The Progressive Populist: It’s ‘Our Revolution’ and It’s on the Move

The following is an excellent article written by Jim Hightower on the Creators.com website on October 5, 2016 titled “It’s” which was published in the November 1, 2016 issue of The Progressive Populist on page 3 titled “It’s ‘Our Revolution’ and It’s on the Move” and I quote:

“It’s”

By Jim Hightower

October 5, 2016 5 min read

Revolutions R Us! From the big one in 1776 that created our nation to Bernie Sanders’ 2016 political uprising against America’s new plutocratic elites, democratic change comes when workaday people start standing up to the bosses, bankers, big shots, bastards, and BSers who are knocking us down.

But wait, you say, Bernie lost! Where’s the revolution in that? It’s in you and me.

Bernie’s campaign was the spark that lit the revolutionary passing of the American majority who are being knocked down and held down by the Powers That Be. When Sanders’ amazing, truly revolutionary campaign for president ended in August after the last Democratic primary election, the corporatists, cynics, and most of the media assumed that the grassroots populist revolution he inspired was over as well. They couldn’t imagine that the diverse mix of young people, disempowered working-class voters, independents, progressive mavericks and millions of others whom Bernie brought together and energized would stay together, much less mount any serious challenge to the politics-as-usual elites.

Well, those aloof prognosticators might want to glance outside their little negative bubble, for “Our Revolution” is rising all across America’s political horizon. That’s the name of the new organizational structure Bernie has generated for the continuation of his Sanders Electoral Storm. As civil rights leader Ben Jealous said when he joined the board of Our Revolution, “Bernie’s transformative campaign was just the beginning.”

Not only will the revolution continue, but it is going to spread, throughout the country, grow larger, and gain strength by bringing the populist issues, grassroots methods, and small-dollar funding of his presidential run to local and state politics. Our Revolution (on the board of which I also serve) will be an independent political network of 50 interconnected state networks. Each state group will recruit, train and support statewide candidates, as well as run state and local issue campaigns.

In fact, Our Revolution is already on the move, shaking up the old-line established order by winning dozens of local, state, and congressional elections this year. Meet Mike Connolly, a six-foot-eight, Boston-area attorney who was part of the Occupy Wall Street protest five years ago — and who is now headed to the Massachusetts legislature. A disciple of Bernie’s low-dollar campaigning, he was known as “No Money Mike” for going door to door, asking voters to support him by donating time rather than dollars. Endorsed by Sanders and backed by thousands of calls into his district from Our Revolution volunteers, Connolly defeated a 23-year, money-powered incumbent. And if you think volunteer power doesn’t count anymore, Connolly won the September primary by only 394 votes.

Likewise, Marcia Ranglin-Vassell, a Rhode Island school teacher and Bernie backer defeated the state house’s majority leader — winning by only 17 votes. And three aggressively-progressive Berniecrats recently won primaries for congressional seats — Zephyr Teachout in New York, Jamie Raskin in Maryland, and Pramila Jayapal in Seattle.

Additionally, Our Revolution is supporting state ballot initiatives to lower drug prices, automatically register voters, repeal the death penalty, implement Medicare for all, and overturn Citizens United to get corporate money out of the people’s political system. And this is just the beginning of what Our Revolution intends to accomplish.

Our Revolution’s goal is not just to run and raise issues, but to win, govern, and transform our society from plutocracy to democracy — a nation of social, racial, and environmental justice. As Sanders said over and over, “This isn’t my revolution, it’s ours.” Cynics sneer that We The People can’t defeat the corporate establishment. But those who say it can’t be done, should not interrupt those who’re doing it! Be part of it!

To find out more about Jim Hightower, and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Webpage at http://www.creators.com.”

(THE PART OF OUR SYSTEM THAT IS RIGGED IS WHAT SEN BERNIE SANDERS KEPT EMPHASIZING–THE FIVE BIG INVESTMENT BANKS.  THEY ARE RIGGED, OTHERWISE, YOU WOULDN’T HAVE GOTTEN A BIG INVESTMENT BANK LIKE WELLS FARGO TESTIFYING IN FRONT OF THE SENATE BANKING COMMITTEE AND THEIR CEO, JOHN STRUMPF, BEING QUESTIONED BY COMMITTEE MEMBER SEN ELIZABETH WARREN ON TV AND HE BLAMED THE LOW LEVEL BANK EMPLOYEES FOR THE PROBLEM OF SIGNING UP CUSTOMERS FOR PRODUCTS THEY DIDN’T WANT AND DIDN’T ASK FOR AND THEN BILLING THE  CUSTOMERS.  CAN YOU BELIEVE, ALL OF  THIS TOOK PLACE AFTER PRES OBAMA BAILED OUT THE BANKS FROM THE BUSH-CHENEY ADMINISTRATION??  THAT’S WHY ‘OUR REVOLUTION,’ LED BY THE VOTERS MUST GO ON WITH LEADERS LIKE SEN BERNIE SANDERS AND SEN ELIZABETH WARREN LEADING THE WAY AND BOTH OF THEM SUPPORTING HILLARY CLINTON FOR PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES..

LaVern Isely, Progressive, Overtaxed, Independent Middle Class Taxpayer and Public Citizen Member and USAF Veteran

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About tim074

I'm a retired dairy farmer that was a member of the National Farmer's Organization (NFO). Before going farming, I spent 4 years in the United States Air Force where I saved up enough money to get my down payment to go farming. I also enjoy writing and reading biographies and I write about myself as well as articles and excerpts I find interesting. I'm specifically interested in finances, particularly in the banking industry because if it wasn't for help from my local Community Bank, I never could have started farming which I was successful at. So, I'm real interested in the Small Business Administration and I know they are the ones creating jobs. I have been a member of Common Cause and am now a member of Public Citizen as well as AARP. I have, in the past, written over 150 articles on the Obama Blog (my.barackobama.com) and I'd like to tie these two sites together. I'm also on Twitter, MySpace and Facebook and find these outlets terrifically interesting particularly what many of these people did concerning the uprising in the Arab world. I believe this is a smaller world than we think it is and my goal is to try to bring people together to live in peace because management needs labor like labor needs management. Up to now, that hasn't been so easy to find.
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