It's really simple. A progressive would not support Hillary going into the Democratic convention.
"The presidential election exposed the liberal class as a corpse. It fights for nothing. It stands for nothing. It is a useless appendage to the corporate state. It exists not to make possible incremental or piece-meal reform, as it originally did in a functional capitalist democracy; instead it has devolved into an instrument of personal vanity, burnishing the hollow morality of its adherents.
Liberals, by voting for Barack Obama, betrayed the core values they use to define themselves -- the rule of law, the safeguarding of civil liberties, the protection of unions, the preservation of social welfare programs, environmental accords, financial regulation, a defiance of unjust war and torture, and the abolition of drone wars. The liberal class clung desperately during the long nightmare of this political campaign to one or two issues, such as protecting a woman's right to choose and gender equality, to justify its complicity in a monstrous evil. This moral fragmentation -- using an isolated act of justice to define one's self while ignoring the vast corporate assault on the nation and the ecosystem along with the pre-emptive violence of the imperial state -- is moral and political capitulation. It fails to confront the evil we have become."The American Dream has run out of gas," wrote the novelist J.G. Ballard. "The car has stopped. It no longer supplies the world with its images, its dreams, its fantasies. No more. It's over. It supplies the world with its nightmares now. ..."
Liberals have assured us that after the election they will build a movement to hold the president accountable -- although how or when or what this movement will look like they cannot say. They didn't hold him accountable during his first term. They won't during his second. They have played their appointed roles in the bankrupt political theater that passes for electoral politics. They have wrung their hands, sung like a Greek chorus about the evils of the perfidious opponent, assured us that there is no other viable option, and now they will exit the stage. They will carp and whine in the wings until they are trotted out again to assume their role in the next political propaganda campaign of disempowerment and fear. They will, in the meantime, become the butt of ridicule and derision by the very politicians they supported.
The ineffectiveness of the liberal class, as I saw in the former Yugoslavia and as was true in Weimar Germany, perpetuates a dangerous political paralysis. The longer the paralysis continues, the longer systems of power are unable to address the suffering and grievances of the masses, the more the formal mechanisms of power are reviled. The liberal establishment's inability to defy corporate power, to stand up for its supposed liberal beliefs, means its inevitable disappearance, along with the disappearance of traditional liberal values. This, as history has amply pointed out, is the road to despotism. And we are further down that road than many care to admit.
Any mass movement that arises -- and I believe one is coming -- will be fueled, like the Occupy movement, by radicals who have as deep a revulsion for Democrats as they do for Republicans."
There's more. It's worth reading the full article, and the book by the same name.
At this point in this election cycle I am, indeed, thoroughly disgusted with the Democratic party. So are most of the Berners I talk to. Suddenly, I'm hearing of people who say they were for Bernie, but now they're getting behind Hillary and some of them are pissed at Bernie. I'm not sure I believe them.
But I am sure that this is not the time to give up on Bernie. Watching Hillary last night was surreal. Her speech was part just fake and empty, party Saturday Live skit and just about all charm offensive, a part of a massive PR effort to sell the idea that the primary is over-- an effort in which MSNBC and CNN were totally co-conspirators.
The fact is Hillary has not, without superdelegates, won the election. That will be decided in 47 days in Philadelphia.
So, don't tell me there's no difference between liberals and progressives. This primary is making the difference very clear.
Hedges ends his article with a quote from James Baldwin:
""People who shut their eyes to reality simply invite their own destruction, and anyone who insists on remaining in a state of innocence long after that innocence is dead turns himself into a monster."
How many times do you have to vote for the lesser of two evils, always voting for some evil, before you, having repeatedly enabled evils and monsters, become a monster?