Thursday, May 28, 2015

Bernie Sanders: Billionaires cannot have it all

Bernie Sanders has a powerful message to American oligarchs: "You cannot take advantage of all the benefits of America, if you refuse to accept your responsibilities." This message is not new writes John Nichols at The Nation.

Sanders is ready to rip into the oligarchs and plutocrats with a fury Democratic presidential contenders have rarely mustered since the days when Franklin Delano Roosevelt bid for a second term by recounting that:

We had to struggle with the old enemies of peace—business and financial monopoly, speculation, reckless banking, class antagonism, sectionalism, war profiteering. They had begun to consider the Government of the United States as a mere appendage to their own affairs. We know now that Government by organized money is just as dangerous as Government by organized mob. Never before in all our history have these forces been so united against one candidate as they stand today. They are unanimous in their hate for me—and I welcome their hatred.

We should all welcome Sanders' fervor. I think he is in a win-win contest. Even if, as is likely, he does not win the election he will certainly change the Democratic party talking points. If that party ignores Sanders' message, it will do so at its peril. Just think what happened in 2014 when the ideological divide between the two major parties were so blurred.

Now read the rest of Nichols' excellent essay and get fired up!

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