I have posted frequently about ideologues, explaining that I’m one in recovery and like being “in recovery” with any illness, the illness will always be present! But “naming the demon” gives me some distance from the poison that would otherwise still have me enslaved.
I’ve very troubled with my country’s election campaign this year. Yes, Donald Trump is “troubling” but that is not my only concern. The fans of Bernie Sanders are demonstrating an investment in him which often puts me off given the frequent self-righteous fervor and invective that is taking place. At times it is quite apparent that they love “Bernie” so much that they are responding with downright hatred for Hillary Clinton. I really like Bernie myself and have greatly admired him though this admiration is currently being given pause. His “success” in the primary season and reached the point where I fear that he is posing a threat to the best opportunity my country has to thwart this Trumpian beast that is “lurching toward our Bethlehem.”
Bernie is a wonderful voice for the progressive cause. But he should remember the wisdom of W. H. Auden, “Truth, like love and sleep, resents approaches that are too steep.” Or, to frame it another way, “Discretion is the better part of valor” and I fear his obsession with his campaign is lacking discretion. This Trump monster that is threatening our village is deadly serious and at this point in the campaign Hillary is in a commanding lead that most competitors would respect. Sure, the “system is rigged” in that there are rules in place that Hillary is benefiting from but it is a little bit late go be complaining about the rules. It reminds me of Trump himself who brazenly disregards all rules.
Here is a link to a blog that prompted me offer this discourse: