#TheBlueWave Sweeps America, In Spite of Bernie Sanders.

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.

 

 

 

#WeWillEmbraceYou- Our Answer to Far-Left Hatred.

The cause of leftist unity suffered a disappointment on Tuesday, when Senator Bernard Sanders(I-VT)  announced that contrary to earlier statements, he will not be running as a Democrat in future elections.

In November 2015, Sanders made a point of making clear that in fact he would run as a Democrat in future elections, after the subject came up during an interview.

“In future elections, potential future elections, will you also run as a Democrat?” the reporter asked Sanders as he campaigned in New Hampshire.

“Yes,” Sanders replied.

It seemed to make sense at the time. Bernie has had an on-again, off-again relationship with the DNC for decades. But he does vote with us more often than not. The DNC has hoped that he would join us for many years.

Bernie Sanders was elected to the House of Representatives in 1990. He was not long in establishing the contrary M.O. that so alienated allies and colleagues, during his first year in Congress and all the ones that followed. The first indicators of what we were in for were not to be long in coming.

Sanders introduced the “Health Care as a Right for All” bill on March 4, 1993, in the middle of Clinton’s push for health care reform, because after painstaking research she decided that his single-payer option was not feasible. It was an unfortunate diversion, at a time when we needed total focus. This plan of Bernie’s has failed many times.

As a result, when the Clinton administration-backed Health Security Act, was introduced in the House on Nov. 20, 1993, it had 103 cosponsors. Sanders was not among them. At a time when every vote was needed, he abstained for all-or nothing reasons. And so, America was to need nearly another quarter of a century to start filling this basic human need of the people.

In 2016, it was more of the same. We held out a hand to Bernie Sanders and his followers time and again, only to be rebuffed. It was tiring and it was frustrating. 1 in 10 Sanders voters ended up voting for Trump anyway. It was hard to resent the time we’d wasted trying to convince people who did not want to be convinced. This is the truth.  Rebuilding trust has to start with an acceptance of truth.

The anger and despair caused by the 2016 election opened a door. The smear job on Hillary Clinton represented a quarter- century’s work and God only knows how many millions of dollars on the part of the GOP. They had long ago ensured there was no end of mud to sling. And trusty Wikileaks was always around to make sure there was no shortage of new ammunition, straight from the Russians like Kalashnikov rifles.

The last month of the Democratic primary was a very horrible time filled with chaos and division. That acrimony caused a schism in the Democratic Party that ended up not being fixable. It cost us the election.

That schism has been terribly visible over the last few days, when many Bernie supporters regarded an invitation to Bernie to join the Democratic Party as an attempt to force him out of the Democratic Party. It is not clear how to correct these sorts of misconceptions.

This rabidity and overzealousness on the part of a dangerously high percentage of far-left supporters of Bernie Sanders made for an extremely nasty cocktail of filth for Putin and the Russians to fling about on social media, amplifying their messages through a mixture of robot armies and highly targeted advertising. The campaign was more successful than even the Russians expected. It directly paved the way for Trump’s “Crooked Hillary” attacks.

Since then, the gap between the Democratic Party and the rogue Sanders element has widened continuously. The 2017 Democratic National Committee chairmanship election between Labor Secretary Tom Perez and Representative Keith Ellison of Minnesota was the first contested DNC chair election since 1985. It gave us a solid look at the discord brewing in the party.

The Unity tour that Bernie and the DNC undertook together was a disaster as well. Many Sanders supporters even went so far as to boo and curse our party chairman, Tom Perez, while on the tour. One reporter asked at the time, if Bernie considered himself a Democrat.

“No”, said Bernie.

And as recently as this month, Bernie caused nationwide outrage by accepting an invitation to speak at the 2017 Inaugural Women’s Convention. We did not ask for much, to remedy the situation, only that he publicly state that he’ll endorse in the future only those candidates with an ironclad respect for the reproductive rights of women.

Sadly, rather than fully embrace this long-hallowed progressive moral, Bernie chose to decline the invitation.

The pattern is clear, and it is widening all the time. The natural response on the part of most Democrats, who after all have been lied to for years by Senator Sanders, is outrage. This is only to be expected, but we have to keep in mind that more fighting will get us the opposite of what we all are after.

The author of this article struggles with this personally and is honest enough to admit it. Just the same, Millennial Democrats realizes the necessity of coming together. The only thing that matters, for as long as he’s in office, is getting rid of the maniac Donald Trump. We will therefore make a sincere attempt to put that behind us and offer a handshake. That is what the situation requires. That is what the lot of us owe our country.

The Sanders camp started a number of rather insolent and aggressive political organizations in the aftermath of the country’s heartbreak over the disastrous result of last year’s election. This is inexcusable, but also understandable. Everyone was really angry at the time, and pointing fingers is always easy. Everyone makes mistakes.

But even among these heavily radicalized organizations, there is one that stands out particularly for the sheer ugly brazenness of its slogan, a hashtag called #WeWillReplaceYou. This is another supposedly liberal or progressive group looking to take out sitting Democrats from Congress in 2018.

Instead of focusing their attention on the Republicans who are ravaging our federal government, they are instead choosing to pose a threat to elected Democrats.

This kind of idea goes beyond obnoxious. It’s actively dangerous. The last hope of the nation is that most people, on both sides of the fence, will somehow come to realize this. Acrimony on the left is exactly what Donald Trump and the Koch network are really after. We have got to perceive their strike, and pull back before it is too late.

While this squabbling goes on, the Republicans are halfway to passing the most brutally corrupt tax plan in American history. We have got to come together before it’s forever too late.

Both sides have now had ample chance to air grievances and get them out on the table. It is now time for us to move past it. Honesty is the only way to meaningful unity between the Sanders camp and real Democrats. We hear you out, you hear us out, and then we all shake hands and get back to work.

It is for that reason that we’ve decided to promote a counter-hashtag, #WeWillEmbraceYou. We don’t want to fight. One way or the other, this internecine war has got to end. It does nothing but rip us all up. The discord between our two camps still amounts to a quarrel between brothers.

So when they shriek at us, “We will replace you!”, we will respond calmly and say “Well, we will embrace you.” This is easy for us, because we are Democrats. The Democratic Party is strong. And the strong are always kind. It will come naturally to be magnanimous.

What it means to be a Democrat, is to be on the side of the people. All the people. Even the ones you don’t always agree with. In order to call yourself a progressive, you have got to show you can make progress. That takes cooperation and communication. All or nothing will not suffice.

At the end of the day, our message to our natural allies to the left of us is simply this- Even if you insist on wanting to be our enemies, we are still your friends.

We will not give up, on attempting to open dialogue with you. We will always be willing to work with you. Should you ever decide to return to the fold, you will hear no I-told-you-sos or recriminations. What you will find, is a dignified welcome, and a place on the bench. Please keep this in mind.