Greetings! I am back at my 15 Minutes Of Feminism project here after taking some time to deal with my depression smacking me in the face. I’m back on level ground emotionally so I have the bandwidth to think about something other than putting one foot in front of the other.
Needless to say, I have been thinking about the election. And Bernie Sanders’ lead in the Democratic nominating contest.
As of a recent poll, about 28% of Democrats support Bernie to be the nominee. That is more support than any other single candidate has but it is not a majority. The simple math is that 72% of Democrats don’t support Bernie. He is by no means a consensus candidate.
If you are part of the 72% and you also read the news, you probably feel pretty dismal about your candidate. It’s easy to believe that Bernie is about to be carried into the convention on a litter to be coronated. But once again, the math doesn’t support that conclusion.
A candidate needs 1,991 out of a total of 3,979 to be the winner. So far, 97 delegates have been allocated. Of that 97, Bernie has 43 delegates secured as of right now.
Bernie is not up by five touchdowns at third down with a minute to go in the game. Bernie is up a one touchdown in the first five minutes. There’s a lot of game left to play.
BUT ALL Y’ALL GOTTA GET OUT ON THE FIELD!
If you like a candidate who is still in the race, do something about it! Send them $5! Retweet their message! Volunteer for their campaign! Put up a yard sign! Play the game until the game is actually over!
As Aaron Sorkin once wrote “America isn’t easy. America is advanced citizenship. You’ve got to want it bad, because it’s gonna put up a fight.”
It’s easy to observe and pontificate on social media but forget to put up the real fight. But right now, we all have to remember the power of grassroots movements and then remember, we are the grassroots. We have to do the work.
As Megan Rapinoe would say, let’s fucking go.