Hillary Clinton Just Made History and No Amount of Shaming Will Stop Me from Celebrating It

It seems there are many Bernie Sanders supporters who aren’t going to admit the truth until he officially drops out of the race, but the fact of the matter is Hillary Clinton has won the Democratic presidential nomination, becoming the first female in United States history to accomplish that feat.

Whether some like that news or not, I simply don’t care anymore.

I realized last night, this is a historic event and I’m damn sure not going to have a group of people who buy into conspiracy theories, don’t like facts, refuse to accept math or are simply sore losers, ruin this historic moment in our country.

Not to sound like an ass (though I know that’s how I’m coming off right now), but I refuse to be shamed into not celebrating this monumental event for women’s rights that millions of progressives like myself have spent years (if not decades) fighting for, simply because some Sanders supporters feel they have the right to belittle, bash and attack others because they didn’t get their way.

As I’ve said before, I’m talking about the very vocal minority of Sanders supporters. I’m well aware that the vast majority of those supporting him are awesome, reasonable and great people. I’m sorry it didn’t work out for you all; I know losing is tough, especially during a primary where things get heated and emotional. I sincerely hope we can work together to defeat Republicans at all levels of government this November.

Unfortunately, it’s been this vocal minority that’s given the rest of Sanders supporters, as well as the candidate himself, a bad name. When a group of your supporters is being written about by international news entity BBC and making headlines for bashing Sen. Elizabeth Warren, that’s a problem.

It’s been this vocal minority which is now doing everything they can to piss all over anyone who would dare try to celebrate the fact that Hillary Clinton just made history by becoming the first women to ever win the nomination for one of our nation’s two largest political parties.

Does the fact that she’s a woman have anything to do with her ability to be an effective president and a great leader? No, her qualifications do that. While I’m amazed at the fact that this nation has finally nominated the woman who might very well become our nation’s first female president, I never once said “I’m supporting Clinton because she’s a woman.” From my perspective, this historic moment is just a bonus.

It’s the same way I supported President Obama in 2008. While I was excited about the possibility of being part of history by helping to elect our nation’s first African-American president, that never once factored in to why I supported him then and still do to this day. Again, making history was just “icing on the cake,” as they say.

Make no mistake about it, if Bernie Sanders had won the nomination, I would have fought for and supported him in the same way I plan to fight for Clinton. As I’ve said repeatedly over the last year, there’s too much on the line this year to mess this one up on election day.

I do believe it’s a sad day for progressives when so many on the far-left have taken up to conservative-like attacks, talking points and attitudes in attacking a Democrat. At times during these past several months, and even now, I really can’t tell who’s a legitimate progressive and who’s a libertarian/conservative pretending to be one. For the first time in all my years following politics, I saw “liberals” and “liberal” news sources sharing content from right-wing sources.

Hell, for the first time ever I saw right-wing blogs trending on Reddit Politics, which is notorious for being ultra-liberal. And every time I saw one of these right-wing sources trending, it was an anti-Clinton article.

But I’m done letting this small fraction of “progressives” (though I still doubt many of these people are actually progressives) try to guilt me into feeling ashamed because “my side” won.

No matter what anyone thinks about her, it is undeniable that Hillary Clinton just made history. Just like she made history when she redefined what it meant to be First Lady; when she made history by becoming the first wife of a president to be elected to public office;  and the first female senator in New York history — she’s now broken through another barrier, paving the way for women to prove that the White House is no longer a “boy’s only club.”

At least that’s what I hope happens this November.

While I hope these folks eventually do unite with the rest of us on the left to do our best to make damn sure the Republican party loses as many races as possible, I’m done playing this game. These folks can either choose to work with me and others who have the same goal, or they can do whatever they want to do.

Until then, I’m going to enjoy this moment, because no matter what some people out there might think — it is historic. And I’ll be damned if I have anyone try to shame, belittle or talk down to me simply because they can’t accept defeat.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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