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Last Tuesday's losses must be placed context.

Sanders Revolution

The Future Belongs to Our Revolution—Ernest Canning

Immediate

Hillary Clinton has hit her "high water mark," according to Bernie Sanders. "Starting today, the map now shifts dramatically in our favor." In a fundraising Email, Sanders expressed the belief that there's "an extremely good chance to win nearly everystate that votes in the next month."

Hillary Clinton may well succeed during this election cycle in masquerading as a faux progressive while she secretly strives to serve the interests of what Noam Chomsky describes as "the substantial people." But the core yearning for a more just and democratic society is not going to dissipate.

In terms of pledged delegates, Clinton leads Sanders 1,094 to 774. A candidate needs 2,383 delegates to secure the nomination. Thus, it is well within the realm of mathematical possibility that Sanders could overtake Clinton in pledged delegates by the end of the primary process in June. That would force the unelected super delegates into making a decision whether to join with the electorate or risk inviting disunity by backing the establishment candidate.

As we observed in explaining our endorsement of Debbie Wasserman Schultz's primary opponent, Tim Canova, even in the short term the goals of our political revolution entail much more than supporting Sanders bid for the Democratic nomination. We must seek via the 2016 election to replace those who have sold out to oligarchy with genuine progressives.

Long Term

It is vital that setbacks, like the one that occurred last Tuesday, be placed in the historical context of what Sanders described as #NotMeUs.

The 2016 presidential election is the immediate focal point of our political revolution. It is not and has never been an end in itself. Hillary Clinton may well succeed during this election cycle in masquerading as a faux progressive while she secretly strives to serve the interests of what Noam Chomsky describes as "the substantial people." But the core yearning for a more just and democratic society is not going to dissipate.

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Indeed, careful examination of last Tuesday's election results reveals that the future belongs to our revolution. Hillary may have received the most votes in Illinois, for example, but amongst under 45-year old voters, Sanders defeated Clinton 70% - 30%.

Looking beyond 2016, the words of Bob Dylan's "The Times They Are A-Changin'" come to mind:

Come mothers and fathers
Throughout the land
And don't criticize
What you can't understand
Your sons and your daughters
Are beyond your command
Your old road is
Rapidly agin'.
Please get out of the new one
If you can't lend your hand
For the times they are a-changin'.

Moving Forward

We must come to understand that Bernie Sanders is but the lightening rod of our revolution. We are the lightening.

In the face of these recent electoral setbacks, we must redouble our efforts to educate the great masses of the American people. Our voices need to be heard in each primary or caucus and at the Democratic National Convention. As Progressive Change Campaign Committee co-founder Adam Green observed: "Hillary Clinton won Ohio...by riding the economic populist tide instead of fighting it." Whether she or Bernie Sanders wins, our revolution must continue to exert itself, seeking to achieve the very policies that Clinton would have us believe are unattainable.

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This is no time to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Ernest Canning
Veterans for Sanders