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Sat Apr 11, 2020, 03:01 AM

6. Some little problems with slant: Sanders' big youth vote didn't turn out.

Although many fine young people knocked on a lot of doors for him, they turned out not to be an army.

And Sanders drew some young people who are looking for something bigger than themselves to believe in, a movement to join, but generally speaking, people who don't yet vote reliably aren't anyone's base.

A major problem I see in speaking to Sanders' youth voters it that they don't realize yet that his promises weren't real things he could come through with. His dreams have always relied on faith -- that giant waves of support would arise to sweep away all the resistance of representative democracy and clear his path to victory.

Biden's goals in contrast are real-world goals. They're very representative of what Americans want and very accomplishable. But the mundane realities and limitations of serving 327 million people makes them less exciting than Sanders' great movement that refused limitations.

Biden's problem with youth is the one politicians always have with young people who haven't yet developed into engaged, voting citizens (understanding that many people never do). It apparently takes some maturity and a degree of wisdom to be excited and inspired by realistic goals and commitment to maintaining a stable society, within which people can be free to seek their own personal revolutions.

In this case the usual problems are aggravated by the seemingly idealistic expectations Sanders raised in his subset, which a liberal Democratic president not only can't meet but never, ever would, even if it were possible. One faction sweeping all who have other ideas out of its way to impose its will, no matter how well meaning, is not how democracy works.

And that's likely to be discouraging for people of any age who swallowed Sanders' Dem-Repub lies and, so unfortunately, have no idea that to be Democrats fighting to put an end to 40 devastating years of conservative domination and undoing of a century of advances IS to be part of a great movement.

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