The ides of March. Originated with Julius Caesar, but not emphasized until Shakespeare wrote a play about a Roman dictator. But also how the dictator was assassinated and the underbelly of corruption was exposed.
On this date in 2016, Bernie Sanders decided not to fold up his campaign, even though he did poorly in Super Tuesday. However, TBTB in the Democratic Party tried to coronate one of its baronesses as the nominee and did not honor their agreement to host more debates. But Bernie didn’t give up. He ended up winning more states and raising over $234M, over a million donations and the average was $27. He leveraged his wins by getting a more progressive platform when it was determined he could not get enough superdelegates to flip their allegiance from Clinton to him. He also was smart–did not turn over any of his donor list to anyone. He also got the DNC to form a unity commission, but whether anything of benefit in the future will occur, it’s too soon to know.
Also on this date, an edict went out in the liberal blogsophere: one was not to criticize Hillary Clinton for any reason. One could still publicize Sanders’ campaign, but only that. The edict was not just at TOP, it also happened at the DU, where one of the blog owners’ spouses worked for Clinton campaign.
Progressives didn’t give up either. Five new blogs were born: two of them on Reddit (Way of the Bern and Kossacks for Sanders); JackPine Radicals (which was the refugee site for the DUers but also Berners), Caucus99% (non-partisan, but sharp commentary), and the Progressive Wing (the Bernie wing which supports Dems and third party individuals who are progressive, not libertarian).
As we all recognized, Clinton politics split the party more than Bernie Sanders did when she lost, despite all polling showing she was the overwhelming favorite. She lost to the worst candidate in history. She appears to have learned little from the experience. We’ve also seen the underbelly of the DNC, which was tipping the scales and not being honest about how the organization functioned financially or being fair towards other candidates. (I’ve always been surprised Martin O’Malley never complained.)
And now we have had Drumpf and his carnage being left in the wake of destruction. People are frightened. And now many of us are more woke.
The good news is that Bernie emerged as a leader, and he’s got the mic now. He’s doing a lot of the heavy lifting to restore our democracy, make it more healthy, and elect more progressives at all levels in order to form that more perfect union. He’s truly a patriot.
So, while the Ides of March caused almost an I/P like atmosphere on twitter, TOP, and the DU, I think there were good things that came out of it. I like it that I was turned on to a lot of other websites or progressive pundits I had not heard of, such as Tim Black, Jamarl Thomas (Progressive Soapbox), The Rational National, Secular Talk, and the Humanist Report. I also have gained a great deal of appreciation for LD in posting climate change news, especially pipelines that are harming or have the potential to harm our planet, for updates on Standing Rock and indigenous groups in the US, and for supporting candidates espoused by Our Revolution…or perhaps someone even more progressive. Of course, the Bernie news is always my favorite. TPW and JCP are the biggest champions of Bernie’s and now, Our Revolution/Nina Turner’s work. I have a place I can post information from folks I met at the People’s Summit.
So thank you to LD, who works very hard to make this a very hospitable place, and I hope as this mid-term election season goes on, many Birdies will come return to the Nest and post here. Use our wings as a vehicle for progressive news and shared values.
And with that, here’s a tune I loved as a kid at the roller skating rink.