Compared to the relatively civil rivalry between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders for the Democratic nomination, there is an angry feud between their supporters. This feud is being egged on by people from “liberal” blogs and Facebook pages like UsUnCut or Daily News Bin, as well as my former colleagues at Forward Progressives.
If you truly believe that Hillary Clinton is the best candidate, or that Bernie Sanders is a once-in-a-lifetime politician who will shake up the status quo, that’s great. I’m all about having that conversation with Hillary Hawks or Bernie Bros, anytime and anywhere. We can do it over a pint at a local pub, or even a Cajun crawfish boil. We may not agree, but we can have a good time and remember that we’re in this together against the GOP.
After all, we’re supposed to be reasonable and educated adults who want the best for our children, and the future of our country. We should be discerning adults who can see through the political bullshit and do our own research instead of basing our beliefs on some viral meme that is lacking in evidence.
Let’s also not forget that Republicans are at an extreme disadvantage in the presidential election, and Bernie Sanders or Hillary Clinton would annihilate Trump or Cruz in November, should they be the nominee.
So let’s put the media distractions aside from sources that try to pit Hillary and Bernie supporters against each other, and let’s concentrate on November instead. Both Trump and Cruz will likely hurt Republicans down the ballot, all the way to the local level, which is what we should be paying attention to.
Democrats could take back the Senate, and maybe even the House. There are also many state and local elections that we should focus on, which mean turning out the vote for candidates other than Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders.
While we have been distracted and apathetic, the GOP has seized control of legislatures across the country and passed discrimination bills like the ones in Mississippi and North Carolina. They’re determined to grab even more power by convincing people not to vote, or to make it as hard as possible through stringent voter ID laws targeted at minorities and the poor.
We can argue amongst ourselves all we want, but at the end of the day, we need to concentrate on putting as many progressive and liberal candidates into office as possible. This is what conservatives fear the most, and what we have to do in order to make our country great again.