I'm going to say something radical here: I've been where those people saying those things are at... and I've evolved past
All is not lost, and your "revolution" is as strong as ever. If you play this right, it will keep growing. We have the power to take this country back, in a real, and sustained way. The problem here is, that Mr. Sanders isn't leading your revolution.
Jerry and I have been Bernie's constituents in Vermont for 35 years. We've seen him in action. We've the seen his consistency, his passion, and his integrity in working for low and middle-income people--especially those who have been marginalized and discriminated against.
The countless numbers of volunteers who spend hours phone banking, canvassing, hosting events, and numerous other activities
But I have to write it. And I have to say it. And if I could sing, I'd sing it too. But IF we DON'T win the victory, what
1. Encourage Debbie Wasserman-Schultz to resign and support the bid of a younger, more progressive leader to head the Democratic
Talking to friends and meeting new people in the movement, you realize Bernie's campaign is amazing, based on equality, democracy and optimism -- and that it's one of the best political things that has come along in your lifetime. You're feeling the Bern now, and it's marvelous.
Consider too that all of the following questions can be raised by a Republican opponent in the general election come November.
Susan Sarandon did a beautiful thing in an interview with Chris Hayes last night. Not only did she refuse to play along with a dominant mainstream media narrative, she artfully deconstructed a blind spot of privilege from which the 'lesser of two evils' argument claims power.
At first I figured Hillary would be my candidate all the way. I mean, go first woman president! and all. And who's more qualified, right? But, very quickly, very easily, Bernie won me over. His authenticity, his passion, his commitment to economic justice? Well, geez: he's a total yogi.
I'm done watching and listening -- without rebuttal -- to those who claim to be progressives and Democrats as they outrageously slam and slime a woman who's worked indefatigably for 40+ years in support of essential and life-changing issues that I, and many others, support.
Sanders' supporters must have faith in him, and his campaign strategy; he has been playing this game for a long time. He and his team understand it better than anyone -- better than we do, and far better than the media.
I believe that Hillary Clinton is tough enough to make the difficult choices, to fight hard for what we stand for as Democrats, and to be as unrelenting with fighting for us as she has been with her own career.
I won't ask you to ignore the superdelegate count. But I will request that as you process cable news, full of pundits exalting Clinton's inevitability, you remember a crucial fact: Pledged delegates matter more than superdelegates.
Bernie is tailor made for this populist moment. In a time of epochal economic imbalance, he proposes real and bold solutions -- and it's not about him, it's about us.
But as a former defense attorney, Hillary knows better. She knows there's no consistent way to reserve executions for just
Unfortunately, we are the pragmatists. We have seen that things cannot continue as they have since the Clintons and their
Bernie supporters don't like questions. Most have big ideas but not clear answers. Perhaps because the press has yet to grill Bernie over his proposals, they haven't been given the answers.
Let's clear something up: Hillary Clinton is no progressive; she and the New Democrats were barely even Democrats to begin with. Their rise to power in the 90s came at the price of embracing the laissez-faire economics and racial politics of the Reagan Revolution.
So you ask us: "How dare Bernie run?" You imply: "How dare you, a Democrat, support his run?" My answer, aside from pointing out that this is a democratic election rather than a Democratic coronation, is simple: I support Bernie Sanders because he supports me.