After watching prerecorded programs to avoid the Democratic Convention, quite late last night my wife switched to MSNBC in time to catch Michelle Obama’s speech and Bernie’s closing. After the closing, some of the Bernie supporters were interviewed, and there was a theme in common: they were young and they were idealist.
It didn’t surprise me that Bernie’s young people all said they couldn’t vote for Hillary.
We have all been there. The world seemed so black and white and answers seemed so obvious when we were young adult.
At that age the world is about you - it's for you. You are in awe of how misguided older adults behave and how obtuse your parents are – and you are not going to be like them now that you’re are grown.
Young people haven’t yet realized that the world is not black and white but shades of grey. They haven’t been knocked back by adult responsibilities.
It is only after you find out that the thrill of relationships is short lived, that babies cry through the night, that baby shit is stinky mustard yellow, that money is required for housing, food, car payments, insurance, medical bills, clothing, and that that money doesn’t come from mom and dad - that you have to earn it. It is only after you have been knocked back a few times that you have made your bones as an adult.
Don’t get me wrong; I am not decrying young adults. The idealism of young has brought about great changes in society. The generation of the sixties with drug, sex and rock and roll brought about positive social change, as did the young people that demonstrated and bled during the integration of the south. If it weren’t for the idealism of youth, which makes them easily manipulated, there would be no cannon fodder for the military.
So Bernie’s young people cried in the audience and they can’t bring themselves to vote for Hillary. They don’t understand yet that the world does not rotate just for them, that what they want does not drive the universe. They can't see past their own egotism that a no vote for Hilary is an own-goal for Donald Trump.
That you can't always get what you want, but if you try sometimes you just might find, you get what you need.
Not bad for seventy year old rock band musicians.