Huge grassroots movements, made up of millions and millions of people, are fueling the fight for a $15 minimum wage, fighting back against fossil fuels and the Dakota Access Pipeline, fighting to end fracking, fighting to remove lobbyist money from politics, fighting to end senseless wars and international violence, fighting for universal healthcare, fighting for the legalization of marijuana, fighting for free college tuition, fighting against systems of mass incarceration, and so much more. But mainstream Democrats aren’t really a central part of any of those battles, and, to be clear, each of those issues have deep networks, energized volunteers, and serious donors, but corporate Democrats virtually ignore them.
The lawyer went on to fight in John C. Fremont's California Battalion in the Mexican-American War and later practiced law in San Francisco. For the rest of his life, Hastings promoted various schemes. He suggested the Colorado River as a water route from California to Utah. He volunteered to command a rebel army that would take California for the Confederacy during the Civil War. He eventually died in the Virgin Islands while conducting former Confederates to Brazil, where he dreamed of setting up a republic. Historian Will Bagley has written that Hasting's life demonstrates what the Greek philosopher Heraclitus once noted: “Character is fate.”
In November 2009, Flanagan was attending a lecture on Canadian election campaigning at the University of Manitoba . He was asked about Stockwell Day 's claim that a lawyer that defends a person against child pornography charges is defending the legitimacy of child pornography. Flanagan responded, then made a "side-bar" comment: "But that's actually another interesting debate or seminar: what's wrong with child pornography, in the sense that they're just pictures?"  Flanagan says no one complained or criticized his comment, and maintains that he used the phrase "just pictures" to shock students into questioning pre-held ideas, which is the job of a teacher. The University of Manitoba Aboriginal Students' Association (UMASA) wrote a letter of complaint to the head of the political studies department, Dr. George MacLean, but Flanagan's comments did not receive widespread attention.