I’ll only say this once.
I see a lot of anger being expressed over Bernie’s endorsement of Hillary. I feel the Bern. I am very grateful for his coming out to change the trajectory of the conversation: about justice and injustice, about the takeover of government (here and globally) by the one percent, about the planet’s reaction to humanity’s ignorant indifference to energy and chemical pollution, about the expression of hatred toward the mental projection of others who appear different or practice living in diverse ways, about the oppression of regular people by depriving them of education, a living wage, and the right to vote, about the mistaken assignment of the term populist to an unapologetic hater and plutocrat, and about the way forward toward reversing some of these atrocities. That is truly the Guru’s work.
To say that Bernie has sold out, has failed, or has made the wrong choice with Hillary is to disrespect him in the worst way. He has always, and continues, to know what he is doing. He continued his campaign until he extracted every ounce of support for his values, principles, and vision for the future that he could from those who will carry on the campaign for justice and against evil.
Bernie’s emergence as a national candidate has produced a seismic shift in awareness: what’s right, what’s wrong, who’s doing it and what we can do about it. It is a revolution of the mind that rejects and will ultimately triumph over the status quo. It is not over, because it is being passed on to his chosen torchbearers.
The myopic view that Bernie is wrong in his endorsement of Hillary is merely a descent into another form of tribalism that he has so diligently sought to discredit with his campaign. Actually, Hillary is one of us. She has all the same flaws, to a greater or lesser degree: dishonesty, hypocrisy, selfishness.
These have been amplified and exaggerated to the power of ten for 24 years by the hate machine that was invented just for the Clintons in 1992 with the sole intention of unelecting Bill from the presidency. The proof of that was in his impeachment in 1998.
That machine was never turned off. It has been used against Obama for exactly eight years, with little success, and has been redirected at Hillary. Unfortunately, the sentiment that the hate machine has inspired has crept into our culture to the degree that everyone knows Hillary as the target of all the conspiracy theories offered in support of that ongoing campaign. Her real history has been obscured in many minds, and obliterated from the minds of the haters and other apologists of the machine.
Hillary is not a hater. Those who oppose her in the political arena her mostly are. Regardless of what they are saying, looking at how they say it, you can easily see that.
Bernie does not wish to see his legacy tarnished by tribalism. Nor does he want his revolution to devolve into resentment that will allow the haters to triumph in this year’s elections.
Understand that you have choices. If you trust and stay with Bernie, you will see a good outcome. Remember what happened in 2000 when just enough people chose Ralph Nader as their champion? On principle? That brought us W. I think it is now possible to bring on even worse consequences.
See Albert Einstein’s essay on relating with tradition that has become corrupted.