Wednesday, July 13, 2016
Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton, and the Young Americans
Well he took his time, and it couldn't have been easy.
It was probably the hardest and most painful thing he has ever done.
But Bernie Sanders has finally done what he had to do.
And endorsed Hillary Clinton.
After 14 months of policy clashes and moments of disdain, Senator Bernie Sanders endorsed Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination on Tuesday, clearing away the last major obstacle to a united front for the party heading into its convention this month and the fall election.
Yet for all the smiles and hugs between the former rivals here at their first joint rally, Mrs. Clinton’s next challenge was on vivid display as some Sanders supporters jeered her name and held signs saying “Won’t Vote Hillary” while Clinton partisans hissed “shhhh” and others chanted “unity.”
And although many of his young supporters were bitterly disappointed...
“I’m a Bernie guy,” explained Noah Levin, a college student in Hampstead who wore an “H” for Hillary sticker on his T-shirt but said he wasn’t sure he would support Mrs. Clinton in the fall. “I won’t vote for Trump, but November is a long way away,” he said.
And I share their pain.
The fact is that November is not that far away, and Bernie Sanders did the right thing, for all the reasons he explained here.
In terms of the presidential election this November, there is no doubt that the election of Donald Trump as president would be a devastating blow to all that we are fighting for. His openly bigoted and pro-billionaire campaign could precipitate the same decades-long rightward shift in American politics that happened after the election of Ronald Reagan in 1980.
I cannot in good conscience let that happen. To have all of the work we have done in elevating our progressive ideals be dashed away by a complete Republican takeover of Washington — a takeover headed by a candidate that demonizes Latinos, Muslims, women, African Americans, veterans, and others — would be unthinkable.
So what I would say to that army of the young is that they should not feel that Bernie let them down.
For he did push Clinton further to the left than she ever would have gone without their energy and their idealism.
The political revolution he started will continue.
This movement of ours — this political revolution — must continue. We cannot let all of the momentum we have achieved in the fight to transform America be lost. We will never stop fighting for what is right.
They are the future of the Democratic Party, and this will be the last election the views of most young Americans will not be taken into account.
And with an election this close:
If they don't vote for Clinton, or vote for a third party candidate, or worse heed Donald Trump's siren call...
It would be absolutely fatal for the future of that revolution, and the future of the world.
For let's never forget what kind of monster we are dealing with...
So now is the time to shoulder your disappointment, like a soldier does a rifle.
Unite to defeat this bestial fascist.
Who would drown America in hate and blood, and almost certainly lead us into a nuclear war.
Thank Bernie for all he has done to point the way to a better world.
Adopt this slogan:
Forever committed, forever fighting, forever forward.
And never forget that although you are hurting right now.
The revolution continues.
And the future belongs to YOU...
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