These two articles were very moving for me; first, a wonderful interview with Jane Sanders:
and then the below, which shows how much they care and how hard they are pushing on the TPP even though it’s so damn hard:
http://prospect.org/article/democratic-unity-very-tricky-case-trade Did Sanders sell out? I don’t think so. As a real world politician who knew that Hillary’s nomination was inevitable, Sanders did what he did because he wanted to extract everything he could in exchange for what turned out to gracious and warm-hearted support.
Sanders and his people brokered an explicit bargain. Hillary Clinton would move substantially left. But will she uphold her end of the deal? Or will she make a liar of Sanders?
…In the jockeying on Monday and Tuesday over Sanders support for party unity, TPP opponents made two explicit requests to the Clinton campaign.
First, the campaign was asked, at the highest level, to contact President Obama and request him to back off his pressure on Congress to approve TPP during the lame duck session of Congress. According to senior sources in the Sanders campaign, the call was made and Obama’s response was: no way.
Obama is as passionate as ever about getting TPP approved.
…Second, Sanders and his top people explicitly requested Clinton to personally work the phones and tell Democrats in the House and Senate not to vote for TPP in the lame duck session, so that she could keep her word to Sanders and demonstrate resolution against bad trade deals as part of her campaign against Trump. Clinton, say my sources, was non-committal….Changing U.S. trade policy and who it serves would sure be easier if the next president were on board. And whether Clinton quite realizes it or not, her election may depend on it….About the only time in modern history that a Democratic split did not destroy a Democratic candidate was in 1948, when Harry Truman survived both the insurgency of Henry Wallace on the left and a Dixiecrat challenger, Strom Thurmond on the right. Truman, not incidentally, prevailed by running as a full-throated New Deal progressive.
The unity fest on display Monday and Tuesday evenings will last only if Hillary Clinton runs as the progressive that all of the other speakers claimed she has become, that the platform commits her to, and that the Sanders/Warren supporters expect of her.
I had not heard that the following did get included in the platform, which is great:
We will oppose trade agreements that do not support good American jobs, raise wages, and improve our national security. We believe any new trade agreements must include strong and enforceable labor and environmental standards in their core text with streamlined and effective enforcement mechanisms. Trade agreements should crack down on the unfair and illegal subsidies other countries grant their businesses at the expense of ours. It should promote innovation of and access to lifesaving medicines. And it should protect a free and open internet. We should never enter into a trade agreement that prevents our government, or other governments, from putting in place rules that protect the environment, food safety, or the health of American citizens or others around the world. These are the standards Democrats believe must be applied to all trade agreements, including the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).