Despite the fact the primaries are over and Hillary Clinton won fair and square – by Bernie Sanders own admission – I am still receiving hate mail for supporting the Democratic nominee. I’m not surprised, but it is quite disturbing this late in the game.
Even though one of the staunchest Bernie Sanders supporters, Tulsi Gabbard, has finally given Hillary Clinton her endorsement, the Bernie or Bust crowd is still kvetching and promoting conspiracies about the primaries being rigged.
The system isn’t rigged, whether it is the far-left or Donald Trump making that claim. To all of the people who are upset about the outcome and threatening to stay home, you are being ridiculous.
If you are unhappy about Hillary Clinton being the nominee and you think the Democratic Party didn’t move far enough left due to Bernie Sanders, there is a way you can fix that. It won’t be easy, and it will not involve liking and sharing memes or conspiracy blogs on social media.
The solution is getting involved politically. It means supporting local, state and federal candidates that align with your beliefs – or running for office yourself if there isn’t someone who represents your interests.
You don’t have to run for Congress, or even your state legislature. You can be a member of the school board or even law enforcement to create some change at the local level. My friend and former colleague Arik Bjorn is running for Congress in South Carolina, and others are seeking political office across the country.
As important as the presidency is, it isn’t everything. President Obama could have accomplished so much more if voters had turned out in the elections during his tenure in office. Being president doesn’t mean being a dictator, despite what the far-right and Fox News have been claiming over the past 8 years.
Government isn’t something we should pay attention to every two to four years. It is a constant, daily struggle for progress, a constant battle to move our country forward.
Yes, I know that our lives are busy and full of responsibilities. But one of those responsibilities is paying attention to the issues at hand and doing everything we can create change.
There are hundreds of conservative organizations working constantly to turn back decades of worker’s rights, women’s rights, and all of the progress we’ve made under President Obama. The only way to stop them is to get involved, and yes, that means some personal sacrifice.