Dear Bernie, I know about you. I lived in Holyoke, Massachusetts for a long-time. I was a Science teacher for Latino kids, mostly Puerto Ricans. I am Cuban and had a background in Science and got a job as a bilingual transition teacher way back before the present day attack on public education by the one percent and their charter schools scam. I know the "barrio" and the disdain of the one percent for the working class and the immigrant community. I knew about you since your days as Mayor of Burlington, Vermont. I thought you were real cool, a Socialist and someone who stood by and for the people. I swear, I thought that someday you could be a great President.
When you announced your candidacy for President, I thought you were it. I said to myself, "finally someone with the cojones to stand up to the 'billionaire class', no?" But man, what happened? The Clinton campaign cheated you out of the Massachusetts and Nevada primaries, the New York primary, then California and probably more, and what do you do? I was expecting the Big Kahuna at the Democratic Convention. Compadre, you said, "I am going all the way to the convention" blah, blah, blah. So I expected it. I think a lot of people expected it. And then, NOTHING. Literally, you rolled over and played dead. So I asked myself, "What did they do to that man? What did they say? Did they threaten him? What happened?"
What a BIG disappointment! To see you get up on that stage, after your delegates were muzzled up, your signs removed by thugs, your people bullied, and endorse Hillary by acclamation?! You should have been outside the convention hall on the streets with your delegates! That would have been on the mainstream media! How different from your speech in Portland with that little bird on your podium! Man, even the bird believed in you! The Heavens were with you, and you folded! I sadly and in deep depression retreated to my think tank to figure out what the hell was going on.
It came to me like a slap on the face. "You stupid little fool!" my muse yelled. I went back in time, to the 2008 election, after Bush the Second, Obama promised us "change". I heard what he said, and voted for him. I thought, finally we are getting somewhere, the first President "of the people" since John F.K. Then, Obama continues the "War on Terror", he appoints Timothy Geithner to the Treasury. Goldman Sachs in charge of our economy and the Federal Reserve? Oh boy, did I get suckered. I should have known better, the Military-Industrial-Big Oil Complex is still on top.
So Bernie, your coming into the Democratic Party primary election seemed like a possible "real" change. Here was a guy who had run and won as an independent, a declared "Democratic Socialist." I knew what that meant. So I said to myself, "OK, this is probably good." I gave you money. Not much, I'm just a teacher, but I did my $27 contribution, a couple of times. I told my neighbors about you, I put your bumper sticker on my car.
Then I saw what was going on in the primary elections. The stolen votes, the cheating, the exclusion, and I thought, "OK Bernie, come on! Tell them this is bullcrap and that you wont stand for it." Silence. I thought, "not good, no cojones."
Well Bernie, to make the story short. I am going with my old friend Jill. I know her from her stands for the people in Massachusetts, her run for Governor, and President. She is a "solid" from the neighborhood, not a fake like "Pocahontas" Warren who left you hanging when you needed her. Jill Stein offered you the front Green Party ticket and you refused. "Whao, what a move from the heart," I thought. Her honor and love reached the heights of the self-sacrifice of a real Revolutionary. I really thought you might go for it and turn the 2016 election into a real Revolution. Again, silence. You behaved as just another flunky for the one percent, another more sophisticated Obama clone. Shame.
I hope I'm wrong about all of this and if so, I sincerely apologize. But you coming out and endorsing Clinton by acclamation, someone you had said to be "unfit" to be President, made me reel in disgust and feel betrayed. I have a feeling I am not alone in this sentiment. So I'm going out and voting, not for the "lesser of two evils" but for the "greater good" and that is Dr. Jill Stein.
If Donald Trump ends up being elected President in November, it wont be because of me and all those of your supporters who have decided to vote their conscience and belief but it will be because the people of these United States want someone in the White House who is not a Washington political "insider." The people want real change, not Obama change. You could have been the next President of the United States. Every poll demonstrated that you could beat Trump. But you ran and that's the tragedy of this 2016 election. The history books will ask, "What if Bernie had run...?"
At least, both Donald and Jill have cojones, and Donald may not send us to hell in a nuclear war with Russia, like Clinton and her neocon friends might. Trump thinks Putin is alright, where Hillary thinks he's another Hitler. I'm really concerned about the future of humanity Bernie, but I can't just vote for the lesser evil, because evil is evil still.
Sorry Bernie. You lost my boat.