The Young Democratic Socialists understands, but does not follow, why Senator Bernie Sanders ultimately made the political maneuver to endorse Hillary Clinton for President in the face of a Trump candidacy. Regardless of our agreements and disagreements with the Sanders endorsement, or continuing to debate the presidential candidate to vote for, now is the time to consider what we as a movement will do to make real change happen. We are in a pinnacle moment where we can direct our Bernie energy where it matters. It is time to put our feet on the ground and do some real grassroots organizing.
YDS believes that organizing on the ground for fundamental social movement growth and building political power with progressive and left wing politicians, is more important than the presidential campaign. The upcoming months provide an opportunity for this political combination. Our struggles should be aimed at seriously intersecting the Movement for Black Lives, the eminent threat of climate change, feminist struggles beyond breaking glass ceilings, and the ongoing fight against the 1%.
The power is in the hands of the people.
This isn’t politics, it’s passive aggression. Bernie is clear about why he made his choice – the possibility of a Trump win is too dangerous not to intervene directly, and the only effective way to do that is to work for a majority vote for Hill in swing states.
I disagree with one thing Bernie says: Hillary is the lesser evil. That’s why we have to both hope for and take action for her beating Il Douche. The lesser evil is still evil, but still lesser. That’s why the few months before the election require that focus.
In the process, YDS will make contact with many Hill supporters who actually favor Bernie’s positions on most or all major issues. That connection is worth all the red flags we can wave, and more.