A PROGRESSIVE’S WORST NIGHTMARE

Wednesday November 11, 2016 it’s 3:25am in the morning and I’m literally sick to my stomach as I type this. The RACIST won. The MISOGYNIST won. The XENOPHOBE won. I could go on and on and on. I guess the moral of the story is: DON’T TRUST THE POLLS, not even Nate Silver.

Pundits and experts beyond my station will be dissecting this for years to come and there will be questions. How did the Republican Party allow that reprobate to hijack their party? Did the media in their quest for sensationalistic ratings become unwitting dupes providing thousands of hours of free and unfiltered publicity, missing opportunity after opportunity to fact check?

Allow the blame game to commence. And there’s plenty of blame to go around. As for me, I blame the Democratic Party. I blame Hillary Clinton. I blame Debbie Wassermann Schultz. And sadly, as much as it pains me to type this… I blame Elizabeth Warren.

The Republican Party has become the party of fascists.

The Democratic Party has become the New Republican Party.

The Democratic Party leaders have become corporatists. Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt would be rolling in their graves. However there is a progressive schism within the party. Bernie Sanders is the embodiment of that dissension. Make no mistake; the faction that Sanders represented was the electrified faction, the energized faction. And with good reason. Single payer healthcare, raising the minimum wage, climate change, tuition free state colleges and a variety of other progressive issues resonated with millennials and the working class. It’s unfortunate that Sander’s version of progressive “populism” never had a opportunity to go head to head with Trump’s regressive cynicism.

Yes, I concede that Clinton incorporated much of Sander’s mission into her own. But she abandoned his base.

Clinton had an opportunity to fully embrace Bernie Sander’s contingent by finding a progressive running mate. Perhaps Sander’s himself would have been an ill-advised fit, but perhaps instead Elizabeth Warren? After all, that’s the REAL woman many progressives wanted on the ticket. All would have been forgiven that Warren hadn’t endorsed Sanders. Or even Senator Al Franken. Instead Clinton raced right back to the center chasing never Trump Republicans for their vote.

Trump and Sander’s “movements” at their core weren’t so dissimilar. They just approached their constituents in very different ways. One invoked fear, xenophobia, racism and no real “plan” to speak of, while the other wanted to implement progressive “Democratic Socialism” that was inclusive to all and already had proven track records in other countries.

Like it or not, Sander’s platform was for SOMETHING. It resonated.

Whereas Clinton at best personified “It’s MY TURN”, or at it’s most cynical “at least I’m not Trump”. So many voters [myself included] weren’t actually WITH HER, they were AGAINST HIM. Clearly that wasn’t enough.

And so here we are, the unthinkable for at least half the country has happened: A Trump presidency. The severity of this situation can’t be understated. A country split in two and at rock bottom. If you’re a woman, if you’re Muslim, if you’re Latinx, if you’re African American, Asian, if you’re a member of the LGBTQ community and yes if you’re white working class and poor, you’ve been put on notice. The next four years will be unkind.

Writer, Illustrator, graphic designer. AKA AlphaCMT.

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store