For too long, I and other leftists banked on the idea of Senator Bernie Sanders saving us through his consistency on progressive issues. But it’s important to note that even he was unable to resist the buy-out that consisted of a threat on his career.
What I mean by that is that Sanders and his base have been considered the part of the left that caused the win of President 45 in 2016 for the last four years now. The approximately 0.08% of nationwide votes that Sanders received in the general election via write-in votes from the 12 states that counted write-in votes (Alabama, California, Iowa, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington, and Wyoming) have been used to blame Sanders’ entire base for Secretary Hillary Clinton’s loss in 2016.
A blame like that could ruin a political career and Sanders was very fortunate to have a strong base in Vermont that reelected him as Senator in 2018. However, taking that blame a second time would most likely be something he couldn’t recover from. So it’s no surprise that Sanders has been trying to back Vice President Joe Biden for President since suspending his own campaign, and as of today, Senator Kamala Harris for Vice President, regardless of his previous disdain for the two and their moderate platforms. It’s clear that the progressive movement cannot rely on solidarity from even Sanders.
There’s no way to guarantee solidarity from any one singular person and banking on a political savior will only end in loss. It’s why this year’s resurgence of the Black Lives Matter movement following the killing of George Floyd has managed to stay in the streets demanding action for almost three months now—the movement has no leader.
It’s hard to kill a movement without a mouthpiece.
Tl;dr It’s time to abandon political saviors because a singular person will always be easier to shut down than a movement on it’s own.