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Why Bernie Is Helping, Not Hurting the Democrats

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Bernie Sanders is a positive force in the Democratic Party," Nancy Pelosi said during a press briefing in the Capitol.

"He has awakened in some people an interest in the political process that wasn't there. He has encouraged young people to channel their interest in public service and community leadership into a political place, because this is where decisions are made that'll affect their future and their lives. And I think that's positive."

Nancy Pelosi gets it. Many Democrats also understand what Bernie brings to the table. Some, however, feel threatened. Bernie Sanders is taking the party in a direction the corporatists and "third way" Democrats don't want to go. You see, they think they know better. They think they should be the ones deciding our future, and the people just need to follow their lead. Those days are coming to an end, and the 1% is scared that the people are ready to take their country back.

Bernie Sanders is right, the Democratic Party has a choice: open the doors and let the people in or continue to represent the billionaire class. Progressive Democrats understand that the political revolution has come too far to just surrender. The Democratic Party has to earn their support. By taking the fight to the convention, Bernie is keeping the movement going. The movement is not ready to support Hillary Clinton in November.

Election day is still six months away. There is plenty time for the Democratic Party to make the Sanders supporters welcome. If Bernie suspended his campaign tomorrow and just went back to work in the Senate it would be like bursting a bubble. The movement he has launched would be devastated. That movement needs to continue, and if the Democrats embrace it they will grow. If they continue to ask for surrender, they will lose an opportunity to build the party.

Of course letting the movement in will change the party. That is what the "new" Democrats fear. The end of the third way is near, and the Democratic Party will soon be representing working people again.

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Scott Galindez is a graduate of Syracuse University, a US Army veteran, and currently the Political Director of Scott's activism began at an anti-nuclear vigil in Lafayette "Peace Park" across from the White House. Scott (more...)
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