Democratic Party being Transformed Because of Bernie Sanders
This is good news for the United States of America:
"The Democrats are not just gaining voters. They are gaining activists determined to transform the party."
Although I don't follow what's happening in the democratic party very closely, I had a feeling this was happening. The lack of talk about an independent movement or third party advancement indicate little interest and the never ending lure of the duopoly political game seems to have kept it's hold on much of the left.
"A striking feature of the current political moment is that many activists on the left are flocking to the Democratic Party. At first glance, this makes sense simply as a reaction to the narrow and disputed electoral victory of the bizarre and dangerous Donald Trump.
But the Democrats are not merely gaining voters. They are gaining activists, people who are committing not only to pull the party lever in the voting booth, but who are determined to rejuvenate and transform the party, beginning at the local level. This development is encouraging, and not only because it could make a difference in the 2018 midterms and the next presidential election."
They've largely succeeded in heading off any independent movements outside the system of electing politicians and can now lay claim to being the movement.
"Until the shock and fear of a Trump-led government took center stage, some on the left viewed elections and movement building as separate, even irreconcilable, paths to reform. While their skepticism about the Democratic Party was not misplaced, we argue that movements also depend on electoral politics. The growth, morale and effectiveness of today’s movements will depend on the success of the current surge of enthusiasm for Democratic Party activism."
This is incredibly exciting news. Bernie Sanders has succeeded in setting the foundation to literally transform the democratic party. There will be no need for an independent movement or a third party effort, let alone a revolution (ha!), just to build on the incredible enthusiasm forming for the new and improved Democratic party.
"The path toward this new electoral activism was paved by the Bernie Sanders campaign, which made credible the prospect of engaging in a fight within the Democratic Party for a more radical and democratic economic program, for racial and social justice and for peace. As historian Max Elbaum has observed, the polarization of the country grew during the 2016 election. But the sectors of the left that grew the most were those energized by the Sanders campaign. Our Revolution, an organization inspired by that campaign, now claims some 400 local chapters that are trying to shift the Democratic Party to the left, in part by backing progressive local and state candidates."
Only a year until the next election. Don't you just love the smell of democracy in the morning?