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Bernie's Revolution

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Bernie's supporters are the future of the revolution
Bernie's supporters are the future of the revolution
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For months the mainstream news networks have hounded Sanders to get out of the race, to join with Hillary, to show unity.

Anyone who has picked up a Newsweek, or read anything on line about Bernie, Bernie's Revolution, The campaign, or any aspect of the Presidential race, will get to the conclusion that each article consistently reaches . . . when will Bernie get out of this race and endorse Hillary so the DNC can have its real presidential race.

These are real headlines: "Bernie Sanders is taking a big risk: If he doesn't drop out soon, he could become a villain" (Salon.com by Bob Cesca ), "WHY BERNIE SANDERS LOST, PART I: HE WAS UNREALISTIC ABOUT RACE" (all capital letters original from Madame Norie by Charing Ball ).

These headlines are going to go down in history, as famously as Chris Cizilla's remarks on the very first day Bernie Sanders announced his candidacy for President, stating, "Bernie will never be able to compete with the Hillary money machine", whilst Bernie went on to raise $1.5M within the first 24 hours of his campaign. That event has not stopped the mainstream news from predicting Bernie's failure all the way through to the upcoming Convention.

The DNC posed in public as great Bernie's supporters, but undermining him at every opportunity. The so subtle secret victory headline Associated Press released prematurely that Hillary had 'clinched' the nomination and is now the official presumptive nominee, just days ahead of the California primary.

Meanwhile, Bernie has told the press repeatedly that his supporters aren't just going to "do what he says' and endorse Hillary because he said so." But that's rhetoric and doesn't stop the talking heads.

So, finally, and ahead of the DNC Convention, Bernie jumped into their chalk drawing and endorsed Hillary, and the sun came up in the world inside that chalk drawing; there was 'unity', finally,

But inside the Bernie campaign that is not at all what happened. The Bernie supporters did everything imaginable and unimaginable -- they cried, some scattered to the wind, many jumped onto Jill Stein Green Party campaign, and then there were the ones who held out to see what Bernie was going to do next, because he did not suspend his own campaign.

And the timing of Bernie's demonstration is genius. It gives the DNC a couple of weeks to digest this reality, and decide what kind of rabbit they will need to pull out of their hats now.

The press of course is a different story. The mainstream news considers themselves the agenda setters in their own power structure, and so has carved out their own stories. MSNBC's Steve Kornacki has reported that two-thirds of Bernie's supporters will back Hillary, according to a 'poll'. I'm pretty sure Kornacki arrived at this statistic from twirling around three times while snapping his fingers.

As a Bernie supporter that belongs to many Bernie support groups, I can report that no one has gone very far; they bring their new agenda into the Bernie support groups, and continue the discussion about the revolution.

One thing most Bernie Sanders supporters realize is that we are the revolution. Our teacher has taught us well, and we understand the power is in our numbers. Most Bernie Supporters are going to stick together and decide together what to do next.

So after the initial shock, the temporary insanity, and meltdown from hearing those dreaded words from our leader in this revolution, people are starting to smile and realize that Bernie is with us, and Bernie is showing the media, and the Hillary Campaign that he has taught us well, and he is of course, right again, that we would never follow him off of a cliff.

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