“A politician thinks of the next election. A leader thinks of the next generation.” – Bernie Sanders
A Brief Commentary by Doug Draper, publisher, Niagara At Large
Posted November 8th, 2016 on Niagara At Large
We just turned around and he was gone.
For one brief, shining moment, it looked earlier this year like there might be a chance that a truly progressive leader – a leader of vision, with a kinder, fairer, more inclusive vision for a future that the 99 per cent can believe in – had a chance of being elected to the most powerful political office in the world.
The reasons this did not or could not, in the eyes of the political elite and their corporate masters, be allowed happen will be discussed and debated for years to come.
But Bernie Sanders – always this Canadian commentator’s choice to win the presidency this 2016 in our neighbouring United States of America – has continued to vow that the “political revolution” for which he has been fighting for true, progressive change for peace and prosperity of everyone is not going away.
They might be able to bury the candidate calling for the revolution, but they can’t bury the revolution.
The elites in the Democratic Party will find that out, even if their hand-picked candidate Hillary Clinton wins the presidency in a landslide this November 8th, 2016 and, for better or worse, elites on the Republican side will find that out to, even if Donald Trump suffers a crushing defeat and scurries back up that escalator to the gilded corridors of his Fifth Avenue tower.
The Occupy Wall Street movement, that began five years ago this September in the shadows of the financial towers on Wall Street, and spread too Bay Street in Toronto before catching on in other communities across North America, that finally put it all in focus in terms of who the true destroyers of the dream of a better life for everyday people are.
It was that movement – more than anything that the likes of a Noam Chomsky, or Ralph Nader or Michael Moore or Naomi Klein have ever said or written or featured in a documentary film – that has most profoundly, and without any real leaders of its own, drawn the line in the sand for most everyone in the 99% who continue to be screwed by unfair trade deals, by pay-to-play politics and the greediest, and by most carnivorous strain of capitalism, practiced by individuals who are no longer “job creators” but agents bent on destroying as many decent paying jobs as possible for one purpose and one purpose alone – to build up the most obscene mountains of wealth in human history for their personal aggrandizement.
Under those circumstances, Bernie’s revolution is not going away and political elites who continue to ignore the needs and the pleas of the 99% should get little comfort if one of their handpicked, establishment politicians – this time in the name of Hillary Clinton – gets one more kick at the can.
The way the numbers look on the electoral map, Hillary Clinton will be president-elect by this November 9th because she ran against an individual that is demonstrably unfit to be the agent of change we need. But without a sudden awakening by our current set of politicians that the needs of everyday people and the planet we live on must take priority over the greed of a few, change will come and Bernie Sander’s call for a political revolution is not going away.
Here is a statement from Bernie Sanders on that revolution, released by him during the Democratic Primary that nominated Hillary Clinton this past summer –
Bernie Sanders On ‘Where Our Political Revolution’ Goes Next
A Message from Vermont Senator & Progressive Movement Leader Bernie Sanders, Posted July 26th, 2016
Our campaign has always been about a grassroots movement of Americans standing up and saying: “Enough is enough. This country and our government belong to all of us, not just a handful of billionaires.”
I just finished speaking at the Democratic National Convention, where I addressed the historic nature of our grassroots movement and what’s next for our political revolution.
I hope that I made you proud. I know that Jane and I are very proud of you.
Our work will continue in the form of a new group called Our Revolution. The goal of this organization will be no different from the goal of our campaign: we must transform American politics to make our political and economic systems once again responsive to the needs of working families.
We cannot do this alone. All of us must be a part of Our Revolution.
Join Our Revolution and help continue our critical work to create a government which represents all of us, and not just the 1 percent – a government based on the principles of economic, social, racial and environmental justice. Add your name here.
When we started this campaign a little more than a year ago, the media and the political establishment considered us to be a “fringe” campaign. Well, we’re not fringe anymore.
Thanks to your tireless work and generous contributions, we won 23 primaries and caucuses with more than 13 million votes, all of which led to the 1900 delegates we have on the floor this week at the Democratic convention.
What we have done together is absolutely unprecedented, but there is so much more to do. It starts with defeating Donald Trump in November, and then continuing to fight for every single one of our issues in order to transform America.
We are going to fight to make sure that the most progressive platform in the history of the Democratic Party becomes law. This means working for a $15 federal minimum wage, fighting for a national fracking ban, and so many more progressive priorities.
The political revolution needs you in order to make all this happen and more.
Thank you for being a part of the continued political revolution.
Watch Bernie Sanders Keynote Speech on the first night – July 25th, 2016 – of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V0tVD87cZew .
For more news on Bernie Sanders click on – https://berniesanders.com/news/ .
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