In 2016, Bernie Sanders lost the Democratic primary. He pledged his support for the party’s nominee, Hillary Rodham Clinton. Unfortunately for America, his supporters didn’t follow his lead. As a result, a lot of young liberal votes went to the Green or other 3rd party protest candidates. Many — disgusted their revolutionary leader was no more, actually cast for Trump.
To them, “Donald Trump. Hillary Clinton. What’s the difference? ”
Well, we’ve had 3 1/2 years to show just how stark a contrast was possible.
Now, the primary struggle is between President Obama’s VP and Bernie, with what is looking like another heartbreaking loss for Bernie.
And, yet again, Sanders pledges to support the winner, should it not be him. Surely this time, the “Bernie Bros” wouldn’t risk assuring Donald trump another 4 years in office by taking their balls and just going home, right?
You’d think. But sample people at Sanders rallies, and maybe not so much.
Now, not all Bernie Sanders supporters are this suicidal. Most are drawn to him because he promises a big game. He inspires and has answers to their biggest fears. (no matter how unlikely they will be able to ever come to pass). But, it’s important to understand why many of these soldiers are still beating war drums.
Sanders’ chief of staff, Jeff Weaver, has built Bernie’s base by emulating the Tea Party’s moves. By operating the same playbook that trump and most other republicans use: He strips away his opponent’s humanity and makes them “ENEMY.”
Weaver teaches that you must eviscerate the ENEMY. There is no coming together. No compromise. It is BERN OR BUST. Many libertarian young republicans long ago moled into the Weaver / Bernie camp and spread this kamikaze theology. And, it stuck. We all like to think that since the only real alternative this election will be trump, every liberal American — any followers of Bernie — would lay down their inner-party arms and stand with the Democratic candidate.
Right? I mean, if trump is allowed another 4 years in power, all the things that Sanders rallied his troops to support are deader than dead. The environment they so critically want to save? Kiss our planet goodbye. And, yet, even with the world about to be set aflame, Bernie’s base may just be satisfied burning along with it.
It really makes you wonder if a significant number of the “Berners’ morality was never more than an elaborate con. A zero sum game meant to do nothing but destroy the Democratic party and its platform.
Just a means to a Socialist end. Hopefully, this time around will see Bernie coming out STRONG for the Democratic nominee squaring off with trump. Hopefully, he’ll denouncing the rabid Bern-or-Busters once and for all.