I understand fully peoples’ cynicism, the Democratic Party has earned it. However, the left doesn’t win in general without a vision, and the Democats lack one. I realize that the Democrats aren’t on the left, but the left too has struggled to come up with a coherent alternative to rally around for a long, long time. There are many theoretical alternatives, there are pockets here and there that have done things progressives could use as a model (everything from municipally owned internet, to public banking like the Bank of North Dakota, to many municipalities supporting worker owned cooperatives across the country). Regardless of the particulars, regardless of any potential flaws in the bill, and regardless as to how corrupt most Democrats are nationally, we on the left take positions on issues that are very popular, the public agrees with us on most every major issue, and yet to this point we barely exist in national politics. If someone in power wants to keep this in the conversation, then by all means. Whether or not it gets passed is up to us any damn way, not Ellison or any other particular politician, and it is going to be a fight. I don’t have much faith in the Democrats at all, I have less faith in the Republicans, but we can take them on. They’re peanuts compared to those pulling their strings. If Ellison pushes for this, good. Let’s use him as a means of keeping this front and center and leave it at that, cause it isn’t going to happen soon anyway.