The Left Doesn’t Have the Luxury of Giving Up.

There’s too much at stake to end the fight.

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Photo via Bernie Sanders on Instagram

No matter what happens with Bernie Sanders’ campaign it is clear, especially considering the events that have transpired over the past days, that the left simply does not have the luxury of giving up.

In the face of a global pandemic, a stock market crash the likes of which we haven’t seen in over thirty years, and a planet on the brink of climate catastrophe, we have absolutely no choice but to continue the fight for a more just and equitable society. We are witnessing firsthand the disastrous effects of what America’s long-standing economic and healthcare policies have led to, in what certainly at least feels like the last death rattles of a dying empire that has existed for far too long. The very same corporatist Democrats who have railed against President Trump for not allowing the expansion of Medicaid during this pandemic are the same ones who actively fought against Medicare for All in the years since it has become mainstream, and that will not be ignored. As uncomfortable as that may be for some to admit, they are proving they are as much if not more of a threat to the advancement of leftist policies as their Republican counterparts.

If you signed up to donate, organize, volunteer, or work for Bernie Sanders in any capacity the time is now to recognize that you signed up for a fight.

This was never, ever going to be easy, and the sooner we realize that the better. We are currently living through the culmination of everything about the American system that Bernie has spent his entire career arguing against, and it only becomes more clear as things evolve that this is the moment. The fate of the planet relies on our drive to stay relentless. A movement may have leaders but they have no saviors, and Bernie was never meant to be one. No matter what the results of this election may be, it is up to us to continue what he started five years ago and never, ever get comfortable.

The left only grows more vigilant, passionate, organized, and angry with time. Whether it is now, two years, or four years from now our time is coming if not here already, and the ones that fight against us are undeniably operating on their last legs. As exhausted as we might be, the fight goes on no matter how tired we feel. Ultimately, this has always been far bigger than us as individuals. This is about what we will be handing down to the ones who come after us, and doing whatever is necessary to ensure that we give them a future to look forward to.

For their sake, we are obligated to pick ourselves back up again and continue until the war is won.

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Lauren is a writer & leftist with analysis on topics related to politics & policy. She can be reached at LaurenMartinchek@gmail.com or Twitter @xlauren_mx

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