James and I have been kicking around the Bernie Sanders campaign urn a lot over the last couple of weeks. Yesterday, I published an article critical of his most vociferous supporters who have made threats towards Democratic Party leaders – and I got a ton of angry comments in response.
I was accused of being a paid Hillary Clinton shill, despite my multiple articles in support of Bernie Sanders. People did the rage-quit routine as they angrily announced that they were “unliking” my page and flounced out. Others questioned my credentials as a progressive, which is what inspired this article.
Before I started writing political blogs, I considered myself to be left of center. As a gun owner who supports LGBT rights in Louisiana, it hasn’t been a fun ride. Being a red state liberal or progressive is asking to be fucked with on a daily basis – a position I have taken in stride.
On my original Whiskey and the Morning After blog, it was like watching a political firefight as liberals and conservatives did dances of cognitive dissonance over the issues of gun control, Israel and LGBT rights.
During my tenure at Forward Progressives, I regularly wrote stories in support of Bernie Sanders while “Allen Clifton” made it a point to shit on him like a drunken, underage Texas frat boy with explosive diarrhea in a Buffalo Wild Wings bathroom.
Whether Hillary Clinton receives the coronation, or Bernie Sanders pulls out the wildest dreams of Bernie Bots, the fact remains that this country will be set horribly back if Donald Trump wins. I’m being a pragmatist here, we cannot afford bickering on the left when the right is coalescing behind Trump out of their hatred for Hillary Clinton. The GOP may hate Donald Trump, but they know that they can get him to support stacking the Supreme Court with anti-choice, right-wing judges.
Being progressive means looking at the big picture in American politics. Being progressive means understanding the importance of down-ballot races which will influence politics at the local level, as well as in Congress.
This election is too important to stay at home because your favorite candidate is not on the ballot. The future of Supreme Court rulings for decades to come are on the line. We got two wars and Citizens United because George W. Bush was elected. People have gone without Medicare expansion and died in states like Florida because voters stayed home and allowed Rick Scott to be elected, twice.
Whether you support Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders, you can still call yourself a progressive. There is too much at stake for us to descend into squabbling over conspiracy stories and accusations of intra-party voting suppression. The GOP is already in their own disarray, why should we follow their lead?