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Democrats See Bright Future Rooted in Bernie Sanders' Impact
Written by <a href="index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=3048"><span class="small">Adam Gabbatt, Guardian UK</span></a>   
Sunday, 28 October 2018 08:37

Gabbatt writes: "The left is pouring its energy into the November midterm elections. But organizers from the Democratic Socialists of America and Justice Democrats told the Guardian this week that the work they're planning beyond that is just as important."

Supporters react as Senator Bernie Sanders speaks during a rally in Las Vegas, Nevada. (photo: Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Supporters react as Senator Bernie Sanders speaks during a rally in Las Vegas, Nevada. (photo: Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Democrats See Bright Future Rooted in Bernie Sanders' Impact

By Adam Gabbatt, Guardian UK

28 October 18

‘We’re building the socialist wing of a broader movement’ says organizers of Democratic groups

rogressives looking beyond 2018

The left is pouring its energy into the November midterm elections. But organizers from the Democratic Socialists of America and Justice Democrats told the Guardian this week that the work they’re planning beyond that is just as important.

Waleed Shahid, a director at Justice Democrats, said he believed there could be a parallel in the long term – sparked by Bernie Sanders’ 2016 run bringing democratic socialism to the fore – to the impact Barry Goldwater had on the Republican party.

“[Goldwater inspired] a whole generation of conservative activists, organizers, intellectuals who felt emboldened to kind of plant the seeds of a movement, and that movement ultimately, 16 years later, led to Ronald Reagan,” Shahid said.

Maria Svart, national director of the DSA, also sees a bright future.

“We’re building the socialist wing of a broader movement that is really pushing this country and will definitely be pushing Congress, but at the same time we are an organization that wants to build at the grassroots for the long term,” she said.

“We’re building the pipeline of people that will run for office. On November 7 we’re already going to be thinking about who’s going to be running in 2019 and 2020 for local office.”

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+3 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2018-10-28 18:25
Yes, the future for the Democratic party is looking brighter. The rise of the progressive, socialist, left wing or whatever you want to call it is a good and hopeful thing. We have not yet crossed the tipping point. The old center-right coalition that came to power with Bill Clinton in the 90s still controls the party and all of its administration (the DNC).

We are still a long way from taking control of the party. But change is inevitable. Parties swing like a pendulum -- the democrats swung way too far to the right and now the weight is swinging back to the left. It is also a generation phenomenon. The younger Blue Dog Demos like the Clintons were given an opening by the influx of huge amounts of corporate and lobbyist money in the 80s and 90s. The money is still there but it now mostly buys distrust, scorn, and antipathy. Obama raised a shitload of money but very few people respect him now.

Democrats need to follow the policy ideas of the DSA and the Greens. They have already articulated the right positions. Demos just need to accept those and make them their own.
+6 # Texas Aggie 2018-10-28 21:20
Now if only the DCCC would get the word that being corporate shills is not the road they should be taking.
+1 # Caliban 2018-10-29 01:28
Let's use "Progressive" and not "Socialist" even "Socialist - Democrat", please.

For whatever reason, the word "socialist" sounds a death-knell in USA politics, and even Bernie's great charm and intelligence can't seem to change that outside his home state. Maybe "socialist" sounds too much like "Stalinist"? Not sure.

That said, I just read that HRC has not totally ruled out another run for POTUS. Please write Tom Perez and beg him to discourage this. She was not as bad a candidate as many believe, but I fear the Trump gang may still have her number in 2020 as they did in 2016.
+1 # ddd-rrr 2018-10-29 06:53
THIS is the way to do it! While working primarily from the bottom up to build a movement
(while simultaneously also reaching as high in the hierarchy as you can) takes persistence
and great effort, history shows that THIS method (rather than attempting top-down change)
is the way forward to eventual success. Bernie's running certainly helped begin this
effort by establishing some of the goals, but it was unlikely to result
in instant overall success -- but it WAS USEFUL
for pointing out the needed
+2 # Moxa 2018-10-29 15:43
Without leadership from the top as well, it's just a few voices crying in the wilderness of a system so corrupt it is almost beyond changing. If Bernie does not get the presidency in 2020, it may be GAME OVER. There is no one else up to the job. Don't think of him in the past tense. He is the soul of this whole movement and still the prime mover.
0 # Blackjack 2018-10-31 08:48
Someone needs to tell Mr. Gabbatt that Bernie's influence, though phenomenal, is still running afoul of the Dem Ruling Class, which is still in adamant denial about the need for Democratic Socialism. . .and yes, that is the correct terminology. . .not Socialism. I saw Bernie a little over a week ago in a rally here in this red state. He is still vibrant, still inspiring, and still determined, yet the Dem Ruling Class still works as hard, if not harder, against his ideas than it does against those of the Fascist State of Republicans. I don't know if Bernie will run again for President, but I hope he does. . .but the Dem Ruling Class, not-too-subtly, constantly refers to his "age." Ever wonder why they don't make the same references about Biden, who is similar in age? Because Biden is one of them. Understand, Mr. Gabbatt, that Bernie has two foes to overcome--the Fascist Republicans and the Ruling Class Dems. . .a huge impediment, but not impossible if Bernie can continue to exert his considerable influence among those who understand that both his foes are rotten to the core.