US ELECTIONS: If Biden wins … Sanders Says US ‘Must Not Go Back to Business as Usual’

During final get-out-the-vote rally before Election Day, the Vermont senator said “we must have the courage to think big, not small.”

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) speaks at a protest at the U.S. Capitol on October 22, 2020 in Washington, D.C.

Sen. Bernie Sanders

At a final get-out-the-vote rally with fellow progressives ahead of Election Day, Sen. Bernie Sanders stressed that defeating President Donald Trump at the ballot box Tuesday is a necessary first step but hardly sufficient in the face of economic, climate, and public health crises that demand transformational change—not merely a return to the pre-Trump status quo.

“We cannot go back to business as usual after we defeat Trump. We cannot and must not go back to business as usual,” the Vermont senator said during the virtual event Monday night. “Progressives today understand that if we’re gonna stand up for working families, stand up for the poor, stand up for the children, stand up for the elderly and the disabled, stand up for the minority communities that are under attack all across this country.”

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  • brandli62  On November 4, 2020 at 4:38 am

    Unfortunately, we are seeing a cliffhanger unfold and Trump claims victory and calls for an end of counting…. Civil unrest in the making?

  • Clyde Duncan  On November 5, 2020 at 9:49 am

    OK, AMERICA, SO WHAT THE HELL HAPPENS NOW?

    Marina Hyde | The Guardian UK

    With the future and democratic reputation of the American republic hanging in the balance, this is not an occasion for bombast. RATHER IT IS TIME TO REACH HUMBLY IN THE DARKNESS, seeking only to summon such measured words as convey the intense dignity of this moment. IN SHORT, I THINK WE ALL FEEL THE HAND OF HISTORY ON OUR PUSSIES.

    DONALD TRUMP, AMERICA’S HOWLING ID, HAS NOT LOST THIS ELECTION. Then again, Joe Biden has not won it. Shortly before 6:00am UK time, Biden addressed a rally – never a better time for one, mate – and told the Delaware crowd he was “optimistic”. In split-screen Trump addressed his Twitter retinue, and told them of “a big WIN”, adding “they are trying to STEAL the election … votes cannot be cast after the Poles are closed.” Expect him to invade Pole-land in the coming days.

    Still, whatever happens now, no one can argue that a result this close was a repudiation of his way of doing business, so anyone expecting the gibberingly loyal Republican party to tack away from its current psychiatric space for the next couple of decades ought probably to get used to disappointment.

    Shortly after 7:00am UK time, Trump addressed the nation with quasi-dictatorial fanfare, falsely claiming victory as well as electoral fraud, and seeking to disenfranchise voters in undeclared states. This at least had been predicted.

    There have long been signs that Trump would not be able to handle even potentially unfavourable election results. AFTER ALL, JUST LOOK HOW HE HANDLED MALE PATTERN BALDNESS.

    Contrary to what a lot of people said over the past four years, Trump did eventually manage to build something described as an “unscalable” fence.

    UNFORTUNATELY, HE ONLY DID IT THIS WEEK, AND IT NOW SURROUNDS THE WHITE HOUSE.

    Still, let no one suggest a democracy contested by two men in their mid-to-late-70s is in some ways beginning to look a little necrotic. YES, IT WOULD HAVE BEEN NICE TO HAVE HAD AT LEAST ONE CANDIDATE WHOM NO ONE HAD ACCUSED OF SEXUAL ASSAULT …….

    – BUT YOU HAD TO BE DEEPLY COMFORTED THAT ONE OF THE CANDIDATES HAD BEEN ACCUSED OF LITERALLY DOZENS MORE SEXUAL ASSAULTS THAN THE OTHER ONE.

    OF COURSE, THE 2020 US PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION SITUATION IS STILL VERY MUCH DEVELOPING, and by the time you read this, there could be a lot of hostages to fortune. OR EVEN JUST HOSTAGES. Rule nothing out.

    Nothing, perhaps, except moral optimism. People used to say that irony died when Henry Kissinger won the Nobel peace prize, but the real victim was actually the Nobel peace prize.

    It is hard not to think that something of this order of magnitude is now true of the US presidency, which for evermore will be seen as a job that a man of the character of Donald Trump was able to get. MAYBE EVEN TWICE – OR AS NEAR AS DAMMIT.

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