Bernie’s Revolution Can Help Us Take the Democratic Party Back

By Scott Galindez, Reader Supported News

 

lmost a year ago I wrote an article called “We Can Take the Democratic Party Back.

The comment section was full of skepticism. Eleven months later, we are closer to that reality than anytime in the last 30 years. We are not there yet and we have a long way to go. There is, however, a path in front of us and a leader showing us the way to victory.

Imagine Debbie Wasserman Schultz putting together a platform committee that will meet the approval of the nominee of the Democratic Party, whose name is Bernie Sanders. Imagine a platform that is approved by a convention with a majority of delegates supporting Bernie Sanders.

It can happen if we all roll up our sleeves and work to get Bernie Sanders elected. I have been in Iowa for nine months now, and everywhere I go I see signs that Bernie is going to win. I see Bernie buttons on cashiers in checkout lines, and anytime I have Bernie gear on people compliment it.

When I cover various political events, a lot of the crowd is usually undecided or checking out the candidate. Not at Bernie events, where the crowds are excited and committed to the Bern.

I can make no promises here, we have a long way to go, but there is a better chance for us to take control of the Democratic Party than there is to make a third party viable in our lifetime. Yes, we could lose it back to the corporatists as fast as we gain control, but the reward is worth the risk.

It is always an uphill battle to unseat entrenched power, but we have not had a better chance to wrest power from the corporate Democrats than we have today. The various grassroots efforts that are backing Bernie can have a long-term effect if we focus some energy on taking back the party.

We should be packing Bernie’s delegate slates with progressives who are tired of the corporate influence in the party. We need to stop complaining about Debbie Wasserman Schultz and position ourselves to choose the next DNC chair.

The organizations are forming already – Grassroots for Bernie, People for Bernie, Bernie 2016 TV … If we band together with groups like Progressive Democrats of America and Democrats for America with the focus on taking back the Democratic Party, we could ride a Bernie Sanders victory to a takeover of the party that groups like the Democratic Leadership Council stole from us decades ago.

As Bernie says at every rally, Think Big! It is time to take down the machine.

I can hear many of you saying the system is rigged, we can’t beat them. They count on us believing that. They count on us surrendering power to them. Of course they have rigged the system in their favor, but part of what they count on is us staying on the sidelines and accepting whatever crumbs they throw our way.

It’s a machine we are up against, but again as Bernie says in every speech, if we stand together there is nothing we can’t accomplish. We may fail, but we guarantee failure if we don’t try. I understand people’s skepticism, the system has beat back every other attempt. Maybe this time it is different. Some of you are saying, we believed Obama and look where that got us. Barack Obama did NOT run against the establishment. Barack Obama turned his grassroots organization over to the DNC the day he got elected. Bernie won’t do that. His campaign is a movement whose role continues the day after he is sworn in.

What do we need to do? Join the political revolution and get involved in the local party organizations. I remember when I was in Miami, the local party there was in gridlock because they couldn’t get a quorum to meetings. If a bunch of progressives had joined and gotten active they could have taken over the Miami-Dade Democratic Party.

Volunteer on the campaign, run for delegate, volunteer in the various grassroots groups popping up to support the revolution. Run for office.

In the words of Frederick Douglass, “Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.” And remember, Victor Hugo was right: “All the forces in the world are not so powerful as an idea whose time has come.”

So we can continue to complain or we can stand up and fight. Our time has come, if we seize it.

Internet of Things Predictions for 2016

In 2015, the Internet of things (IoT) made its mark on both enterprises and consumers and became a driving force for innovation in our cities, homes, cars and workplaces. Vodafone and other companies like Skypatrol predict this momentum will continue into 2016 and beyond. Leaders in every industry are recognizing the potential of IoT and machine-to-machine (M2M) technologies as they are increasingly used to transform businesses. The Vodafone M2M Barometer 2015 found that more than a quarter of all companies worldwide are now using M2M technologies. M2M is finding its identity as a vital business solution that touches everything from back-end operations to customer experiences. We can soon expect even greater growth and increased focus on sophisticated and meaningful solutions. As we move into the 2016, it’s not a matter of “if,” but “how,” companies are using M2M to transform their businesses. Based on an interview with Andrew Morawski, head of M2M for the Americas at Vodafone, we offer six predictions for the M2M market in 2016 and beyond.

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Six Internet of Things Predictions for 2016

Leaders in every industry are recognizing the potential of IoT and M2M technologies as they are increasingly used to transform businesses.

M2M Deployments to Get More Sophisticated and Deliver Greater ROI

IoT Will Become Vital to the Customer Experience

A New Focus on Connecting the “Things” That Matter

Wearables Will Enter the Workplace

Data Will Lead to More Integrated M2M Solutions

M2M Will Move Out of the Back Office

Comets 3 @ Crunch 1

Led by Joe Cannata’s 26-save performance, the Utica Comets beat the Syracuse Crunch 3-1 Friday night at the Onondaga County War Memorial at the OnCenter. With the win, the Comets snapped a seven game losing streak and take home a commanding lead in the quest for the Galaxy Cup, with a record of 4-1-0-0 against Syracuse.

Alex Friesen (0-2-2), and Brendan Gaunce (1-1-2) recorded multi-point nights, while Brandon Marino (1-0-1) scored his first career American Hockey League goal.

Just two minutes into the game the Comets scored the first goal of the game for the first time in 10 contests. Brendan Gaunce gloved down an Alex Friesen pass below the goal line, and slid the puck to Brandon Marino who was all alone in the slot. Marino quickly gathered the pass and flipped a shot over the glove of Gudlevskis for the 1-0 lead.

The Comets spent the next eight minutes all over the Crunch and outshot their opponent 14-2. It would not be until the Comets 15th shot that they would solve the Crunch’s goaltender again.

With sustained pressure, Carter Bancks swooped behind the net before he set up Michael Zalewski with a pass that the New Hartford, NY native hammered into the net with a one-time slapshot. Hunter Shinkaruk picked up the secondary assist.

The score remained 2-0 until three minutes into the third period.

A turnover in front of Joe Cannata sprung Brendan Gaunce on a length-of-the-ice breakaway that would end with a wrist shot zipping through the legs of Gudlevskis for the 3-0 lead.

With the goaltender pulled, Mike Blunden banked a meaningless goal in off the post to break up the shutout bid with 1:06 left.