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After Sanders Endorses Clinton, 'Political Revolution' Faces Hard Choices


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After Sanders Endorses Clinton, 'Political Revolution' Faces Hard Choices

Kevin Gosztola

For the past months, the Democratic Party, particularly corporate Democrats, clamored for Bernie Sanders to quit the presidential race or endorse Hillary Clinton. He continued his campaign and competed in all 50 states. He challenged the inevitability of Clinton as a nominee, forcing her to stave off his “political revolution.” But now, Sanders has endorsed Clinton, and the Democratic Party can breathe a sigh of relief going into the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.


#2

SSERGORP, as I see it.


#3

I wish I had the direct answers to the questions you ask, Kevin. But I know they lay within your own words:

...[B]uilding independent political power outside the two-party system is crucial.

What Sanders has attempted to do has never been done in the US. A political campaign for office has never resulted in a successful people's movement, and isn't likely to even with the technology we have at our disposal. Sanders will not be the next president, and he's lost some authority in the movement he lifted up. But the movement is out there, the demands are out there and it will go on without Sanders at the helm and that's OK.

It's always been about what we will do, not about what Sanders will do. He's brought us this far and we've learned the cold truth that to win, we must build our own power outside the Democratic Party.


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Senator Sanders may not receive the Presidential nomination, however that is only half the battle.The other half is to revolutionise Congress. Bernie should extend his influence to getting Congressmen of integrity elected.

The political powers of both parties have yet to acknowledge or recognise the fundamental ethic behind the popularity of both Sanders and Trump: the American people are simply tired of Politics as Usual. To not extend The Revolution into Congressional races would be to miss a rare opportunity to clean up Congres.

The reason we Sanders Revolutionaries could have a real effect on Congressional election outcomes is that most elections are decided by a few percentage points and a concerted vote by a relative few can decide the contest. Considering the number of votes, both Democrat and Republican, Bernie got in the primaries; he has an extremely powerful tool at his disposal; upwards of 20%-25% of the electorate. The problem is which candidates to focus on.

On his web page Bernie could have his recommendations for each Congressional seat up for grabs this election season. Imagine a spreadsheet type page: One would click on one’s State then any of the Candidates. The spreadsheet columns would have Bernie's’ recommendation and the candidate's’ position on the critical issues etc.. Whatever variation on this theme is fine; the point being that it focuses Bernie’s revolution on Congress, which is actually more critical to effecting change than is the Presidency.

Whether the subject is the 1%, and their unfair share of the national wealth, inaction on Climate Change, True Election Reform (TEF) or other critical issues we will not get action until Special Interest Influence is removed from Congress. Only the Voters can change the mentality of Congress. Congress writes the election laws and only our elected representatives can change them. Hence the primary criterion on Bernie’s spreadsheet would be: “does this candidate believe in True Election Reform”?.

As an Independent Bernie can ignore partisan politics and make the Congressional Candidate's attitude and commitment to TEF the criterion for his recommendation. This is nothing more than the candidates foregoing an action that in most Democracies is illegal. Under more moral standards 90+% of the members of the US Senate and House of Representative would be in jail.

This is rare opportunity to actually make our votes meaningful. I hope Senator Sanders will stay with the program and make it happen.


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Kevin Gosztola poses the questions:

"Has the “political revolution” finally brought us to a breaking point, where enough people are no longer willing to tolerate the two-party system? Have we reached a point where bold movement politics will give rise to equally inspiring electoral politics, which will give the poor and working class the hope of true political representation?


It doesn’t seem like “the political revolution” is even close to a breaking point. The thousands of Sanders supporters should be mobilizing with very few falling in line behind the DNC (or RNC for that matter). If the following figures are correct, it leads me to believe this country is not even close to a “political revolution” and the use of that term almost seems absurd.

http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/sanderss-endorsement-may-help-among-his-most-anti-clinton-supporters/

Although I hate to admit it----- for it is a very bleak forecast---- I think Morris Berman is correct: http://www.alternet.org/story/154453/why_the_american_empire_was_destined_to_collapse

And just to nitpick something from the Stein quote in article above----where has Jesse Jackson been in this “political revolution”?

https://www.rt.com/usa/346406-jesse-jackson-endorses-clinton/

In spite of my belief that we are in environmental and social collapse that have breached many tipping points, I am throwing my support behind Stein.

Was offline for a few days as I am in the midst of environmental collapse in upper midwest (Mn,Wis.). This area was walloped by climate change enhanced storms. Flooding everywhere, roads washed out, family home/cabin engulfed in massive fallen trees. The human/nonhuman world is in deep, deep trouble with climate chaos unfolding.

It was disheartening to get online today when power was restored and read about the Sanders endorsement of HRC. Then I happened upon a very bizarre comment here about me linked with another poster---- Carol---- as some tag team: WTF??

Common Dreams: I hope you are more careful about allowing comments on this site that are clearly derogatory toward those that simply want to have conversations with others to examine the critical issues we (WE) are facing together. Just because I'm a "new poster" I get this?

Please delete posts that attack other posters.

p.s. Carol----no offense, I appreciate your posts and would be happy to tag team with you!:slight_smile:


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The time has never been better for a third party revival. I will be voting Green, as always, but the Green party is not without its own issues. It needs fresh membership, better recruiting and some reorganization if it is to make enough of an impact to make a difference. Very doable, however, and trivial compared to what it will take to transform the Democratic party. I strongly urge Bernie supporters to go Green. Here is a party that covers all progressive issues, not just the select few that Sanders promoted. Here is a party that has never been co-opted by big money. Here is a party that offers a real choice.

As for Bernie, I have had very mixed feeling this last week. I can't fault him for endorsing Clinton, in that he said he would do that very thing from the beginning. Nevertheless, I feel embarrassed for him for throwing his integrity under the bus and becoming just another hack politician.

As for not taking the fight to the convention, I regard that as a bad decision. By endorsing Clinton, now, Bernie loses all his leverage with the party establishment, making the convention nothing more than a Hillary coronation. He will now be safely cocooned and put in a corner where no one will hear him. As far as the movement goes, Bernie has left the building. We go on without him.


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Thanks for the tip Cookies
I tried to figure that out but given my cyber related ineptitude could not!

I still have a lot of interpersonal work to do in regards to restraining myself (should just ignore these things) and thus not lend any credence to personal attacks by responding to them.

That just blew my mind though. Weird day (weather and politics wise) made weirder by odd comments with my name in them!:scream:


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I'm voting for Jill Stein. That said, we need to vote for congressional dems. The more of them there are, the better chance we have of pushing things through with massive activism -- and we will need that! We need to remain an organized force that can shake the foundations of this country.

As JKF warned, "Those who make peaceful revolution impossible make violent revolution inevitable."


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The congressional dems in my state are shills for Monsanto and militarism, just like Clinton. To hell with them.


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The movement may be deflated but is not dead. If Bernie supporters vote for Jill Stein and the Greens, they may not elect her president, but they will establish a permanent progressive third party alternative and put an end to the existing corrupt duopoly. That would not only be historically significant, but would open the door to allowing us to reclaim our democracy in the land of the bought and sold.


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When I vote for Jill Stein in November, I will deliver an unequivocal message: none of the above.


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Sanders's endorsement of Clinton smells a bit like wishful thinking, because Clinton is never going to be an honest broker in a deal. At best, she'd honor the terms of the agreement in the same way that she honored the letter of the law when it comes to protecting classified information - that is, she wouldn't, not even remotely, but she'd have well-placed people engaging in the verbal gymnastics needed to convey the impression that she did.

So now, we're left with two major-party candidates. One represents the idea that the masses are stupid, ignorant, and racist. The other represents the idea that the choice of president can potentially have severe consequences, and shouldn't be taken lightly. And the people are left with an uneasy feeling in their stomachs.


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You got it: Bernie has always said that it's about what WE do. Those that are talking "betrayal" and such aren't getting it. Just because he's endorsed Clinton does not mean that he will not continue holding the flame to her feet the whole time she is in office. There will be many battles we won't have to worry about and we can focus on those (albeit many) issues where Clinton is too far to the right....whereas we will be fighting Trump tooth and nail on absolutely everything. And those who voted for Obama and expected him to be more liberal and sat back and did nothing after he was in office...then didn't vote in the mid-terms and things got worse....will, hopefully, have learned that if they don't stay engaged and fighting on some issues then nothing will change.


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Thank you again Mr. Gosztola you nailed it.
I feel, as do many on this site, that change won't come from aligning with the corrupt Democrats. I don't believe a word HRC says, much less her promises. I also don't believe we have a choice in this two party system. Trump and Clinton are the bottom of the barrel and I for one will not be a party to their machinations.
Bernie did what he had to do but we have to do what our conscience says we should do and to me it is never to vote for a sold out Dem again.
Jill Stein will be happy so many have decided to vote Green this year and I would be thrilled to see her get enough votes and money to get her on all ballots. She is the other we have been looking for. She was recently interviewed by Fox News and she was elegant. She's sophisticated, gentle, and extremely knowledgeable about the things we need in this country. She was presidential and handled the questions easily. I was impressed, it surely cleared away any reservations I had.
She is the female president we could be proud of and she will get my vote.
Never Hillary


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Daunting as the task may be, it is much easier to take over one of the major parties than it is to get a third party candidate elected, the most recent example being the Tea Party take over of the GOP. This approach was favored by the great American socialist Michael Harrignton years ago, after having spent the better part of his life trying to get a viable socialist party established. Bernie's campaign came very close even with all the obstacles put up by old line Democrats. Both parties are but empty shells, and like the hermit crab looking for a home, the group that takes possession of the shell, party, sets the agenda. Bernie came pretty close. Corbyn did this in the UK with the Labor Party, it can be done here.


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I can't say that I have found dumping the Democratic Party to be that hard of a choice to make since they voted to enact the so called Patriot Act and to launch wars of aggression. Now that they are doubling down on that and going even further to the right then that it's a pretty easy choice to make.


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He can't very well do that within the Democratic Party since they have run off all candidates that had any integrity during Wasserman-Schultz's tenure as DNC chair.