Sanders and sensibility; both have been tossed to the wayside by once political powerhouses for progress and change. By virtue of their creation and continued existence, they should have remained forever immune to the lure of the establishment and cronyism politics. Yet when I read that Gloria Steinem said women are voting for Bernie because they are asking “where are the boys, are the boys with Bernie?”, when I read that Former CEO and NAACP President, Kweisi Mfume, is supporting Hillary Clinton, when I watch Jesse Jackson’s painful, linguistic gymnastics in his drive to turn every attribute of Bernie Sanders into spin for Hillary Clinton, I fear the rainbow only has one color, green. Our revolutionary leaders have become the very establishment they sought to correct.
Bernie Sanders has a long history of fighting the good fight, standing alongside the disenfranchised; African-Americans, Latinos, and the poor for decades and somehow that isn’t good enough and I have to ask, why?
Have we forgotten that truth is found in consistency, rather than the flip-flop politics of going with the tide whenever and wherever it suits your purpose? Have we only been fighting for all these years just to get to sit at the “cool kids’ table” or did we really want to upend a system that thrives on corruption at the expense of those most vulnerable? Have we become so blinded within our own struggle that we have forgotten the very basis of what we were fighting for and have become carbon copies of the establishment we have been fighting against?
Then it dawned on me; maybe those of us who support Bernie have been asking the wrong questions. Maybe we should be asking why aren’t you voting for Bernie Sanders, what is it that he stands for that you stand against? Are you against equality and civil rights for all American citizens? Are you against fair labor practices? Are you against keeping our soldiers out of foreign wars and not using them as sacrificial lambs for Saudi royalty’s profit? Are you against income equality? What about these things are you against?
As a country, we have arrived at a point in time when we must finally come back to reason. We must step outside of simply rooting for an established team and start busting our asses building our own. We need to build a government that will support and sustain our visions and our goals as a whole community and not a collection of deserving and undeserving participants determined by the size of our wallets or the color of our skin. If we want progress we have to be hungry enough to fight for it and nurture it with our own hands, not hope that it shows up in a familiar, prepackaged container, requiring little to no effort. We need to tend to our own garden and grow the sustenance that will carry us forward and not just take the edge off of our hunger.