The American people have been denied the right to discuss socialism in the public arena. Thanks to Bernie, that's changing.
Riding the rails from Los Angeles to Connecticut provides a feast for the eyes and an opportunity to reflect on the changes America has seen - plus those still to come.
Sanders supporters are faced with a dilemma. Having had a chance to support an avowed socialist, it's not going to be easy for many to switch gears.
"This story," I said, "goes a little beyond quirky. Maybe kinky is the more appropriate word." I set the scene in the dark shadows of AIDS in mid-80s NYC.
Since Marx and Engels pinned the adjective "scientific" to socialism, we have toggled between the burden of Utopia and the urgency of fighting for justice.
Think the pain of a Trump presidency might be worth it in order to inflict a little punishment on Hillary? Not everyone can afford such arguments.
Trump is a man who consistently puts his profits over the prosperity of the people - imagine the kind of short-sighted policies he'll push for as president.
Tomorrow, Obama will visit Hiroshima, where the U.S. dropped the first atomic bomb. He should recommit to the goal of global nuclear disarmament.
In May 2008, 60 percent of Clinton supporters were willing to vote for Obama. This year, 72 percent of Sanders' voters say they'll back Clinton against Trump.
Having gains rolled back is a bitter experience. Personally, I'm tired of fighting for the same things again and again.