"We the people", he believes, "must take the lead toward transforming the country toward peace and decency: now."
"Time is running out." No matter who wins in November, "two overlapping actions" must be addressed:
(1) Overcoming right wing fascism.
(2) Mobilizing for real democracy. It's the kind America never had.
In the 19th century and earlier, America was called "democratic" while enslaving millions of Blacks, robbing Native peoples of their land and resources, and exterminating them in what perhaps was the world's greatest ever genocide.
In the 20th century, unions formed, organized, grew, and gave workers a seat at the table. It was all for naught. Past gains were lost. Unions today are a shadow of their former selves. They're corrupted, weak, and ineffective. Rank and file issues are marginalized.
Most workers are "overworked, underpaid, unemployed," or underemployed. Earlier civil rights gains are entirely lost. Conditions now are worse than decades ago.
Privilege alone matters. Ordinary people are left out. The nation is becoming Third-Worldized. America the beautiful exists for wealth and power interests only.