In a post-2016 context, every citizen in America who has self-identified as left-of-center must now admit that we’ve all equally lost the fight, and use that obvious common ground to align with each other to make progress on the issues that matter most to us.
I can’t see how you and I lost the fight equally to people who have been murdered by police, just as an example. You and I at least still get to talk about where we go from here. They have no voice, because they’re dead. Their loss was obviously greater.
You make mention of issues that matter most to us, and you invoke the sentimentality of unity, but what are those issues, and how do we resolve them? Unity only serves a purpose if we unite over something sensible and meaningful. How can you ask for unity without saying what those sensible and meaningful causes are? It serves little purpose to mention campaign finance and climate change without concrete steps to address them, and an acknowledgement of the so-called left’s own complicity in making them the problems they are today.
The first step to unity is an honest accounting of why things are the way they are, and a logical plan to fix our problems based on that accounting.