End Games

Posted by Fe Bongolan


Fe Bongolan asserts that both Clinton and Sanders carry the best goals and deepest aspirations of their party. Why can’t the party platform include both? Even though we’re at an end game for one phase, this is only the beginning.

June 7 is coming, and the last few primaries and caucuses will be taking place. They start with my state, California, a rich prize; after that, there’s New Jersey, Puerto Rico, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota and New Mexico.


As far as the nominations go, we are at the end game. Trump is the Republican Party’s presumptive nominee and Hillary is very close to securing the Democratic nomination.

Even though Sanders’ campaign is fighting to contest how the primary and caucus system shook out, the current system is what it is until we figure out a way how to change it. Getting through the progression of the Democratic primaries, particularly after the melee at the Nevada Democratic convention last weekend, it’s a good time to take stock of where we’ve been and where we’re going.

Even as someone who decided to vote Clinton in the primaries for the nomination, I always thought Sanders’ message addressing the country’s economic inequality was strategic and timely. But not everyone felt that way enough to vote for him. For some it was thought that addressing economic inequities would alleviate the country’s social inequities of racism and sexism. But it was not enough, nor was it clearly communicated by the Sanders campaign to the people whose lives depended on it.

No amount of the theme of economic inequity can distract you from fear for your child’s safety. Not in the days of Black Lives Matter and George Zimmerman auctioning the gun that killed Trayvon Martin.

The Clintons already made inroads with African American communities that were decades long, and they had the right buttons to push. The one demographic that signified Clinton’s success in the 2016 state primaries was the higher percentage of Clinton support by voters of color. There are some who will argue that Clinton is a tool of the 1%, and is purportedly a hawk, yet she addressed social issues more clearly than Sanders. I know I will take flack for this, but the votes for Clinton by African Americans and other people of color, women and LGBT people also have to indicate the level people felt supported by her through her career and history.

The income and social inequalities this nation suffers was clearly expressed and responded to by the campaigns of these two candidates. Which brings me to the point of this phase — the end game: where Senator Sanders needs to conclude his efforts in the primaries and determine a next course of action, and Secretary Clinton needs to open up the flaps of the Democratic tent to bring Bernie’s supporters aboard. With their agendas as candidates separate yet equal, a unification of both would certainly heal the rifts caused by the political fissures we’ve experienced — most recently in Las Vegas — and elsewhere in the nomination process. And it would certainly make sense.

Ironically enough, Clinton’s slogan for the general election is “Stronger Together.” You can infer a lot from that silly phrase, but I hope it is a sign that she’s intending to open wide the circus tent of the Democratic Party to let Sanders and his supporters in. Because we need them, not only for their votes but also for their ideas and ideals. Based on the groundswell of support in the US from being a candidate who registered under 10% to almost catching up with the party front-runner in less than a year, the Sanders campaign and its ideas are here to stay.

After June 14, when the last primary — the District of Columbia — takes place, the two candidates can take stock, and figure out how to meet each other halfway. They both carry the best goals and deepest aspirations of their party. Why can’t the party platform include both? It is with that I leave with this message of hope: Even though we’re at an end game for one phase, this is only the beginning.


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About Fe Bongolan

Planet Waves writer Fe Bongolan lives in Oakland, California. Her column, "Fe-911," has been featured on Planet Waves since 2008. As an actor and dramaturge, Fe is a core member of Cultural Odyssey's "The Medea Project -- Theater for Incarcerated Women," producing work that empowers the voices of all women in trouble, from ex-offenders, women with HIV-AIDS, to young girls and women at risk. A Planet Waves fan from almost the beginning of Eric's astrology career, Fe is a public sector employee who describes herself as a "mystical public servant." When it comes to art, culture and politics, she loves reading between the lines.

10 thoughts on “End Games

    1. Amy Elliott

      That’s good to know. I hope that whatever happens, Sanders’ effect in terms of mobilising young people will not be lost on the Dems. It’s true that the unfair voting system was in place before this year – and it’s time it ceased to exist. Superdelegates are just not democracy.

      1. Fe BongolanFe Bongolan Post author

        I think everyone on the Dem side recognizes the need to change the system of primary voting.

        Gee whiz, I wonder if shortening the campaign season would help from relying on too much corporate support? If the nomination and election process was a year shorter, that could help defray costs.

        Hell, how about making political advertising FREE during the entire campaign season start to finish — like a public service announcement? There would be a tax incentive for the corporations owning the networks to do so, and this would be in the public’s interest.

        I still get my best political analysis from Jon Oliver — who, BTW, skewered the primary process beautifully on yesterday’s “Last Week Tonight”. A gem.

  1. karliecole

    How does your opinion have anything to do with astrology? Not what I read Planet Waves for. I can get this stuff every day all day on Facebook.

    1. Fe BongolanFe Bongolan Post author

      Hello Karlie and welcome to Fe-911!

      Eric Francis and the Planet Waves team is a team working together on an astrology website that likes to tie in to on the ground living on this planet. That includes, sometimes unfortunately the often awful, entertaining, horrifying and illuminating subject of politics. We cover the news as well as the planets because the planets help shape the events and people who make the news.

      I am a political blogger and a Planet Waves astrology devotee. I also work in government and have written for political blogs, national campaign blogs, and political organizing websites. I have been doing this now for 14 years, and as Fe-911 since 2008 upon Eric’s invitation. It’s the Beast that I know and work in and with, coming from that insider perspective.

      Politics is just one of my main interests, along with cooking and organic food, culture, sex, and the arts. I write about these themes here as well.

      With all these interests, the one subject I adore yet cannot find space here to write about is sports.

      Ahh the frustrations of living life with a 0′ Gemini Moon!

  2. LizzyLizzy

    Ha ha! Interesting about you sports side, Fe. Would love you to write something about your sport experiences and background here some time. I’m not a great fan myself, but grew up with a sports journalist dad, and two soccer-playing brothers – and was very keen on the sport myself when i was a kid.

    1. Fe BongolanFe Bongolan Post author


      Baseball. I would love to write a piece on the democratic primaries using nothing but baseball metaphors. Right now, the winning team has the lead off runner at 3rd and the opposing team’s pitcher has a full count on the player at bat. It’s Two outs in a 1-run game, the Sun is in Gem and Moon is in Sag. The pitcher’s team manager is coming up to the mound.

  3. LizzyLizzy

    Ha ha – love it, Fe! The other evening I watched a great film, Million dollar arm, based on a true story about a sports agent who goes to India to look for a couple of young cricket players to bring back to the US and train as champion baseball players. I really recommend it if you haven’t seen it.

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