Living In the Real World (Which Sucks), Looking In Your Kids' Eyes
Last night's spectacle at the DNC was tough to watch: The parade of so-called progressives caving to big-money, war-mongering centrism, the rightly furious and often weeping supporters, the great man and mensch himself nodding to the fraud and lies and scorn before choosing to transcend it all and sorrowfully note, earlier in the day to still-defiant supporters, "Brothers and sisters, we live in the real world." Bernie's grace and courage - understandably viewed by some as selling out - brings to mind Ted Kennedy's famous 1980 concession speech: "For all those whose cares have been our concern, the work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives, and the dream shall never die." In Bernie's case, of course, the threat is singularly monstrous, and real. On Tuesday, he told California delegates, "It's easy to boo. It's hard to look your kids in the eye if Donald Trump becomes President." He insists his political revolution - which in fact he's been at for a long long time - will go on. The extraordinary, impassioned, unending and deeply moving ovation that greeted his appearance gives us hope it will be so. Listen.