While the reactions to Bernie Sanders’s endorsement of Hillary Clinton vary, with some, like the author, vowing to vote for Green Party presidential candidate, Dr. Jill Stein, it is vital to recognize that the goals of our political revolution have never been confined to the Sanders presidential campaign.
Part of the goals of our revolution were achieved in what Bernie aptly described “the most progressive platform in the history of the Democratic Party.” Other goals entail efforts by progressives to remove other corporate Democrats who serve as bought-and-paid-for tools of the one percent, Wall Street and corporate America.
After securing significant platform concessions on such issues a tuition-free college educations for working class citizens, and, faced with delegate numbers that haver made a Hillary Clinton nomination a fait accompli, Bernie endorsed the former Secretary of State. But he did not withdraw his endorsement of Tim Canova, the attorney and professor of economics whose campaign to unseat the incumbent Florida Congresswoman and Chair of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) in the upcoming August 30 Democratic Congressional primary was also endorsed by our organization, Veterans for Bernie.
Party platforms are not binding documents. One of the key means for assuring government of, for and by the people is to oust dishonest corporatists like Wasserman Schultz from Congress and to replace those corporate Democrats with genuine progressives.
This powerful new ad reveals why the Canova campaign remains a vital part of our political revolution.
Ernest A. Canning is a retired attorney, author, Vietnam Veteran (4th Infantry, Central Highlands 1968) and a Senior Advisor to Veterans For Bernie. He has been a member of the California state bar since 1977. In addition to a juris doctor, he has received both undergraduate and graduate degrees in political science. Follow him on twitter: @cann4ing