I suggest that you not second guess yourself for wanting to believe in those political figures promising to fight for the America you want it to be. After all, what can we do but listen to what they say and try to determine if they are sincere in their promises? Problem is, we can’t know for sure until they’ve had the chance to prove themselves.
Consider Obama in 2008. I supported his candidacy, not because I thought he was a fully committed progressive, but because he made specific promises to fight for several key things that I thought were crucial to the nation’s future. For me, it was his promises to fight for a public healthcare option and to hold accountable the white collar criminals responsible for the Great Recession. As it turned out, we knew pretty quickly that Obama was a fraud. And it’s not that he tried and failed; it’s that he never tried, never intended to genuinely try. Do you remember the tremendous amount of political capital the man started with? People were waiting with baited breath for him to come out of the chute and lead them in big ways. Imagine what could he have accomplished had he been sincere in his promises.
You say you hoped there would be momentum for Sanders supporters. Well, try to remember the incredible momentum Sanders had amassed by the time it was clear that the Dems had totally rigged the campaign and system. Millions wanted him to step up and make happen that political revolution he professed to want so badly. Turned out that Sanders’ promise was no more sincere than was Obama’s. Had Sanders taken his candidacy third party in the 2008 campaign ( the Greens offered him the keys to their Party), think of where he could be going into this 2020 election. What a terrible loss of opportunity. And as the 2008 campaign unfolded, it became clear that Sanders was not that political revolutionary, a fact only confirmed by his latest sellout. We can be seriously disappointed but we ought not be surprised.
All we can do is keep on trying, but we can learn from what’s gone before. My big point in posting here of late, is simply to highlight what I believe is as clear as it might possibly be - that the Republicans and the Democrats will never again be a viable option for the average American and that the only hope for our futures and the futures of those we care about is to establish a political party that will be genuinely accountable to us and ours. It would be a hard fought, long shot of a victory, but it is possible.