THE FINAL COUNTDOWN
Ten days and the eyes of the world will be on the “City of Brotherly Love” one of America’s great cities, Philadelphia. At first glance, one would say ‘That’s the perfect place to hold the Democratic National Convention’ but then we sit back and remember that it’s 2016; and we can describe this Presidential election cycle in two words: Train Wreck.
Now, more than ever, as America reaches its boiling point, we need someone who can take her hand, pick her up, help her dust off and say “It’s all going to be okay.” Unfortunately, that isn’t the case.
On the one hand, you have one of the most divisive and utterly shameful people in the American lexicon attempting to “Trump” his way to become the leader of the free world. On the other, you have the “Teflon Don in a Pants Suit”. Neither of which are trusted enough to run this country. This is a problem; and what is the solution?
The solution came in the form of a 74-year-old Senator from the “sleepy” state famed for its maple syrup and ice cream. The gentleman from Vermont named Bernie Sanders. After more than a year of speculation and quiet rumor, his announcement to run for President came with little fanfare at Burlington Waterfront Park in Burlington, VT. The city he once served as Mayor.
The next year he would prove to be a political juggernaut as his crowds grew from 20 to 25 people in small venues to 20- to 25-thousand seat arenas turning the political world on its preverbal ears. Now we find ourselves as Progressives in a precarious position.
As I sit here and listen to an endorsement that I hoped would not come—an endorsement that I hoped would’ve played out in reversed roles—I now realize that this is bigger than two people. I’ve realized that this is not the end of the Progressive Revolution. This is merely the beginning.
The Democratic Party is poised to adopt the most Progressive platform that it has ever known, 80% of which were brought forward by Senator Bernie Sanders during his campaign. For what it’s worth, it can be seen as a win for progressives; just not the win we were hoping for.
Where do we go from here? Now is the time to build…Build the framework to a strong progressive government. That framework starts at the local level. Find out who your local Progressive candidates are and give them the push and support they need to get elected and keep the revolution going. If there are no local progressives…become one. Become the spark that lights the fire to a strong progressive government in your towns, in your cities, counties and build; build something bigger and stronger than ever before. You can either be the person who stands in a crowd complaining about litter, or be the person who breaks from the crowd to put the litter in its place.
THE REVOLUTION IS NOT OVER…IT’S ONLY JUST BEGUN.
Written By: Tony Joseph