Sit Down, Berners. We Need to Talk.

Kathy Copeland Padden
5 min readJul 15, 2020
Photo by Harli Marten /Unsplash

Let me begin by stating the obvious. These past few months have been incredibly stressful and beyond surreal for everyone. We’re all just trying to get through the days with some shred of sanity. The last thing we need to do is compound each other’s pain. Most of us are guilty of insta-triggering as our worst anxieties manifest before our very eyes. Understandable, but hurtful when everyone’s already teetering on the brink.

So, in the spirit of fellowship, let’s begin by saying that I, and many other Progressives, still have immense respect for Bernie Sanders and the half-century of awesomeness he’s given this country. There isn’t another politician alive who boasts Bernie’s track record as a champion of the people. He galvanized millions to actually give a shit about politics. To get involved. He made us believe that real, systemic change is possible. It’s a proud, noble legacy.

Okay.

That being said, Bernie abandoning his campaign on April 8, 2020 (a day I’ll never forget) was a kick in the ass to everyone who went all in, once again, to get him elected. Berners worked hard for a Green New Deal and Medicare for All, two policies imperative to save our environment and save our people. We were taking no prisoners in 2020, knowing it was our last chance to unfuck the country and the planet.

We thought Bernie knew that too.

Bottom line is that Bernie conceded the battle before it was even fought. That’s what I take issue with, and know many others do too. I was prepared for Bernie to lose, we all were. We didn’t sleep through 2016. We knew if Bernie lost, he’d have to endorse the nominee(STILL can’t believe the DNC chose Biden, but that’s a rant for another day.) I thought, if anything, we’d go out with a bang at the convention, as was planned, not a whimper on MSNBC.

Whether you care to admit it or not, Bernie’s decision to bail in early April knee-capped the Progressive Movement’s momentum. Instead of going down fighting, Bernie made the DNC’s job easy by preemptively waving the white flag. If this is all about policy and platform like we always say it is…

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Kathy Copeland Padden

is a music fanatic, classic film aficionado, and history buff surfing the End Times wave like a boss. Come along!