Dear MoveOn member,
The Bernie for President campaign is over, but the political revolution that he launched against corporate rule is just beginning.
We can’t let up. Here are three things we must do to make sure the revolution to continues in full force:
- Defeat Donald Trump. If Donald Trump is elected, he'll destroy our progress—and this country—faster than a hog eats supper!
- Take back the U.S. Senate (and maybe even the House!). With Trump dragging Republicans down in the polls, there's a huge opportunity to elect progressive champions—like Russ Feingold in Wisconsin and Tammy Duckworth in Illinois—to the Senate, and to make Bernie and Elizabeth Warren chairs of powerful committees.1 But key Senate races—in New Hampshire, Ohio, and Pennsylvania—are neck and neck.2 Which means we need to organize.
- Push from the left. During and after the election, we've got to push Democrats to be bold progressives.
And if there's one organizing group who can do it all, it's MoveOn. That's why you should get on with it.
Bernie's revolution lifted us progressives from the political scrap heap up to the top of our national conversation—fighting to pass a $15 minimum wage, remove crushing education debt from the backs of students, address head-on the imminent crisis of climate change, defeat TPP, and repeal the Supreme Court’s democracy-destroying Citizens United edict.
But now the biggest obstacle standing in the way of our progress is an unreal reality show—starring The Donald.
Don't think Trump can win? Shoot, I'm from Texas, the state that brought you King George the W. and Rick Perry (a guy who put the "goober” in gubernatorial). They seemed improbable, too, and look at what a mess they made when they got elected. And even if Trump does lose, we still need to take back Congress.
MoveOn's plan is this: Let's organize! And that's why I'm writing you today.
MoveOn's running what's likely the largest independent, volunteer-powered voter outreach program in the country, focused on eight battleground states, organizing volunteer teams to knock on hundreds of thousands of doors in their own communities, neighbor by neighbor, to defeat Trump, take back the Senate (and maybe even the House), and build grassroots progressive leadership. It’s a massive undertaking, and they need our help to pull it all off.
Will you help out?
As Bernie’s message spread through mass rallies and social media last fall and winter, I traveled the country and saw a revolution deeply motivated by hope—a belief in and a yearning for a more egalitarian America, a society dedicated to democracy’s fundamental principle: We’re all in this together.
That’s why I know that, if we put our collective shoulder to the wheel, we can defeat Trump in November and keep building the insurgency Bernie sparked to democratize our country’s wealth and power to benefit all and serve the common good.
Let’s do something, together.
Jim Hightower is a national radio commentator, publisher of The Hightower Lowdown monthly newsletter, and The New York Times best-selling author who has spent four decades battling the Powers That Be on behalf of the Powers That Ought To Be.
1. "The GOP’s Chances Of Holding The Senate Are Following Trump Downhill," FiveThirtyEight, August 16, 2016
2. "Senate Election Polls," RealClear Politics, accessed August 18, 2016
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