Unlike conservatives and those on the right, progressives and leftists are difficult to herd. We are freethinkers, independent, we constantly question authority, we express our opinions. We are not automatons.
Nowhere is that more apparent than in our approach to our political options.
Organizing the left is like the proverbial problem of herding cats. Conservatives and the right are easily manipulated and directed. They march in lock-step. They follow direction. They spout the party line. They are easily managed and are malleable.
Progressives each have a different opinion about almost everything.
A perfect example is to be observed in our views of how we grow our movement.
There are those of us who believe our future lies with the Green party. There are those who think Bernie Sanders should launch a Peoples’ party, and are busy petitioning him to do so. Most progressives are in Bernie Sanders’ camp, intent upon reforming the Democratic party,
Whether that is even possible is a totally separate issue from what progressives wish to accomplish.
Most everyone who supported Bernie in the 2016 Democratic primaries is onboard for a Bernie run in 2020.
But we are all over the block on how he should proceed.
My opinion is really no more valid than is anyone else’s, but I will share it anyway!
We ought to follow Bernie’s lead. We really have no choice. Bernie will run as he pleases, and we can follow him or not. All the bitching in the world is not going to convince Sanders to run on a third party, let alone start a new one.
Sanders believes the future of the progressive movement lies within the Democratic party.
I was one of his harshest critics when he endorsed the Whore of Wall Street. Like many Berners I hoped Bernie would run as a Green and challenge the two war and Wall Street parties.
In retrospect, Bernie made the right call. He would have lost as a Green. Trump would still have been elected president. But progressives would have been shut out of the Democratic party. The movement would have become marginalized. Bernie and his followers would have become as irrelevant as Jill Stein and the Greens are now.
Bernie was playing the long game. He must have been terrified that Hillary might have won. Had she, progressives would have also been shut out of the process, marginalized within the Democratic party, and the DNC and it’s corrupt hacks would never have been openly challenged.
In that light, there really was no downside for Sanders in supporting Hillary. And with endorsing Hillary, Bernie stood the chance of hitting the political jackpot: a Trump win.
With a Trump presidency, there will be no sitting Wall Street Democrat in the White House. A real possibility exists that the stranglehold that Wall Street hacks have had on the DNC may be broken.
There are more rank-and-file progressive Democrats than there are rank-and-file Wall Street Democrats. More liberals than neo-liberals. More leftists than there are oligarchs.
The reason progressives do not control the party is because Wall Street lobbyists have purchased our elected Democratic leaders.
They owned Obama, Biden, Reid, Pelosi, almost every Member of Congress and the Senate. In turn, those bought-and-paid-for Wall Street sycophants appointed DNC operatives, who appointed super-delegates, who stole the election from Bernie Sanders.
Some of us disagree with Bernie, some are skeptical of his strategy.
Bernie is the leader of those who will follow him. And most Berners will follow Bernie.
The immediate task at hand is to help Bernie take over the Democratic party.
And that is really the only option available to progressives. Every other course of action is a waste of time, energy, and resources. Third parties, petitioning Bernie to fall on his sword, howling at the moon, etc, accomplish nothing.
For those in the Democratic party, let’s get to work on Bernie’s revolution.
For those outside the party, #DemEnter.
For those who disagree, let’s set aside our differences for the next 3 years and get Bernie Sanders (or one of his political heirs) the Democratic nomination.
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