A Moral Force of Opposition Rises as the Democratic Party Turns to Sanders

Mr. Trump lost the popular vote to Secretary Clinton by 1.5 million votes. There is no mandate when over 50% of the country does not support your agenda. Voters between the ages of 18-29 voted 55% to 37% in favor of Clinton. Women voted for Clinton by a margin of 12%. Blacks voted by an overwelming majority for Clinton-about 88% to 8%. Hispanics voted 65% to 29% for the Secretary and Asians voted for her 65% to 29%. (http://www.statisticbrain.com/voting-statistics/)

 
Age 18 – 29 37 % Trump 55% Clinton
Female 42 % 54 %
Black 8 % 88 %
Hispanic 29 % 65 %
Asian 29 % 65 %

Furthermore, Mr. Trump was assured victories in battleground states such as North Carolina and Texas because of rampant efforts to disenfranchise minority communities. Long lines, harassment, confusing directions, and voter ID laws worked to make it extremely difficult for many people of low income to cast their ballot. Florida had its own issue which may have cost Clinton the election. According to The Sentencing Project, a prison-reform group, more than 1.6 million Floridians — about 9 percent — could not vote because they are a felon. If every American of voting age had an equal opportunity to be recognized as a free and worthy citizen, then Secretary Clinton would have defeated Trump soundly. Obviously that did not happen.

With all of that said, there is no doubt that Secretary Clinton is responsible. She could have communicated better to farmers in Iowa, Catholics in Indiana, soccer moms in the suburbs of Michigan, and to blue collar workers in PA. She could have fostered a genuine coalition with Senator Sanders that was built on an authentically progressive agenda. She could have included her husband more in the day to day campaign decision making. She could have run a smarter and more strategic campaign in general. Yet Clinton did not lose the election. She lost control of the process. There is a big difference. It is important to remember that half of the nation does not support or condone Donald Trump and what his election represents.
Now the only way the national nightmare of a Trump White House can be averted is for tens of millions of people to rise up and galvanize behind a democratic movement led by Senator Sanders. This movement must be organized by hundreds of thousands of volunteers from all over the world. Its goal must be to join forces spiritually, economically, politically and legally to challenge Mr. Trump’s eligibility to become POTUS. We only have two months.
Thank God that Senator Sanders has stepped up to the plate. He has been in front of the White House giving speeches on Standing Rock. He is on every national media program warning Mr. Trump to let go of Bannon immediately. He is simply taking charge. As a result of his courage and fortitude it no longer appears that a Trump takeover is inevitable. No matter what happens before the swearing in ceremony, the fight is far from over. Trump’s ignorance and delusion will not be socially normalized and legally codified if Sanders has anything to say about it.

 We are not a nation under siege. We are a nation of kindness, openness and profound freedoms. We are not a nation going broke. We are an engine driving the economy of the world in sometimes unexpected and unprecedented ways. And we are not weaker because of cultural diversity. The nation has always been devoted to diversity and pluralism as a foundation of our political system. Trump is wrong. Trump is blinded by his own greed. Trump is not aware that America is great because it allowed a man like himself to have a voice. Despite his insatiable discourtesy, strange compulsions and even fascist rhetoric, he was given a serious platform to espouse his ideas. The tolerance and goodwill extended to Mr. Trump has proven just how respectful, rewarding, resilient, robust, redemptive and recalcitrant this thing called American democracy can be. The very country that Trump spent an election year dismissing as garbage, is the same one that made him a billionaire. The same system that he accused of being rigged is the one that propelled him to temporary victory.

 
The fight is on. We must support Senator Sanders in his quest to enlarge and empower a revolutionary grassroots movement sustained by the will and hard work of diversity loving peoples from all over the world. If we come together there is still time to mount a moral force of opposition to Trump. His agenda can still be disrupted before the long national nightmare begins. Together we can expose him once and for all as being constitutionally ineligible to hold this sacred office. But to do this we must employ every spiritual, economic, political, and legal strategy available. We only have two months.

What we are saying to the American people is, no, Donald Trump is not right. A Mexican worker making eight bucks an hour is not the reason why the middle class is disappearing.

Bernie Sanders

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Photograph by George Payne

On a personal level, please, give me the opportunity to defeat Donald Trump.

Bernie Sanders

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And what somebody like a Trump is trying to do is to divide us up. A few months ago, we were supposed to hate Mexicans and he thinks they’re all criminals or rapists. Now we’re supposed to hate Muslims. That kind of crap isn’t going to work in the United States of America.

Bernie Sanders

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Photograph by George Payne

The strategic adversary is fascism… the fascism in us all, in our heads and in our everyday behavior, the fascism that causes us to love power, to desire the very thing that dominates and exploits us. Michel Foucault

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