June 9, 2016
In Blog News
[A childhood friend of mine now living in Israel wrote me this morning: “Norman now that Hillary has won California don’t you think it’s time for Bernie to get behind her to defeat the orangutan?” Here’s my reply:]
Bernie’s campaign has been two things in one: a presidential primary and a protest movement. We lost the primary but the protest movement continues. An entire generation is facing not a bleak but a blank future. As of now, Hillary offers them zero. If she budges, they might support her; if not, the fight goes on. I will be outside the convention in July, probably with a million others. Like your beloved Israel, our country is on an insane path, where one tenth of one percent own more than 90 percent. It can’t go on like this; and it won’t. It seems some people have still to learn how to share. The most beautiful words I heard in a long time were, yesterday, when I felt so despondent, despairing, hopeless after the California primary, and then Bernie–with a tenacity that never ceases to amaze me–said, “I am taking this fight all the way to the convention.” Yes! That’s what you call a mensch (I prefer Yiddish to Hebrew). Do you know the last scene inChaplin’s Modern Times: Chin up! Never say die! That’s Bernie, that’s our movement!