In the beginning of 2016 I said I was leaning towards Bernie Sanders in the Democratic Primary. As New Hampshire’s First in the Nation primary grew closer, I knew that Bernie was my choice. He is a true progressive and was willing to take on the political establishment as well as the corporate establishment that continually buys our elections.
When Bernie first hinted at running, he was meeting with people here in New Hampshire. His message was broad but easy to understand: Stop the Trans-Pacific Partnership and reverse the offshoring of American jobs by our previous failed trade agreements. Institute a national healthcare system that took for-profit corporations out of the process. Invest in our future by rebuilding our infrastructure, putting millions of Americans to work. Raising the minimum wage to “15 bucks and hour.” Addressing the growing problem of income inequality. And reigning in the Wall Street gamblers who wrecked our economy and made trillions in profits from the taxpayer funded bailouts.
These were the same issues Senator Sanders has been fighting for with other progressives in the U.S. Senate. His honesty and integrity is one of the reasons people began to “Feel the Bern.”
As I said before, I did not think that Bernie would win the Democratic Primary against Secretary Clinton but it was vitally important for him to try.
As a candidate he took his progressive message all across the country, holding some of the largest campaign rallies in history. His message resonated with millions of working families and slowly the polls began to show it.
Democrats, including Secretary Hillary Clinton began to adopt Bernie’s powerful messaging. Hillary began to shift to the left on issues like the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the fight for $15. She talked about taking on Wall Street and overturning Citizens United to rid our political system of the corrupting influence of money in politics.
This is why it was so important for Bernie to run. He moved the very centrist Hillary Clinton to a place where us liberal progressives want our Democratic candidate to be.
I still support Bernie and I think he may even take the California primary but we all know that unless Bernie wins California by 30 points he will not have enough delegates to win the nomination. Yes, I know all about the Super-Delegates and they are not pledged until they vote in the convention. Let’s be honest, these surrogates for Hillary are not going to change their mind and suddenly vote for Bernie.
Before Bernie makes his final curtain call in the primary he has one more thing left to do.
He must announce his support for Hillary as the nominee and encourage all of his devoted followers to join him in supporting her.
I know there are serious differences between them and you know what, in every Presidential primary there are significant differences between the candidates. There are always wedge issues that create competition between the candidates. The important thing to remember is that when the primary is over that we open our hearts & minds and come together to ensure a Democrat wins the election.
The Republicans have already chosen their candidate; A lying con-man who has filed for bankruptcy multiple times, wants to register and ban Muslims, and evict 11 million aspiring Americans. These are just a few items from his extreme agenda.
We cannot let Donald Trump become the President of the United States. We must come together to ensure that President Trump never becomes a reality.
We need to come together now and push back against Trump. A party united that will stand strong against the Republicans. A party untied that will fight to elect more progressive Democrats all the way down the ticket.
If we stay divided, like some are suggesting, we will lose the Presidency and with Republicans in control of Congress we could lose everything we have worked so hard for over the last ten years.
The time is now for Senator Sanders to make a strong statement of support for Secretary Clinton and begin the process of bringing the party back together.