Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders fired up the crowd at the Iowa State Fair by tearing apart the hypocrisy behind Republican “family values.”
While speaking at The Des Moines Register Soapbox, Sen. Sanders shredded Republican family values.
Many of my Republican colleagues talk about family values. Their family values are that a woman should not have the right to control her own body.
Their values are that our gay brothers and sisters should not be able to get married, or enjoy all of the benefits of American citizenship.
That my family values are, I’ve been married twenty-seven years got four kids, seven grandchildren. That my family values are that the United States has got to end the international embarrassment of being the only major country on Earth that doesn’t guarantee paid family and medical leave.
When a woman has a baby in this country, regardless of her income, she should be able to spend three months with that baby, getting to know that baby, love that baby.
That’s a family a value.
And when we talk about American values, when we talk about where we want to go as a country, I want to end the absurdity of the United States being the only major country on Earth that does not guarantee healthcare to all people as a right, and that is why I strongly support a Medicare for all single-payer system.
Republican family values undermine families. There is nothing real about denying some families basic rights, or discriminating against some families. Opposing paid family leave, is not a family value. Trying to legislatively control the health care decisions of women is not a family value.
What Bernie Sanders discussed at the Iowa State Fair were basic American values. Strong families, whether they are gay or straight, two parent households or one, or rich or poor are the foundation of a strong nation.
Real family values are not reflected in Republican policies. Republicans hurt families where their version of family values.
Bernie Sanders spoke the truth, and his words struck at the heart of one of the great hypocrisies in the Republican Party. The home of real family values is on the left, and Bernie Sanders rocked the heartland with the truth about who is truly looking out for the best interests of America’s families.
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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