I get the gist of this article.
To the degree it attempts to point out some evidence of current changes or openings within the electorate, it speaks of hope. And I think that is a good thing.
However for me, its "hope" (remember Obama's campaign slogan) is betrayed by an unspoken attitude and prejudice that is basically not seeing the 800 — ok, 150 — lb Gorilla in the room.
In fact it is astounding and symbolic. HOW on earth can one celebrate a conscious set of visions, goals and values that bespeak declaring "independence from the Corporate Oligarchy" when you neither mention nor recognize the movements to achieve this goal, BEFORE Bernie made his move?
Don't get me wrong, Bernie Sanders, even if he runs as a Democrat with all the likely encumbrances and hypocrisies involved, still does a service by helping make such important IDEAS AVAILABLE to act as a Sounding Board for Americans to begin to re-examine the clear and repeated attacks on our democracy, Constitution, legal system and population well-being going on around us. Even with the limited coverage of his candidacy, Sanders has helped TAP INTO True Concerns of our population, which is a MINIMUM First Step in identifying and rectifying problems.
These concerns are REAL. They ARE, in effect, earth-shaking in that they finally confront our REAL Values with what is happening to us and our whole national future by unelected Power-Takers using Stealth and Wealth.
Bernie comes along and in the process not only his campaign, but the nation discovers concerns and agendas that are not being addressed by the Corporate Duopoly — in fact, much to the Contrary. the concerns and worries exist but are IGNORED or AGGRAVATED by the largely corporate-funded would-be "representatives" who scrape and bow to the Oligarchy.
Sanders has not CREATED, but rather TAPPED INTO, deep and unaddressed anxieties of a disempowered population. They exist but are rarely admitted, much less examined.
The author in describing what he sees as the benefits of the Sanders Campaign, in bringing many pressing issues to the fore, IGNORES that these issues are hardly new or recent, and both our right-and-centrist corporate duopoly "parties" have until now, IGNORED and AVOIDED what for them are irrelevant, if not sticky issues.
In other words, he is saying that if it were not for the efforts of Independent and Socialist Bernie Sanders, America, once again would not have any of its true core concerns addressed.
These ideas which as we see resonate with the 'homeland", as 10,000 or more come out to rallies are little different that those concerns which brought out 15,000 or more paying enthusiasts to hear, share and support, the ideas of the Green Party and Ralph Nader 15 years ago! The concerns back then are the same as those today!
But at that time as well as in the ensuing 15 years, the Corporatist Parties did EVERYTHING POSSIBLE to make sure those IDEAS and Concerns WERE NOT EVEN HEARD!! This year they have less, in that Bernie is a sitting Senator and does get some press.
But if they could, HE and those ideas would again be silenced. Let us not fool ourselves.
So. In all this time, WHO has kept this agenda of deep concerns alive? WHO? A number of activists, sure, but also the Green political party. For all its faults, it has still managed to persist as a conscience for America. The ideas of the Green New Deal available thru Green contender Dr. Jill Stein's website (Jill2016.org) spells out what concerns Senator Sanders ... and more.
In 2000, Nader's campaign FILLED Madison Square Garden. it was an incredible moment of activism, spirit and hope. But it was ignored by the press and the Duopoly as though it had not happened. it was NOT their agenda, and so "could not exist in the public mind." The IDEAS voiced by thousands were not ALLOWED to get heard on the televised debates organized by D's and R's. and America permitted that CENSORSHIP.
These important ideas and solutions exists WITHIN a party, and is not being fought by the party of the candidate. In the off-chance Bernie wins he will lose incredible time and momentum battling actual enemies within the Democrats. the people themselves will have to push.
BUT, Bernie is likely to lose to the Billary Machine, and ALLLL those crucial democracy-defending ideas will ... DISAPPEAR — except for where it still exists within the Green Party candidacy.
This is not a plea for everyone to vote Green, but for us all to comprehend that Greens in many ways act as standard-bearers of all these wonderful ideas that Atcheson praises. They continue to exist and grow even outside a Sanders candidacy.
THIS is why this article is seriously amiss if it does not recognize, even pay homage, to the many individuals, Green or not, who have worked so hard for decades against incredible odds to keep KEY, CORE ideas of participation and justice and planetary stewardship alive amidst growing attacks.
To look at our situation today, and not recognize all those whose energies can accomplish much and even more if taken together, is to be blindsided at a moment in history when we need to hear one another and link arms.