Sanders is out


in Politics, The environment

Bernie Sanders has withdrawn from the US Democratic primary process, leaving Joe Biden as the presumptive nominee. I personally find the support for Sanders in the climate movement hard to understand and frustrating, as I can’t see what he has done that convinces them that he would lead effectively on climate change. Rather, it has seemed clear as state after state voted that Sanders’ political revolution was never going to happen. He wasn’t really part of the Democratic party and didn’t really have their support, and nor did he have the support of any influential constituency in America (progressives obviously don’t count as influential, in part because of their love for no-hopers like Sanders).

Hopefully a great majority of Americans will have the clarity of thought to see that virtually anyone is better than Trump, and vote accordingly in November.

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. April 8, 2020 at 6:54 pm

Bernie Sanders gives up as Democrats rally around Joe Biden

The Vermont senator’s exit is a sign of Democrats’ determination to get rid of Donald Trump

. April 8, 2020 at 7:45 pm

Thank You, Bernie Sanders — Next, Political Revolution Continues

Amanda Harvey-Sánchez

I, like many others, am saddened by today’s news that Bernie is ending his 2020 campaign to become President. I am heartbroken for what this may mean for the general election and millions of Americans and people around the world. But more than anything, I am inspired, grounded, and hopeful for the future of the movement that Bernie helped build.

Personally, Bernie Sanders played a pivotal role in shaping the way I approach electoral politics and grassroots mobilization. Four years ago, when he made his first run for President, I was an undergraduate student and a fledgling activist and organizer. I had just experienced my first significant campaign loss (fossil fuel divestment at the University of Toronto), and I was utterly overwhelmed and dejected. Bernie’s vision for a people powered movement for progressive change re-ignited my passion for activism, and set aflame a new interest in electoral organizing as one of many tools we employ as organizers in our broader struggle for justice.

. April 9, 2020 at 4:50 pm

Bernie Sanders’ political revolution is not over | Bhaskar Sunkara | Opinion | The Guardian

. April 10, 2020 at 1:12 pm

An Open Letter to White Liberals Blaming ‘Low Information’ Black Voters for Not Cleaning Up White Folks’ Mess

And now your fragile brittle hearts are broken into a thousand little pieces because black people have rejected the Buddha of Birkenstock-wearers during his quest for the presidency. And, by not choosing Bernie Sanders, Joe Biden supporters are somehow ruining America.

. April 11, 2020 at 2:47 pm

Even in defeat, Sanders showed the way forward for Canada’s New Democrats

Bernie Sanders reminded us it is possible to change the ground rules of politics by backing up a revolutionary platform with the hard work of movement building

Opinion by Bruce McKenna

. April 11, 2020 at 7:16 pm

What’s After Bernie Sanders?

The news about Bernie Sanders suspending his presidential campaign is a challenge (not a defeat) to build a broad, anti-colonial left outside ruling class political parties. Amid the global COVID-19 pandemic, which has resulted in mass layoffs, rent strikes, and working-class mobilizations, his withdrawal couldn’t have come at a worse time for his supporters. But the politics of cynicism and reaction — which fester as uncertainty grows — are incredibly dangerous in a time when the future of the planet hangs in the balance.

. April 16, 2020 at 12:03 am

Sanders warns his loyalists it would be ‘irresponsible’ not to support Biden

Sanders criticizes his supporters who have so far resisted his vow to do whatever it takes to help Biden win the presidency

. April 17, 2020 at 5:25 pm

Thank you, Bernie Sanders
A climate activist’s thoughts on the next steps for the political revolution

Opinion by Amanda Harvey-Sánchez

. May 16, 2020 at 4:32 pm

For all the heat and light he has generated over the past five years, this is not a great record. Mr Sanders has not converted Democrats to his pet causes, including above all Medicare-for-all. He has not swollen the party’s vote, by bringing in a promised horde of young and working-class voters. He has not expanded its hard-left faction, representing around a third of the party, from which he drew his support.

. July 20, 2020 at 6:38 pm

Many on the party’s progressive wing give him little credit for this. In the primaries, they wanted to abolish private health insurance; today, many want to defund police departments. Some warn, or threaten, that if he fails to take a turn to the left on such causes he risks losing the election. Aimee Allison, who heads She the People, an organising and advocacy group for women of colour, urges Mr Biden to “meet the moment [and] turn protesters into voters. If he doesn’t…he’s not going to be able to close this fatal enthusiasm gap he has now.”

There are two problems with this. One is that the Democrats’ greatest recent success, winning back the House in 2018, was brought about not by progressives who retained safely Democratic seats but by centrists taking seats previously held by Republicans. The voters they won over then are the sort of people Mr Biden needs now. The second is that it would be inauthentic. Mr Biden’s persona is that of a moderate: a decent, reassuring figure running, as he often says, to “restore America’s soul”, and offering, as a surrogate put it, “a return to civility.” That is the Joe Biden for whom a majority of Americans twice voted when he was on the same ticket as Mr Obama.

But no one else in the race managed to convince the party that they, rather than Mr Biden, were the candidate best placed to defeat Senator Bernie Sanders, widely seen as unelectably far to the left.

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