Once more into the fray.
I know the entire C99 community is well aware that every passing day brings on even wilder and outrageous attacks designed to quash Bernie's momentum and derail his campaign. Those attacks run the entire gamut from outrageous obvious lies to slick and subtle rumblings. But we all get it, no one here is being fooled, not by any of it, whether it comes from within or outside of mainstream media. We simply aren’t buying bullshit today.
What those who attack him don't seem to understand is that every line of crap they throw at him (and us) serves only to strengthen him, his supporters and thus the movement. It certainly doesn’t make us want to throw in the towel, it just makes us want to fight harder. Maybe they'll finally figure it out once we finally win this thing...
As you watch the desperation of his opponents grow it’s important to keep in mind that it's that very desperation that's driving them, understand that the establishment, on both the left and the right, does believe he’s winning. Their desperation is telling us that much. While their lies are just that, lies, their concerns are very real. They are being threatened. And they know it. It's driving them to the point of complete insanity. But knowing what's driven them to the brink of hysteria , it's kind of amusing to watch them tear off their masks in throes of self righteous indignity and and exposing themselves in the process.
We’ve all grown accustomed to the political mudslinging that has become the mainstay of American politics so not many are very surprised at the shit-show taking place. Not surprised that the DNC establishment is STILL aligned against him. Anyone who isn't already aware of that hasn’t been paying attention for a very long time. And even the most naive sector of the electorate has to have known all along that right wing conservatives of every stripe would come out against him .
That mainstream media is certainly doing it’s job with their blatant attempts to control the narrative and put a negative slant to all he accomplishes, no surprise there either. We already saw that movie in 2016. Too see them helping nudge Bernie along a path to victory would be every bit as shocking as it would be to see them openly promoting Trump. The MSM pundits have been well trained (some are even potty broke I’ve heard) and they (and we) all know who butters their toast so anyone expecting them to jump on the Bernie train is hopelessly delusional.
So again, attacks from all those above is to totally expected. and everyone with a few working brain cells gets it. But what I still can’t understand are the attacks coming from the left. I at first wrote down the main topics usually thrown at him from the left but on second thought just deleted that paragraph, refusing to put any more emphasis on that tired worn out line of bull. But I get it, I really do but sorry, we’re not gonna get that perfect candidate, not now, not ever. What’s more, your perfect candidate or my flawed one, it doesn't matter, none of them will be able to even get in the game if they don't follow at least some of it's rules, it’s rigged that way in case you haven’t noticed.
It is a movement, and anyone expecting it to be easy or expecting overnight success is operating on half his or her cylinders. But it’s a growing movement, a war against the machine if you will, the machine we all claim to hate, and with damn good reason. Maybe he doesn't fight like YOU think he should fight but he's fighting and has been for decades. You want to throw shit on him, give me a better alternative, and please spare me the improbability of some some shiny new object down the road that we should all put our hopes on. Some day maybe, possibly,hope springs eternal and I’m hoping it happens too, but Bernies right here right now, this moment, and in this moment there is no better bucket to put your hopes in.
I'm here to tell you I'm not tucking my head in the sand and hoping for the best, As long as he's still on his feet I'm right there with him. Why anyone who supports his ideas but concentrates on his negatives is a mystery to me, what they hope to accomplish by throwing water on his fire is either way over my head or the very definition of insanity, at least to my way of thinking.
He’s trying to level the damn playing board, trying to brings some sense of justice to everyday people. He’s completely changed the conversations that are taking place, brought in new ideas and new ways of thinking and looking at the world. He’s opening doors and helping to bring true progressives into the political game.He’s doing a hell of lot more than that but I think I’ve already written more words than I’ve ever written in my life and anyone that needs to be told what he’s done and has been doing, and continues to do, probably won’t get it anyway. So hell yeah, fuck it, he’s not perfect so lets all hop on board the Shit on Bernie train and help the establishment stop him. Help them put one of their puppets into office once again. And make no mistake about it, that’s the only thing that Bernie bashing can hope to accomplish. I'm sure we'll all benefit from that.
I’ve stated the obvious before, but I think it’s worth repeating, someone is going to get elected come November. It might be Bernie who has inspired millions and started much needed conversations which would never have even seen the light of day without him. It might be Bernie who terrifies the establishment that we all rally against. It might be Bernie who has built a grassroots organization to fight the status quo like none of his primary opponents have been able to.
And it might be Tulsi, who at this point in time looks like someone I could easily support. But my honest opinion, and that’s all I can offer you) is that one fine day she’ll be a remarkable candidate and one that I’ll most likely support should I still be around and kicking. But at the same time, I believe her chances this go round are extremely slim. That’s not a slam in any sense of the word and anyone taking it that way is reading something into it that is not there. Just being up front about where I stand.
But If not Bernie, and if not Tulsi then it will be an establishment puppet (or even worse if Trump gets re-elected.) So in the end our choices are limited, we can get behind and vote for Bernie or vote for Tulsi, or vote green if you wish. Or sit it out all together if you see some way that helps, but no matter which way you lean, bashing Bernie accomplishes absolutely nothing positive.
My point of this probably way too long essay is that Bernie Sanders is giving his all in an attempt to help us, the 99%. And it infuriates me when anyone but especially someone from the left tries to throw a wet blanket on his fire. It infuriates me because I just can’t understand how that helps the homeless, the uninsured, the hungry, the uneducated, the fight against racism and bigotry , how it helps the poorest among us, or the inmates suffering in private prisons, the victims of police brutality, how it helps the planet we call Earth ..... Hells bells, do I really need to go on?
Thanks for reading, truly appreciated.