By Christian Maiorino | 03/19/2020, 5:23 PM CST
DON’T DROP OUT
Hello Bernie and team:
As a member of this movement, I am urging you to not drop out anytime soon. We progressives, young people, people who feel disenfranchised by both parties and by a crooked and biased mainstream media; we only have one candidate to put faith in: Bernie.
Yes, I understand this movement is supposed to change America and outlast any one person. On that note, you have accomplished your mission of galvanizing us and beginning a political revolution, but it’s not enough to drop out now and cede to the Democratic Party. They are clearly corrupt and are not playing fair. Many of us wonder if votes are being manipulated.
I understand that in order to have a chance of winning, Bernie has played along with the “Democratic” game a little bit during this campaign. He has agreed to endorse whoever the Democratic nominee is and has stated that defeating Donald Trump is most important. While I understand that we must prevent Donald from stacking the courts, I and most other members of Bernie’s movement feel NO loyalty to the Democratic Party. We’ve already been through this four years ago and throughout history. They kick us in the face and mock our dreams for a better future by blatantly propping up a candidate who appears to be a Manchurian Candidate, with rapidly degrading cognitive abilities, who exists to be used as a vessel for corporate interests.
None of us buy it, and the vast majority of us will never vote for Joe Biden not only because he would be a terrible president and lacks morality or backbone, but also because the way he’s been coronated so far has been clearly unfair, including a direct corporate media takeover, cancelled elections, ridiculous voting sites, and backroom deals and bargains.
We will not support someone who is so undeserving of support. So, while it may seem best in the world of supposed “political strategy” to not carry forward, it is best for America and for our movement to continue. It is best to not turn your back on the half of the country who hasn’t voted yet, to not give up on a contested convention where the people will show up en masse to make their voices heard, to not deny us the chance to stack this party with delegates to drive our platform.
We don’t have loyalty to the Democratic Party. Their option is to cede to our will and understand that or to never win an election again.
Our movement is young, meaning it will continue to grow and become a bigger and permanent part of American politics going forward. This is about our last stand within the Democratic Party. After this, they will have a massive exodus, unless they allow the rise of leaders such as Bernie. We all know that won’t happen.
So, don’t allow the campaign to view this as “winning or losing.” See it from our perspective. You can’t stop because we can’t stop. By not stopping, and by continuing to amass delegates and force a contested convention, you raise all the questions about the two party duopoly, how large our movement actually is, and what our demands are.
The only way we take on the two party duopoly of protecting corporate interests at all costs (even purposefully losing elections by installing a Manchurian Candidate who can’t speak) is by not playing by their rules.
You’ve come this far. We all have faith in you. Even the primary map is laid out to allow Republican electoral college states and conservative and corporatist interests to vote first, giving an unfair advantage to the moderate. What about the states yet to come? What about the states that have postponed elections? What about this current bizarre health crisis and how this isn’t a normal election year at all? This is important.
You can’t drop out. We have to drive the narrative. We have to show them what they stand to lose by kicking us in the face and shitting on our dreams again. This won’t stop after 2020. We can’t stop now either.
I love you Bernie. Thank you for showing my generation the possibilities of what can happen. You’re like family to all of us, and we trust you.
Christian Maiorino and millions of others who dared to believe in a better world
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