There was a political revolution on November 8, 2016  

In the first Democratic debate, Jim Webb turned to Bernie Sanders at one point and said, “There’s not going to be a political revolution.”  On November 8, 2016, Jim Webb was proven wrong.

A “revolution” is a fundamental change in political power or organizational structures that takes place in a relatively short period of time when the population rises up in revolt against the current authorities.  A “political revolution” is such a change brought about by non-violent, political means – voting.  As heirs to a long tradition of the non-violent transfer of power based on the results of elections, our greatest blessing as citizens of the United States of America is that,we can change our government using ballots, instead of bullets.

Bernie Sanders inspired a populist uprising.  He came close, but did not win the Democratic nomination for president.  His disappointed followers divided.  Some remained active within the Democratic Party, others moved their support to Donald Trump, some joined the Green Party or supported other third party, or independent candidates; still others returned to a state of apathy with regard to political activity.

Donald Trump, leading a very different type of populist uprising, won the Republican nomination and then the presidency.  Where Bernie declared that his campaign was not about him, or Hillary Clinton or anybody else, but was instead a grassroots movement to take control of our government away from Wall Street, big banks, and corporations; Donald Trump’s campaign was all about Donald Trump.  He said, repeatedly in response to various problems, “I am the only one who can fix this.”

What the followers of both Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump decide to do going forward will largely determine the ongoing nature and the ultimate outcome of the political revolution that took place on November 8, 2016.

There are some key differences between the supporters of these two radically different leaders, but there is also common ground.  We are all tired of politics-as-usual.  We are all of tired of government serving the interests of Wall Street, the big banks, and corporations and failing to “promote the general welfare.”  We want a government of, by, and for the people.  And if we all focus on areas of agreement, instead of allowing ourselves to be divided by wedge issues that emphasize our differences of opinion, we will have a political revolution.  United we will win. – Winston Apple

© 2016 Gary Winston Apple. Reprinted with permission.  All rights reserved.

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