On MSNBC, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) said that he is testing the presidential campaign waters to see if ordinary Americans will join him in a revolution that take America back from the big money interests like the Koch brothers.
Here’s the point on Citizens United. I believe passionately that if we do not overturn Citizens United this country is well on the way to becoming an oligarchic form of society where the billionaire class is going to control our political life. But you know what? It’s not just my view. That’s not just your view. That is what people across the political spectrum believe. Nobody that I know regardless of their political views thinks that American democracy has anything to do with billionaires like the Koch brothers being able to spend hundreds of millions of dollars to elect candidates who represent the rich and the powerful.
I think all of this country when we’re looking at an election coming up where sixty percent of the American people have given up and are not going to vote. What we need to do is remind the American people, you used the word dream. This country can be so much more than we are right now if we work together. If we are prepared to stand up to the big money interests, and when that happens, when that kind of discussion and excitement takes place, people are going to come out of the woodwork. And that is I think what has got to happen, and if we are going to be bring about change in America, that is exactly what must happen.
This is about seeing whether ordinary people are willing to stand up and fight and create a political revolution in the sense of what we have not seen for a very very long time.
Bernie Sanders would like to be elected president, but he seems to be equally as interested in speaking for people who have lost their voices as our politics has become dominated by the interests of billionaires and corporations. As an Independent, Sen. Sanders would have no chance. He wouldn’t be invited to the debates, and he would be denied ballot access in many states. If he runs as a Democrat, Sanders will fill the void left by the fact that no one wants to challenge Hillary Clinton.
The campaign that Bernie Sanders is considering is about empowering people and giving them a voice. The odds that Sen. Sanders could beat Clinton for the nomination are small, but he could provide a valuable service to his country by forcing a debate on issues like Citizens United, Wall Street, and income inequality.
A serious challenger would make Hillary Clinton a better 2016 candidate, and it could allow many Democratic voters feel like they had a choice in the nominating process. Somebody has to wake the country up, and begin the political revolution against the billionaires who are trying to buy the government.
Sen. Bernie Sanders is willing to lead the charge. He will soon find out how many Americans are willing to stand with him.
Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor and Senior White House and Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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