||The Animal In Me
||Running from the Noise
||Knowing today was likely the end, I put on your shirt. I had a sweatshirt over it, because of the cold, but also because grief is an internal organ. Secret Warren.|
||"Feel Better Now"
||The World You Want to See
||"Thanks for being a part of this," you said in signing off.|
||NEVERTHELESS, the shirt says, WE PERSIST.|
||I've seen a lot of people campaign to be elected|
||by telling a story about what it would signify if they were to win.|
||"PICK UP THE PIECES (LIVE #6 AT O-EAST 20191117)"
||LIVE #6 AT O-EAST 20191117
||I've voted for some of them, good choices and less bad,|
||because you have to choose something.|
||"RESONATING LIGHT 2.0"
||You are the first one in my lifetime to campaign by trying to work out both what a victory would symbolize,|
||"BELIEVING IN MYSELF"
||because every victory stands for something,|
||Jibaku Shonen Band
||"No.7 - Yoji Ikuta Ver."
||but also exactly what it would enable.|
||Grave of a Dog
||Bernie winning would stand for the moral desirability of equity.|
||"StereoAkuma Part 4"
||You winning would have stood for the social and legislative achievability of equity.|
||"THE DOG IS DEAD"
||Trump winning stood for irrational fear.|
||Biden winning would stand for rational fear.|
||You winning would have stood for resolve in the face of peril.|
||"Big Ass Chains"
||But Trump winning enabled moral bankruptcy,|
||"Entombed in Gold Forever"
||Together to the Stars
||and its miniaturizations as routine lying and betrayal,|
||are the only life tactics he ever learned.|
||Bernie winning would enable moral urgency,|
||which isn't automatically the same as effectiveness,|
||"Hard to Break"
||Hard to Break +2
||but probably increases its likelihood.|
||Biden winning would reenable government.|
||"When You're Gone"
||Joe himself can't necessarily be counted on to know right from wrong on first or even second guess,|
||Yanakoto Sotto Mute
||as of course you too well know,|
||but he will happily hire people with better judgment and skills than his own,|
||including probably you,|
||final phase +3
||where of course Trump is a petulant idiot who can't bear to be upstaged,|
||and thus has to hire people even less competent and worse suited than himself.|
||"Dareka Ga Iu"
||Sonomama / Dareka Ga Iu 2
||Bernie will buffalo us back towards a righteous path.|
||"Play the world"
||Play the world +2
||Biden will fall into a hedge,|
||but at least he won't try to pretend he did it on purpose,|
||and he'll let himself be helped back out.|
||You winning would have enabled purpose,|
||not in the abstract sense of Barack's "hope",|
||"Line and Sinker"
||but in laborious and daunting detail,|
||XIV Dark Centuries
||and thus your campaign showed that people can recognize purpose|
||when it is demonstrated to them.|
||"A New World"
||I'm Not Your Soldier
||Everybody looks at Bernie and immediately knows how to fight him,|
||Christine and the Queens
||"Je disparais dans tes bras"
||La vita nuova 6
||but also that he knows that they know,|
||and is ready to win or lose on the merits of his beliefs.|
||Letting Up Despite Great Faults
||Trump has no beliefs. You can't pay a belief to shut up after you fuck it.|
||"Girls just want to have fun"
||Everybody looks at Joe and easily sees his weaknesses,|
||"I LET YOU"
||and has to decide whether they are willing to win or lose a war of weaknesses.|
||Still Standing +3
||Trump cannot win a war of weaknesses. He needs his weaknesses the way the rest of us need our ligaments and coffee.|
||But if Trump loses, it will also probably be, now,|
||because the people afraid of what will happen to them without his cynical protection|
||"A Roll of the Dice"
||can tell that they will suffer less under Bernie or Joe, even as the minority opposition,|
||"The Absent Guest (No Thing No There)"
||Post Neo Anti (Arte Povera in the Forest of Symbols)
||than they would suffer under Trump when their turn came to be sacrificed.|
||Your genius and your downfall, as I assume you know,|
||"Heavens (Then We Begin)"
||Torch // Flame
||is that everybody, whatever they thought of your plans, knew you were totally and relentlessly serious about them.|
||Hope is soft. The ACA was soft.|
||"Only Until It's Over"
||Persistence is hard. The CFPB is hard. Medicare for All would be hard.|
||"Creature of Habit"
||Race Car Blues
||When you said you would take 2 cents of every billionaire dollar, people could imagine you sitting in their kitchen one day, politely,|
||taking their dollars from them one by one, trimming .1228" off of each bill with purple scissors,|
||Nightcore by Halocene
||"No Tears Left to Cry"
||Nightcore for Arianators
||and then handing it back with genuine thanks.|
||So much safer to know that Trump would never go in a kitchen, Bernie would stand on the porch bellowing, and Joe would end up at somebody else's house.|
||"This fight goes on", you say four times in your exit memo: against debt, racism, climate change and nihilism.|
||Against gold, you might as well have said: the gold of money as an end, the gold of defining victory by opposition to defeat, the gold dug out of rock, the gold against our souls.|
||"The Whole Of The Moon"
||Kenny O'Brien & the O'Douls 4
||Today this gold eludes you, eludes us. But we persist because all the important challenges do not end simply with medals. We persist because we accept necessary challenges over convenient ones. We persist because we have the strength to admit that there's literally no other option.|
||We persist after loss because you have to lose something. We persist because victory is not the opposite of loss, but the product of it. Today we surrender with grace. Tomorrow, nevertheless, we once again persist.|