Sorry establishment, revolutions don't end at the ballot box
The struggle continues. It seems that the Sanders’ Revolution has only just begun, and that it is possible Bernie will take his anti-establishment fight all the way to the Democratic Convention in Philadelphia. While the June 7th primaries did not produce the symbolic victories Bernie wanted, it appears that this hasn’t deterred him or the movement he has coalesced. The revolution is not over, not by a long shot.
While Hillary Clinton appears to have clinched the Democratic nomination, Bernie is still staying in the race. It is unclear what his strategy will be going forward, but it is clear that Bernie is putting everything on the line. The establishment press all thought Bernie was sure to drop-out and endorse Hillary, and leave it to Bernie to toss out expectations. Not only did Bernie not drop out, he is still pressing on for every vote going into Philadelphia.
Mainstream media talking heads are furious with Bernie, of course. The establishment firestorm has been unleashed, all calling for Bernie’s head on a silver-platter over not dropping out and endorsing Hillary. Social media has been bombarded with articles and statuses calling Bernie every dirty name imaginable. Bernie is the Anti-Christ to establishment Democrats, all because he decided to do exactly what he said he was going to do from the beginning. Bernie promised a revolution, and revolutions are not won by ballots alone.
It is laughable to see Hillary supporters and establishment pundits foam at the mouth, accusing Bernie of being selfish and that he is only remaining in the race to satisfy his ego. It’s frustrating to repeat this point, but it appears necessary to do so: THE CAMPAIGN WAS NEVER ABOUT BERNIE!
Those accusing Bernie of an ego trip just can’t wrap their heads around the idea that Bernie never intended to run a traditional campaign, because the campaign was not about him advancing his own career. Bernie meant what he said. He wants a political revolution, as do his supporters, and he won’t simply let that revolution die easily.
The point of this campaign was not to simply elect a candidate, but to change the narrative and political landscape of America. The reason establishment minded Democrats and pundits are so sure that Bernie is only in it for himself is because that’s exactly what a traditional politician would do. It’s a form of projection. Normal politicians run for office to expand their careers and gain power, more than willing to cut deals with corporate devils in order to advance themselves. Take Hillary Clinton, for example.
In 2008, Hillary stayed in the race four days after Obama had been declared the winner of the primary. Not only did she wait four days to concede and endorse Obama, she actually sent a letter to the super-delegates to ignore the results and vote for her anyway.
Is it merely a coincidence that Hillary became Secretary of State after endorsing Obama, or that Obama agreed to pay down Hillary’s campaign debt? Stranger things have happened, but this appears as a classic example of how traditional politics is played. You cut deals to advance yourself, not a cause. Bernie has changed that, whether the establishment likes it or not.
Bernie is continuing the fight because he wants to overturn this corrupt system. If Bernie was only interested in advancing his own position, he would have dropped out long ago and endorsed Hillary. Hillary wanted to make a deal with Bernie, but Bernie can’t be bought.
Again, Bernie isn’t interested in making deals. This isn’t about his career. Bernie will fight for the issues he cares about, issues that the American people care about, issues that the DC establishment has tossed aside too often. One way to make a revolution is to change the narrative of the debate, to bring to light the issues that the people care about and to fight for those issues in spite of losing an election.