In just a few hours I'll be leaving Canada and heading for my family home in the Scottish highlands.
And since I won't be able to do much blogging, and because the news is so grim these days, I thought I'd leave you with a message of hope.
A message from Bernie Sanders.
Because he was for me the real star of the Democratic convention.
He was greeted with the news that the Democratic establishment had been biased against his campaign, just as he said they were.
His message to his young army of supporters was greeted with boos.
He had to struggle with his emotions as his tearful brother addressed the convention.
But when the time came he did the right thing, and urged all progressives to unite to defeat Donald Trump for the reason he repeated again in this interview with Bill Maher.
I think what comes out of that convention is the understanding that Donald Trump is the most dangerous presidential candidate in the modern history of this country and he must be defeated."
He believes that climate change is a hoax. He wants to give hundreds of billions of dollars in tax breaks to the top 1 percent," Sanders added. "But above and beyond all of that, this guy is running his entire campaign based on bigotry.
Thanks to Bernie the Democratic platform is the most progressive platform ever.
By managing to hold on to most of his supporters, and despite the way he was treated, he did help give Hillary Clinton a badly needed boost.
Among likely voters, Clinton is now polling at 46 percent; Donald Trump, 31 percent. Libertarian Gary Johnson’s polling at 7 percent; the Green Party’s Jill Stein, 2. (The day after the Republican National Convention, RABA had Clinton and Trump at 39 and 34, respectively.)
“After closing the gap to single digits last week, Trump’s post-convention bounce has disappeared,” said RABA Research’s John Del Cecato, a Democratic partner with the firm. “While Trump continues to struggle to consolidate support within his own party, Clinton has a sizable lead among independents, and is even peeling off a small slice of Republican voters.”
And best of all Bernie made it clear that he's not going anywhere, and the political revolution he started will continue.
"We must continue the political revolution. We must continue to bring millions of people into the political process to stand up and take on the billionaire class. To fight for economic and social and racial and environmental justice," Sanders said. "And that fight must continue the day after the election because fundamental changes, transformational changes, take time to happen. They don't happen overnight, so that movement has to continue."
And at a time when so many are gloomy and worried about the future, that is something to celebrate.
And Sanders and his supporters should be proud of what they have achieved.Take enormous pride in the historical accomplishments we have achieved together. #NotMeUshttps://t.co/QWHnRwSBgl— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) July 27, 2016
As for me I plan to spend a lot of time on this lonely beach, dozing in the dunes, and listening to the North Sea crashing against the shore, as I used to do as I was a boy.
Proud that we defeated our would be tyrant, and hearing in the roar of those angry waves the sounds of a coming revolution that will not be stopped, and will save the world.
Be happy, be optimistic, and as Bernie always says, never lose hope.
The journey continues, and I'll see you all soon.
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