Repeating facts is not fear-mongering. The Democrats that chose McCarthy over Humphrey in 1968 helped bring about Nixon. The Dems and Independents that chose Nader over Gore in 2000 helped bring about George Bush. The Bernie voters who will write in Bernie or choose Jill Stein over Hillary could help bring about Trump. Anyone who denies that is living in somewhere other than the truth.
Bernie and Hillary: Apocalypse Now
There’s no need to paper over the disputes. Bernie is leading a movement, not just a campaign. He has taken a corrupted election system and used it honestly to move a progressive agenda, and more power to him. His people feel the outcomes deeply. But there is so much at stake, and a history of lasting splits after Democratic primaries, that it’s time for both campaigns to focus on what matters.
When these things go wrong, the consequences are, well, Apocalyptic. In 1968 I was part of the McCarthy anti-war effort. After tumultuous and horrific events, Humphrey won the nomination. The movement never quite accepted the significance of the general election and we ended up, by a whisker, with Nixon. Nixon. America would have been vastly better off with Humphrey.
In 2000, Gore was the nominee. Nader siphoned off enough progressive votes in enough states to throw the election to Bush. Bush. Iraq, Afghanistan and the Supreme Court. American would have been vastly better off with Gore.
We face the same fearsome outcome now. A percentage of Bernie-ites have announced they will never support Hillary. Hillary, at her worst, is competent, decent and reasonably progressive. No need to ignore the character and policy concerns. But there is no reasonable argument about the choice. Trump? Really?