elected, they would not have accumulated political capital.
In other words, the political show must always go on even if one’s ideal politician isn’t in the White House.
The Burden of Team Hillary
Be that as it may, this is why the majority of Clinton’s supporters and Clinton herself are willing to vote for Sanders if he wins the nomination, even though they may feel he will not be capable of making any substantial progress. In fact, they fear that Sanders might undue the progress gained during the past seven years, because of his overreaching.
Nonetheless, they are still willing to vote for their long-term interests to prevent everything they’ve accomplished from being undone. Indeed, for all the candor and honesty Sanders professes, it is possible, if not guaranteed, that he will face a bulwark just as formidable as the one Obama wrestled.
For this reason, it seems that Clinton's voters are going to be the ones who will save the day. If Sanders's is nominated, they will support him in large numbers in the general election.
On the other hand, because of the #BernieOrBust sect, if Clinton wins the primary, her supporters must show up one hundred percent at the general election, in order to make up for the ground that Sanders's supporters are willing to abandon if he loses.
This is why Clinton’s supporters are the guardians of progress.
4/19/2016 06:01:31 pm
How arrogant are you, Hillary supporter? Notice how I did NOT lump you into a group with ALL other Hillary supporters. In this post, you totally insult the intelligence of Bernie supporters in your thinking that they're just going to not vote (or worst - vote Republican) if Bernie is not elected. In reality, the damage of which you speak has already been done - the population who weren't "feelin the Bern" or "Hill-pnotized" (i came up w/that) didn't even bother to show up at the polls today. For the most part, voters are going to vote even if their favorites are not elected. Instead of tooting the horn of Hillary supporters, who are sated by Obama's [insert sarcasm here] amazing progress , and scorning Bernie supporters, maybe you should talk about the people who won't vote because for whatever reasons, they haven't reaped the benefits of Obama's "revolutionary" progress. And if Trump becomes prez, life will still probably suck for them, so they just don't care. While apathy isn't effective, it does say something about the same, run of the mill politicians and politics with which the american people are faced. And really, that's why Bernie was such a powerhouse in this election - because things needed to be shaken up a little bit. Sure, his rhetoric may just ding on the other side of Trump's crazy, but at least he's accentuating the fact that capitalism is destroying your precious democracy - and even if he doesn't have a solid plan to deal with this obstacle - at least he's started the dialogue and that resonates with a lot of regular people. They want a politician who will bail EVERYBODY out - not just the wealthy because they are beholden to them.
4/19/2016 08:13:42 pm
I don't think you and Kasaun Henry are at odds in your thinking, Blythe. I think Kasaun is effectively trying to point out that there is a large contingent of Bernie supporters who hold an "all or nothing" mentality that is not effective in overall progress. Politics is a long game and I do find that many (read: not all) Bernie supporters ignore that fact.
4/20/2016 11:46:25 am
Hey Jillian, I found the original post arrogant because "the burden of hillary supporters to save progress" sounds very familiar...Oh yeah, it sounds a lot like the white man's burden to democratize and christianize the world - and not just because of the use of the word, "burden." It's cool to be ultra-realists and understand that politics is a strategic game that must be played just like so in order to make snail speed progress - (and speaking from the Black perspective) hope that eventually some of these effects eventually trickle down to us a few decades later if we sit tight and keep voting in people from the same party. That's akin to the thought process that if regular people just sit tight and do what they sposed to do on earth that they'll reap the rewards of some magical land in the afterlife. Meanwhile, the pope and the pastor and them are living heaven here on earth tax free. That may satisfy the Hillary faction, but some people would like to explore a new option - a different, more accessible-to-every man approach to politics and right now- both the Democratic and the Republican parties have become so influenced by everything other than the people whom they're supposed to serve, that it's no longer working. So yes, Hillary supporters - go forth and spread the word of yet another pseudo-progressive, sponsored, american imperialistic, sameness. Meanwhile, hopefully more young people will wake up and devise real revolutionary politics and then things might finally change.
4/21/2016 05:47:09 pm
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