(In These Times) -- With increasing fear and dismay, the pearl-clutching pundits and flacks in the Democratic Party establishment have been doing their utmost to scold, bully and shame Bernie Sanders and his Teen Spirit revolutionaries into submission.
They would prefer that the Democratic National Convention be a stage-managed coronation, rather than an honest and disputatious contest over what the Democratic Party should stand for. Conventional Democratic wisdom goes as follows: Now is the time for all sentient Democrats to subordinate their differences and close ranks against the terrifying Trump.
Yes, Trump is dangerous and not to be underestimated. Precisely for this reason establishment Democrats should welcome Sanders’ supporters to Philadelphia. To its credit, the Democratic National Committee (DNC) has allowed the Senator from Vermont a say in the composition of the Platform Drafting Committee, six of whom were chosen by Hillary Clinton, four by DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz and five by Sanders.
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