What set me off was this headline that I saw on a Facebook profile, "Bernie Sanders Asks Supporters to Donate to Democratic Party, 'Show Commitment to Party Unity.'" I'm against Democratic Party unity, because the Democrats at the top of the party hierarchy are a bunch of corporate commodities masquerading as politicians. We need to stop voting for these people if we want anything out of the Federal government. But, more specifically, I'm against the whole promotion of "unity" in politics. I'll explain my reasoning below.
"Unity," in its political sense, is a concept peculiarly adapted to majoritarian political systems. We are all supposed to be "united" behind Candidate A in a hamfisted attempt to defeat Candidate B. We should act, then, as if we are not thinking about Candidate A's serious drawbacks, and as if we were fixated upon Candidate B's serious drawbacks. "Unity" in this sense is a way of getting us to screw ourselves.
"Unity" is the stupidest reason one could give to support a member of the political class, or for that matter a political party. If we are united behind good things in the political class, such as (for instance) Bernie Sanders' calls for Medicare for All and for College for All (and please put me on record as supporting College for All), it is because of the power of those good things to draw equally helpful responses from us, not because we're responding to some fatuous call for "unity."
There is an obvious ALTERNATIVE to "unity," and that is: respect for the thinking political individual. The thinking individual has a right to her own opinion, her own voting choices, and her own campaign donations, free from coercive calls to "unity." We are to respect those rights. If we are to respond to appeals to vote for particular candidates, say for instance Nick Heuertz of Oregon's second Congressional district, we will do so because Nick Heuertz is doing things which appeal to us, and not because we are being recruited through appeals to "unity." So here is my imagined letter to Bernie Sanders:
Dear Bernie Sanders,
I liked you, and I volunteered for you, because you offered things I liked. I do not count your appeal to "unity" among those things. I saw your appeal to "unity" in a Newsweek article. And I must request that you please refrain from future appeals to "unity" in your political speeches. I'm not going to be "united" behind the Democratic Party, or for that matter any political party. Instead, I would ask that you respect my opinions, my voting choices, and my ability to donate to campaigns, and the other opinions, choices, and donations of your other former volunteers, and that you respect those things in word and in deed by appealing to us in a proactive manner, and not through calls to "unity."
I do not agree with your rhetoric about Donald Trump as being "the worst President in modern American history." Donald Trump is a bad President, but there have been a lot of bad Presidents, some in ways worse than what Trump has done. George W., for instance. Has Donald Trump really done anything half as bad as W.'s Iraq War?
In many ways Trump is bad because he is building upon the bad legacies of previous Presidents. We should at some point hope for Presidents who are not merely building upon bad legacies through the commission of further bad deeds, and who instead doing things which actually appeal to us. But we are currently not acting in support of such a hope. Instead we are merely supporting lesser-evil candidates in hopes, perhaps vain, of getting something slightly less worse.
PS as regards your good friend Joe Biden? He has billionaires. Why does he need our money?