any of you have been disappointed and angered by the results of Tuesday’s New York primary, and I don’t blame you. But there’s reason to be hopeful, and much to be thankful for. Consider the race, the mobilization, the issues, and the movement:
- Despite what you hear from the media, the race is not yet over. Bernie’s national polls are rising as fast as his opponent’s are falling, enthusiasm for him remains high, he continues to raise more money from small donors than she’s raising from large ones, and young people (as well as not-so-young) are more energized for him and by him than ever.
- The political mobilization Bernie has created is critically important – not just for the presidential race but for elections to Congress, and at the state and local level. And its importance and influence will extend way beyond 2016.
- The issues Bernie is focusing the nation’s attention on are critical to our future: reclaiming our democracy from the moneyed interests and making our economy serve the many rather than the few at the top. And the only way to achieve this is to reverse the increasing concentrations of income, wealth, and power. This agenda is the prerequisite to everything else. More Americans than ever now understand this.
- The movement Bernie has fueled is just beginning. It may take years to finally and fully succeed, but it cannot be stopped. The direction our democracy and economy have been moving is not sustainable. The countervailing power Bernie is building is essential to our future and our children’s future. What do you think?
By Robert Reich, Robert Reich’s Facebook Page