After the fall of Bernie on Super Tuesday, so many of us looked around for answers, feeling completely hopeless. The more time spent volunteering and phonebanking the more devastating the blow. See, after Bernie barely lost to Hillary, we had a different regret in that the first time so many of us did not believe and got on board soon enough to put Bernie over the top. It felt like Bernie really would have won if more people would have gotten active sooner, the fundraising juggernaut was a month to slow. Despite all the dirty tricks of the DNC and DWS, we didn’t blame Hillary as hard, or at least we got over it quickly. In 2020 we saw our person taken out in an orchestrated manor, in an attack more unified than perhaps ever seen in Washington. Seeing the fourth place candidate run a horrible campaign then be hand placed in first by the past President and the media left Bernie nation permanently wounded. Here we are again with a corporate sell out of an administration, so what can we do? Do we forget everything we care about and join Biden’s team of sellouts for table scraps on the environment? Do we risk becoming the hypocrites the right accuses us of by swearing off corporate donations, then being ok with it when it is our preferred flavor?
While this isn’t an article about how they F’ed Bernie, we can never forget the tactics and scale of our opposition. As we look forward we must choose our path wisely, but most importantly we must start thinking about long term strategy and trajectory. Cleary the corporate dems who have been at war with us have a long term plan for how to weed us out. They have a classic playbook to paint the narrative, what did they all say in perfect harmony when they lost seats in the house and didn’t take the senate? “It was all these radical leftist that cost us the election!” Even though centrist lost at a much higher rate than candidates backing the Green New Deal and M4A. This is where we must improve, we must immediately counter these attacks or else the public will only hear that side of the story. And for those too deep into politics, the average person does not go research another source after hearing something from President Obama. We should have been shouting “we told you so” from the rooftops! The first major course correct that needs to be verbally acknowledged by all of us is recognizing that Nancy Pelosi and the Corporate Dems hate us more than Trump or poor rural voters. They want to destroy us completely, not just win, but destroy. If we keep marching ahead holding hands with our biggest advisory we will be dead on arrival, and we will deserve it for stupidity.
With an incoming Democratic administration it can be at times conflicting, of course we aren’t with the Republicans, but the Corporate Dems made it perfectly clear that we are not welcome with them. However we do have popular support! Support for the agenda that helps real working Americans. Medicare for All and raising taxes on the wealthy have a majority support. Perhaps it is time to harken back to the most successful Democratic President of all time, FDR. Specifically how FDR faced a very similarly corrupt and wealthy Washington, yet used popular support to put pressure on politicians.
Did you ever indulge in the cynics’ questions to Bernie, “How will you ever pass these bills with Mitch McConnell and the republicans in the senate?”. Probably the more pressing and realistic question would be how is Bernie going to get the Corporate Dems on board when it upsets their masters? Well Bernie gave us a little taste of the FDR play book he planned to use- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S51uyddIiiM . See FDR knew he was the most popular politician in any given state, he also knew his agenda shared in that popularity. Whenever a politician would try to stop his legislation he would immediately call them out on all channels and threaten to start publicly campaigning against them. Only the most skilled politicians understand how to leverage popular support, while most are never popular enough to have the option. Trump and Obama squandered this to a degree that has never been seen. We can probably chalk that up to them both equally being in bed with donors. Obama had a supermajority in the senate and instead of passing medicare 4 all, gave the Republicans and business class exactly what they wanted, despite the will of the people he caved to donors. Trump had the same opportunity and floundered even more. See Trump was the most popular Republican in every state by massive margins. Why the hell did he let Senator Ron Johnson, who is underwater on his approval in his own state, tank his stimulus deal? Trump could have gone out in one tweet or rally and straightened his ass up. Imagine having a sub 40 approval rating in a swing state and still adamantly stiffing your voters, sadly we see it everyday.
The key to this system of public pressure uses their corruption against them. See they don’t actually care about donors, they just want to be personally enriched and personally leverage donors to stay in power. This is their greatest weakness and strength in a corrupt system, they have no core ideology. If there is one thing we know about people like Mayor Pete and Elizabeth Warren(previously an avid Ragan supporter) they will change every position they have for power. Self-seeking power is the only sure bet with their type, and their type is the most common in Washington. This is the weak spot, if someone like Bernie dropped into your state to start campaigning against you and airing your previously private voting and donor record it would threaten reelection, something that would guarantee an attitude adjustment. You are kidding yourself if you don’t think Warren and Pete would have completely changed their tune on republican talking points if Bernie had won you are so gullible. They would change skin and morph back into two super Progressives who always had Bernie’s back.
Back to the original question, what can we do now? First, we must change our mentality to long term strategic thinking. While there are more vocal Progressives in congress now than any time in the last 30 years, we are severely outnumbered, and the media is working overtime to erase us. This is perhaps our most important mission, never stop talking about Bernie Sanders and his platform. Never stop criticising the hypocrisy of accepting corporate donations, remember that Bernie raised more. Never forget the media treatment, giving Biden $100 Million in free air time, they are a permanent enemy. Never forget that the Corporate Dems hate us more than they will ever hate a Repulican. While there are not many concrete actions to take, perhaps the actions we do not take will be of the utmost importance. We must stop allowing Republicans disguised as Dems to gain our support. They have already picked their team, we are not on it, so we must stop clinging to their coat tails and letting them drag us through the mud. It is time to harness our inner tea party ferocity or be obscured into oblivion, totally forgotten.