. . . I’ve had a problem with Senator Sanders and it is his use of one word that he has repeated in every interview that I’ve heard, in every appearance that I’ve seen, and in every debate that I’ve witnessed: revolution
...It is because Bernie Sanders stops with the word revolution
and goes no further that I urge people not to vote for him, no matter how appealing his calls for radical change are. For in not explaining to his followers exactly what is expected of them, in not telling them the truth about the manner in which revolutions occur and the manner in which his revolution will have to occur, Senator Sanders merely becomes yet another politician making promises.
Revolution means change, often radical change, and the truth is that change comes about in three ways, none of which is quick and none of which is pretty: through war, through massive demonstrations in the streets and acts of civil disobedience performed by hundreds of thousands of people over time, and through voting under a master plan that guarantees one political party comprising like-minded individuals domination of both the legislative and the executive branches of government so as to pass the required legislation that alters our society.
The problem I have with Senator Sanders is that he’s not saying this. He’s saying only revolution
, without telling the entire story, and in not telling the entire story, he’s not being honest. Indeed, he’s performing like any other politician, eager for office. He’s telling people what they want to hear, not what they must do
to achieve it. He’s not saying that the revolution he speaks of requires the participation of millions upon millions of people and they must be willing to ACT. What this means is that hundreds of thousands of petitions will have to be signed, hundreds of thousands of voters will have to be registered, millions will need to pour into the streets, to march on Washington, to gather by the hundreds of thousands in the national mall, to have sit-ins in the halls of Congress, to engage in acts of civil disobedience, to allow themselves to be dragged off by the police, to stand in front of judges, and to serve time in jail. It’s either that, an actual war, or a master voting plan to take over the legislative branch of the government that Bernie Sanders needs to come up with by November.
If you think I’m incorrect in this conclusion, I ask you to consider Women’s Suffrage, the establishment of unions, the Civil Rights Movement, the Farmworkers Movement, the Women’s Movement, the Gay Rights Movement, the LGBT Movement. All of these brought about social change. All of these required the commitment to action by thousands and thousands of people.