Bernie Sanders is the longest serving Independent in American congressional history. He is neither a Democrat nor a Republican, but caucuses with Democrats. Sanders feels that as long as he has the grass roots support of voters who are willing to put their own boots on the ground, that he can win the 2016 Presidential election.
Never afraid to stand up to the Republicans, the banks, or even the Democrats and President Obama, Bernie Sanders has proven to be a warrior for Americans, particularly the poor and the middle class.
Bernie Sanders just visited the San Francisco Bay Area where he and his self-described “socialist populist” message afforded him rock-star status. And that is not because it is overwhelmingly populated with poor people–au contraire–but because the open-minded, intelligent population understands that without a lower and middle class that is able to purchase goods and services, so goes the rest of the population… they cannot survive. We are all interdependent.
Bernie Sanders can be counted on to speak his mind and exclaims that “The time to fight back is now!”:
As the rich become much richer, the level of income and wealth inequality has reached obscene and unimaginable levels. In the United States, we have the most unequal level of wealth and income distribution of any major country on earth, and worse now than at any other time since the 1920s. Today, the top one-tenth of 1 percent of our nation owns almost as much wealth as the bottom 90 percent, and one family owns more wealth than the bottom 42 percent. In terms of income, 99 percent of all new income is going to the top 1 percent.
This is what a rigged economic system looks like.
In his recent visit to the San Francisco Bay Area he railed on the economy, income disparity, budgets. He also spoke powerfully about expanding Medicare and Medicaid, increasing the minimum wage, making college education free or affordable, addressing climate change and every other topic that is top-of-mind for voters. Some of the subjects were on things not often about, but extremely important like TPP and overturning Citizens United, declaring that “If we don’t overturn Citizens United, Congress will become paid employees of the billionaire class“:
The grotesque level of income and wealth inequality we are experiencing is not just a moral and economic issue, it is a political issue as well. As a result of the disastrous Citizens United Supreme Court decision, billionaires are now able to spend unlimited sums of money to buy the candidates they want. The Koch brothers, an extreme right-wing family, recently announced that they were prepared to spend some $900 million in the next election cycle. This is likely more money than either the Democratic or Republican parties will spend. If you think that it is an accident that the Republican Party has become a far-right party, think again. The Koch brothers’ agenda — ending Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, the U.S. Postal Service, the Environmental Protection Agency and all campaign finance limitations — has become the agenda of the Republican candidates they fund.
He said, “If I run, I will run to win.”
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