Hunter S. Thompson, in a haze of drugs and gun smoke, captured in print the loathsome truths of society and politics in the 1960s and 1970s. And it remains as potent today as it did back then. For you see the Fear and Loathing of Thompson’s time never went away. The evil he saw in Richard Nixon transformed into the evil in Reagan, then into George H. Bush, and, finally for him, George W. Bush. His piece for ESPN’s Page 2 remains one of the most profound comments made in the direct aftermath of September 11th and sums up an entire generation eerily without fault.
The towers are gone now, reduced to bloody rubble, along with all hopes for Peace in Our Time, in the United States or any other country. Make no mistake about it: We are At War now — with somebody — and we will stay At War with that mysterious Enemy for the rest of our lives.
It will be a Religious War, a sort of Christian Jihad, fueled by religious hatred and led by merciless fanatics on both sides. It will be guerilla warfare on a global scale, with no front lines and no identifiable enemy.
We are going to punish somebody for this attack, but just who or what will be blown to smithereens for it is hard to say. Maybe Afghanistan, maybe Pakistan or Iraq, or possibly all three at once. Who knows? Not even the Generals in what remains of the Pentagon or the New York papers calling for WAR seem to know who did it or where to look for them.
This is going to be a very expensive war, and Victory is not guaranteed — for anyone, and certainly not for anyone as baffled as George W. Bush. All he knows is that his father started the war a long time ago, and that he, the goofy child-President, has been chosen by Fate and the global Oil industry to finish it Now. He will declare a National Security Emergency and clamp down Hard on Everybody, no matter where they live or why. If the guilty won’t hold up their hands and confess, he and the Generals will ferret them out by force.
Hunter S. Thompson is best known as the journalist with an out-of-control drug habit, love of guns, and, if you’re a younger reader, having two of his characters played by Johnny Depp. But what he should really be known for is turning political journalism not only on its head but inside-out as well. Thompson, who called himself a Political Junkie, ran for Aspen’s Sheriff in 1969. It was a norrow loss on a platform that called for changing the city’s name to “Fat City,” stocks to be set up in order to punish dishonest dope dealers, and for the disarmament of the sheriff and his deputies in public. Thompson was on the ground for the disastrous 1968 DNC, the 1972 RNC & DNC, introduced the world to Jimmy Carter, and was a part of Jann Wenner’s Rolling Stone team that covered Clinton’s campaign in 1992.
Thompson’s Fear and Loathing: On the Campaign Trail ’72 was considered by Frank Mankiewicz to be “the most accurate and least factual account of that campaign.” The 1972 Election was an re-election year for Thompson’s foe, Richard Nixon, and it was also the year that 15 Democrats were all vying for residence in the White House.
It was a campaign for the history books… one filled with attempted murder and scandals—one of which was invented by Hunter S. Thompson himself: Democrat and Southern populist George Wallace was shot, vicious rumors were spread that Ed Muskie was addicted to Ibogaine, and George McGovern, the Democratic nominee, selected a running mate who had a history of receiving electroshock therapy… costing him the election.
It was during this time that Thompson received a letter from a fan, Mark LeBeau, asking him about voting for “the best” in a bad lot of candidates.
Thanx for the note & the cheerful upbeat flash that came with it. When you talk about
voting, however, keep in mind that it’s no real trick to vote for “the best” of a bad lot. You’ll get a little tired of that after you’ve voted a few times. I’ve tried it. & my feeling now is that the compromise/lesser-of-2-evils game doesn’t seem to be getting us anywhere.
So I’m looking for something in the way of candidates or ideas that might really change the institutionally corrupt nature of politics in this country. So don’t mistake anger for pessimism. I believe the democratic process can work in America – but not as long as the Major Parties keep forcing us to choose between double negatives.
Anyway, keep an open mind. There’s still a chance that something Right could happen in this election … & who knows? You might even want to vote for it.
Hunter S. Thompson
Thompson’s brutal and damning political commentary was never objective. Thompson believed that objective journalism lead to the corrupt and greedy politicians—that the only way to the truth of describing politicians like Nixon and G.W. Bush was to throw objectivity out the window and really rip your teeth into the poor bastards. Hunter S. Thompson had hoped his writing would inspire people instead of being a vicious crusader for any political party. Even for the candidates he supported, he wrote about their flaws and any grievous error that might rear its ugly head. Anita Thompson, Hunter’s second wife and widow, called him “a bedrock patriot and loyal to his country and loyal to his friends. […] He believed we were better than what we were electing.”
Although he supported both of the Kennedy brothers, George McGovern, and Jimmy Carter during their Democratic runs for President, Thompson couldn’t stand Bill Clinton. He called Clinton “a traveling salesman from Arkansas who has the loyalty of a lizard with its tail broken off and the midnight taste of a man who’d double date with the Rev. Jimmy Swaggart.” The only reason he ended up voting for Bill was to defeat Bush, who was “guilty as fifteen hyenas, and […] got off.” It was an experience he described as “a dangerous trap to fall into…. [voting for] the lesser of two evils.” In 1996 he would vote for Nader.
There is no real way to polish up a turd. No matter how much work you put into it, it will still be shit at the end of the day. And that is how we should handle politics. It will never be Camelot but we will have King Arthurs… terribly flawed but their hearts are in the right place. The Truth is all that really matters.
Who knows what Hunter S. Thompson would have thought about this election. He might have had fun and it might have been that moment in which we could have really used someone with his wit and insight. Though, it would be easy to speculate (we have a lot of data, dammit!) how he would have felt: Trump, a warped cancer on the Republican Party, and Hillary Clinton, just another solipsistic greed-head like her husband. That last bit might have upset some people, but so what?
Political arguments have mutated into a rhetoric that one’s party is always right. It doesn’t matter who your party is bombing, which regime they are overthrowing, or what is in that bad trade deal they would like pushed through, just as long as they have a D or R next to their name. And this is where partisanship has really damaged how we discuss politics. Democrats like to laugh and point out at this:
But then get angry at this being thrown back:
Another golden one is saying Trump will get us into another war. True, it wouldn’t be wise to bet against those odds. But, unfortunately, the Democrat nominee has a solid record of doing just that—getting us into wars we don’t want to be in.
So, sure, neither candidate is perfect… one being a bit more detached from perfection and even reality. But, we’re stuck with them and it is up to us to hold their feet to the fire…. Just to make sure they know who they work for. It isn’t our job to make them look good. Politicians are already spending top dollar on teams of hungry capitalists to make themselves look better. No, it is our job to make our voices heard and to ensure our needs are met. Anyway…. The Good Doctor also said it best:
Platitudes are safe, because they’re easy to wink at, but truth is something else again.
MEMO FROM THE NATIONAL AFFAIRS DESK
DATE: MARCH 12, 2016
FROM: DR. KURT G. DOONESBURY
SUBJECT: THE AMERICAN HOUSING CRISIS… SLAVING AWAY FOR YOUR OWN CASTLE
New York, New York— When I moved to the City, my fiancée and I had less than a week to find an apartment. How hard could that be? We were, after all, well-educated professionals with decent salaries…. Salaries that would have made us members of the Upper-class back in my hometown Crossville, Tennessee. When I first saw the salary offer presented to me, I explained, Good god, I’m rich! And I had steak dinners and bourbon dancing before my eyes…. But the reality was that even with our two salaries combined, we couldn’t afford a 1-bedroom apartment in Manhattan. We settled on a 2-bedroom in Queens that was roughly the size of my old motel room in Ohio that I lived in for roughly two years and 5 times the cost at $2,000 a month.
Now, you might be saying to yourself, Kurt, $2K a month for a 2-bedroom is outrageous, or, Kurt, you’re fucking stupid for shelling out that kind of dough for a place that has no room for a table or kitchen big enough only for an Easy-Bake oven. But, ho ho, that’s just $300 more than what some studios were and are going for. A studio in Greenwich with the lovely description of “fits a full-size bed and maybe a dresser” which was going for $1,500 a month. There was one studio going for $1,750 boasted 100-square feet in majestic Harlem. And if you blink your eyes, they’re gone. Oh well, I’m too claustrophobic for those kinds of bullshit shelters.
Rent has ended up being half of our income. And with how things stand with our 29% Fed, State, & City taxes coming out of our bi-weekly paychecks and further 10% going towards Student Loans for those 3 degrees I somehow thought I needed, I pray to the Dark Coffee Gods that no other expense comes up or I’ll find myself out on the streets. Don’t forget, I’m salaried and extremely damn lucky to be so…. There are a lot of poor bastards out there a lot worse off than I am.
The National Low-Income Coalition recently did a study that found that no one working for minimum wage working full-time can afford a 1-bedroom apartment at the fair market prices in any of the 50 US Sates without paying more than 30% of their income… the recommended percentage to pay towards rent. Especially not New York and definitely not in Hawaii. Out of all the 50 US States, South Dakota is your best option at 31%, followed by West Virginia at 33%.
We are living in a time when most advocates of a higher minimum wage are crying out for $15 per hour… but they would be shocked to find out that statistically a minimum wage worker would need to earn $15.50 an hour. In order to get an upgrade to a 2-bedroom unit, you’d need to make at least $19.35 an hour. While most wages for Americans have become stagnant, housing costs continue to grow and get fatter each year. Since 1990, the cost of living has gone up 67%. The yearly income from one full-time minimum wage job comes in at just above $15,000… while $30K is required for a worker to have actual economic security. Raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour would pull full-time workers to right above the $30,000 a year requirement to be economically secure. And when you consider that currently 42% of all American workers make less than $15 an hour, this would be a great economic boost for everyone involved.
So, how many hours do you have to work to pay rent in your state? Take a look at the image below and let us know in the comments below how that stacks up for you.
Donald Trump abruptly stopped an early morning interview on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” today to create his own Trump Dump movement and, in so doing, make a point about negotiating.
Earlier, Joe Scarborough was questioning Trump about his proposed wall on the Mexican-American border. Trump interrupted Scarborough mid-sentence: “Wait right there, Joe: it’s the American-Mexican border. Don’t be like Hillary Clinton and her drug lord friends who call it the Mexican-American border.”
“OK, but that’s not the issue here,” Joe answered. “How are you are going to get Mexico to pay for the Wall? According to experts at the nation’s largest construction firm, it’s going to cost $25 billion. How are you going to get this done?”
“Listen, Joe, I’m a billionaire. Do you think I made billions, bill-lee-uns, Joe, with a B… Do you think I made tens of billions of dollars by people telling me no? People don’t tell billionaires no, believe me. I wake up sometimes at 2, 3, 4 in the morning and I want bacon, bacon and ice cream. Do you think anyone tells me that I can’t have bacon and ice cream at 2 or 3 or 4 in the morning? No, of course not. That’s ridiculous. Don’t be ridiculous.”
“But, you said the Wall would cost $4 billion and in reality it would cost…”
“Listen, I’m a businessman. I do very, very good business. All the time. I eat, sleep, and shit business. Part of doing business is negotiating. So I negotiate. I’m really, really good at negotiating. Like with my wife, my wife Melania, I said to her, ‘Hey, Melania, let’s have a kid.’ She says, ‘We got no room, no room for baby.’ I told her, ‘What if I bought the baby an apartment?’ We called up our lawyers, got the realtor on the phone, and now we have Barron with his own apartment on the Upper East Side. And you know who paid for the apartment? The infant Barron. I wouldn’t let him pee until he paid for it. And he did. So when I say Mexico is going to pay, they are going to pay 100%. They will do 100% of anything I tell them to do.”
“Donald, if you could just…” said Mika.
“Mika, I hear you. Believe me, I hear you… Watch this.” At this point, Trump stopped the interview, stood up from his chair and started to unbuckle his pants.
“Good lord, cut the feed! CUT THE FEED!” Mika shrieked. But the producer only stared, mouth agape.
Trump dropped his pants and proceeded to take a dump on the floor. A magnificent Trump Dump. “I’m really, really good at this,” Donald strained. “My mom used to always brag about how very good I was at this,” His face turned a darker shade of orange as he began to pinch off a loaf, beads of perspiration covered his face. “Look at me. I’m sweating like Marco Rubio… My mom would say to her friends, ‘Donald, he shits like no one else.’ She’d brag about it. Always bragging about how very, very good I was at shitting… Now watch this. Watch this.”
Trump called out for a janitor to clean it up. “Alejandro? Get out here!”
A man dressed in blue janitor’s overalls sheepishly made his way into the shot. “Buenos Dias, Meester Trump,” he said while starring directly into the camera. “Eet’s Jose, Meester Trump. You fired Alejandro last year on The Apprentice.”
“Jose, Alejandro…,” Trump said tucking his shirt back into his pants. “Clean that up.”
“Si, yes, Meester Trump.”
“You see, Joe, Mika, you see what I did?” Trump said. “I told him to do it, I told him to clean that shit up. Did he say no? No, how could he? He depends on me, he depends on me to make a living. Same with the border wall. How is that for a metaphor?”
You can watch the interview on MSNBC Radio this Thursday at 6am Eastern Time.
“That’s why they call it the American Dream, because you have to be asleep to believe it.” —George Carlin
President Obama announced last week that he would be putting forth new overtime rules in a last ditch effort to revive the American Dream‘s dead corpse. While Democrats have been pulling a Weekend at Bernie‘s with the American Dream, the Republicans have already gotten past the mourning period. And if you were to ask them what happened, they’d say it was stabbed to death by a Mexican who got too close to a Koran. Though, most politicians seem to think that the solution lies within special interest money…. If only we could’ve broken up enough unions and killed environmental regulations for the Koch Bros. and other robber barons cut from the same cloth, things might have been different, right? If only we let them turn Theodore Roosevelt National Park into a giant parking lot, those few thousand jobs could’ve really turned things around for the lot of us.
Of course, most Republicans are already getting vocal about how helping out workers is bad for the employers. But, what they really mean is that this would be terrible for the people who pay for their campaigns. Because if they started paying their employees for all the hard-work they do after hours, their profit margins might not be that great. And they were really looking forward to getting that Congressman from Wisconsin this year, too.
“The rule will force employers to waste time and resources logging hours. It will also require workers to fit their lives into a mold that bureaucrats impose, not what works best for them.” —House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.)
Because having structure in your life is truly a terrible thing. The older I’ve become, the more I have heard the phrase “work-life balance” (did you notice that work comes first?). You often see it in job postings right under College degree required. In high school, it was beaten over my head until I was black and blue that if I wanted a good job I would have to go college. My options at the time were either work at my dad’s plumbing shop or continue my education. The prospect of literally and figuratively dealing with people’s shit day-in and day-out wasn’t all that appealing to my seventeen year-old self. My high school guidance counselor never said to me, “Hey, Kurt, you need to get a job that has a great work-life balance.” No, it was just get a college degree so that you don’t have to work at McDonald’s or worse, construction. And if you got the sheepskin, you could show up to your high school reunion in a Mercedes to show your hick friends how far you’ve come. So I went to college. Not because I wanted a Mercedes (not that I wouldn’t mind one), but because the counselor made it sound like if I spent thousands of dollars on a college degree that it would somehow turn into the Golden Ticket to a Willy Wonka-esque gated community called the American Dream…. That is if you work hard and keep your nose down.
But what they don’t tell you is that what they are calling the American Dream is just really an endless cycle of grabbing your ankles for your boss. You get that degree so that you can get that “well-paying” job and once you have it, it is pulling 50, 60 hour work weeks. Nights, weekends, early mornings, holidays, etc. If it describes a period of time, you’ve worked it. And I’ve been there. Here is thing: A company’s overtime policy is a grand mixture of the proverbial snowflake and asshole… they are all unique and everyone has one. And you should definitely ask about it. I did at my previous job and the response I got was this big long spiel about their great record of a perfect work-life balance and the employee’s time-management capability allows them to leave the office at 5 o’clock each night. But, overtime, that was something I wouldn’t have to worry about. Because what they really meant was that they weren’t going to be paying it.
I spent 18 months working a job where I was working 50-60 hours a week. I would show up at 8 or 9 am and work until things were finished. My manager on the other hand would stroll in at noon and would decide that 5 pm would be a perfect time to forward me client emails to handle for him because he had dinner plans or his friends had a Groupon for a psychic in Times Square. And it turns out that there are only so many times that your body can take waiting up until 3 am to hear from someone in China before it goes, “Nah, fuck this” and convinces your brain to go talk to your boss.
In short, this is what my boss told me:
I might have been some kid from the Podunkville, Tennessee, working in New York City, but I wasn’t as stupid as they thought I was. Sure, I was stupid for putting up with their bullshit, but at least I was smart enough to look into the State’s labor laws. And I encourage you all to go out and do the same. In New York, it doesn’t matter if you are salaried. Or if your title is manager. You are owed overtime if you don’t have the power to hire and fire people and don’t have at least two people working under you. I also called up the Bar Association and dropped $65 to talk to a Labor and Employment Lawyer. The best advice he gave me was the same advice my father gave me: Write your time down. Anywhere and on anything. Write it on toilet paper, he said, the judge would still accept it if you have to sue for your overtime pay. And you should. It is up to your employer to carry the burden of proof… they have to show you the rules that say you don’t qualify for overtime. And employers work really damn hard to keep you from actually earning money. It’s a flaw in capitalism… in order to make money, well, you have to spend. It just isn’t profitable to pay people for the work they do. It’s why slavery was such a big hit. You paid once and got years of free labor out of the person. Things are much easier on your employer if you simply believe them and shut up about the whole thing. They especially like it if your colleagues are quiet about the whole thing as well. Matter of fact, the less you talk to your colleagues about money, the better it is for them. Because, my god, it would be pretty terrible if they had to pay you all the same, wouldn’t it?
And that’s why my former employer always stated that we weren’t to discuss our pay with other colleagues. They didn’t want it to come to light that they were paying people unbalanced because one of us might demand that they make as much for the same work as the next person. And just like withholding overtime pay from you, it has been illegal to tell employees not to discuss pay with colleagues since 1935 when the National Labor Relations Act was enacted.
The truth is the percentage of employees earning overtime pay went from 60% in the 1970s down to 8% today. So when you hear Republicans talking about how raising wages or paying overtime is bad for business and workers alike, what they are doing is spinning their anti-worker agenda out of fear of upsetting those that keep them comfortable through the bribes known as special interest money. If you work hard, why shouldn’t you be paid your fair share? Because they are afraid that if you actually make some real money and use that college education you paid for then you might have some real power as a collective. Bringing the American Dream back to life might mean you can actually achieve it. And that would be bad for business for them because you might be able to afford to vote them out of power… and lord forbid that they would actually need to get real jobs after they leave office and earn an honest buck.
If you need to look into your state’s labor laws, you can find them by clicking here.
Featured image designed by Kurt Doonesbury
An Op/Ed by Kurt Doonesbury
Bernie Sanders started a revolution, but how do his supporters keep it alive?
Much to the disappointment of many Bernie supporters, the Media beat the Democratic Party to the punch last week and declared Hillary Clinton the Democratic Presidential Nominee. And a few days later, Barack Obama came out and gave Clinton the Presidential Seal of Approval. Now that the hard part is over and Bernie Sanders lost after a valiant effort, Clinton can now put back on her gloves and square off mono e mono against (former) Reality TV Star and Cancer of the Republican Party, Donald Trump.
Hillary may have won the nomination, but can she win the general election without the backing of Bernie’s supporters? The Democratic Party decided the best way to defeat the anti-establishment Republican candidate was to go ahead and promote the veteran establishment Democrat candidate. Because, you know, why not?
Who needs anti-establishment Progressives and Liberals anyway when Trump has alienated Mainstream and Moderate Republicans enough that they just might vote for Hillary? And they are ripe for the picking if Clinton plays her cards right.
Capturing some Moderate Republicans and Independents will be paramount if she really wants to crush Trump in November. If Clinton sticks to her New Democrat ideology this might not be unrealistic. Some of her supporters have already started to reach out to Jeb Bush donors by appealing to their common ground, namely their hatred of Donald Trump.
“She doesn’t want to be so Bernie Sanders that she drives people with less resolve than me back to voting for Donald Trump. So she has an interesting task, and has to find some way to work out a middle ground.” —Mac Stipanovich, a Republican lobbyist
Now if she can only get the Republicans to shut up about Benghazi and her emails…
This puts a real damper on the prospect of a Hillary Clinton-Elizabeth Warren ticket. While an all female ticket would truly be something historic, Warren’s Progressive platform would be a real turn off, too Bernie-esque for Republicans to get behind. Another snag stems from the fact that Warren’s popularity among Progressive Liberals and Democrats is due to her readiness to take on Republicans and Centrist Democrats alike… and even President Obama at times. Even Hillary Clinton surrogate and former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell is against having Warren as a VP candidate. His main concern is Warren’s lack of foreign policy and military experience.
Winston Ross, in his Newsweek article with the gauche title “Ignore The Bernie Bros, Hillary,” pigeonholes Bernie Sanders’ supporters as stereotypical Bernie Or Busters, but at the same time makes a valid point: Clinton can win without them.
During the past year we have all gotten caught up in the fervor of If-You-Don’t-Vote-For-My-Candidate-You’ll-Give-Us-A-Trump-Presidency that we have forgotten one of the worst kept secrets in presidential elections. Or maybe you just didn’t pay all that much attention in social studies when you were in middle school…. This worst kept secret and proverbial elephant in the room happens to be known as the Electoral College.
This Winner-Takes-All method of electing a president is one of the reasons why voting for Santa Claus is just as effective as voting for any Democrat in my home state of Tennessee. And it is likely to stay a Red State as long as Fox News continues to exist and be played in every waiting room whose doorway is darkened by your shadow. The March 1st Tennessee Primary Election results were as follows: 854,445 votes Republican and 371,082 votes Democrat. I voted in New York, a Blue State, and our results were: 868,987 votes Republican and 1,817,552 votes Democrat.
If you are still having doubts whether or not your non-vote for Hillary will result in a Trump Presidency, I recommend consulting Sabato’s Crystal Ball.
No, this isn’t some psychic in Times Square offering $10 off palm readings and 2-for-1 specials on tarot card readings. Sabato’s Crystal Ball offers a detailed and frequently updated analysis for elections across the country and had a 99% accuracy rate in 2004 and 97% in 2012. If your state happens to be one of those states where it was either Blue or Red every four years for the past sixteen years, then, thanks to the Electoral College, the chances of you not voting for Hillary hurting anyone will be the equivalent of a fart in the wind during tornado.
Where the Clinton-Trump matchup starts in our Crystal Ball Electoral College ratings pic.twitter.com/IpIryVRJFZ
— Larry Sabato (@LarrySabato) May 4, 2016
Well, there’s some good news and some bad news. The good news: You can make a pretty good educated guess about how effective your vote will be based off of this information. The bad news? Some of you might live in Swing States. Do you live in any of the following states**?:
**And, just for the sake of an extra safety precaution, you might want to add Arizona and Texas to the above list due to the record-setting Hispanic registrations going on.
If you answered YES and would like to not live under Trump Rule, then, yes, you do need to vote for Hillary Clinton come November. It is in these states that the Vote Blue No Matter Who movement is needed and required to avoid a Donald Trump Presidency. Hey, sometimes you just have to take one for the team.
What is important is that you vote no matter what and that you vote wisely based on your political convictions. Think of it as a Voter’s Hippocratic Oath: Your Vote Shall Do No Harm. If you don’t vote this year, you are risking the likelihood of Progressive and Liberal candidates not winning seats in the House and Senate. Now more than ever we desperately need a Liberal Majority.
“I am said to be a revolutionist in my sympathies, by birth, by breeding and by principle. I am always on the side of the revolutionists, because there never was a revolution unless there were some oppressive and intolerable conditions against which to revolute.” —Mark Twain, New York Tribune, April 15, 1906
The final primary of the 2016 election cycle was held last night in Washington, D.C. While he might have lost to Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders went from being a “fringe” candidate to winning 45% of the pledged delegates. It is obvious that this Independent Senator from Vermont struck a chord within the Democratic Party and Independents alike. Sanders fought hard and has promised he will continue to promote his platform all the way to the convention, just as Hillary did back in 2008. And, no, he won’t run as a Third Party Candidate. So, people can stop calling him the New Ralph Nader (who incidentally only won around 2% of the vote back in 2000).
What the Sanders campaign proved was that there is enough support for ideas such as earning a living wage, equal pay rates for men and women, universal healthcare, and tax-funded higher education for all…. That it is not so radical, as one of the most powerful and wealthiest nations in the world, that Americans be on a level playing field with the majority of First World Countries when it comes to those issues…. That simply making healthcare and education “affordable” isn’t good enough because you really can’t pinpoint what affordable means here for all socio-economic classes…. That these issues aren’t just Socialist issues or Democrat issues or Republican issues but rather Human issues…. He has proven that you can launch a successful campaign without corporate money… and politicians who say otherwise are likely getting paid to do so.
So, what now? Well, you keep the revolution and the discussion alive. Bernie Sanders wasn’t the Revolution. He gave voice to the Revolution. It is up to his supporters to continue making that voice heard… to go out and find groups of like-minded people and work together to improve your community. You can do so by making sure your Representatives are making decisions based on information and the needs from the bottom up. And if they don’t, vote them out. Sanders has left his supporters an electoral map of where these progressive, grassroots ideas are the strongest and the weakest. Those really looking for change should use this information to rally behind Progressive Independents or Democrats for office. We can never stop working to kick out the Republicans and Tea Party candidates that are detrimental to our way of life. And we have to do this not just in presidential elections but also in local elections. Our voices should be heard every single day and not just every four years when a career politician wants your vote. There is enormous potential to grow this movement, if we can only embrace the impact that Sanders’ campaign has had. It is not entirely about winning or losing but more so about continuing to fight social and economic injustices. That is how the Revolution moves forward.
Featured image: Video screen grab, The Struggle Continues | Bernie Sanders via Bernie 2016, modified with stencils by Kurt Doonesbury