Quit this petty ass shit.

When I was a kid, and my brother and I fought, we both got in trouble no matter what. If he walked up, punched me in the face unprovoked, and I said, “HEY,” we both got punished. It didn’t matter who was right, or who started it.

It’s possible this post will be unpopular. I’m ready.

I am coming into 2020 with a very limited capacity for fuckery. Democracy is crumbling before our very eyes, yet here we are with some fresh fuckery.

My ass is still chapped from how Hillary Clinton is apparently unsure that she will support Bernie Sanders if he ends up being the Democratic nominee (she has since walked this back but…ok). I get – and agree with – a lot of the counterarguments to my ass-chapness: Hillary Clinton gets unfairly picked apart in the media, Hillary Clinton is a private citizen and can support whomever she wants, some of the right-wing disinformation she suffered from last time around was spread by Sanders supporters and she has a right to be mad about that.

All that is fair.

However, Clinton is in a position of tremendous influence and has one of the biggest platforms in the world. When she opens her mouth, everyone listens – whether because they like her or because they hate her – and it is fucking irresponsible that she would say anything but “I will support the eventual nominee because we have to get the Republicans out of power.” Bernie should’ve said it about her in 2016 (he came around eventually). And she should say it now. It doesn’t matter that she’s not running or in office.

Clinton is re-opening a wound we all need to close. And there is no point. There is nothing productive to shitting on Sanders and reopening that wound, from her vantage point, except, if we’re being harsh, a bunch of self-serving reasons. I understand if she’s still mad at Bernie – but hey, maybe let’s not be a petty asshole about it? Maybe let’s remember when we have a huge audience that the things we say and do make a difference? That our “unvarnished views” are not always appropriate?

I have enough home training to know when to keep my mouth shut. I don’t understand when others don’t.

Moving along, now we have Rashida Tlaib egging a crowd on to boo her. Yeah, what Clinton said about Bernie was FUCKING TERRIBLE. But like, really? We’re going to start that shit? What is the point? What good does that do?

I’m not saying anyone needs to be nice or civil or not talk about the faults of Clinton (or any of the people actually running). Lord knows I want all that shit out in the open and I want a good primary fight. All I’m saying is don’t pick dumb fights specifically to draw emotional responses out of people.

It’s a big deal because the “us vs. them” mentality within the left is still alive, and after Clinton reopens the wound, here’s Tlaib ripping out the stitches – to LITERALLY no end. It’s only doing damage. I’m a big fan of Tlaib, but I was unhappy to see this – because I am used to her talking tough and speaking truth to power, but that boo doesn’t read that way. Instead of being who we love her for, she just kind of played the stupid game Clinton started.

And look, Tlaib has apologized. Good. She should. I forgive her. But the fervor with which that crowd joined her haunts me – that damage is done. That’s going to be potential nominee Liz Warren or Joe Biden next time, if Bernie doesn’t get the nomination. Maybe I’m just a party pooper, but sometimes I feel like most people aren’t taking our situation seriously.

Like, when I read internet yelling and get worried about people not coalescing around the eventual nominee, it makes me very much feel that we are hopeless that they can’t see the magnitude of the task ahead of us.

All I’m saying is let’s not pick petty fights for no reason.

Me right now, scolding everyone.
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24 Comments

  1. I agree with you to a point, however Hilary & the mainstream DNC need to understand that progressives are more likely to win than more of the same. They need to face the fact that the status quo doesn’t work or inspire anyone. We are more likely to win if we engage the youth & minorities than kiss the corporate ass (assuming the outcome is not already been determined in Russia or Saudi Arabia). The time for slow change & compromise is gone.
    https://www.alternet.org/2020/02/a-look-back-at-7-centrist-defeats/

    • I absolutely agree with you, a million percent. I’m not sure anything I said is really in opposition to that. I just think open mocking for entertainment value is stoking harmful emotions that we can’t afford to let get in the way of things. And then that fucking shit Hillary said…fuck the fuck off, Hil.

      • You didn’t say anything in opposition, I just don’t think Rashida needed to apologize for anything or that we need to be civil to her if she is going to start this shit. The quicker we get her to go away the better for all.

        • I understand where you’re coming from. To me, it’s less about being “civil” to her (because I don’t really care about that), and more about just like, remembering there are more eyes on you than just Sanders supporters, and if you want Sanders to win, those Hillary people are going to have to feel at home with him, unfortunately.

          • “and more about just like, remembering there are more eyes on you than just Sanders supporters”

            ^^^THIS!!!

            We have all the damn bots, & troll farms, right-wingers, and the entire Cambridge Analytica/R-party looking for ways to gin up animosity & tear apart factions in the D-party.

            If we allow this shit to go on, we’re DOING their work *for* them!!!!!!!!!

            Frankly, right now, there are things I HIGHLY dislike about…. I honestly think….. EVERYONE running on the D-side.
            They ALL have some big damn issues/problems as a candidate (even, frankly, my *own* preferred candidate, Warren!).

            But EVERY.SINGLE.GORRAM.ONE.OF.THEM would be better than the Nazi-coddling, bumble-grifting-buffoon, and his fucking HydraGrifterDreamTeam that we have in office *right now.*

            And you can bet, FOR.DAMN.SURE, that I will put ANY & ALL of my own *personal* butt-hurts aside, and vote for & do my damndest to get *others* to vote for WHOFUCKINGEVER the eventual D-side candidate is–even were it mikemotherfuckingbloomberg, or Twitter-troll-catnip-Andrew, “Yanggang” Yang.🤨🤨🤨

            Because, *personal* goddamn feelings aside, WE ARE SLIDING IRREVOCABLY INTO A DICTATORSHIP/ FULL-OUT-OLIGARCHY/ MONARCHY/ FASCIST STATE/ KAKISTOCRACY, and if we end up with another 4 years of Trumpco, we may entirely LOSE any & all freedoms we have.

            At this point, the US Constitution is starting to honestly look like swiss cheese.

            The parallels with 1933 Germany are TOO damn many, and it’s motherfucking terrifying.

  2. This is the most talking I’ve ever seen from someone who has lost an election. Hillary needs to stop talking. The future of the country is at stake, and she’s opening her mouth like this? Didn’t her mother ever teach her that if you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all?

    If we lose this election, it’s gonna be cuz of the propagation of shut like this. Lead, follow, or get the hell outta the way, Hillary.

    • I try to steer away from the general shut up instruction to her, because that is often coming from a gendered place, but in this case….SHUT THE FUCK UP. Like, lots of ex-candidates go do productive things! I mean, fuck, there was a nonprofit/organization boom right after she lost, and I understand her taking a break but like, GO BE PRODUCTIVE OR SHUT UP. We don’t need you in here being messy and starting dramz.

          • Yeah this is why I’m annoyed at her. Clearly there is no productive point. She’s not saying she doesn’t want Sanders to be president because the good of the country. She’s just starting shit.

  3. I’m of the thought that none of these comments are about 2016 and I think Hilary and others would prefer anyone but Sanders/Warren. Warren might be able to garner more ‘centrist’ support and if far enough in the delegate lead won’t usher in the Super Delegates but Sanders will not be allowed on the ticket regardless of his count.

    They don’t want ‘wealth’ taxes and they don’t want to cut any of the military spending. Hilary ran point on Bill’s Single Payer legislation and I think there is a ‘fool me once’ feeling leftover from that. The ACA was a GOP bill that should have been a no brainer and the D’s shoot themselves on that too.

    It really is hard not to put on the tinfoil hat when looking at the recent failures of the Democrats and think they don’t do this on purpose.

    • It is really hard to not put the tinfoil hat on. I do think there is some degree of nefarious shit, but honestly if they were more organized they’d be better at their bullshit. I think that a lot of what we are seeing is stubborn old people clinging to the 90s and they truly think the world can return to that.

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