Monday, July 06, 2015

Bernie Sanders: "I think the discontent of the American people is far, far greater than the pundits understand."

This interview is wide-ranging and worthy.

It should be fairly obvious that as a longtime independent socialist, Bernie Sanders the newly cast Democratic Party candidate is merely informing the party of what it should stand for without his prompting -- and how it cannot do so if its only premise for being is vast monetization equal to that of Republicans.

In short, there is much of relevance to the local struggle in New Albany.

So this is what I would like: I would like as many debates as possible, and I would also like to break new ground and have debates with Republicans and Democrats. I think that will be very positive for the American people in that we’ll be able to focus on issues.

If you're a progressive like me and unafraid of the tag, read the whole interview.

Bernie Sanders Speaks, by John Nichols (The Nation)

The title of our campaign, the working slogan, is “A Political Revolution.” That’s what this campaign is about. If it results in millions of people beginning to move in that direction, beginning to understand the potential of our country, what we can become; if people understand why we are where we are in terms of income and wealth inequality; if people begin to understand that participating in our democratic process is our patriotic duty and what people fought and died to defend; if people begin to stand up and say, “America is not supposed to be a country where 99 percent of all new income goes to the top 1 percent, or where the top one-tenth of 1 percent owns almost as much wealth as the bottom 90 percent… that is not what America is supposed to be”; if people begin to ask, “What can we do as Americans? How do we move to healthcare for all? How do we have the best educational system in the world? Let’s get involved in that discussion. Let’s make it happen”—if we accomplish that goal, I will be elected president of the United States. And even if I am not elected president of the United States, this country will be in much better shape for having made that effort.

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