Cynics are fond of dismissing criticism of their political decisions by declaring they will have no part of any decision between the “lesser of two evils”. Throughout much of our past, political choices often were between the lesser of two evils, but that has changed. The Democratic party has not gone as far to the extreme left as the right to its extreme, but it is more liberal today than it ever has been.
Cynicism has tremendous appeal, likely due to its sheer simplicity. It’s too easy to distrust “banksters,” and assume that money in politics buys votes. It was easy to say Obama violated our trust of his intent on energy policy when he appointed nuclear physicist Ernest Moniz as Energy Secretary, especially after all his “all of the above” policy statements in his State of the Union addresses. Then there is the favorable State Department report on the Keystone pipeline.
Cynics, like children, seldom think about issues in great depth. Never mind that Obama still says he will veto any bill approving the Keystone pipeline. They do not consider for a moment that his appointments and speeches may be political smoke-screen that will help him get away with stopping the Keystone pipeline and championing other eco-friendly policies.
In the same vein, they accept Bernie’s promises without question. After all, he shares their cynical outlook, and tells them what they want to hear. Their view reminds me of the oft quoted line from 1 Corinthians, 13:11:
When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me.
Unfortunately, age never truly determines either the insight or maturity of most people. Bernie and his supporters exemplify that fact. They declare that the Democrats have failed them, when only their logic has. Never mind that their “revolution” was stillborn, and the one candidate remaining who could stop the GOP from gaining hegemony in government is Hillary Clinton. Never mind that Bernie once declared that “on her worst day, Hillary Clinton will be an infinitely better candidate and President than the Republican candidate on his best day.” He now threatens not to support her unless the Democrats adopt his platform, and his supporters are determined not to vote for her.
In their childish resentment that their “revolution” has failed, Bernie’s and his followers’ vilification of Hillary Clinton has blinded them to the fact that she represents the greatest possible good, not a lesser of two evils. At bottom, they are behaving like spoiled children who resent mommy not buying them the candy they wanted at the grocery check-out, and Bernie is like the kid whose team mates chose someone else to pitch for their side in a sand-lot ball game. Bernie and his supporters are willing to abandon the revolution, because they don’t get to lead it.