Bernie Sanders: “Are we ready to tell the top 1% that they will not get it all?”

Sanders

By Ann Diener

Vista, CA, May22, 2016

Thousands of Bernie supporters lined up for a campaign rally in Vista, CA. Vista is a small town about 40 miles north of San Diego, CA. His speech at Ranch Buena Vista High School drew a huge crowd of all ages with the largest group being young people in their 20’s and 30’s.

“Are we going to tell the Super Pacs that we want a democracy, not a political system bought by billionaires?” he asked.

“This campaign is going to win because we are doing something very unusual in American campaign politics, we are telling the truth. … We are dealing with the harsh realities of American life.”

“One of those realities is that we have a corrupt campaign finance system which is undermining American democracy. The concept of democracy is not difficult to understand, it means one person, one vote. Democracy is not about Super Pacs and the billionaires that fund those Super Pacs buying elections.”

“Democracy is not about one family, the Koch brothers. Democracy is not about Republican governors throughout this country who are trying to suppress the vote, making it harder for poor people, or people of color or young people to vote.

“Our job is to create a vibrant democracy where we have one of the highest voter turn out rates and not one of the lowest.”

Sanders also encouraged participation and activism to achieve justice and better living standards.

“Democracy is not a spectator sport,” he said. “Democracy means that every person here has enormous power if he or she is prepared to exercise that power. Democracy is about American citizens standing up and demanding justice (pause) and demanding that all of our people receive the kind of help and support they need to live dignified and respectable lives.”

Sanders has won 20 state primaries and is seeking to win the vote in the California Primary on June 7. Currently, he has 46% of the pledged Democratic delegates. Sanders is hoping to have 50% of the pledged delegates after the upcoming primaries including the largest, the California Primary. State after state he has won the overwhelming percentage of young people’s votes.

“Donald Trump must not become President of the United States, “ he said, as he referred to Trump’s insults to Latinos, Muslims, people of color and women.

“The job of the President is to bring people together, not to divide us up,” he said. “In virtually every national poll and every state poll we defeat Trump by larger numbers than does Secretary Clinton”

His speech delivered a focus on the issues that were important to his supporters including Medicare for all, offering people the ability to refinance their student loans, obtain a free state college education paid for by taxing Wall Street transactions, increasing the minimum wage to $15 per hour, addressing Climate Change and the fossil fuel lobby, ending private prisons, decriminalizing marijuana, creating infrastructure jobs and restoring manufacturing in the US.

He said that an estimated 600,000 factories closed and/or were moved overseas after 2001 because of trade agreements including NAFTA, CAFTA, etc. He also addressed the fact that the US has the most people in prisons of any country globally, even more than China that is more than three times the size of the US and which does not view dissent favorably.

Sanders also spoke of police reform saying that the average police officer is honest and has a very difficult job, “but, like any other public official, if a police officer breaks the law that officer must be held accountable.

“We have to de-militarize local police departments, so that they do not look like occupying armies” and create a culture in law enforcement where, “lethal force is the last response not the first response.”

Absent was any mention on foreign policy. The closest he came was discussing the Iraq war vote briefly. Not a word on Syria, the Middle East, and not a peep about terrorism or anything global.

There was also nothing mentioned regarding the Military Industrial Complex spending.

It was strictly national, populist issues for Sanders, whose main focus was on the election including the influence of Super Pacs, education, jobs and the economy.

“We want a democracy not a political system bought by billionaires,” he said.“It is about a rigged economy.

“In America anyone who works 40 hours a week should not be living in poverty,” said Sanders who also pointed out that the top 20 wealthiest people own more than the bottom 150 million Americans.

He also named the Walton family, who owns more wealth than the bottom 42% of the US, and who’s workers at Walmart are paid low wages. “It is a bit absurd for working class families to have supplement the wages of workers” paid by Walmart.

The focus on jobs is key to Sanders’ plan, as he is proposing infrastructure jobs to repair the nation’s bridges, railways, etc.

“We can create 13 million jobs by rebuilding our infrastructure and making this country safer,” he said.

While the Democratic establishment has seemingly snubbed Sanders, as party insiders in the past have even called on him to drop out, California’s primary holds 475 delegates and 40 alternatives to the Philadelphia, PA convention that will take place on July 25-28.

“If we can win big here, we are going to have the momentum taking us into the Democratic Convention, and if we win there, I can assure you Donald Trump will not become the next President.”

Sanders stated vision is to leave the planet as being “happy and healthy.” He also added, “As human beings we are part of nature and we must live with nature, and that if we destroy nature, we are destroying ourselves.”

Perhaps he did not need to mention foreign policy. The way he would treat people and our environment as Commander in Chief is clearly stated in his words. Still, it would have been nice to have his take on what he intends to do to restore our role diplomatically in the world. I guess that’s just not that important to most Americans.

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9 Responses to "Bernie Sanders: “Are we ready to tell the top 1% that they will not get it all?”"

  1. joetv  May 24, 2016 at 7:41 am

    When retired and active duty American gernerals are busy bashing Russia, and by extension terrorizing the world population with nuclear threats then it is paramount that all running for high office must give the voters their plans regarding foriegn policy. Talk about saving the planet. What?

  2. carsondyal  May 23, 2016 at 3:48 pm

    Why doesn’t Sanders make a bigger issue out of all the votes he has been robbed of by rigged machines, which have been demonstrated several times to be miscounting ballots? If paper ballots were hand-counted, he would be handily leading. And what of this Superdelegate fraud? Where’s his outrage on that? He’s not going to spill the beans. He doesn’t really plan on winning, he’s just there to make the disenfranchised–which is the vast majority of us–cling to the quixotic belief that somehow, someday, someone with our values will triumph in an American election. Not gonna’ happen without a massive revolt, folks.

  3. jones  May 23, 2016 at 10:21 am

    Bernie is awakening us to the notion that it is our birthright to live “dignified and respectable” lives and that it is reasonable to expect our government to develop policies toward that end. These ideals are fundamental to the human condition and by their nature do not stop at national borders.

  4. Jim W. Dean, Managing Editor  May 23, 2016 at 8:01 am

    VT would like to thank Ann for this great report. It is always nice to have VT reporting on from on the ground.

  5. joetv  May 23, 2016 at 7:49 am

    Sanders is an interesting man. However I question how Hillary or Trump would be treated had they also not visited AIPAC. Differently is my guess. Not convinced any of the three can back up their promises.

  6. paul becke  May 23, 2016 at 3:53 am

    When taking on the 1% / MIC, it’s better to leave them guessing. Yes, they won the class war and some, but if there is to be a fight-back with Bernie at the helm, better to keep them guessing. He is a Zionist, as I am a Christian Zionist, though there is nothing we’ve so far learned about Bernie to suggest he is a Zionist of the demonic type, who would throw the US under a bus for Zion – even though he is not a formal believer, other, perhaps, than in an inchoate, subliminal way.

    If Zion is not protected in a rational way by God, presumably in large part, according to the efforts of its true children who obey His will, then He doesn’t exist.

    He does exist. Nothing is surer. Even physicists know that, now that it’s been proved that all matter reduces eventually to information, itself, necessarily a feature of intelligence, and that, of a limitless order, in the case in point. If the US is to be punished by divine ordinance, there are many indications to suggest that it will not by a continuation of the malfeasance of the MIC, on the back of trumped up external and domestic threats. At least, not in the future. .

  7. Altimometer  May 23, 2016 at 2:59 am

    Yes political correctness needs to be stamped out, no in between about that. That does not translate to being bigots and bullies. Bernie has said more about a sound domestic policy than the the one with that screeching laugh and the one with the comb over. Where is their platform,same hollow sound as our other bad choices in the past that have brought us to the present.

  8. ayelyahbenjamin  May 23, 2016 at 12:05 am

    He said that an estimated 600,000 factories closed and/or were moved overseas after 2001 because of trade agreements including NAFTA, CAFTA, etc”…..look at the timing…..says it all doesnt it?

    • ayelyahbenjamin  May 23, 2016 at 12:13 am

      “Absent was any mention on foreign policy”…..because its time for America to butt out, fess-up and clean up its own backyard

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