I think we’re all getting a little tired of this incessant hyperbole demonstrated by Hillary Clinton supporters who haven’t reached the point of acceptance in that a revolution is happening whether they (you) like it or not.

Though we feel strongly that Bernie Sanders should be the POTUS and would certainly move things along much quicker – he’s not a necessity. So, while we will fight to the bitter end to get him elected, and I really do mean the bitter end – one way or another, we’ll be continuing this fight on every front. We’re already mobilizing and working hard to get our “Berniecrats” in office, as well. Lawsuits geared to end the oppression of the vote are springing up all over the country. Activists are taking on issues across a wide array of venues and we’ve already accomplished more than our establishment media would dare to report.

So in lieu of the onslaught of invasive changes we all are presently faced with – I thought we could walk you (Hillary supporters) through the seven stages of grief, that way they can hopefully reach that point of acceptance sooner rather than later. It’s most certainly the way to unity instead of division. This bleeds through party lines, and affects all of us! But it’s okay, Hillary supporters, berners are here to help you through this.

1.) Shock.

I know it’s hard. Like a thorn in your side, at every turn, we just keep infiltrating your psyche! When Bernie announced his candidacy – he was essentially speaking to family reunion sized crowds in small venues and most of us had never even heard his name. Superdelegates had already assigned their votes to Hillary assuming there wouldn’t be another viable candidate – least of all a democratic socialist from Vermont. Then, like a brush fire – hundreds of thousands people started paying attention to him because he echoed the thoughts of so many across our nation. All of the sudden, BOOM! We couldn’t help but Feel The Bern! I know you all were excited about having a woman in the oval office but this man’s honesty fostered an incredible following that no one expected! Honesty being a trait that Hillary was sorely lacking.

Millions of minds and hearts ignited, at that point – which has sparked a revolution within the realm of politics and government. What a nuisance! With this revolution also came the Bernie or Bust movement, a revolt against plutocracy, and an ever-increasing distention within the Democratic Party. I know if you’re clicking the links, it’s a lot to take in. Deep breaths, Hillary supporters.

2.) Denial.

But “He’s a socialist!’ ‘He can’t get anything done that he says he’s going to do!’  Look at his delegate count!’ you cry (while you disregard disenfranchised voters)… This inflammatory hatespeech against Bernie, aside, by far and away, your most frightening denial is that of Hillary Clinton’s own record. You’re so quick to dismiss any allegations against Hillary, dubbing it “right wing slander,” that you completely ignore the choices she’s made, and votes she’s cast, and her many Wall Street backers which the majority of Sanders’ backers exclaim far moreso than anything having to do with her innumerable scandals.

Hillary Clinton is the poster child for establishment politics that has led to neutralization of too many of the American peoples’ core values. Even those policies she’s “evolved” on like same sex marriage, the Iraqi war, the TPP, and Immigration reform to disturbing stances on climate change and bank regulation/deregulation  that have not evolved like being pro-keystone pipeline and anti-glass steagall – all of these choices she’s made have proven her lack of foresight and inability to enact any real change with respect to the future. Berners don’t trust that she’ll “evolve” or worse, trust her NOT to “devolve” on these issues. But let’s stop arguing about it because it has nothing to do with ANYTHING ending in -gate. (And deep down, you know that. Shhh… it’s okay. We know…)

3.) Anger.

In the wake of all of this sprung super pacs designated to Correct the Record,” and a plethora of other questionable tactics because there’s more than reason to believe that this revolution threatens the establishment and, indeed, Hillary Clinton’s candidacy. While Bernie supporters who took “Bernie or Bust” positions were suggested to be the equivalent of toddlers throwing a tantrum – Hillary continued to drop in the polls. We know how frustrating it is, we’ve been there. I mean, not really –  but it has certainly been reported that way. And then, of course, our dear CNN came out with this juicy nugget:

“On the Republican side, Trump scores a net negative of -33, with a favorable rating of 24% compared to 57% of voters who view him unfavorably. On the Democratic side, Clinton fares only slightly better with a net negative of -21, registering a 31% favorable rating and a 52% unfavorable rating, according to the poll.”

That’s gotta sting. Would you like some ice for that Bern?

Get it out. You know what happens when you don’t let all that anger out, right? Ask a Trump supporter, they know ALL about that

4.) Bargaining.

:“You don’t want Trump to win, do you?” “If you don’t hold your nose and vote for Hillary, we’ll have TRUMP!!!” Ahhh, yes. The Republican Boogeyman tactic. Big, bad, scary Trump. Did you really think that “strategy” was going to work against a supporter base who’s largely ANTI-establishment? We don’t like Trump. That goes without saying. But I think it’s safe to say that we like Hillary even less! The definition of insanity is voting for the same candidate over and over again, and expecting different results.

Let me break down for you what the average Bernie supporter thinks of Trump. Trump hasn’t committed crimes that have gone and continue to go unpunished. Trump hasn’t (at least not yet) instigated distention in the middle east or accepted campaign donations from middle eastern dictators, princes, or regime leaders. Donald Trump never participated in arms deals that put militarized weapons in the hands of terrorists. He also wasn’t responsible for what happened to Gaddafi (nor did he laugh about Gaddafi being lynched in the streets by Isis.) He’s never voted for a war that cost us innumerable lives and trillions of dollars, that essentially warranted no gains WHATSOEVER.

For all intents and purposes – Donald Trump is just a lot of talk. On the other hand – Hillary is a lot of dubious, apocryphal, and absolutely calamitous action. Can you see the disparity? We sure can. And it’s not just a matter or “the lesser of two evils,” because – to us – they are really EQUALLY “evil.” That really is the bottom line.

5.) Depression.

This is arguably the stage you’re in now, realizing the state of affairs – in that there’s no way to “unify the party,” because this arduous debate is more likely, at the end of the day, to destroy the party. In a previous blog, I demonstrated how 91.41% of Bernie Sanders’ supporters would NOT vote for Hillary Clinton if she were the democratic nominee. Regardless of whether you believe that number to be true – the number far exceeds half, or even three-quarters of Bernie’s supporter base, respectively. That number grows daily, and is almost as pervasive as Hillary’s egregious unfavorable rating. 

With the national convention on the near horizon, and the media purporting that Bernie’s supoorters were “violent” at the Nevada convention seemingly trying to suggest that the same might happen at the national convention – you’re reasonably scared. But you don’t need to be. Can we account for the actions of every single Bernie Sanders supporter and what they will or will not do at the convention? No. But neither can any Hillary Clinton supporter. But seeing as the supposed “violence” at the Nevada convention was an outright lie – I’d say we have about an equal chance of some one or multiple people becoming unreasonably violent at the national convention in either camp. 

I know you’d love to believe the sky is falling, but it’s not. That brings us to the last two stages of grieving – which is where the recovery really happens.

6.) Testing.

So, are you finally willing to talk this one out without hyperbole and having an “us” verses “them” mentality? Because the truth is – we’re all in this together. Like it or not, we’re all inhabitants of this country, and the vested interest is that we achieve what’s best for all of us, right? So, if we can put aside our differences and biases about each other and the candidates – do we really actually want the same things? I’m willing to bet that the answer to that question is YES. 

I think that we can agree that the arguing, the bullying, the trolling, and the general distention are not getting any of us anywhere with respect to unity. If we can choose to change the approach to how we speak to each other – exude a little more empathy and a lot less intolerance – we can go into this convention with a fresh perspective.

Logical debate is what we need, because (to put it in a clever metaphor) we are all a part of a body. You, Hillary supporters, are the arms. You may have a lot of pull, and it goes without saying that you’ve definitely got a thumb or two in this (be it Debbie Wasserman Schultz’ thumb on the scale or your own on the convention, itself.) Bernie supporters are the legs. We’re the foundation of truly progressive ideologies and we surely have the momentum on our side. Our candidates, respectively, are the head of this metaphorical body. Inside that head is a brain –  which controls the nervous system, which in turn gives signals to the arms and the legs as to what to do.

I don’t hear either candidate saying that we shouldn’t all try to get along! We may have to agree to disagree on certain things – but we could all use a little more open-mindedness so that we can set our differences aside for the greater good. You’ll have to decide for yourself if you’re willing to compromise and give Bernie the nomination. You achieve what you want on a political level (Bernie can and will achieve the policies you hold dear), and we don’t have to suffer 4-8 years of incremental change and potential destruction. Think it through, carefully.

7.) Acceptance.

Policy-wise, there’s very little we disagree on, I’d say the only real difference is that Bernie has some added policies (like getting money out of politics, breaking up the big banks, free college, and single-payer healthcare) but to the core, if you only look at Hillary’s evolved” stances on policy – we are fundamentally the same. That’s what makes this whole argument so ridiculous! If you believe that universal healthcare, and free college tuition are “pie in the sky,” so be it! What if it does happen? It would still align with core values we share on humanity, as independents, liberals, and Democrats. If we were truly unified – these things would be so much easier!

This revolution is going to happen with or without Bernie. But it will be a whole lot easier with a truly progressive president. It’s going to happen because we refuse to give up. You’ve already seen how relentless we can be! And you can doubt the revolution too – but I challenge you to just wait and see.

This revolution is hinged upon our faith in each other and I’ll tell you this much – I have so much more faith in my fellow compatriots than I ever did before this primary season began. I am truly inspired, and so are millions of others. We’ve been awakened and our strength comes from knowing there are so many others out there, like us, who are fighting every day for the things we believe in. I invite you, too, Hillary supporters… Come and be inspired!

We get that you’re uncomfortable with change and that the path you’re on seems, to you, the most logical one. One way or another, you’ll be shaken out of your comfort zone after November. You just have to choose whether or not you want the victorious gratification – or the rude awakening.

I hope you join us. You may be able to thwart Bernie Sanders being the democratic nominee and therefore – the president. But I want to extend to you the chance to be a part of something beautiful, instead.

(Tip: There’s a wealth of knowledge in the links, clicking them will have a drastic and damaging effect on your ignorance. You’ve been warned!)



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