Bernie just held a conference call with all of his delegates and here’s my takeaway: The Revolution isn’t over; it’s a Slow Bern and we are only just beginning the fight.
There really wasn’t anything surprising in the beginning. Bernie thanked all of his supporters and reminded us that we are part of a unique moment in history. He listed some of the truly incredible accomplishments of this last year. We won about 13 million votes, 22 states and 1,900 pledged delegates, and we did it after the mainstream media and talking heads wrote Bernie and his supporters off as fringe. We forced a discussion in the media and political circles about issues that really matter such as income inequality, climate change, the criminal justice system, the lack of affordable health care, the cost of college tuition, and so much more. We created the most progressive platform that the Democratic Party has ever created (though I still don’t think it went far enough!)…and we did it with grassroots efforts and contributions from every day working people. We did that–WE DID THAT–and so much more.
Where do we go? We keep moving forward. We elect progressive candidates at every level of government from the school board to the Governor’s mansion and we keep on electing them. We develop a 50 state strategy to support progressive candidates. Bernie is going to announce organizations that he is starting to keep this movement and momentum going.
The delegates have a key role to play in Philadelphia. Bernie will speak, there will be a roll call vote so that every one of the delegates’ voices is heard; the Rules will be challenged to create a more fair and open Democratic Party. It’s time to challenge the superdelegate system, the closed primaries, and the politician’s dependence on billionaires and corporations. I remain committed to my job as a pledged delegate for Bernie and will be voting for Bernie in Philadelphia as planned!
The goal, the end game, my friends, is no less than the transformation of the Democratic Party and the entire nation! We are transforming the way politics is done in this country and in so doing changing the world!
Yesterday, last night, I was disheartened by the thought of Bernie endorsing HRC, but now I am filled with hope. Yes, I wish Bernie had won, and I have seen all the posts about lawsuits and strategies and I admit a part of me still hopes…until that happens I take heart in knowing that we are being inspired and guided by a visionary. Bernie has said from the start that this election wasn’t about him; this election is about transforming US, ordinary citizens, into so much more than we have been. We are alive and awake and energized to do the work that we must do to create the country we deserve. It’s not a violent revolution; it’s a Slow Berning one.