What Is At Stake in 2016?

U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) holds a news conference after he announced his candidacy for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination, on Capitol Hill in Washington April 30, 2015. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst - RTX1B0DW
U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) holds a news conference after he announced his candidacy for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination, on Capitol Hill in Washington April 30, 2015. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst – RTX1B0DW

It is not just about an election. It is much more than that.

If Bernie Sanders wins, America will return to its long-lost mission to promote democracy, freedom, equality and peace — for all. Yes, in spite of all the wars America waged, killing and destroying millions of lives, hopes and dreams.

If he loses, this country and by default the world will become more turbulent, violent, exploitative, and greedy. His win will defeat the 1 percent and its tyranny. His defeat will mean defeat for the rest of humanity.

Elitism, soft racism and snobbism are all quite rampant in American progressive circles. If not outright exclusion, subtle undermining of blacks, immigrants, and poor working-class people is very perceptible. Privileged educated white do not want to share leadership on a totally equal basis. Of course, there are great exceptions, but this is what I have largely seen over my thirty years in America. And I have worked with students, teachers, immigrant rights, labor, civil liberties, climate, and peace movements. There is no surprise, therefore, that blacks, immigrants, and labor unions have not yet come on board with Bernie Sanders. There is a huge trust gap.

I know the problems.
Recently, I went to a labor and immigrant conference in San Diego, California. We talked about the above there too.

Yes, I know the issues. I know the problems. And I have offered solutions too.

Still, Bernie Sanders (and Elizabeth Warren) gives me hope, in the midst of all the lies and false promises.
Give me a chance to debate with Donald Trump on immigration. Find me a way to debate with Hillary Clinton on Clinton. I am serious. I promise I’ll be respectful.
Sincerely,
Partha Banerjee
 
Brooklyn, New York
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HillaryProCon_Sorensen
Realistic choice? Are you kidding me? Her connections with Monsanto, Wal-Mart, Goldman Sachs, and private prison industries???

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