Mar 02, 2020
In the fiercely heated run-up to Super Tuesday, as corporate Democratic centrists began to coalesce around Joe Biden, many progressives remained split and undecided between senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren.
The divide threatens to force a brokered convention at which the Democratic National Committee and party leaders and operatives could force through Biden, or even someone who never won any votes or delegates. Given the clear facts on the ground, the only strategy that makes sense is progressive-liberal unity coalescing around Bernie Sanders. Splitting the progressive-liberal vote and hoping that delegates come together at the convention is a dubious and risky proposition.
If progressives want any hope of creating real change in 2020, and of having a president who will fight for universal healthcare and serious climate action, the time to prevent a corporate centrist power move at the Democratic convention is now--not in Milwaukee this July, when it will be too late. Despite his win in South Carolina (his first primary win as a three-time presidential candidate), Biden is an electoral train wreck: his constant memory lapses and snafus, his long documented trail of outright lies, and his support for NAFTA, the devastating crime bill, and the Iraq War, are fatal liabilities.
The one shot that progressives and liberals have at winning is Bernie Sanders. It is time for progressives and liberals to unite around his surging campaign to shake up the political-economic establishment and level America's profoundly unequal "playing field."
The electoral reality heading into Super Tuesday is that Bernie Sanders can win, while nobody else other than Biden has a path. The choice Democratic voters face is fast becoming clarified: the corporate centrist establishment (the same one that lost in 2016) versus a surging multiracial, multi-generational, working-class coalition of people demanding real change, real justice, real equality, and an end to the status quo power dynamics that are killing and harming so many Americans.
With so much at stake, there are innumerable reasons to vote for Bernie Sanders--here are just a few:
2) Sanders has a track record of accomplishment, getting tons of legislation and funding enacted via amendment.
3) On the most critical issue of our time, climate change, Bernie's Green New Deal is far stronger and more far-reaching than any other candidate plan.
4) Bernie has led the way on Medicare for All, since 2016. He helped write Obama's Affordable Care Act, and successfully pushed through an amendment delivering $11 billion in funds for community health centers nationwide.
5) Sanders has led the fight for a $15 federal minimum wage for years, and persuaded Amazon to pay its workers $15/hour.
6) Most unions, including nurses, teachers, and postal workers, are backing Sanders because he has by far the strongest record of fighting for workers and unions--it's not even close.
7) Bernie opposed NAFTA and while Biden backed the extremely harmful neoliberal trade deal. This was a key issue that Trump used to defeat Hillary Clinton in Rust Belt states like Ohio and Michigan. Bernie is the unrivaled candidate for fair trade.
8) Bernie has stood up and fought for LGBTQ rights since the early 1980s as Burlington Mayor, and put his body on the line for civil rights in the early 1960s. Bernie opposed the Defense of Marriage Act in 1996, while Biden supported it. Bernie has the longest clearest track record of fighting for equality and justice. He has always strongly backed the ERA and women's right to choose. He has ALWAYS stood up and fought for civil and human rights and justice. Always.
9) More than anyone else running, Bernie is bringing people together a multiracial coalition that leads among African American, Latinx, and Asian American voters. Polls have consistently shown that Sanders leads nationally and strongly among Latinx, Black, and Asian American voters.
10) Bernie has opposed military expansionism and war, while Biden (and Warren to some extent) have supported runaway military spending hikes and U.S. invasions. Sanders is the only candidate who challenges Israel's brutal treatment of Palestine. It's way past time for a fundamental shift in U.S. foreign policy, and Sanders is the only candidate with a clear track record of challenging the destructive war machine and military-industrial complex which are crippling domestic progress while causing havoc and harm abroad.
On Super Tuesday and beyond--and for these reasons and more--Sanders is now the only progressive in the primary who can win the Democratic nomination and beat Trump in November. Not me--us.
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