You Wanted Bernie
You wanted Bernie. Most of you. I can theorize on percentages, but that can wait. Right now, I want you to know: You Can Write-in Bernie Sanders in 43 states on your November ballot.
That’s all I wanted to tell you, but some whys and hows and whats are expected, and very much needed.
Bernie had thousands, tens of thousands of people turn out for his rallies. Bernie was winning in the primaries - until the establishment saw that Bernie’s winning streak was going to be non-stop unless they did something. The establishment was desparate. They did something. And it didn’t take much for nearly all of the remaining candidates to dropout and another couple of crooked politicians to rig what remained. But Bernie won Nevada by a landslide, and California, and Colorado.
I’m not saying Bernie’s campaign wasn’t at fault in some of this. No doubt some of the people in the campaign worked hard and with integrity. The events coordinators deserve kudos - the rallies were fantastic and the town halls were what people needed. And the thousands of volunteers who worked hard, gave up parts of their lives, and possibly spent more on the campaign than will ever be accounted for. Other parts of the campaign seemed disorganized. I don’t know names, but I’ll call out the tech team there. And the volunteer coordination machine as about as out of touch as any corporate customer service department. So, when Bernie said he was suspending his campaign, I thought - Ok, they weren’t doing him much good for him anyway and with coronavirus in the air there wouldn’t be anymore rallies or town halls.
When five days later Bernie announced his endorsement of Biden, I can understand how people felt betrayed, or worse, about Bernie. But you have to understand how Bernie is. It’s still a two-party world we live in, in the U.S. What other choice did he have? It was too late to join or form a third party. He hoped that Biden could be persuaded to embrace some of his platform. I believe in his heart of hearts Bernie Sanders regrets endorsing Biden now. He can’t tell you that. Bernie is loyal. Bernie will never deliberately hurt anyone.
Since then Bernie has not stopped working for Us. He’s gone all digital with his communications holding Fireside Chats, Virtual Town Halls, Streaming Roundtables, raised funds for Covid–19 food banks and PPE, endorsed and supported several progressive “down-ballot” candidates - and continued to fight for us in the Senate. Here’s Bernie fighting for us on one of the Covid–19 relief bills, the one where The People get something (the $600 unemployment add-on and the $1200 supplement) and the republicans wanted to cut that out.
We come now to the present moment. Joe Biden will never be president of the United States. I don’t care how much the vote-blue people push it, or how afraid of Trump the Democratic Establishment tries to make us feel, it is not going to work. Joe Biden will never be president of the United States. I am not worried about Trump. The down-ballot progressive elections are looking good and Trump won’t be enabled to wreak more havoc on the country. And it won’t be long into Trump’s second term, if that happens, when a more grounded, more serious impeachment will be underway. Joe Biden’s selection of running mate only reaffirms and solidifies my conviction that Joe Biden will never be president of the United States.
Where does that leave Us? I will never vote for either Trump or Biden. Neither will many, many other People. We have another option. Like Bernie, I am loyal. I am still loyal to Bernie. I still love Bernie Sanders. Bernie Sanders will be an excellent president. It’s not that I’ll benefit from a lot of his platform right away. The society as a whole will benefit and everyone’s lives will improve. It’s that I’d like to see one honest president at least once in my lifetime.
I decided that I needed to get the word out as much as I could about “Write-in Bernie” and make it a movement.
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