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If we are going to defeat right-wing Republicans in 2018 and 2020, we need to win in states that Trump won, like Pennsylvania. And, in my view, the only way we win in those states is by supporting progressive candidates who have the guts to defend working-class families -- white, black, Latino, Asian American, Native American -- and take on the power and greed of the billionaire class.

Here's some very good news. In Pennsylvania there are two strong progressive candidates who can win their primary fights and win the general election. But they need your help.

As you know, Donald Trump represents something we have never seen before in the history of the United States. It is not just that he represents the interests of the wealthy and powerful. It's that we have never had a president with more authoritarian tendencies than him.

The 2018 midterm elections will be long remembered as a pivotal moment in American history because, if we are successful, we can put an end to the disastrous Trump agenda. If we are not, we will have at least two more years of a rapid shift toward authoritarianism, the further normalization of corruption and the continued rise of oligarchy.

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But we cannot defeat Trump and the Republican Party with the same playbook, or by supporting the same kind of candidates long favored by the political establishment and financial elite. That is how we got to where we are today.

That is why I recently traveled to Pennsylvania to support two strong progressive candidates: Greg Edwards for Congress and Jess King for Congress. Their primaries are on May 15, and they need your help now. So here is the part where I ask:

Split a $3 donation between Greg Edwards and Jess King today.

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Our job in 2018 is to take on and defeat Trump's authoritarianism, xenophobia, racism, sexism, homophobia and religious bigotry. But we can only do that if we run candidates who can rally the American people around an agenda that works for them, not the billionaire class.

For the past 25 years, Greg Edwards has worked tirelessly to organize for justice in health care, education and economic dignity. The powerful grassroots movement behind Greg Edwards is championing Medicare for all, universal pre-k, debt-free college and raising the minimum wage, and he is living his values of unwavering inclusion by building the diverse coalition Democrats need to win in his district.

Jess King has seen firsthand how the biggest corporations have hurt workers and squashed competition. In Congress, she will work to pass Medicare for all, rein in Wall Street, break up corporate monopolies, and support the real job creators: small businesses in our local economies.

These are great candidates you can be proud to support. Please make a donation today. Please help create a progressive Pennsylvania and a progressive America.

Candidates like Greg and Jess will help us stop Trump while ushering in an era of strong progressive change in this country. Thank you for supporting them. They need our help.

In Solidarity,

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Roy Eidelson @royeidelson If these polls results are reasonably accurate, it's noteworthy that 34%--including 48% of independent voters--say it doesn't matter which party controls Congress. DEMOCRATS have failed to demonstrate that support for the 1% isn't a BI-PARTISAN priority. CNN poll: Democrats' 2018 ile.twitter.com/royeidelson/status/995035598627987457

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....written by a true "establishmentarian"...

It was Bush and Obama that brought truly dictatorial qualities to the super-centralized machinery of illegitimate governance...Trump could only dream of topping what they accomplished...

Your candidates may be nice and well-meaning people, but they will drown in the sea of Power and Imperial Preferences which supersede all other concerns...

Your crime then, Bernie Sanders, is to promote the sense that "democracy" -- in any meaningful sense -- is compatible with Imperial Pursuit....It is not.

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Not a better comment than your usual.

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Yes. If they want to win, Democrats have to do a better job of pretending to represent the interests of the working and middle classes. Like the "Justice Democrats," they have to pledge to talk about Medicare for All on their websites and in all of their public appearances. (Not pledge to vote for HR 676 and refuse to vote for some spurious alternative, mind you -- just to talk about it.) And they should talk about high college tuition. And a higher minimum wage. (Well below the purchasing power of the minimum wage in the 60s is fine.) And they shouldn't talk at all about how much money the military-intelligence-industrial welfare queens are taking us for, just how safe they are keeping us from the evil Russian, Iranian, North Korean, and Syrian bogeymen. (Are Muslim terrorist bogeymen still in play? I think they're being phased out.) And frankly, they shouldn't talk about antitrust at all. (Conglomerates and oligopolies are, like, the best Democratic Party sugar daddies of all.) Or the prison-industrial complex. Or steeply more progressive income-tax brackets, as we had under Republican president Eisenhower. Or a progressive annual tax on great wealth. Or regressive state tax systems. Or the fact that we have the highest rate of child poverty in the developed world. In fact, maybe Democrats should just stick to identity politics, with talking points like this:

[A]uthoritarianism, xenophobia, racism, sexism, homophobia and religious bigotry.


The Trump Show, featuring special guests The Republicans, has dropped the bar so low that that's all that should be required for Democrats to "take back our country" for us -- right?

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This may be the moment in history when the Democratic party either changes its course or collapses into oblivion, like the Whigs. I don't fault Bernie for pursuing the former course as he and I may both be gone by the time the latter course results in any meaningful change. Nov. 2018 may be it for the Dumbocrats, if they don't pull it off, or 2020 for sure. Really, if Trump is re-elected in 2020 it may as well just roll over and die.

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