It is a similar effect now. Everywhere I go to read anything, it is all about this current president. I wish it were not the case. A government and a president ought to be like how children were often referred to. Remember that line? Children should be seen and not heard.
Yes, the 63 million voters are to be blamed for this. But, there is one group that I will not let off the hook: Bernie Sanders and his loyal followers.
Let me explain.
A few months before the election, the friend and I visited with another couple, who are more than a decade older than us and were Berniacs. When talking, one of the older friends asked me what I thought about Sanders's criticism of how the US workers were being shafted by the fact that we don't manufacture anything here in America.
Without adopting a faculty tone, and without being snarky like how some of my blog-posts (examples: one, two, three ...) have been on this topic, I gave them my take on the economic geography of manufacturing.
But, these issues were/are less about logic and facts and more about how one "feels." The Berniacs were often less interested in logic and evidence as much as the trumpeters couldn't care about logic and evidence.
In the process of expressing their "feelings," Sanders and his followers completely destroyed Hillary Clinton's credibility. Remember those days, from only a few months ago? It was best summed up by susan sarandon, echoing many, many, Berniacs, referring to Hillary Clinton as being more dangerous than trump:
“But this is what we’re fed. ‘He’s so dangerous. He’s so dangerous,'” Sarandon said, shrugging off Trump’s most controversial rhetoric as too implausible to be considered a serious threat.Yep, that was the typical line from the loony left.
“Seriously I am not worried about a wall being built, he is not going to get rid of every Muslim in this country… but seriously, I don’t know what his policy is. I do know what her policies are, I do know who she is taking money from, and I do know that she is no transparent, and I do know that nobody calls her on it”
I was way concerned about this because, as many posts in this blog showed, I was intensely worried about the real possibility of Clinton losing in the general elections and the fascist winning. Defeating the fascist was infinitely more important to me than debating whether Clinton was an honest politician. Berniacs repeating the line that Clinton was more dangerous to the country than trump was seemed reckless and foolish.
Of course, there were more than a few of us worried about the effect the Berniacs were having. Like this headline from last June, which says it all: "Did Bernie Sanders Hand Trump the Election?"
And the Berniac defiance grew:
You heard similar language—or at least a similar tone—from Sanders surrogates like actress Rosario Dawson, who told a collection of Bernie supporters and delegates that they should press on with their demands, regardless of what happens. “If Trump wins,” she said, “it’s not our fault.”"regardless of what happens" ... how terrible!
The sanders campaign was, for all purposes, a mirror image of the trump campaign--filled with populist rhetoric on making America great, and it was all about the man.
Whatever your opinions about Clinton, the most progressive Democratic platform in history was on the ballot with her; any Bernie Sanders supporter worth their salt should’ve been able to see that. If they cared about progressive policy they would have bothered to show up.Those damn Berniacs. Assholes who gave us this president!
This election will leave the party with many newly perceived facts to study, but one seems to be that many young voters and young Sanders supporters, in particular, weren’t actually voting for him because of where he stands on the issues: if they were, the platform would have mattered. They wanted him for reasons the Americans always choose their political candidates: for his aura – a star-power defined in terms of a masculinity that’s become synonymous with political charisma.