Thursday, June 09, 2016

Quote of the Day

It is laughable to see Hillary supporters and establishment pundits foam at the mouth, accusing Bernie [Sanders] of being selfish and only remaining in the race to satisfy his ego. It’s frustrating to repeat this point, but it appears necessary to do so: THE CAMPAIGN WAS NEVER ABOUT BERNIE!

Those accusing Bernie of an ego trip just can’t wrap their heads around the idea that Bernie never intended to run a traditional campaign, because the campaign was not about him advancing his own career. Bernie meant what he said. He wants a political revolution, as do his supporters, and he won’t simply let that revolution die easily.

The point of this campaign was not to simply elect a candidate, but to change the narrative and political landscape of America. The reason establishment minded Democrats and pundits are so sure that Bernie is only in it for himself is because that’s exactly what a traditional politician would do. It’s a form of projection. Normal politicians run for office to expand their careers and gain power, more than willing to cut deals with corporate devils in order to advance themselves. . . . Bernie is continuing the fight because he wants to overturn this corrupt system.

– Julian Drury
Excerpted from
"The Sanders' Revolution Has Only Just Begun"
Quiet Mike
June 9, 2016

Related Off-site Links:
Why Sanders Must Continue His Campaign – Robert C. Hockett (The Hill, June 9, 2016).
Democrats Will Learn All the Wrong Lessons From Brush With Bernie – Matt Taibbi (Rolling Stone, June 9, 2016).
Whose Party? Whose Platform? Progressives Seek to Influence DNC – Deirdre Fulton (Common Dreams, June 9, 2016).
"We Will Never Give Up": A Note of Thanks to Bernie Sanders – Robert Reich (Common Dreams, June 8, 2016).
America's Voting System is Broken. It's Time to Overhaul It – Trevor Timm (The Guardian, June 8, 2016).
A Contested Convention is Exactly What the Democratic Party Needs – John Nichols (The Nation, May 3, 2016).
Please Recognize Your Privilege If You Can Afford 8 Years of Hillary Clinton and the Status Quo – Tony Brasunas (HuffPost Politics, April 4, 2016).

UPDATES: Dear Global Progressives Who Wanted Bernie Sanders to Drop Out and Support Clinton – Christian Christensen (Common Dreams, June 10, 2016).
Sanders: "I’ll Do Everything in My Power to Stop Trump" – Jonathan Fuentes (The Progressive Brief, June 10, 2016).
"The Campaign Will Go On": Sanders Backers Vow to Keep Fighting to Change Nation and Democratic PartyDemocracy Now! (June 10, 2016).
As California Admits 2 Million Ballots Remain Uncounted, Sanders Pushes for Changing Primary ProcessDemocracy Now! (June 10, 2016).
Sanders' Success: Democratic Socialism Goes Mainstream – Roger Bybee (The Progressive, June 10, 2016).
Poll: 65% of Democrat Millennials Want Bernie to Run 3rd PartyNews from Politics (June 10, 2016).
America's Third Party President? Poll Shows 48% Want Bernie to Stay in RaceSputnik (June 11, 2016).
What is Bernie Up To? – Dave Lindorff (Counter Punch, June 30, 2016).

See also the previous Wild Reed posts:
Hope, History and Bernie Sanders
Quote of the Day – April 20, 2016
Super Tuesday Thoughts on Bernie Sanders
Progressive Perspectives on the Rise of Donald Trump
Something to Think About – February 22, 2016
Quote of the Day – February 17, 2016
Progressive Perspectives on Presumptive Democratic Presidential Nominee Hillary Clinton

Image: Bernie Sanders at a campaign rally in Santa Monica, California – Tuesday, June 7, 2016. (Photo: Marcus Yam/Getty)

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