The Splinters Pricking at Bernie’s Steady Rise
Here’s an interesting realization that may, with any luck, carry the wordplay.
In comparing 2016 to 2020 — based solely on my Facebook orbit — more former 2016 Trump supporters are behind Senator Sanders than 2016 Clinton supporters. That is to say that people who once supported this President are coming around to realizing the country needs structural change, but many Democrat Centrists on my feed, despite Bernie’s only-rising momentum, would rather back a status quo politician than a progressive reformer, and actively discredit his gains.
So who or what, really, is the problem? Many Trump / MAGA supporters, I suspect, just wanted to take a chance on something that pretended to be something it wasn’t. They wanted an outsider, a maverick. Their hearts were in the right place, even if their analytical or reading skills weren’t — even if life kept them too busy, too stressed to pause and study things in order to make informed political choices.
Centrist friends, though, what sayeth you? Things are better the establishment way, eh? For some, even at the risk of re-electing Trump, there’s a chilly resistance to perhaps the most inclusive and resonant campaign in a lifetime. They’d look the other way at the undermining of the democratic process to christen an establishment candidate, but mightily resist a populist who says the rich should pay tax. Centrists are now splintering into even finer factions, between “Anyone But Bernie” and “Begrudgingly Bernie.” The rise of Bernie Sanders is making everyone more honest about what they stand for, and exactly why. And maybe that’s the only point worth making here.
I know why I’m #Bernie2020, and it’s the very same reason I was #Bernie2016. A vote for Bernie isn’t merely a taciturn vote against Trump, but an inspired vote for values worth believing in and fighting for. The Sanders Campaign isn’t just another bid for the White House, but a marker of this moment in American history — a moment about whether we’ll make American capitalism viable for us all, or let it continue to implode into an ever-widening wealth gap, which favors the rich at the expense of the poor.
The challenge is not only to choose where we stand on issues that impact real lives, democracy and the sustainability of our economics and environment, but to actually stand there. #NotMeUs
Where do you stand?