You know, I’ve noticed that you tracked back in the closing of your last comment. I was already to say that I can see where we have common ground. I told you that I would be open to the others if they committed to rejecting corporation money, big money, the way Bernie does.

And no, I don’t see him as a savior, for he told us many times that he is not. He is really just a messenger, and I don’t see his purpose as winning the nomination, though I’d be happy if he does. And I’d still be OK if he doesn’t, for I see his purpose is to prod and push the Democratic party to the left. And then some.

But the one thing that irks me, which you surely know, is this: you objectify me. I noticed the pejoratives, the nouns you use in your talk. Bernie Bros, Hardcore, Bernie Stans, and so on. Your language is dripping with condescension. Is that how you win friends in politics?

It’s almost as if you must objectify us so that you can vilify us who are #stillsanders. This, I suspect is intentional, to prod us and threaten us and shame us. That shame is your shame, not ours. I have no shame for my support of Bernie.

I see the way you talk and it is not, “follow me”, it is, “do what I say or else”. Or else what?

Your concerns about the unrelenting punishment that old white men are unloading onto the people of color are concerns that I share. But that is a result of public policy choices that are supported by big money in politics.

If you really like Bernie, you would not use your word against him the way you do. I only came to comment on your blog to offer a friendly rebuttal. I did not expect to see you go as far as you have, and looking back, I guess I could see it coming and that I ignored my own warnings.

So, go on. Deride Bernie AND his supporters. Let your vilification carry on. I will still be out there, promoting Bernie, the Amendment King, a man who can reach across the aisle to get things done, and still be true to principles. I’m would like to think that the other candidates can do the same. Perhaps the only other one that can is Warren.

One of the ways that I take my measure of the candidates is by the wrath of Wall Street and the disdain of the “free press” received. And I’d say that both of them are clearly targets of big money scorn. As to the rest, I’ll wait and see.

I will close by saying that I do not want an adversary in you as I have none. I am not here to be an adversary to you. I will go quietly now. You can say whatever you want in response. There will be no more from me unless you can find some common ground with me, as I have with you.

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