Youthful Enthusiasm Not Enough

RECEIVED Wed., Feb. 17, 2016

Dear Editor,
    I am in my 70s. I was an Obama delegate to the 2008 Texas State Democratic Convention. I am a lifelong Democrat. I believe in virtually everything Sanders says. I also watched George McGovern lose 47 states, and that was before Citizens United. Nixon's victory cost the lives of tens of thousands of innocent young Americans, not to mention Vietnamese. Republicans are hitting Hillary hard and ignoring Sanders. Why? Because they are drooling at the prospect of running against him. Even without the billions the banking/drug/insurance/energy et. al. companies will spend to defeat him, McGovern taught us youthful enthusiasm simply is not enough. And we were motivated by the Vietnam War, life and death with the draft, not more ethereal issues of income inequality. All Sanders supporters should realize that while a vote for Sanders may feel good for a while, a vote for Sanders is a vote for Trump. The millions of naive enthusiasts for Ralph Nader in 2000 gave us George Bush, 9/11, Iraq, Afghanistan, financial collapse, etc. Sanders supporters, including the Chronicle ["Chronicle Endorsements," News, Feb. 12], pay attention to history, put aside your idealism for the greater good: Imagine President Trump.
Ken Rygler
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