During the primaries, a ludicrous HillaryDNC meme was spread that because Bernie’s #1 issue was economic justice, he’d be soft on social justice. This struck me as profoundly perverse given Bernie’s and Hillary’s histories. It was buttressed by the fully-fake “Bernie Bro” meme, the fully-fake “women go to Bernie events to meet boys meme”, and other fabricated crap. Of course, the reality is that Bernie has been well ahead of the curve on social justice for decades – he was getting arrested fighting for civil rights when Hillary was (IIRC) a self-described Goldwater Girl. Bernie can fight for two things at once – and so can we.
This nonsense was propagated as part of the HillaryDNC strategy of stoking “identity politics” – their playing of groups – women, men, blacks, hispanics, LGBTQ, etc – against each other. Bernie’s mantra was (and always has been) that we’re all in this together, and we’re all getting #%^*ed by the 0.1%.
One candidate sought division, one sought unity. One went from “who?” to the HillaryDNC needing to cheat like crazy to keep him from a potential nomination. The other… well, we all know.
It is one thing for a group of folks to fight against injustices they suffer, but, in the end, we must pull together to fight as a team, to fight for each other. Otherwise all turns to division and $&@%. Witness the results: 30 years of plummeting economic fortunes for most, rising incarceration rates, and now President Trump.
Basically, this identity politics stuff is killing us, and it must stop, or the hole will grow deeper.
Yes, we are Stronger Together. Let future Democratic campaigns that use these words actually live them, too.