Reprinted from Reader Supported News
At this delicate moment in the primary season, we all need to take a deep breath and evaluate what comes next.
Bernie Sanders has a mathematical chance to win. But Hillary seems the likely Democratic nominee.
Donald Trump has an army of delegates. But if he doesn't win on the first ballot, Paul Ryan could be the Republican nominee.
For a wide variety of reasons, we believe Hillary and Bernie could beat Trump. But we're not sure about Ryan, who we find absolutely terrifying.
Key is the stripping of our voter rolls. Millions of Democrats have already been disenfranchised. In a close race, that could make the difference.
Also key is the flipping of the electronic vote count, which few on the left seem to be willing to face in all its depressing finality.
As Greens, we believe this election's most critical imperative is that Bernie convert the HUGE upwelling of mostly young grassroots discontent he has ignited into a long-term multi-issue movement. His success won't be measured by whether he wins the nomination or presidency. Miles Mogulescu has written nicely about this at The Huffington Post.
It matters most that those he's energized emerge after November full of commitment and heart. We've seen too many electoral campaigns feed into a general "disillusionment" when they don't win the vote count. We've seen too many youthful uprisings too quickly dissipate.
As geezer vets of the civil rights, anti-war, No Nukes, social justice, election protection and other campaigns, we desperately want all these brilliant folks of all ages to take on the issues nearest to their hearts with renewed ferocity in the coming months, years, decades.
Having awakened this glorious beast, we need Professor Sanders to teach this class of '16 the ultimate lessons in staying power (of which he is such a sterling example).
So whatever happens with the nomination, we respectfully request that Bernie soon organize a broad series of grassroots gatherings where those who have worked so hard for him will get the best possible training and inspiration toward becoming lifelong activists who'll make a tangible difference in the day-to-day business of saving this planet.
We all know that some meaningful changes can be made by putting better people in office. But in in the long run it's the nitty-gritty grind of facing down the corporations issue by issue, place by place, nuke by nuke, that will save us.
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