When Dumb Donald took power, I consoled myself with the notion that the Democrats need only take back three seats in the Senate and he’d be thwarted. Not completely, of course, but at least conservatives wouldn’t have free rein to ride roughshod over everything I think is important in a civilized society.
Now I’m less certain. I’ve been a little startled by what I’ve been seeing in social media ever since Bernie Sanders and Tom Perez started their “Come Together” tour. Some people don’t seem to taking the point. They don’t even seem interested in the message.
Look, I get it. Purist party loyalists are furious Bernie ran, preferring their own narrative that had he stayed out, Hillary would be President today. Independents are furious about the discrepancies of the race – the DNC was supposed to facilitate, not manipulate, the primary. They believe, likewise, that if Bernie had been given a fair chance, he would be President today.
Here’s the thing, it doesn’t matter. Coulda, woulda, shoulda. Yesterday’s news. We can spend the rest of our lives pounding each other over the head with what we think might have happened, could have happened, should have happened if only…whatever. It doesn’t matter. What matters are those three seats in the Senate.
But the sniping continues. Tom IS the DNC (read: status quo). Bernie isn’t even in the party! My understanding is that people have been abandoning the major political parties in droves. That suggests Democrats, alone, can’t get the job done but then, neither can Independents. We need each other.
From what I’ve seen, it doesn’t look much like Bernie and Tom like each other. But they’re still out there, together, calling for unity. They’re doing it because they know that focusing on what happened yesterday can only harm efforts for tomorrow – and tomorrow is more important than yesterday.
I’m not suggesting that anyone “get over it”. Keep your wound, whichever wound you’re nursing. Take it out at night. Pet it, cuddle it, seek comfort from it. But then put it away. Don’t allow it to take your focus off the bigger picture. I’ll do the same. Let us stop antagonizing each other with details that matter not a whit to anything we face coming at us from the front because I’ll tell you this: the only way we’re going to save our society from devolving into the “Trump Dump” is to work together…