Bernie or Bust has always been a thorn in my side. As an avid supporter of Senator Sanders long before he ran for President and through most of his campaign, I was ecstatic that such a progressive voice was making an incredible impact on the direction of the Democratic platform. As a realist, I also understood that I would most likely be shifting my support to Hillary Clinton after the primaries were over, thanking one of my political idols for all he’s done for my party and my children’s future.
I hate to say I told you so, but…Nah, actually, I’m an egocentric, narcissistic Liberal Troll. I love to say I told you so.
Bernie Sanders is a legend. The “revolution” he began is nowhere near over. Unfortunately, to a band of millennials who can’t seem to take their heads from their own glutius maximi, the “revolution” became about Hillary Clinton. Bernie or Bust was born of a bunch of neckbeard wearing, manbun sporting latteholics who loved the idea of being involved in something as hip as hating “Grandma Shillary” without having to support Donald Trump.
It grew into an ideology so absurd that these people convinced themselves that they were, above all else in the universe, right. Superdelegates are evil. If you show up at a Democratic primary without being a registered Democrat and they deny you a ballot, the election is rigged. Emails. Benghazi. Whitewater. Where are the transcripts of her Wall Street speeches? They became the cute little liberal arm of right-wing hate.
Since the Democratic National Convention, card-carrying lifelong Democrats have, for the most part, embraced Hillary Clinton, especially after Senator Sanders stood on the stage and explained why it’s so important to not allow Trump to be elected. He convinced me and millions of his supporters that the revolution was just beginning. With a man like Bernie in the Senate working with progressives like Elizabeth Warren and a Democratic president, the revolution lives.
Bernie or Bust doesn’t see it that way. They see it as an authoritarian state taking over their lives, making all of their decisions for them and telling them who to vote for. That’s the direction and message that was conveyed to a Bernie support group on Facebook I belong to with over 240,000 members.
When I joined, it was all about Bernie. Sometime before the California primaries, it became all about Hillary and how “corrupt” she is. I thought to myself, “This can’t be, How can 240,000 people possibly all be this incredibly dense?” I found out how when I decided to post an article that was pro-Democrat, making positive comparisons between Bernie and Hillary rather than negative smears aimed only at the Clinton family. Imagine my surprise when the article was “submitted, pending an admin approval.” It never saw the light of day.
Thus began the censorship of the group. Since the primaries ended, they have announced that the group will now be supporting Jill Stein, and if you don’t like it, you can just get out. Now the “revolution” that is so disgusted because people are telling them they should vote for Hillary Clinton and not try to burn down the world because their feels is hurt are telling people who to vote for.
Yes, I realize that it’s a Facebook group and that the person who started it has the right to run it however they want, but I still couldn’t help but be amazed at how hypocritical the whole thing had become. Every post comes from the same woman. Every reply is a negative sh*tfest of hopelessness and sorrow. It’s gone from a progressive wonderland in support of a primary candidate to a festering wasteland of stupid where calling Bernie himself a sellout and bashing Elizabeth Warren as a corporate shill — ELIZABETH WARREN! — is common.
Being the troll that I am I had no choice but to point it out. A few leading questions and statements got me there fairly quickly:
I really just can’t help myself. They’re just so…stupid. These people honestly believe they can will Jill Stein into office. It’s almost as delusional as when they thought a roll call on the DNC floor would magically result in a Bernie victory.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: It won’t be long before the bulk of these people return to Starbucks to continue not caring about politics.