On the 28th of April, I tweeted a question:
On Hillary v Bernie
Why would you support someone being funded by the same ppl that have been fkng us for the last 40 yrs?
— Michael Graham (@BLUpfront) April 28, 2016
It’s a straightforward query. If you are a fan of someone or something, it should be easy to answer. As an example:
I’m a NY Giants fan. I know Eli Manning is shaky at times and can even disappear on “any given Sunday.” But, he is the proud owner of two Super Bowl rings and two Super Bowl Most Valuable Player nods. I can always say (as a loyal fan) when the chips are down, on the biggest stage in sports, and everything is on the line- Eli comes through. Not a single soul in the country can dispute that. #receipts
That’s my Eli Story.
Outside of a multitude of Bernie Fans wondering much the same thing, only a few Hillary Clinton fans chimed in. Mostly, comical deflection. The silence of the “usual suspects” on my timeline was telling. What I got was a mixture of “But Obama…” and “Bernie ain’t pure.”
To my mind, if you know that denizens in the “World of the 1%” support someone with their money, you better believe they have an “Eli Story” for that person. Maybe, she signaled her undying loyalty in one of those expensive speeches. Perhaps, when she shifted gears on the Bankruptcy Bill after she became the Junior Senator from New York. There is a story. They believe she is on their side. Their money is not some altruistic investment in democracy. They want Return on Investment- ROI. They love ROI. Hillary represents an investment in government policy that will benefit them. Not us. None of her fans in the 99% had an Eli Story. Not a single, solitary soul.
Through the miracle of YouTube we have a veritable cornucopia of Eli Stories for Senator Bernie Sanders:
— Michael Graham (@BLUpfront) April 5, 2016
Remember that time when Bernie sat down with the Congressional Black Caucus to grill some folks concerning the 1994 Crime Bill. #EliStory How about when he rightly declared that jobs are the answer to crime. #EliStory It was cool when he spoke about getting big money out of politics. #EliStory Then there was the time that he proved that you can turn your back on big money and still be competitive, provided your platform clearly serves the people. #EliStory Also, when he fought for American Labor. #EliStory
What’s your #EliStory?