Sanders cited figures of vast wealth disparity in the United States, where “the top 1 percent of people own more wealth than the bottom 92 percent.” He said there is higher income and wealth inequality today than at any time since the 1920s. And, Sanders stated, “despite an explosion in technology and worker productivity, the average wage of the American worker in real dollars is no higher than it was 46 years ago and millions of people are forced to work two or three jobs just to survive.”
But it has been an uncomfortable moment for Sanders, forcing him to speak about himself rather than systemic problems in American society.
He’s discovering that the shift from underdog to frontrunner comes with a catch: increased scrutiny. It’s a price Sanders will have to pay for the right to take on Donald Trump in 2020.( Matthew Knott Ch9)
What a load of hypocritical bullshit this is on the part of the Ch9 writer for The AGE Matthew Knott. It’s what you can expect from Murdoch Inc, and we will hear for a long time to come as an attack on Burnie Sanders.
However, individuals don’t choose their position in the Capitalist social system so readily it selects them in most cases. I’m an Australian millionaire and a Socialist. I believe it makes Sanders and I reasoned rather than just emotionally selfish because we know where we stand in the grand scheme of things. Sanders and I aren’t the exceptions nor do we need to be destitute, to be honest. To be able to recognise a rigged system for what it is and not support it is being educated. Education is something Capitalism has commoditised and is fast removing critical thinking from its curriculums.
We don’t believe in Charity and therefore have no need to give money away frivolously on bandaid causes. That too is the Capitalist promise of the trickle-down economic solution to everything rather than the taxing one so commoditising Charity as well.
AOC, Ilhan Omar is currently young Democrats and left-wing Socialists in Congress. Capitalism will if it continues on its current path will make them millionaires but not hypocrites or never Mother Theresas. They see a broader problem as does Sanders the American system.
It’s why the question is a distraction which will be aired by some thinking they are just devils advocates but are more just pushing the barrow helping regressive turn on the emotion rather than the truth of reasoned progress. (ODT)
“Trump said tonight, ‘We are born free, and we will stay free.’ Well, I say to President Trump: People are not truly free when they can’t afford to go to the doctor when they are sick. They are not truly free when they cannot afford to buy the prescription drugs they so desperately need. People are not truly free when they are exhausted because they are working longer and longer hours for lower wages.” Bernie Sanders
Bernie Sanders quickly delved into all the things Trump got wrong about the economy, infrastructure, health care, immigration and more in his own response delivered online.
The nearly 30-minute speech was watched by tens of thousands on YouTube alone, where commenters filled the page with comments such as “Bernie 2020” and “Feel the Bern” and expressed their support for progressive policies supported by the Vermont senator such as “Medicare-for-all” and the “Green New Deal.”
Here are some of the highlights of his speech, followed by the full video below:
Pulling no punches, the Vermont senator says Trump’s lies are a “very serious political problem in this country”
Senator Al Franken said Republican senators have privately expressed “great concern” about Donald Trump’s temperament.
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) on Sunday accused President Donald Trump of perpetrating a “fraud” on American voters by cozying up to Wall Street bankers instead of keeping his campaign promises.
On some matters, such as Donald Trump’s future Supreme Court choices, the Vermont senator is less combative than some of his colleagues. On other issues, he digs in his heels.
While some may rush to condemn and berate Trump supporters, Bernie Sanders just showed us how to have meaningful dialogue that can change minds.
Senator Bernie Sanders has released a statement today in reaction to President-elect Trump’s nomination of global-warming-denier Scott Pruitt to head up the Environmental Protection Agency: “At a time when climate change is the great environmental threat to the entire planet, it is sad and dangerous that Mr. Trump has nominated Scott Pruitt to lead the […]
This is why Bernie was always two steps ahead…
Throughout the presidential campaign season, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders has spoken out against Donald Trump and his divisive, bigoted rhetoric. Calling him a “pathological liar” wit…
The Vermont senator joined a rally celebrating the presumed demise of the Trans-Pacific Partnership to urge his ardent base to organize for the future
The Vermont senator gives his take on the presidential election and demands a shakeup of the Democratic Party as the Hillary Clinton campaign attempts to shift responsibility for her defeat onto third parties.
Bernie finally breaks his silence.
Former rival’s star power palpable as he campaigns for Hillary Clinton at University of New Hampshire, in a state he won in the Democratic primary
The survey, conducted by the Pew Research Center and released last week, also shows that 9 percent of Sanders supporters intend to vote for Donald Trump.
In a live-streamed speech, the Vermont senator made it clear he is no longer actively challenging Clinton and that the goal is to ‘defeat Trump badly’
Sanders supporters should focus on the four years in between elections and how their enthusiasm can be channeled into community-based solutions.
“I do have a problem with that. Yeah, I do,” Sanders said.
The United States is one of the wealthiest countries in the world, yet 47 million Americans are living in poverty. The Democratic presidential candidate spoke about the issue in West Virginia on May 5. – 2016/05/16
Despite trailing behind Hillary Clinton in polls, Sanders once again proved his appeal to disaffected midwest voters by pulling off his 18th victory of 2016
By Juan Cole | (Informed Comment) | – – Bernie Sanders’ path to the nomination as the Democratic Party standard …
Bernie Sanders is not only taking on the Washington establishment in his campaign for the Democratic Party presidential nomination, he is also challenging many of the received truths that make up the ideological foundations upon which its power rests.
By Juan Cole | (Informed Comment) | – – Many Arab-Americans want the Jewish candidate to be president. The prominent …
The more they hate him, the more people love him. And by ‘they’, Lucas Grainger-Brown means establishment media cheering for establishment politicians. You know you’re doing something right when special interests try to shut you down. In the Democratic Party presidential primaries, Bernie Sanders and his platform are routinely transfigured into straw men and pummelledMore
The Panama Papers may be the defining story of the 2016 Democratic Primary. And Bernie Sanders is on the right side of history.
Bernie Sanders is the far-and-away reader favorite in the readers’ poll in the TIME 100 list of the world’s most influential people in 2016.
Bernie Sanders secures a big victory in Hawaii’s Democratic nominating contest after winning in Alaska and Washington.
By Juan Cole | (Informed Comment) | – – The Institute for Social Policy and Understanding (ISPU) published a new …
Bernie Sanders’ campaign has finally threatened Hillary Clinton’s winning margin enough that the mainstream media can no longer ignore him. However, much of the their discussion on Sanders still revolves around asking the same, tired question: Is America ready to elect a socialist? Putting aside the tired refrain that Bernie’s actually a Democratic Socialist — which Sanders and Larry David joked on SNL […]
Can an American politician who was born to Jewish parents just be an American politician who happens to be Jewish? Is Israel becoming less important in American politics? NEW YORK — Bernie Sanders, the senator…
As you might have have already heard, Hilary Clinton recently beat Bernie Sanders in the Iowa Democratic Caucus by an extremely thin margin, 49.8 percent to 49.6 percent, with all precincts reporting, according to the state department. Despite the claim that all precincts reported, however, the Sanders campaign is thinking about requesting a recount. This scrutiny […]
Noam Chomsky, the emeritus professor at MIT and outspoken and acclaimed political activist, delivered measured praise for Bernie Sanders amidst his usual strain of social critique during an interview with Mehdi Hasan featured on Al Jazeera’s UpFront. Chomsky said that “If [Sanders] were elected, I think he would – of the current candidates – I think he’d be the one who […]
A year ago, concerned that ordinary citizens would be locked out of the presidential nominating process, The Nation argued that a vigorously contested primary would be good for the candidates, for the Democratic Party, and for democracy.
Bernie Sanders, the 74-year-old democratic socialist from Vermont, is the overwhelming choice of American Millennials. A new poll of 18- to 35-year-olds from Rock the Vote and USA Today shows Sanders leading Hillary Clinton in the Democratic primary 46 percent to 35 percent, regardless of party or ideology. The big question is whether young people will actually go […]