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Sanders writes: "With Trump's election, we live in a pivotal moment in American history. This country will either move in the direction of an authoritarian government where the rich get richer and everyone else gets poorer, or we will successfully fight back and build a strong grassroots movement to create a government which represents all of us, not just Donald Trump and others in the billionaire class."

Senator Bernie Sanders. (photo: Getty)
Senator Bernie Sanders. (photo: Getty)


No One Can Sit on the Sidelines. Not Now.

By Bernie Sanders, Reader Supported News

14 April 17

 

ith Trump's election, we live in a pivotal moment in American history. This country will either move in the direction of an authoritarian government where the rich get richer and everyone else gets poorer, or we will successfully fight back and build a strong grassroots movement to create a government which represents all of us, not just Donald Trump and others in the billionaire class.

That's the struggle we now face. No one can sit on the sidelines. Not now. The only way we win is when we stand together and fight back. I need your help to do that.

The bad news is that Trump's agenda – huge tax breaks for billionaires, enormous increases in military spending, massive cuts in health care and programs that protect the elderly, the children, the sick and the poor, horrific attacks on environmental protection and scapegoating the immigrant community – constitutes the most reactionary set of policies in the modern history of our country.

The good news is that the resistance to this extremist Trump/Republican agenda is growing rapidly. We saw that as millions participated in the Women's March in January. We saw that as hundreds of thousands attended rallies and town meetings in February and March to successfully defeat the Republican effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act and throw 24 million Americans off of their health insurance. We are seeing that now as people across the country are mobilizing for Green Day events to take on the fossil fuel industry, combat climate change and transform our energy system to energy efficiency and sustainable energy.

When we launched our presidential campaign two years ago, I told you that victory would require the active participation of millions of Americans in every community across the country. That it would require nothing short of a political revolution to combat the demoralization so many feel about the political process. That's what I believed then. That's what I believe now. And that's what I am attempting to do.

During the last several months I have visited a number of states where Donald Trump won. My message: working people must not support a president and a party beholden to powerful special interests and the top 1 percent. We cannot support a party which wants to divide us up by race, gender, religion, national origin or sexual orientation.

I was in Wisconsin where progressives are determined to overcome the Trump victory in that state and elect candidates who, in 2018, will stand with working people and not the 1 percent. I was in Kansas where, in one of the most conservative states in the country, over 5,000 people attended a progressive rally in Topeka. I was in Mississippi, a state today heavily dominated by the Republican Party, where brave workers in the auto industry are fighting for a union. I was in West Virginia, where Trump won a landslide victory, but where many people are beginning to rethink the wisdom of that decision.

And next week I am going back on the road, visiting areas of the country often ignored by Democrats. I will be in Maine, Kentucky, Florida, Nevada, Nebraska, Utah and Arizona. I will be talking about the grotesque level of income and wealth inequality that we face and the need for the rich to start paying their fair share of taxes. I will discuss the Medicare-for-all, single-payer legislation that I will soon be introducing. I will urge people to join the Fight for $15 minimum wage struggle to make sure all Americans enjoy a living wage. I will ask people across the country to help us create millions of jobs by rebuilding our crumbling infrastructure. I will explain the need to aggressively move forward for comprehensive immigration reform and why we must immediately fix our broken criminal justice system.

But I can’t do it alone.

Please attend the rallies in your area. Please work with me to revitalize American democracy and advance the political revolution.

Like I said from the beginning, our political revolution was never about one candidate. It was about creating a mass movement for real change in this country. That's the struggle we began. That's the struggle we'll continue. No turning back now.

In solidarity,

Bernie Sanders

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-4 # Femihumanist 2017-04-14 13:34
He left out the third possibility: We recruit so many people who hate us that we no longer exist. Us and the rest of the world.
 
 
+18 # jimallyn 2017-04-14 23:22
I am puzzled that this post has any thumbs down at all. Every time we bomb another wedding,or school, or mosque, or village, we are doing nothing but recruiting "terrorists." Surely Femihumanist and I are not the only people here who can see that?

“How can Americans say they are making themselves safer? Your President Bush has done a wonderful job of uniting one billion Muslims against America for the next two hundred years.” - Pakistani Brigadier General Bashir Baz

And Obama, and now Trump, have done nothing but continue to unite Muslims against us.
 
 
-1 # Texas Aggie 2017-04-16 09:55
But that isn't what she was saying. What she was implying is that we get the drumpf supporters who hate liberals to vote with us and then they eliminate us.
 
 
+76 # Blackjack 2017-04-14 13:35
But without this ONE candidate, I shudder to think where we would be! The country owes Bernie a big thank-you for his tireless efforts in waking up the electorate and attempting to shake the Democratic Party out of its Republican-Lite stupor. If he can finally move the Dems left of center, he will have accomplished a lot. If that doesn't happen then we might as well bid the party a fond farewell.
 
 
-6 # ericlipps 2017-04-14 17:49
"Left of center." Yes.

But what's the "center," and who decides?
 
 
0 # kyzipster 2017-04-15 16:59
The Conservative Movement with the help of the media decides the center imo. Any view that does not line up with their extremism is labeled 'far left liberal' and too many people believe it. It should lie where public opinion lies and on almost every issue, Sanders is in the center. Unfortunately people are still voting on gays, guns, abortion and Muslims.
 
 
+10 # Greg Scott 2017-04-15 21:13
If the mainstream Dems would pay attention, they would realize that Bernie has the winning hand. But they are still stuck in playing the game.

Got a call today from the DCCC pushing the election of Jon Ossoff in Georgia. The pitch was all about Trump. I have said it a hundred times: NOT Trump is NOT enough. Who cares about Trump. He is going to do the damage he is going to do. The young man seems nice enough but he seems to be trying to back into office on the Trump backlash. No votes, no speeches, no record, no fire...just some boiler plate positions on his website.

How many times do you have to lose before you figure out you have to fight FOR something.

Bernie is about policies for people and we TRUST that he will ALWAYS be about policies FOR people.

I told the woman from the DCCC that they weren't progressive enough for me anymore. She did not know what to say. Which is the problem.

I'll put my money and time elsewhere. No more corporate Dems.

Where you gonna be Bernie...I'll be THERE!
 
 
+24 # Saberoff 2017-04-14 13:40
Quoting Bernie: "When we launched our presidential campaign two years ago, I told you that victory would require the active participation of millions of Americans in every community across the country. That it would require nothing short of a political revolution to combat the demoralization so many feel about the political process."

You forgot one thing...

Traitors.
 
 
-1 # BluePill 2017-04-14 15:22
Sorry, I don't understand. Do you mean Trumps staff?
 
 
+2 # vicnada 2017-04-15 21:07
Why go there when you have Hillary's hoards? the DNC and the lock-step superdelegates that betrayed us all by delivering the White House to this madman.
 
 
+1 # lfeuille 2017-04-15 23:15
DNC.
 
 
+45 # reiverpacific 2017-04-14 13:49
Go for it Bernie; you're a foeman worthy of anybody's steel!
It's Drumpf that isn't worth a plastic toy sword.
 
 
+45 # Maybe 2017-04-14 13:52
If there is a God, he's sent you, Bernie, to lead this revolution. Never has any movement been more important. We have a lot more people than the Tea Party had when it took over our government. We can do this!!!
 
 
-12 # REDPILLED 2017-04-14 13:56
OK, Bernie. Then why are YOU sitting on the sidelines as the evil U.S. empire continues its illegal wars on Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Pakistan, Somalia, Syria, and Yemen?

As it maintains more than 700 military bases in more than 80 countries?

As it deploys Special Ops teams in more than 130 countries.

As its bloated imperial/milita ry budget makes your domestic policies impossible?

A true socialist would NEVER support imperialist policies and spending priorities.
 
 
+10 # BluePill 2017-04-14 15:24
It sure doesn't seem like Bernie's on the sidelines with the rallies he is making right now.
 
 
-9 # ericlipps 2017-04-14 17:52
You're kidding, right? Socialism isn't a cure-all; it's not automatically opposed to war.

Ah, but, you'll say, TRUE socialism is. But what's that? Who says? Can it actually exist? If it can exist, can it survive?
 
 
+30 # grandlakeguy 2017-04-14 14:25
Bernie PLEASE...expose the disgraceful fraud that we jokingly call elections in this country!

You did not lose the primary contests to Clinton!
Clinton did not lose the general elections to Trump!

What hope do we have if the enemy controls the counting of our votes?
 
 
+6 # tanis 2017-04-14 16:09
HERE! HERE! Thank you Bernie. Please get plenty of rest between states and speeches. Your energy is excellent! Those who doubt or criticism your work are standing still, we need movement in our thinking. FAITH in ourselves.
 
 
-14 # andy.beveridge50@gmail.com 2017-04-14 19:06
just another blowhard politician - when will ppl learn a new system is needed
 
 
+5 # Inspired Citizen 2017-04-14 19:52
#BernieOrBust was a kind-of tea party of the left. #ProgressiveOrB ust will either use the Democratic Party for genuine progress against corporatization or we'll bust it up.

Bernie's revolution is against neoliberal economics and politics. #ProgressiveOrB ust is a line in the sand, a revolutionary demand, a movement against neoliberal Democrats. They are as much of a threat to democratic order as most Republicans. Neoliberal globalization via "free-trade" agreements is an existential threat of the democratic form of government.
 
 
+7 # elkingo 2017-04-14 20:52
The only sanity in politics. Go Bernie! Go us!
 
 
+14 # LionMousePudding 2017-04-14 22:03
Just out of curiosity, Hillary fans. . Where is Hillary, now that she gets no personal advantage from any political involvement?
 
 
+11 # Wise woman 2017-04-15 11:24
Bernie can't do this alone folks. This is an updated movement of the sixties when we ousted a seated president and ended one of the grimest illegal wars in US history. Both Bernie and I lived through those times so we know what can be achieved. Decent people united then and can do it today.
 

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