Well, it's all over but the train-wreck. The whole Bernie thing. It's over. (The election and subsequent decline are yet to happen). The chairs have all been folded. The cages have been dismantled. The Bernie signs have been incinerated in a massive bonfire. At least I, for one, find comfort in the alternate universes theory of reality.
But, the progressive shake-and-baking of the Democratic Party was not about Bernie in the first place. He himself said that he did not anticipate winning. (But he fought like the Dickens, didn't he?) This movement was about revamping the economy; bringing jobs back home from China; ENDING the TPP; ending GMO; ending fracking; re-regulating the gambling banks and Wall Street; regaining FAIR trade and taxation; repairing the national infrastructure; building fairness for blacks, women and the poor; dismantling the perpetual war state, police militarisation and police violence; providing debt-free education and health-care; dismantling the accelerating wealth gap between the elites and most of America - and getting billionaires & dark money OUT OF POLITICS
This movement greatly emanated from #OccupyWallstreet. Oh, but wait. There was something before that, wasn't there? Oh, that's right. The Madison Protests! You can all be very proud of yourselves for helping to spark this immanent and necessary fire of justice - which will roll far beyond Madison, or Bernie, or any one of us. We are just worm holes in the blowing leaves of history - but still, our fight is what made us Americans, for what it is worth.
Now what? What to do? The idea is to keep fanning the flames. Keep making those signs for their bonfire. Keep rattling THEIR cages. KEEP SINGING!
I think a majority of you may have supported Bernie. So, when I saw this article, which mentions two folks from Wisconsin, and others from this region, I thought you might like to read it... Meet Some Sanders Delegates Who Plan To Turn Anger Into Positive Action.
And, as far as how to vote now? Well, I advocate either Jill Stein, or writing in Bernie, for a number of reasons. Here is an article discussing your choices, (though it does not mention write-ins). Dear Sanders Supporters: Don’t Kill Your Revolution by Voting for Hillary Clinton.
Of course, many of you may be pro-Clinton. If so, your not going to want to read about why I oppose her. But you can still join with the OUR MOVEMENT spin-off of the Bernie movement, and help build a more progressive century.
I was thinking that maybe Hillary would like to appoint Tammy Baldwin as the new DNC Chair. Wouldn't that be great?! I love her. Except this. "On October 20, 2013, Baldwin was one of sixteen female Democratic senators to sign a letter endorsing Hillary Clinton as the Democratic nominee in the 2016 Presidential Election." -(Wiki). I don't know, endorsing Clinton almost two years ahead of the convention, and doing so as an exclusionary pro-woman statement, just kinda doesn't wash with me. And Baldwin did not change even after a great majority of people in her district voted for her, a super-delegate, to endorse Bernie - because of the issues, (and honesty). Feingold failed Bernie as well. Oh well. Keep pushing.
If you'd like to read all about what's been going on lately, (like with the convention), and where things could go next, check out bernie2016
. You can also read my disgustingly pro-Bernotic, anti-Clintonic, posts there, over at mine own madman101
, or listed at liberal_plus
. Also, please keep on with the spirit of madison_fights