Bernie Sanders Urges The American People To Stand Up And Say Enough Is Enough

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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) is calling on voters to stand up against income inequality and billionaires trying to control our electoral process by joining a grassroots movement and saying enough is enough.

The Hill reported a few excerpts on an email that Sen. Sanders will send to supporters:

“I am writing to inform you that I will be a candidate for President of the United States. I ask for your support,” he said in a statement to supporters, excerpts of which were released in advance to the media.

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“After a year of travel, discussion and dialogue, I have decided to be a candidate for the Democratic nomination for president. But let’s be clear. This campaign is not about Bernie Sanders,” he said. “It about a grassroots movement of Americans standing up and saying: ‘Enough is enough. This country and our government belong to all of us, not just a handful of billionaires.'”

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“The people at the top are grabbing all the new wealth and income for themselves, and the rest of America is being squeezed and left behind,” he said. “The middle class in America is at a tipping point. It will not last another generation if we don’t boldly change course now.”

One of the political consequences of the Great Recession has been an economic movement leftward on the ground in the United States, which has not been reflected in the policy choices made by Republicans in Congress. President Obama tapped into the populist economic sentiment in 2011, and it has been a staple of his economic policy ever since. Red state voters voted to raise the minimum wage during the 2014 midterm election.

There is a constant looming dark cloud of inequality that even when not seen is always felt. There is discontent over Citizens United, a legislative branch of government that is not responding to the priorities of the people, and billionaires who have surpassed the party structures and hijacked the nation’s electoral process. Sen. Sanders is running as the candidate for those who have had enough of not being listened to.

However, Sanders isn’t a protest candidate. He is in the race to make sure that Hillary Clinton doesn’t coast in the center lane to the Democratic nomination. Bernie Sanders is going to move the conversation in the Democratic primary to the left because there isn’t another member of Congress who is more liberal than Sanders.

The Sanders campaign will go as far forward as the grassroots can carry it. Bernie Sanders isn’t going to have billionaire dollars backing him, but he will have millions of Americans who want their government back. He may not win, but the tone of the Democratic primary is about to change.

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8 Replies to “Bernie Sanders Urges The American People To Stand Up And Say Enough Is Enough”

  1. I’m not sure if he can win, but I certainly think he should be at the top of the list of any VP choices. I may for the first time in my life, contribute to a candidate.

  2. This article says exactly what I have been thinking. Bernie may not win but he will pull Hillary to the left and make her answer questions about populist issues. THAT has value. I would give him $10 just to see that happen and not feel that I wasted my money.

  3. Senator Bernie Sanders statement raises the issue of concentrated capital ownership and how do we create an economy that works for EVERY citizen. Now, the task is to lead Sanders to the solution––advocate support for the proposed Capital Homestead Act! Sanders is our best chance to force the discussion to the national level. We need to feed the best ideas to Sanders, the courageous challenger to Hillary Clinton. This would immensely strengthen the Democratic platform and ultimate candidate. Sanders should continue to capture the national media attention all the way to the Democratic primaries and force the national discussion to address the issues and solutions to economic inequality, and open the door to a national debate, which would then allow us to get traction for policies that broaden personal OWNERSHIP of wealth-creating, income-producing capital assets formed as part of the FUTURE growth of the economy.

    Support the Capital Homestead Act at http://www.cesj.org/…/capital

  4. Like they use to say, its a lot of gold in them hills. The same with income inequality

    Democrats are serious about making Republicans side with the 1% again with a new $12 hourly minimum wage bill.

    Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) and Rep. Robert Scott (D-VA) are introducing a minimum wage bill on Thursday that would raise the federal floor from its current level of $7.25 an hour to $12 an hour by 2020, eliminate the lower tipped minimum wage that currently stands at $2.13 an hour, and automatically increase it as median wages rise.
    http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2015/04/30/3653054/12-minimum-wage/

  5. Senator sanders is a breath of fresh air needed to move the democratic party Tobe the party of the people

  6. “..It is not just a coincidence that tax cuts for the rich have preceded both the 1929 and 2007 depressions. The Revenue acts of 1926 and 1928 worked exactly as the Republican Congresses that pushed them through promised. The dramatic reductions in taxes on the upper income brackets and estates of the wealthy did indeed result in increases in savings and investment. However, overinvestment (by 1929 there were over 600 automobile manufacturing companies in the USA) caused the depression that made the rich, and most everyone else, ultimately much poorer.

    Since 1969 there has been a tremendous shift in the tax burdens away from the rich on onto the middle class. Corporate income tax receipts, whose incidence falls entirely on the owners of corporations, were 4% of GDP then and are now less than 1%. During that same period, payroll tax rates as percent of GDP have increased dramatically…”
    http://seekingalpha.com/article/1543642

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