I'm often asked, "Jesse, why do you take on these tough issues? They're not very political. We can't win that way."In other words, buck up, "Bernie Bros." There's a reason your candidate got attention this year and it doesn't necessarily have anything to do with winning the nomination... this year, anyway.
If an issue is morally right, it will eventually be political. It may be political and never be right. Fanny Lou Hamer didn't have the most votes in Atlantic City, but her principles have outlasted the life of every delegate who voted to lock her out. Rosa Parks did not have the most votes, but she was morally right. Dr. King didn't have the most votes about the Vietnam War, but he was morally right. If we are principled first, our politics will fall in place. "Jesse, why do you take these big bold initiatives?" A poem by an unknown author went something like this: "We mastered the air, we conquered the sea, annihilated distance and prolonged life, but we're not wise enough to live on this earth without war and without hate."
Thursday, March 03, 2016
Jesse Jackson addressing the 1988 Democratic National Convention: