Jeralyn posted an “An Open letter to Hillary Clinton Supporters” on TalkLeft today that is a must read for all those Clinton supporters still threatening to vote for McCain or a third party candidate.
Here’s some excerpts:
… every election has a winner and a loser. As deep as her own pain must be Hillary Clinton demonstrated that she can put it behind her. You should do the same – you MUST do the same – for the sake of the Democratic Party and the nation. Work to change the rules; work to lessen the influence of misogyny on our politics; work to keep shattering the glass ceiling. But don’t let John McCain become president.
If you truly believe America would be better off with four or eight more years of a Republican administration, then I suppose you should vote for McCain.
But if you do, or if you sit on your hands in this election, don’t complain about tax breaks for the rich and tax burdens on the poor.
Don’t complain about American servicemen and women dying in Iraq and maybe Iran, Georgia or wherever.
Don’t complain about detention, torture, and surveillance.
Don’t complain about judges who take away a woman’s right to choose and a worker’s right to unionize.
Don’t complain about environmental degradation and giveaways to mining and oil companies.
Don’t complain about an energy policy that takes money out of the pockets of hard-working Americans and gives it to Russian oligarchs and states that finance terrorism.
Don’t complain about a stagnant economy with growing inequality.
Don’t complain about our broken health care system.
Because you will have had your chance to do something about these issues – and walked away from it.
Santayana famously said that those “who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”
In 1968 Democrats angry over the war deserted Hubert Humphrey – and we got Richard Nixon.
In 2000, disaffected Democrats voted for Ralph Nader – and we got George W. Bush.
Please – remember the past. Don’t make us repeat it.
Hillary Clinton made it crystal clear in her speech last night, “No way. No how. No McCain.”
We must win in November. Get onboard the Unity train!
UPDATE: Todd Beeton has the scoop on MYDD about Hillary’s meeting with her delegates today.