Also, the idea of a transformative, revolutionary candidate who rhetoric speaks to the best of us has a tremendous power for me. The idea of a of upending the political system to make democracy something new and more humane is something that has a tremendous power for me. But to enact a political revolution, you will need a local and national political base that will move to your like minded political will. Given the political reality of the gerrymandered field, you will need to extend a tremendous amount of outreach and support to democratic candidates. You will need to give them the capital in order for them to run the campaigns to take the political risks with you and reach the voting bases to re-affix the political map.
And nothing says “ I am a white person who hasn’t spent that much time paying attention to black studies in the last fifteen years” then someone who name checks Cornel West’s support for Bernie, or name checks West for damm near anything now https://newrepublic.com/article/121550/cornel-wests-rise-fall-our-most-exciting-black-scholar-ghost. And who in their rabid ass mind looks at someone who resorts to such racial firebombing as “ Obama fears free black men because he was raised in a white household” and thinks, “yeah, he can get us the black vote” Are only pure bred black people allowed to “ feel the bern”.
(And also, PLEASE, LORD, I HOPE none of you tell me about how those month of Sundays he spent as a civil rights volunteer and those two times he voted for Jesse are examples of his racial saint hood. This has been hard for a lot of white people to understand, but allyship is an ongoing, complex, life long thing; not something you can achieve with the checklist of acts; and Sanders played into so many African american’s worst nightmares about white people by waving those acts he did as a young man in front of the faces of anyone who questioned him about race as if he had the champion checklist and can never never never be questioned on the subject again._
(And yes his pivot this fall-his attempts to talk to/about black people for more than five minutes- is pleasant. But I thought this election wasn’t about pivots? I thought i was supposed to chalk it up to the M. O of a soulless politician every time a candidate changes their mind about something. Lord knows, I’m never supposed to say that Hillary has evolved as a person. And given that Bernie could barely spend five minutes talking about race before the altercation at the park, and realized that he had at least talk to black people to get the black vote; what in the world would make me believe he won’t go back to being mister “all lives matter” again if he gets the nomination?)
And for all that, people can say “ you know Robert, everything you say is true, but i’m just as scared of Hillary’s negatives and how they have the potential to damage this country home an an abroad”. And they would be right. I feel a tremendous trepidation with my vote. I know I am voting for a tenuous ideal-Clinton the modern, evolved politician who can be brilliant at the nuts and bolts business of government-as much as Sanders voters are voting for the man who embodies such ideals in his speeches. I have open daymares about a future president Clinton kneecapping human rights for political expediency in a republican congress, and wonder what the hell am I doing. I’m not voting out of fear. I’m voting out of terror.
And there is a sizeable part of me that would like to be wrong. There is a part of me that wants Sanders to be the most transformative candidate in the history of this nation, so revolutionary he won’t have to do the basic things a candidate needs to do to win a campaign, and win on sweep of his message alone. There is a part of me that wants Sanders to be the person who is advocating for women’s rights and civil rights and not the smug epitome of phony white liberalism he was before August. If he gets the nomination. I’ll vote for him with the kernel of hope that he might be who he say he is. If the Sanders revolution happens, I’ll be the first to write I was wrong, and I will open the floor for people to expand on why
But in order for him to get this, he has work to do, and you are for him, you have work to do too. In order for this dream revolution to happen, you are going to have to persuade a voting block to vote for him that hasn’t voted before. That means you are going to have to convince a whole bunch of people who don’t want to vote for Sanders to do so. Which means you are going to have to lay out arguments that are a little more detailed. You are going to have to lay out financial plans that have a little more teeth and battle plans to get them enacted; and without a scintilla of outreach to any democratic pol to help you do this, I don’t know how in the world his revolution is going to happen.
But I know how you won’t do it. You can’t splatter middle america with memes saying vote for Bernie or you’ll slap em. You can’t troll Middle American Women who say they are more comfortable with Cruz than Sanders by saying that Bernie is a better feminist than them. If you don’t think he needs to do more, If you think that you don’t have to make an argument to the populace outside your bubble, if you think you don’t have to lay out plans to appeal to demographics outside of radical social media spheres, and if so many of you think can just shout down middle america the way you so many of you shout down every non white man who doesn’t think Sanders is Gandhi, you got something coming. If Sanders doesn’t show me or his skeptics a political wherewithal other than the late Tolstoyan esthethicsm that is his wont, and if Sanders stans treat a general election like the sheltered shit show that their social media feeds often are; then we’re gonna have a defeat that makes Mcgovern’s campaign seem like a win in comparison.