Recently, I got involved in a discussion with two Bernie Sanders supporters and it was so interesting I thought I would share my perspective. I am not going to use names in this article as I don’t view that as the point and it sure isn’t my intent to embarrass anyone.
What started the discussion was posts demonizing Joe Biden, Bernie or Bust movement and since I am currently a Biden supporter, I took exception. Now I don’t wish to rehash the specific's of the discussion but it seems to me that some Bernie supporters are taking us down the same road we took when Hillary ran in 2016. These folks are going so far as to say that if we don’t support Bernie Sanders we will be at fault for Trump being elected, I really believe that is wrong since it’s these folks that threaten a 3rd party nominee if Bernie doesn’t get the nomination. To be fair, all the candidates running for the democratic nomination have pledged to support the final nominee, so I don’t see that happening with Bernie as I do believe he is a man of honor.
As democrats we should and must discuss the differences between these candidates and how their policies would affect our country. It’s also fair to discuss how the nomination of a given candidate would affect our chances of beating Donald Trump as I believe that is the top issue important to democrats. However, to say that Joe Biden is anti-labor is; one, not true and two, is divisive. We don’t need to get in such a harsh discussion that it prevents us from coming together to beat Donald Trump in November of 2020! We definitely don’t need a movement that threatens to vote for anyone else if the democratic nominee isn’t Bernie. To be clear, I can vote for the Democratic nominee no matter who it is or how harsh our discussion gets but that is not true for everyone. Criticize Joe for his votes, that is fair but to use the term anti-labor? Republicans have shown us what anti-labor looks like and while an argument can be made that democrats have not done all they can for labor, to call one of the current candidate’s anti-labor is to blur the lines of what anti-labor truly is! We don’t need any more of that, hell, Trump blurs lines of normalcy on a daily basis. If we are to truly separate ourselves from Trump supporters, we must use decency, truth and facts as our tools of debate! Vigorously defend the candidate you believe should be the next president but do so in a manner of common good so that all anti-Trump Americans can come together in November 2020 and kick his ass out of office!
Finally, I understand folks that want to move democrats to the left. I do. I even agree with some of them. However, if you do so in manner that divides us, like republicans were divided by the Tea Party, even if we get the White House, Senate and keep the House, it will leave us unable to pass any legislation that helps Americans and advanced an agenda we would like to see accomplished. Further, stopping republicans from their continued loading of our courts is mandatory, we can’t let this go on for another 4 years! Let’s make the slogan America or Bust, then kick republican ass!