I think it’s time to talk about the relationship between the election and the conversation. Elections are really more of an anti-conversation, but this one has become part of our conversation. It’s necessary, but thankfully it’s a temporary part. However, balancing the long view of the conversation with the immediate concerns of an election requires conscious effort. The South Carolina Town Hall taught me something about how this might be done.
Bernie Sanders was given a loaded question. He was asked if he held any principle that he wouldn’t be willing to violate in order to win the election. His answer demonstrated that the question was based on a misunderstanding of the candidate. Sanders said that the only thing that really scares him is the thought of disappointing the people who support him.
My response to Senator Sanders would be to say that the voters have a responsibility as well. If they can’t recognize the importance of such an answer, our fate will be decided, especially considering the amount of misleading information out there.
I would say to the voters that if you chose not to caucus in Nevada or if you have decided not to vote in your own primary, maybe out of discouragement over the super-delegate situation, you’re making a mistake. There’s no room for cynicism in any election, least of all this one. Sanders is the only winning candidate but it’s in the interests of those he’s fighting to make you think otherwise. That’s why the odds are against him and against us. But fighting against impossible odds for a good cause is never foolish. It’s heroic. Always has been, always will be.
Watch this video on Bloomberg Business. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/videos/2016-02-24/can-bernie-sanders-revive-the-u-s-economy