I woke up the other morning in a cold sweat. I’d had massive, vivid dreams throughout the night, and woke up with the following thoughts screaming in my head.
What the fuck is wrong with the DNC, Democratic voters, and the American media? We are standing on the precipice, staring into the void, and no one is asking a couple of frighteningly important questions, slamming us in the face, and threatening to push us over the edge!
Since the day Senator Elizabeth Warren ended her bid for the Democratic nomination for president, we’ve seen the media simultaneously and ever so “coincidentally” end their misogynistic hit job on her. With the assistance of Rachel Maddow, Lawrence O’Donnell, and her own surprise appearance on last week’s Saturday Night Live, the American people have had the opportunity to see just what we’ve lost — the smartest, wittiest, most honest and compassionate candidate we had.
Likewise, over the past few weeks, I’ve had the opportunity to watch Vice-President Biden and Senator Sanders go on stages, with Biden stumbling to get out coherent thoughts — not stuttering, mind you — he was having trouble stating straightforward, coherent thoughts! Likewise, every time Sanders gets in front of a crowd, he looks like he’s about to have another heart attack.
So here’s my question, one I alluded to in my recent podcast — why is NO ONE demanding we see medical records for both these candidates. Four years ago (and ever since) we were outraged and apoplectic (as well we should have been) the Tangerine Turd currently occupying the White House, refused to release his tax returns. In the ensuing period, we’ve also stated our concerns about the legitimacy of the results of his medical examinations.
Well for Christ’s sake, don’t we have the right to see the medical records of our own candidates? Don’t we need to see them? Bernie Sanders is going to be 79 this year, Biden 78. They both look frail and seem to be having physical or mental problems. Either would be the oldest person to become president in American history.
Why isn’t the American media — those stellar “journalists” who crucified Hillary Clinton four years ago because of a bunch of stupid, fucking emails that, in reality, meant nothing, and this year, turned their collective misogyny on a candidate who’s done nothing but spend her entire career educating and working for the people of this country — demanding the right for the people to know just what we’re getting?
Why aren’t they demanding to see medical records that could, in the end, mean everything. Not just to Democratic voters, but Independents and disaffected Republican voters, as well? Why aren’t the DNC telling these two old white men they need to do this? And why the fuck are Democratic voters — ALL Democratic voters — not demanding the release of these records?
And while we’re at it, why hasn’t it dawned on one “journalist” with access to both candidates, to ask what could be a really important question — if you win the nomination, who would be your dream running mate. First choice — who would it be? Everyone knows how the job of president ages people. Is it unreasonable to ask who the candidates want as their number two? Their potential replacement?
Are we really that self-destructive? Are we so arrogant and/or blind, we’re willing to play right into the teeny, tiny hands of that Bloated Bloviating Blowhard in the White House, and his Rethuglican enablers? ‘Cause if you don’t think they’re going to bring this up ad nauseum during the campaign — whichever of these two is the Democratic candidate — you’re hallucinating.
This has nothing to do with policy stances, or personal animus. As with most candidates, both these people have mixed records, supporting good and bad legislation, being on the right side of policies and the wrong side. Under normal circumstances both have a lot going for them. These aren’t normal circumstances.
Ultimately, the 2020 presidential election is not about Bernie Sanders, Joe Biden or their respective egos. It’s not about the nasty and childish “If I don’t get what I want, I’ll take my ball and go home” attitude of the Bernie Bros, nor is it about the desperate narrative continuously pushed by the wealthy leaders of the DNC and Democratic party, telling us we need a “centrist” candidate to appeal to Independents and disaffected Republicans, completely disparaging the entire Progressive wing of the party.
Neither is it about narcissistic assholes like Jill Stein, playing upon the anger of disillusioned Progressives, the way the Bloated Bloviating Blowhard in the White House plays upon the anger, fear and racism of his beloved MAGATS.
As Elizabeth Warren understands and has stated so eloquently, this election is about us, the American people. It’s about nothing less than the survival of our nation, democracy, and our ability to move forward from the selfish, destructive path our current “leaders” have put us on.
As I’ve said time and again, I don’t believe in purity tests for politicians (or anyone else, for that matter, ‘cause we’d all fail). This is about simple, basic practicality, and, eventually, electability. If we don’t wake up — and quickly — and demand answers to some very important questions, we’re going to be getting a really good look at that void, as we fall head-first into it.