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Progress is not measured in words or lofty goals. Progress is measured in real action steps forward, no matter how small, and absolutely needs the patience and consensus of those politicians elected by the people to represent them. Yes those incremental steps are not always perceptible for those who always live in the present or those focused only on "what's in it for me". Unless one studies history of progress on a global scale, one cannot have a realistic perspective of the present, or how one can achieve that lofty goal.
Sanders has lofty socialist goals, but he is in "total oblivion" of how he will work with Congress on a realistic plan to turn our country into his vision of a socialist state like Sweden. When asked "how", he reverts to regurgitating his populist "political revolution" that will somehow make it happen as the "workers of the world" unite in protest against the corporate oligarchs and the "millionaires and billionaires". Yes Sanders has a commendable vision, but if his only action plan to get there is a massive protest movement in "main street", a real people's revolution if you like, well that can get out of hand and ugly. If that is his idea of an action plan to achieve his goals, I don't like it. It's messy.
On the other hand, if he can really mobilize millions of young voters to become truly "grass rootsy" and become involved in government at the local, state and federal level to understand how our democratic government can work for them if they get off their asses and vote, then yes it might work. Right now in talking and listening to young people at our recent precinct caucus meeting, that aspect of Sanders's revolution is missing. It's all about Bernie and not much else of substance. They expect Bernie to "make it happen" for them if together they can only mobilize enough people to elect him. But they do not even know the names of our local and state representatives where the grass roots movement really starts.
I hope that Bernie will be more forthcoming in the weeks and months ahead. He says he plans to take his political revolution all the way to the convention. But what then? Shit hits the fan?