On Tuesday night, the Democratic Party began taking back our country. Today, you could feel it in the air. People have hope again. I could see it on their faces, as we walked down the street. Everyone was excited and happy, chattering in line at the Starbucks about it. It was the first good day we’d had in exactly 365. Democratic victories provided some much-needed vigor and relief to some people who have really deserved it. It’s huge.
The Democrats need to get back into power before things will start making sense again. We’re the only ones who’ve got the plans and skills. Trump has made people sad and tired. Many feel beat up by it all. But rather than sulk in despair, or let it sap our strength, we Democrats have been working. Day and night. Like bees building honeycombs, we have worked endlessly to strengthen bonds, build bridges, and create an infrastructure that is sleek, slick, and sexy.
Last night, things started coming back to sanity. We won. We finally have the momentum again.
Last year this evening, we were all of us devastated. Beyond all hope, beyond all reckoning. The editor of Millennial Democrats literally sat down and cried, speechless with shock. It was one of the worst days our times have ever seen. Not only because we realized how bad Trump was going to be; that was predictable. Even his voters knew it.
Fortunately, however, a combination of incompetence and our legal system protects us from a lot of Trump’s worst ideas. He doesn’t really understand how things work. He’s a very limited man. I have a neighbor from New York who’s got Alzheimer’s disease. The first time I heard Trump at a debate, I was stunned by their verbal similarity.
Another guy who sounds just like Trump is Bernie Sanders. It is hard to believe the nerve of that guy. He pretended to be so pure and holy last year. Like he had all the answers. For a holy man, though, he sure took losing badly, and so did his supporters.
I saw in the paper today that Bernie refused to endorse Phil Murphy in New Jersey. The reason why is petty in the extreme. Murphy has long been the favorite in the race, thanks to a Democratic electorate and New Jersey backing Hillary Clinton in 2016, and not him. That’s what really matters to Bernie these days, not things like progressive values or voting records.
Otherwise, why not support Murphy? The New Jersey Democrat supported markedly similar issues that Sanders touted during his 2016 presidential campaign. Murphy campaigned on a single-payer health-care system, a minimum wage hike to $15 and free tuition to public college and trade schools.
That set of goals is right out of Bernie’s playbook. He should be ecstatic to see a bright young guy picking up his ideas and winning with them! Why won’t he be happy for us? For himself? For the world? None can say exactly.
Clinton supporters, at least before last June, would have gladly voted for Bernie if he would have won. We all wanted a lot of the same things. The only difference was that Hillary Clinton could explain how she was going to do them. Bernie couldn’t. Therefore the choice as to who to support was clear.
But as I made my decision, I also realized that Bernie had touched a nerve, and I understood why.
The turn of the millennium was a very hopeful time for us elder millennials, those born closer to 1980 than 2000. From the time we were little kids on, it was all we could ever talk about. We all believed so strongly, with our little hearts, that it would be an amazing time to be alive.
When George W. Bush got into office, we saw all that ripped to pieces within a year.
We were mad. We grew up wearing Che Guevara shirts, listening to Rage Against The Machine, and listening to our parents talk about the great social struggles of the 1960’s. We knew what the word revolution meant. Remember in 2003, when they locked up Chong for selling bongs on the Internet? Operation Pipedream, John Ashcroft called it. That phrase was better applied to their whole pointless War on Drugs.
I can get how a lot of us would have gone for Bernie’s spiel back then.
Instead, they all waited until things had gotten better under Obama before they started making all that mess? It was a disaster.
Bernie also refused to endorse Governor Ralph Northam’s campaign in Virginia. Again, we have to ask why?
Tthe only answer is sour grapes. Northam easily beat his primary contender, Bernie’s man Tom Perriello. He, of course, was for Bernie last year.
Perriello, however, is far from an ideal progressive. He’s another one of Bernie’s anti-abortion candidates, like Nebraska’s Heath Mello, guys perfectly willing to compromise on woman’s reproductive rights.
A woman’s right to choose is an absolute core value of progressive ideology. Bernie’s career-long disregard of it is one of many things to make him unpalatable to me after I did my research.
It was also not so long ago that Perriello boasted of his A rating from the National Rifle Association, which was a result of his opposition to an assault weapons ban.
Let’s get real here. Bernie didn’t endorse Perriello because of his policies. He did it because Perriello is one of his cronies. Murphy and Northam were not.
Bernie Sanders has a really mean and overcompetitive side to him. That was clearly visible by last June, by which time he had ceased to resemble Mr. Rogers.
It is that unfortunate tendency that keeps him from helping real Democrats. He thought he was just going to show right up and start taking over the show. Unfortunately for Senator Sanders, we made it quite clear to him that he and his fanatic followers are not at all going to waltz in here and take us over, regardless of Cenk Uygur’s insolent hashtag, #WeWillReplaceYou.
Time for some real talk. He is bitter about losing. He tried to hijack the Democratic party. He never intended on joining us for a second, although he lied all the way through both 2015 and 2016 and said he would. He hates Democrats and always has. He once said that JFK made him nauseous.
Well, you can’t please everybody, and there’s no real sense in trying, at least past a certain point. We recently extended a formal invitation to Bernie to join us, and he laughed it off as a “distraction”. That’s too bad. Even after everything that’s happened, to both Bernie and his followers, the offer of reconciliation is open-ended. It’s on the table for life.
We know Bernie and his people are not the real enemy, even if they do insist on slandering us as such. We’ve got a counter-hashtag for Mr. Uygur, respectfully- #WeWillEmbraceYou. If you ever come around, our doors will still be open.
In the meantime, however, Bernie Sanders has proven every way he can think up that he is no friend to us and our causes. That leaves us with little choice but to exclude and ignore him. We don’t need any spoilsports moping along behind us right now. We don’t have the time for it.
After last night’s sweeping victories, Democrats are riding the crest of a gigantic Blue Wave. It is a miracle. It is pure electrical momentum. It’s going to hit the hapless and bumbling Republicans with the rush of a terrible storm next year. And 2020 is going to be a massacre like never before.
Bernie and the Justice Democrats seem determined to continue their futile flailings, but they’re just wasting their money and time. It’s too bad they won’t join forces with us, but we’re done letting it slow us down. We’ve got a lot of work to do. As Bob Dylan sang, once upon a time, “Your old road is rapidly fading. Get out of the new one, if you can’t lend your hand, for the times, they are a-changin”.
Bernie Sanders is the one leading progressive in America still sulking on the sidelines, rsentful and mad because he feels like the Democrats won instead of him. But we don’t see it that way. It could have been his victory too, had only he given the help he was begged for.
We feel this to be a victory for all of life on Earth! This is a highly significant time for us. We have got to grab this momentum we’ve built up, and run with it as far as we can. We’ve got no time for spoilsports. Bernie and the Justice Democrats can do as they please. We’ve got work to do, and anyone who’d like to lend a hand is welcome. The view from up atop this #BlueWave is truly glorious. You might just like it here.