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The "Brand New Congress" movement

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  • Liberal Democrat
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    Brand New Congress

    I saw this on the Rachel Maddow Show. A group of young Bernie supporters (outside of Bernie's campaign) have come up with an idea to win the Congressional elections in 2018 with a group of 400 hand selected candidates with a similar agenda, mimicking Bernie's agenda. Essentially they would almost be like a third party, or perhaps a progressive caucus within the Democratic Party. I extracted this from their website above:

    "America needs an honest, accountable Congress to enact Bernie's program. But trying to win each Congressional seat one-by-one is impossible. So let's run one campaign to replace Congress all at once (except those already on board) that whips up the same enthusiasm, volunteerism and money as Bernie's presidential campaign.

    "We're building on the tools, tactics and networks that we developed together on Bernie's campaign. But to pull this off, the volunteer movement will have to wield more power and resources than on any campaign before. This means volunteers on the ground will run their own offices and voter contact operations, and will have access to all necessary tools and materials from the start. Get ready for the most beautiful campaign ever."

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    I like the focus on the midterm election in 2018 because historically the midterms have had exceptionally poor voter turnout with young people voting at about a 20 percent rate. It kind of resembles what the Tea Party did in 2010, taking back the House and many state legislatures, and setting them selves up for redistricting following the 2010 census.

    I also like that young people are looking beyond just the Bernie presidency, and that a grass roots movement (revolution) requires a Congress sympathetic to the progressive movement. The young man that Rachel had on her show was impressive, a contrast from some of those ideologues who could use a lesson in Civics 101.

    Click on the link above and take a look. Here is another link to the bright young people proposing this.

  • Liberal Democrat
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    Here is what just two of the young people had to say about their Brand New Congress movement:

    Right now, we are in a constant battle against increasing income inequality, mass incarceration, and worsening climate change. All of us work tremendously hard to win victories here and there, but to actually change our society so that the battles are not uphill, we need to be able to create and enact the boldest plan this country has seen since the New Deal. The only way we can do this is if we create a cohesive, functioning Congress that is accountable to the people who elected it and not to the corporations funding their campaigns. This is why we need a Brand New Congress that agrees up front to work together to actually right this nation's course. Saikat Chakrabarti

    Since the 1960’s, Bernie Sanders has been unwavering in his fight for social and environmental justice. His honesty, integrity, decency, and consistency inspired millions of us to come together to elect him president. We're young and old, Muslim and Jewish, black, white, and brown and have worked tirelessly for the political revolution. We must continue to fight for the agenda we believe in - regardless of who’s in the White House. We have the momentum, we have 535 reasons, we have the tools we need, and we have each other. I think that Brand New Congress is the best chance we have of making Bernie's agenda a reality. I am all in with this movement, and I will never give up. Paula Dorfman

  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    These supporters seem a bit unrealistic, but anything that gets young people to the polls in a midterm election is A-Ok with me.


    There are many forces in both political parties that will likely give these kids a wake-up call. Many of those 400 seats are considered "safe" seats and the vast majority of them are in Republican districts that have been gerrymandered to ensure no Democrat will be able to win until after the next census. I hope these people show in in 2018, but I hope they show up even more in 2020.

  • Liberal Democrat
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    Yes, I agree. Anything that gets young people to the polls in a midterm election is something that the party should help support. Young people are the future of this country, and they need to be involved in government more than just hitchin' a ride every four years on a populist candidate.

    The midterm 2018 can be a rehearsal for the bigger prize in 2020, taking back the House, and winning state legislatures and governorships.

  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    jaredsxtn Wrote:

    These supporters seem a bit unrealistic, ssnt but anything that gets young people to the polls in a midterm eleIus ction is A-Ok with me.


    There are many forces in both political parties that will likely give these kids a wake-up call. Many of those 400 seats are considered "safe" seats and the vast majority of them are in Republican districts that have been gerrymandered to ensure no Democrat will be able to win until after the next census. I hope these people show in in 2018, but I hope they show up even more in 2020.

    jaredsxtn, Do you remember when you told me what Bernie can't do as President without support and I told you that the movement is more than Bernie. I said he would have both houses.
  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    Sorry, I was tslking with Schmidt when I posted the following in March:

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    Chet Ruminski 03-31-2016 12:17:15 AM

    "Bernie will be supported by both houses as they become Democratic. It follows logically that his revolution will be championed with a Presidential victory. That will guarantee sweeping both houses."

    And now today I feel very confident now as I did then that it is the beginning and not the end.

  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    Chet Ruminski Wrote: jaredsxtn, Do you remember when you told me what Bernie can't do as President without support and I told you that the movement is more than Bernie. I said he would have both houses.

    There is little to zero chance of the House moving into Democratic hands after this election. The Republicans were able to gerrymander the hell out of things after the 2010 election and there are so many "safe" Republican seats that Bernie doesn't stand a chance of garnering enough support to take it back.

    You can hope and pray that he will have both houses of Congress, but the fact of the matter is that ONE current Senator has endorsed him. No one can lead a political revolution with only one member of the upper house lining up behind him. That's just a fact.