When Senator Bernie Sanders entered the presidential race with his crazy hair and hardcore hate for Wall Street, income inequality, student loan debt and the military industrial complex, I fell in love. I felt the Bern so much that I immediately spent a bunch of money on Bernie gear and declared he was my guy. I even considered getting a Bernie tattoo, seriously (my editor is shaking his head as he reads that, I guarantee it). I imagine it is the same feeling that many people felt when an unknown senator from Chicago put his hat in for the White House in 2007. Sanders, like Obama, is the “underdog” and I love me a good underdog story. I am still a HUGE Bernie fan, but there’s a downside: some of my fellow Sanders supporters are really pissing me off.
Some of you believe that the only way to show your support for Senator Sanders is to go on social networking sites and shit all over Hillary Clinton. You have decided that she is an “evil corporate shill” who isn’t progressive enough for you. You don’t think she’s a “real” liberal because she is a moderate. You have demonized her because she made money speaking to Wall Street. You have called her names because she stayed with her husband after he cheated on her. Apparently sticking with her marriage “in good times and bad” and taking her commitment seriously, even when Bill didn’t, means she isn’t a “real” feminist. All of this nonsense is embarrassing.
For some reason, some of you have decided to act like a bunch of children. Seriously, my three-year-old godson acts just like you when I tell him that he can’t have another juice box.
What really, really pisses me off though is the whole “Clinton is a closet Republican who doesn’t care about the little guy” bullshit. You’ve erased decades of progressive accomplishments because she’s not YOUR candidate. A few months ago, a friend of mine wrote up a list of her achievements, here are a few:
She played a leading role in the development of State Children’s Health Insurance Program, which provides the much-needed state support for children whose parents cannot afford nor provide them with adequate healthcare coverage.
She spearheaded investigations into mental illness plaguing veterans of the Gulf War; we now have a term for it – Gulf War Syndrome.
She was also instrumental in the creation of the Adoption and Safe Families Act and the Foster Care Independence Act.
At the Department of Justice, she helped create the office on Violence Against Women.
Proposed a revival of the New Deal-era Home Owners’ Loan Corporation to help homeowners refinance their mortgages in the wake of the 2008 financial disaster.
Since when is fighting for the poor, children, veterans and middle-class families not progressive? And how many Republicans have fought for the same people? Oh, and there is this very large fact that the Hillary haters forget:
As has been noted elsewhere (including by us), when Sanders and Clinton were both there and were both voting, they generally concurred with one another. According to data from Govtrack, the two voted the same way on legislation about 93 percent of the time.
So, if Hillary isn’t a real liberal, wouldn’t that mean Bernie isn’t either?
What’s even worse than the lies being thrown around is that the people who claim to support Sanders are going against everything he wants by saying that they will not vote for her if she gets the nomination. Do you honestly believe he wants a Republican in the White House decimating all of the things this country has accomplished in the last seven years? Do you believe that he thinks a Republican candidate would be better than Clinton?
Let’s see what he thinks about that:
“Yes, we do agree on a number of issues, and by the way, on her worst day, Hillary Clinton will be an infinitely better candidate and president than the Republican candidate on his best day.”
Now what is your excuse? How can you claim to support this man and in the same breath ignore what he is telling you? How do you justify that?
I am sure that when the people I am talking about read this, they will flip out. You will call me names and say I am not a real supporter. Some people will call me a “paid Hillary supporter.” You’ll rage and spew all sorts of nonsense and embarrass me some more and that’s fine, I’ve been called a lot of names in the past. But, those of you who continue to stand firm and stomp your feet refusing to vote for Clinton if she gets the nomination are selfish. YOU are not a real progressive. YOU do not care about me or my family who will be hurt by the right’s regressive immigration policies. YOU are not even a real Sanders supporter because if you were, you’d listen to him.
No, you are the Democratic Party’s version of a teabagger but frankly, you are worse because you should know better.
I will leave you with this piece of advice: Grow up. Sometimes in life we have to put our own shit aside and do what is right for other people, even when we don’t want to. It’s called being a f*cking adult.