Dear friends of Bernie …
By Chris Horton
We’re doing fine. We really are. We’re doing just fine.
The Powers that Be, the billionaire class and their flaks and agents, are doing their best to stop presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. Their message is: Candidate Hillary Clinton is Inevitable, Resistance is Futile … Give Up and Go Home!
They actually believe that because Clinton won a few primaries they’ve got us beat, and we’ll sober up and admit it, or at least Bernie will. They actually believe we’ll slink back into line and get with the program!
They think they’ve got us beat, but they don’t. Every day the Bernie campaign goes on in any corner of this country, more people are thinking and talking about Bernie’s ideas. And every day we continue is a win because this revolution belongs to us all. It belongs to the people of Indiana who vote next week. It belongs to the people of Puerto Rico and California who vote in June. Every phone call we make, every Bernie Journey, every dollar we donate helps build it.
They think they’ve got us beat, but they can’t beat us because you can’t kill an idea, and once an idea is loose and in people’s hearts there’s no stopping it.
There’s a Big Idea they’ve been trying to keep bottled up ever since any of us can remember. Like Aladdin’s genie, it’s out of the bottle now and no one can put it back! And it changes everything!
Thanks to the Sanders Campaign millions of Americans are now talking about the whole spectrum of issues that confront us. But none of it by itself is new. So what’s this Big Idea?
It’s not the idea of massive job creation through public works and projects. There are people alive today who remember that’s what President Franklin Roosevelt did and plenty who’ve been saying we need to do it again.
It’s not the idea of making healthcare a human right, available to everyone rich or poor. President Harry Truman tried to get that past Congress in 1948, and folks have been fighting for it ever since.
It’s not the idea that the billionaire class has corrupted and bought our political system and that we need campaign reform, that we need to get Big Money out of politics. People have been saying that, fighting for that, for years.
Nor is it the understanding that the super-rich, the billionaires, have rigged the whole economy so they’re getting richer and richer while the rest of us get screwed. Or the idea of breaking up the big banks, freeing our young people from student debt or equal pay for women.
It’s not the idea of banning private prisons, or ending the war on drugs, ending police violence against people of color, immigration reform or bringing our jobs home from Mexico and China. Nor the idea of ending foreign tax havens, taxing financial transactions or making the millionaires and billionaires pay their fair share.
It’s not even the idea of bringing everyone together to fight for all of these once, although that’s getting closer.
So what’s this Big Idea that ties this all together?
It turns out we all knew most or all of the things Bernie’s talking about already. Bernie didn’t suddenly come along and start preaching the truth and suddenly the scales fell from everyone’s eyes. Bernie is telling us things we all already knew were true!
And we already knew that the TV Networks, the news media were manipulating us and creating illusions, but most of us believed the final illusion: that of all those other lazy stupid people out there watching TV and believing it all. And so we played it safe and didn’t speak out.
The Big Idea is this: We’re all in this together, we all know what’s up, and if we come together, speak out, stand up for each other, and stand together to confront the billionaire class and demand our country back, there’s nothing we can’t do! And that idea, with your help, is spreading like wildfire across the land! It’s an Emperor’s New Clothes moment, when everyone starts speaking what everyone already knew was true but afraid to say.
So courage, my friends! Let’s organize and carry on! This is only the first stage! A lot can happen between now and July, but win or lose, it’s not over!
This is just the beginning!
Stay tuned for phone banks this weekend and Tuesday to call Indiana. It’s their turn to Feel the Bern, and our turn to support them! Exciting news coming about national mobilizations in June and July. And please let us know if you are interested in our upcoming all-day retreat.