The knock on Bernie Sanders from many folks on the political left is that if he doesn’t win the nomination, he will repeat what he did in 2016. He will, once again, act like a sheepdog herding progressives into the neo-liberal, Democratic Party fold like sheepdogs before him.
This analogy stems from a Black Agenda Report column from May of 2015 titled “Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders: Sheepdogging for Hillary and the Democrats in 2016.” Author Bruce Dixon explained:
Bernie Sanders is this election’s Democratic sheepdog. The sheepdog is a card the Democratic party plays every presidential primary season when there’s no White House Democrat running for re-election. The sheepdog is a presidential candidate running ostensibly to the left of the establishment Democrat to whom the billionaires will award the nomination. Sheepdogs are herders, and the sheepdog candidate is charged with herding activists and voters back into the Democratic fold who might otherwise drift leftward and outside of the Democratic party, either staying home or trying to build something outside the two party box.
At the end of this column, Dixon asked, “are we sheep?” The alternative to being a Bernie-led sheep is to be a revolutionary, to say “hell no” to any neo-liberal candidate the corporate media and the Democratic Party combine to promote and nominate as the candidate to challenge Trump.
Are you a sheep or a revolutionary? If your answer is the latter, then join the electoral leverage strategy and take the 2020 Bernie or Bust pledge. Call it arm twisting; call it “breaking eggs.” Call it compellence; we call it leverage on Democratic primary voters (the block in the graphic to the right) and insurance against corrupted super delegates who commit to an establishment candidate before one primary vote is cast. A leverage strategy is an innovative idea that enables a significant minority (the arm in graphic to the right) to help a candidate secure a party’s nomination. We are convinced that if this strategy is not employed more effectively and broader than in 2016, there is little possibility Senator Sanders will secure the nomination.
Please join the tens of thousands of citizens to date by employing BOTH of these two, simple steps. (If you do not know your congressional district number, use your zip code to find it here.)
1) Take the voter pledge (click HERE) and then help out on social media by using #WePledgedSo. “If Bernie doesn’t defeat Biden, Trump will. #WePledgedSo” or #BernieOrBust2020 #WePledgedSo) and vitally important, this will NOT become influential enough unless you also, please…
2) Build the buzz: Commit yourself to quickly finding at least just two more people to take the Bernie or Bust 2.0 pledge. Please prioritize and use your email to ask people you know, friends, neighbors, relatives (but no one from work), etc. to take the Bernie or Bust pledge before OR while asking friends, followers and allies in social media and follow up until you know two people have taken the pledge. If every pledge-signer recruits just two more citizens who recruit two more every day, we’ll have over 1,000,000 pledge-takers in less than a month. The chart below shows how quickly a leverage strategy can become a movement even the corporate media will have a hard time ignoring. (They will not cover this as a story in order to keep voters from finding out about this voter pledge strategy. This works by getting Sanders nominated through this recruitment process. People will say, “no, they won’t take the pledge;” but they need to hear more and more people asking them, “Will you help Sanders by taking the BernieOrBust 2.0 pledge?” That communication is how this strategy circumvents corporate media. We are demanding people give progressives a chance to run the government once again. The market/corporate neo-liberals, the conservatives and the libertarians do not have a governing philosophy compatible with climate preservation. The nation, the world needs an all out mobilization for survival to slow, stop and reverse the mass extinction under way, and only progressive politicians have the governing philosophy to use government to solve problems.
Some people are unwilling to scare voters into uniting behind a popular Senator and candidate for the White House. So what? Just keep asking people on social media until your second pledge confirmation is conveyed back to you. That’s all you need to do to make this grassroots pressure effective: take the pledge and recruit two more citizens. (We will send pledge-takers a reminder email with suggestions for Facebook or Twitter messaging to make it easy as possible.)
It may seem as if there is plenty of time for pledge-takers to find just two people to take the Bernie or Bust 2.0 pledge, but our experience tells us the chart on the right does not convey how this works in practice. Even with the contacts available with social media, this took much longer in practice during Bernie or Bust 1.0. In fact, Bernie or Bust didn’t need a million pledges; it just needed to become a buzz.
Please take a few minutes this week to get this off your “things to do” list today, tomorrow, as soon as possible. That’s all you need to do to make this grassroots pressure effective: pledge and recruit two citizens. The closer to a million pledged voters you build this into a movement, the more certain Democrats will fear us and unite behind Bernie. This amount of leverage requires use of this simple “power of two” depicted here:==>>
Be the media: If you understand the importance of using grassroots, revolutionary tactics to help shape major-party, primary campaign outcomes, please do more. Click the SHARE buttons below. Do as much as you want to do to help Senator Sanders become the next President of the United States. In other words, from time to time when you have time, be the media. Share this URL around the Internet: http://bernieorbust2020.us .
What’s Plan B if Bernie drops out? The contest for President in 2020 is more complicated than it was in 2016. Then, Senator Sanders was the only real progressive running in the primaries. This time, Representative Tulsi Gabbard is arguably more progressive than Bernie is, especially on foreign policy. What would become of electoral leverage if something were to happen to Senator Sanders before the DNC? RAP has a Plan B: #TulsiOrTrash the Democratic Party (explained on RAP’s YouTube channel). The alternative demand on the Democratic Party is to insist Representative Gabbard be on the Democratic Party ticket as the nominee. If Senator Sanders or Rep. Gabbard are not the Party nominee, pledged voters will vote for the progressive, third party candidate of their choice. “Or Bust” and “or Trash” the Democratic Party does not mean staying home not voting, and it does not mean voting for the fascistic Trump. Peaceful revolution takes place at the ballot box. It does no harm to vote and that matters at least where there are hand-countable, paper ballots.