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Sunday, March 27, 2016
Erasure And Truthiness
I'm a democratic socialist who is supporting Hillary Clinton over Bernie Sanders. To say more democratic socialists are supporting Bernie, more fool them, doesn't "erase" me. The numbers are the numbers. I am not erased by my failure to erase awareness of the numbers, if I wanted to do such a thing. For myself, I can only try my best to change the reality they represent by offering up arguments from my position of curious marginality to public scrutiny. For example: I am a democratic socialist because I value equity-in-diversity, and I happen to think Hillary Clinton's published policies, critical intelligence, pragmatic temperament, command of the issues, lifelong progressive commitments, and deep and wide connections with coalitions and organizations that must be mobilized in any effort to implement change are far more likely to build on the accomplishments of the Obama era, fatally undermine the reactionary evil of the Republican Party at a time of its greatest vulnerability, and bring this country closer to the equity-in-diversity I value than Bernie Sanders could even though he says he is a democratic socialist like me. That is certainly a more honest effort than whining about my so-called "erasure" would be just because most of my socialist friends and allies disagree with me on this topic for now.