The question for me isn’t my way or the highway, Bernie or HRC. It isn’t about the specter of getting it wrong and we’re doomed, or about we elect a Democrat that is a closet Republican. It isn’t about who will sell out my principles if they don’t fulfill my greatest hopes. For me, it’s about what will get me closer to what is most important to me. Who has a practical path to a better Climate outlook, more accessible education, more income for the middle class, a more representative democracy, an achievable clean energy policy, a grasp of clean water and food policies that put sustainable longevity before cost and profit?
There are many who voted for PBO who felt, from time to time, betrayed. When the ACA worked its way through Congress, every concession that made it possible was seen by the less committed as a betrayal of their sacred cause. When advisors were left in Afghanistan a specter of bait and switch was raised, because progress didn’t reach some perfect threshold of absolute international Peace, Dodd-Frank didn’t renew Glass-Steagall and children were displaced by war, and Cheney isn’t in jail, and we still pump carbon, and Orcas aren’t free and DOMA’s repeal didn’t do enough, and Dreamers are still anxious, and new jobs don’t pay enough, and the South still has bigots, and education isn’t free, ……
There is quite a long list of diminished expectations that dot the 7-year path of dogged progress. But, looking back, we have moved in the generally correct direction, on a broad front, while holding our gains and embracing our new responsibilities and opportunities. From a practical perspective, I want to know who will continue that progress and make headway on restoring unity and common cause.
If we want something, we can’t just pine for it, we have to find a way to actually make it happen. We have to pick a path, get to some high ground, see where we are and plot the next 100 yards with the newly acquired knowledge of what got us here. Who has a plan that will work? Promises don’t make it so. I want to know how to get from here to there.
During the nomination process, firing on the supply lines that got us here, or trying to disqualify one another in order to advance our personal champion of the week, or making decisions before facts, instead of listening with an open mind, or forgetting that we are all in this together, or losing sight of the purpose of this process, or leaving in disgust, or cynically denying success is possible, is a formula for defeat.
An Army is a group of individuals with a common oath to achieve a common goal, resigned to the possibility of setbacks, but committed to the belief in eventual success and willing to see the battles through.