Denial is impasse. We stay stuck, thumping the chest of false patriotism, crying, “We’re number one!” Meanwhile, Bernie promotes practical solutions already working in democracies worldwide: a decent minimum wage, free college education, paid parental leave, universal health care, fighting global warming and Wall Street crime. And his campaign was the first in history not taking money from Corporate America. Not one thin dime!
Bernie inspired millions. He showed us something other than the fear of corporate clout or permanent war. He showed us our best selves with a full-throated roar and young people listened.
No, Bernie did not win the Democratic nomination, but he came closer than anyone expected. The fact that his campaign happened at all is proof positive that the ground is fertile for true change. He influenced the platform greatly, thus Hillary now advocates ending Citizens United, a crucial first step toward a fair shake.
Do not forget Bernie.
Do not let your children forget.
Jean Sellmeyer Smith, Crowley