I think if you ask a lot of people this question you will get a lot of different answers, so what is it?
I think I can best define it as the interweaving of these two main components:
- Actual people unbeholden to moneyed interests running for office using Bernies technique of policy first, positive, PAC free and people oriented campaigning, offering real solutions the people can actually get excited to vote for, to stimulate political activity.
- Large percentages of the population becoming politically interested with some becoming actually politically active, specifically due to these real solutions being offered and help fight to get the candidates in office and in general make it clear they are paying attention.
For the intention of:
Gaining enough political power to legislatively solve the problem of money having too much influence over our government and political process.
That really is the end game, to unrig the system, but to get there we are going to have to fight that rigged system every step of the way and The Revolution is what we need to do to get there.
Through out Bernie’s campaign he made it clear it wasnt about him, it was about us and starting this revolution. His giant rallies were more than fanfare, they were proof that people who thought like him werent as ‘fringe’ as the media was telling us [this was a moment of emboldening for many], but most importantly he took each of the major strands of left leaning activism and tied them into a single platform, creating for the first time in decades an actual unified front against the establishment.
The establishment has been winning by getting us too busy fighting each other that we couldn’t fight them, so the importance of Bernie fundamentally unifying the entire left can not be understated. The climate people have to help the wall street people who have to help the justice reform people all fighting in their own way against what is fundamentally the same establishment, he has shown us its all the same fight and only winnable if we fight it as one.
The First Wave
No sooner than the last election was over The Revolution had begone, with groups Like Brand New Congress and Justice Democrats springing up independently together with Bernie’s own Our Revolution, all taking up Bernies call to run real people powered progressives in a unified manner. These are the people going through with the first component, fundamentally testing the waters to see if there is any merit in Bernies plan.
As we approach the mid terms and start to see the successes begin to stack, its hard not to admit there may be something to it. Sure, not everyone is winning, but we are fighting an entrenched establishment using a unified front for the very first time and not all candidates are cut out to be so. None the less we are clearly seeing there are chinks in the armor, where candidates with the right skill sets and work ethics are starting to bust through, but what of the second component? Well the way these candidates are winning is purely through grassroots activism, they are getting tons of help and most importantly helping each other, like a unified front should for the activists have never really been the problem.
The Silent Majority
Though the second component does rely on people becoming politically active, that only needs to be true for a pretty small percent, but what is deceptively even more important is getting a larger percent just politically interested. Let me explain why this is so important, see no amount of actual political ‘activism’ could get people like Bernie or Alexandria on national television, only the fact that many people are interested in progressive politics can do this. This is a hidden aspect of people power, that we can hijack aspects of the establishment to our own ends, like by the end of #OWS even the MSM was talking about the 1%vs99%, they had no choice.
So The Revolution can be televised and likely will be and all it takes is enough people making sure their tv is on to which ever channel progressives are on. This is why just being politically interested is so important, having thousand and millions interested in what progressive politicians have to say is exactly why we see so much of Bernie and now Alexandria. This is how we can see the people are doing their part, becoming politically interested enough to watch the political shows for if the political audience was nothing but old conservatives, I guarantee thats all we would be seeing.
The fundamental concept of The Revolution is just overwhelming money with people on all levels, from who we see on television to who we get to vote for and get elected. This can even be seen in how quickly the separate detention of children has come to an end, even though its nothing new, but when the public becomes truly aware and focused they can force a hand with just limited activism.
So you want to have a revolution?
So The Revolution has begun, it has gone from just merely an idea being touted by a long shot primary candidate to an actual occurring thing, albeit in its earliest stages. This will be a revolution in slow motion as we fight tooth and nail against a rigged system, just to get to the point we have enough grip on it to try and unrig it. To ask if it will or wont succeed is a pointless question, this is the ONLY way to do it without violence.
Its important to remember we arent ‘Storming the Bastille’ here and what we are calling a revolution can better be described as a slow motion infiltration coup of the party and as its being set in motion we can begin to see everyone is starting to align and even members of DSA are following this strategy and running through the party.
Why through the party at all?
Since this is the most contentious aspect of the plan I feel I should at least touch on it in closing and the answer is simply “history”. The last time a new party rose to prominence was the Republicans in 1860 when the Whigs basically ripped themselves to pieces thus an opening was created. Since that time the parties have internally changed in all sorts of ways many times over and so one can only conclude it is easier to change a party than create one, this historical evidence makes it not even close.
Though it actually goes one layer deeper than this for I believe nothing has hurt the establishment in the eyes of the electorate like the last election, the very act of running through the party makes it show its crooked hand in self preservation. So the very act of running this plan may very well in the end do to the Dems what happened to the Whigs and create that opening for a new party. So to me its a win/win for we will either break through the party and take it ourselves or forces it to break itself in the attempt to stop us.
Either way we must be patient and work together, even if we disagree on strategy, for at the moment this is the angle of the main thrust and there is too much momentum at this point to stop it, even if you believe its wrong headed, at this point the best thing we can all do is join together and give it its best shot.