September 25, 2020 | News | No Comments
As Republicans and President Donald Trump turn toward the new year with destruction on their minds, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) joined a chorus of voices in expressing the urgent need to reach beyond merely resisting the right’s agenda and articulate an inspiring alternative that will sweep progressives into positions of power.
“Empty platitudes and anti-Trump rhetoric is not enough to win seats in Congress. In 2018, Democrats need a bold economic vision which includes investing in education, healthcare, and opportunities for every American.”
—Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.)
“Here is a New Year’s resolution I hope you will share with me,” Sanders wrote on Twitter just before midnight on Sunday. “In 2018, we will not only intensify the struggle against Trumpism, we will increase our efforts to spread the progressive vision in every corner of the land.”
While the content of this progressive vision may have seemed unclear a year ago, 2017 saw support for concrete proposals long favored by the left—from single-payer healthcare to a $15 minimum wage—soar in the midst of Republican efforts to strip healthcare from tens of millions of Americans and roll back the rights of workers nationwide.
These right-wing efforts forced progressives to play defense—often successfully—for much of the year, but victories in 2018 will require a rallying cry more galvanizing than “resist” and more expansive than “not Trump,” advocacy groups and progressive lawmakers argued.
“Empty platitudes and anti-Trump rhetoric is not enough to win seats in Congress,” said Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.), who in 2017 emerged as one of the Democratic Party’s most powerful critics of corporate power. “In 2018, Democrats need a bold economic vision which includes investing in education, healthcare, and opportunities for every American.”
If surging membership experienced by grassroots organizations like Our Revolution, Indivisible, and the Democratic Socialists of America—as well as increased engagement in mass demonstrations across the country—is any evidence, the public is eager to hear such an ambitious message. As Common Dreams reported throughout 2017, millions of Americans mobilized from the day Trump took the Oath of Office to the day he signed the GOP’s $1.5 trillion tax cuts into law not just to denounce Trumpism, but also to call for something better.
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