Promise in the Problem: A Message from Nina Turner
We are living in a new era in the United States. We are now in the land of President Donald Trump. The Democrats successfully quelled the populist left by pushing out Senator Bernie Sanders. In many ways, the final nail in the 2016 Democratic coffin was shutting out former State Senator Nina Turner. Sen Turner was the spark plug of the Bernie Sanders campaign. She, along with Dr. Cornel West, was the key to activating Black Progressives and the vast majority of non-Black Progressives and independents. But, the Democratic power elite knew that they would have to really deliver on the Progressive agenda in order to keep the principled Senator Turner on board. She is the Progressive Whisperer. Because the Dems were more loyal to the donor class than they were to the people, the only course of action was to marginalize Nina. That is exactly what they did.
What the Future SHOULD Hold
Now, as the smoke clears from the wreckage of Hillary 2016, one of the few people left standing is former Ohio State Senator Nina Turner and her motivational prophetic fire. She is a natural. Many of us are looking to her for leadership and to start the healing process. This is what she told me:
“There is promise in the problem. For folks who believe that the result of this election is problematic (insert the problem). The promise is in our collective willingness to fight for/create the coalitions necessary to build the America we want. We have choices. Complain and do nothing, or complain and do something. One way or another, we must act.” – Sen. Nina Turner
This is the kind of clarion call that the Left needs. America was begging for a Political Revolution and now they have one. Because the Dems muted the left-leaning, Bernie Sanders Political Revolution in a time of populist unrest, we got President Donald Trump. Trumpism is the embodiment of a right-wing revolution.
To put it simply, people were looking for answers to their concerns. The Dems offered answers in the form of the Democratic Party platform. The problem is that no one believed that the Clintons had any interest in following through. We will never know. But, I am sure they were right.
Now we must move forward. The very first thing we need to do is to create language, the message we need to take our movement forward. That message must be Simple, Direct and Correct. Let’s talk!