Party Unity

This morning I was listening to Bernie Sanders’ speech in Pennsylvania. While I cannot say specifically why I feel this way, I had the impression that “da Bern” was a man who was coming to accept the inevitable. This left me with ambivalent feelings in that I’m a Bernie guy, but cannot argue with the numbers. While I doubt very seriously that Bernie will raise the white flag prior to the Convention in Philadelphia, I had the strong impression that he was a man who was trying to guide his followers to support whoever the party’s candidate may prove to be. This is important.

Jimmy Carter was expected to be a slam dunk winner over Ronald Reagan, a half-assed, light weight actor that no one took seriously as a contender. Then, Ted Kennedy made a speech criticizing Carter. The speech hit along lines of tension in the party. The result was the party split and Carter became a one-term President, a footnote added to his name saying that he was a one election success. Why? It’s simple really. There was no party unity. I applaud Senator Sanders putting his ambitions aside for the betterment of the party. We need more of that. I don’t think for a moment that Sanders is unaware that he’s changed the face of and the spirit of the Democratic Party. Sanders is smart enough to realize that we need unity. I am a Democrat with a large and a small d — I want the Dem’s to win, and I think it’s more than critical at this point. If for no other reason than to change the Supreme Court to something more reflective of the American Society it is intended to serve. The message here is simple: if your candidate doesn’t win (and it doesn’t look like mine will), vote anyway. Vote Democratic, up and down the ballot.

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