On May 15, 2016, I watched my Twitter feed as Senator Bernie Sanders’ delegates were blocked at the Nevada Caucus. Videos, photos, and statements from the Las Vegas showed the process being gamed in favor of Hillary Clinton- blatantly and openly. It was painful to see, but unsurprising. The DNC has a favorite and it ain’t Bernie.
What stunned me most yesterday was not that it happened but, the silence of supposed Progressives on my timeline. Many cheered the actions. Even openly mocked my fellow Sanders supporters for speaking up. As long as Hillary is the benefactor, politics “is a contact sport.” OK. Duly noted.
All the rhetoric of “vote blue” and “vote blue no matter who” is now laid bare. What they really mean is “Vote Blue as soon as we get rid of the old guy.” But, that old guy has a better chance to win it all.
I have been an observer of politics for decades. I am used to the fickle liberals and fake progressives. I get it. Our society is not a place for principled positions. “Pragmatism” is our political watchword these days. What it really means is that you have no stomach for the political fight that is going on all over the world. Not only have “progressives” given into supporting a corporatist war hawk in Hillary Clinton; Voter Suppression of all types has become acceptable. These moderate pragmatists, of all stripes, are in the mold of Martin Luther King Jr’s “White Moderates”.
“First, I must confess that over the last few years I have been gravely disappointed with the white moderate. I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro’s great stumbling block in the stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen’s Council-er or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate who is more devoted to “order” than to justice; who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice…”
When I decided to support Bernie Sanders, many friends warned me to be careful with White Liberals. As the axiom goes: “In the end, White Liberals will let you down when it comes down to it.” So far, Team Bernie has been a pleasant surprise. They are down to fight to the end for a former Civil Rights organizer that has an independent, unapologetic cadre of Black voices in his inner circle.
On the Clinton side, we have people cheering disenfranchisement.