|Sarah Silverman was right. Get over yourselfs|
Bernie or Busters!
I couldn't resist adding Seth Meyer's voice to this. Watch his video about the Bernie or Busters at the bottom of this post. It's totally worth it.
As always, it took a non-politician to get to the heart of the matter and it was comedian Sarah Silverman to the rescue Monday at the Democratic National Convention.
Silverman, on stage with Minnesota Sen. Al Franken, had just explained that she had been a Bernie Sanders supporter, but now that Hillary Clinton is going to be the nominee, she would throw her support behind Clinton.
As had been the case all day the Bernie partisans would have none of it, and chanted for Bernie.
Rolling her eyes, Silverman said, in the most memorable line of a night full of marvelous speeches: "To the Bernie or Bust crowd, yuu're being ridiculous."
And they are.
Do they really think, as I've heard some put it, that it wouldn't make a difference whether we put Clinton or Trump in the White House because the system is corrupt?
Really? Trump? The man who would build a wall along the Mexican border, ban Muslims from entering the country, seems to be buddy-buddy with the creepy Vladimir Putin, and is about as offensive as they come?
Trump, the man who is --- how do I put this delicately -- batshit insane?
The Bernie or Bust crowd says they don't want to choose the lesser of two evils, they don't want to choose any evil.
Well, neither do I. It's tough to hold your nose and vote for somebody you're not totally enthused about. But sometimes you have to be the adult in the room and choose, at least temporarily, the person who would do the least damage.
So buck up, dammit!
Sorry for the reality check. And this is reality, that need to keep Trump out. Even Bernie said yesterday that this is the real world and we have to deal with that.
If Hillary is as bad as you say she is, we'can throw her out in the next election. At least in four years, we probably wouldn't have destroyed what gains we've managed to make. In four years, if Hillary is president, at least we won't all be living in poverty and looking at a White House with a giant gold "Trump" logo on the roof or something.
Maybe - and this is a dream - Michelle Obama would run in 2020. Based on what I heard from her incredible speech last night at the DNC, she'd be a damn good one.
Right now, 248 of 440 U.S. House of Representatives are Republican. So are 54 of 100 members of the U.S. Senate. And 31 of the nation's 50 governors. The GOP also controls 70 of 99 state legislative bodies.
And it doesn't matter to the Bernie or Busters if Republican Trump gets in? I thought the Bernie or Busters were liberal, that they wanted things like a $15 minimum wage, less money in politics, equal rights for people of all religions, races and sexual orientations.
I guess not. The Bernie or Busters, I guess don't really think those things are important. Because if they keep Hillary out of the Oval Office, we'll get Trump, who will work with Republicans to screw us over even more.
As a gay man married to a great guy, I'm disillusioned with the Bernie or Busters. I thought you were on my side on this. You'd just as soon let Trump end my marriage to make a point about Bernie. So I guess you don't give a damn about the Muslims, LGBT community and others you claim to care about
As usual, Bernie got it exactly right last night during his speech supporting Hillary:
"This election is about ending the 40-year decline of our middle class, the reality that 47 million men, women and children live in poverty........It is about understanding that if we do not transform our economy, our younger generation will likely have a lower standard of living than their parents....This election is about ending the grotesque level of income and wealth inequality in our country."
Bernie has been saying that throughout his campaign. The widespread support for him has rightly been called the Bernie Revolution.
It's had an effect. We wouldn't be talking about these issues - Hillary wouldn't be talking about these issues - had it not been for Bernie.
The Democratic National Platform has language supporting a higher minimum wage and other issues Bernie talked and talked and talked about. So the Bernie people had an influence.
Bernie also keeps telling us it's not about him, it's about the ideas. So, he's sensible enough to tell us to keep pushing Hillary and the Democrats on these issues, advocate for them, and run for office to reverse the GOP dominance I referred to above.
The Bernie or Busters were demonstrating in the streets yesterday. That's a good thing, actually. We need people robustly taking advantage of the First Amendment to advocate for change.
Trump would pretty much do away with the First Amendment and the right to protest in the streets. I know, you think the Constitution is safe, but really, all it takes is one fascist like Trump to rip up the Constitution.
Then you would be arrested for demonstrating and critcizing him. The media would be silenced on reporting on the nasty things he does.
Oh, I know, I know, the Mainstream Media didn't emphasize enough the underhandedness of the sleazy Debbie Wasserman Shultz, the now former head of the Democratic Partty, as she sought to undermine Sanders.
(Don't let the door hit you in the butt on your way out, Debbie!)
But at least we found out about it, and those awful emails they circulated about Bernie.
Under Trump, we'd largely lose a free press, as imperfect as it is. Which means we'd never find out what bad things he's doing to enrich himself and his cronies at our expense.
Yeah, Hillary ain't great. But get over it, Bernie or Busters.
You did good for the country by fighting so passionately for Bernie. He won't be president, but you changed things.
Don't undo what progress you made because you're in a snit.
Here's that Seth Meyers commentary, which echos what I said, but funnier: