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"It Was The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down"

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The New York Times editorial board was absolutely right when it declared the day following the New York primaries, that it is too soon for Bernie Sanders and John Kasich to concede the nominations to Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

In its editorial, the paper called on Kasich and Sanders to stay in their respective campaigns. The Times calls on them to "let the remaining states have their say."

Furthermore, the Times writes,

"This should be a wake-up call to leaders of both parties. They are missing something big about their own members' priorities, and their mood.

"A spirited nominating season might teach them what voters actually want from their president. So far, voters are saying they aren't willing to settle for a party favorite, and don't want to be cheated out of a choice."

After their strong victories Tuesday, Trump and Clinton called on their opponents to give up, and rally around the party flags for November.

The post-primary narrative makers are asking, why should the two losers continue to fight? The answer lies in the song lyric, "It ain't over til it's over"

We need to hear more from Bernie Sanders, a rarity in national life, an authentic, passionate socialist candidate who, over a lifetime, has drilled to the core of this nation's militaristic, empirical dark side.

Sanders demands that we confess to this dark side, our national "id component" that succumbs to the corporate bread and circuses strategy that urges us to indulge our wants and shallow desires.

At its best, politics can be a noble pursuit, but like the rest of us, politicians have their dark side. This "id component" of human personality, about which the Jewish intellectual/medical giant Sigmund Freud, warned us, lures us into such selfishness that it closes our eyes to the less unfortunate among us.

That selfish "id component" also makes us susceptible to con artists who profess to do good when they intend us harm.

On the international scene, Israel hides behind its ancient biblical name to build and sustain a military dictatorship which occupies and controls another people, not like them.

Israel has its loyalists hidden within our institutions to promote the myth of its goodness, which disguises its quest for power. We are easily seduced.

Candidate Hillary Clinton has long succumbed to this seduction, while Bernie Sanders, a secular Jew who as a young American lived for a time on an Israeli kibbutz, has openly rejected it.

Clinton, a Goldwater volunteer in her Chicago suburban youth, was driven by a burning ambition to break from the suburban mom role she might have followed.

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James Wall served as a Contributing Editor of The Christian Century magazine, based in Chicago, Illinois, from 1999 through 2017. From 1972 through 1999, he was editor and publisher of the Christian Century magazine. Many sources have influenced (more...)

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