Give Justice A Chance
Bernie Sanders made it clear last night in California that he’s no longer running against Hillary Clinton. He’s running against Trump.
But more importantly, Bernie continues to run because he hopes to imprint his values and issues indelibly on American politics.
Bernie wants to establish a left-of-center political movement that will live on long after the 2016 primary season is over.
As Bernie said last night, he wants to see a political party embrace the values of economic justice, social justice, racial justice, and he added environmental justice. He wants the Democratic Party to open its arms and clearly, wholeheartedly, embrace those values. Is that too much to ask?
The answer, my friends, is blowing in the wind.
It appears that Bernie’s justice values, which have their roots in Dr. Martin Luther King’s civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s, are the values of the American political future in the 21st-century. That’s the conclusion I draw from the apparent fact that the younger generation of voters has enthusiastically embraced Bernie’s program. Those voters are the future of democracy in America.
All Bernie is asking, is that the Democratic Party open its doors wide and welcome the young voters and the working-class voters who have supported him so enthusiastically.
He’s asking that the Democratic Party make clear that it is the party of social and economic justice, racial justice, and environmental justice. He’s asking that the Democratic Party make it clear that it is the party of the working class, not the party of the privileged elite. It would be a tragic failure if the Democratic party concedes the working class vote to the Republicans, he said.
All he is saying is, “Give justice a chance.”
To an old baby boomer, that seems to echo the memorable chant:
“All we are saying, is give peace a chance.”
— John Hayden