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Bernie Sanders never gave a damn about being president. He wanted to return control of the political process to average Americans. He still wants to do that.
No it's not over, far from it.
The U.S. presidency has been reduced to a television production. Having a dedicated, trustworthy leader in the Oval Office might have helped, or not. The air in there is pretty claustrophobic, certainly not a nurturing environment for an honest man. Which is what Bernie is, and incidentally why he lost.
If you supported Bernie you supported fundamental political change for the country. You can continue to embrace that struggle or wait for it to overtake you from behind. Better to embrace it.
There was a surge of energy that carried Bernie and the cause he championed to national prominence. You who supported him were that energy. You have started a revolution. You must not abandon what you began.
The realization in the hearts and minds of common Americans that there is something terribly wrong with the political process is starting to take hold. As it does so, the conviction that something must be done grows with it.
A revolution does not require storming the barricades. It requires, above all, resolve, commitment to an ideal. America is a democracy as long as we the people continue to use the organs of democracy. You have the right to speak -- speak!
The authorities believed in 2012 that they successfully crushed the Occupy movement. But they only suppressed the symptom. The disease remained. Utter social and political corruption. Bernie's campaign and now movement is the re-emergence of the Occupy cause. The objectives are the same. But it's no longer in a sleeping bag in the park. It's wide awake, walking down Main Street in Mainstream USA.
What is required is long term commitment to correcting the problem. There's an old saying: everyone gets knocked down, winners get back up. As often as there are setbacks it is imperative to come back each time with greater resolve.
This movement continues to grow despite everything thrown at it. Conduct yourselves with integrity always. Maintain Pete Seeger's "chain of hand on hand." It cannot be broken.
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