As a parent, it’s impossible to not be deeply concerned about what kind of world we’re going to be leaving our children. The fact that our democracy has been sold to the highest bidder has made millions who care about the state of our country and the planet indifferent to the “business as usual” politics of Washington, but perhaps vast improvement is still possible.
I believe this is the most important election of my lifetime, because at this very critical time, we finally have a candidate who is speaking the truth and talking about radical change. For example, here are just a few of Bernie Sanders’ quotes:
Spiritual Belief: “I believe as a human being that the pain one person feels – if we have children who are hungry in America, if we have elderly people who can’t afford their prescription drugs – you know what, that impacts you, that impacts me, and I worry very much about a society where some people spiritually say ‘It doesn’t matter to me, I got it, I don’t care about other people,’ so my spirituality is that we are all in this together, and that when children go hungry, when veterans sleep out on the street, that impacts me. That’s my very strong spiritual feeling.”
Health Care: “I happen to believe that in a democratic, civilized society, all people should be entitled to health care as a right. Is this a radical idea? No, it’s not. Every other major industrialized country on Earth does the same. What we need is a national health care system that puts people ahead of profits and health ahead of special interests.”
Environment: “The scientific community is telling us if we do not address the global crisis of climate change, transform our energy system away from fossil fuel to sustainable energy, the planet that we’re going to be leaving our kids and our grandchildren may well not be habitable. That is a major crisis.”
Wall Street: “You know, I think many people have the mistaken impression that Congress regulates Wall Street. In truth that’s not the case. The real truth is that Wall Street regulates the Congress.”
Income Inequality: “There is something profoundly wrong when we have a proliferation of millionaires and billionaires at the same time as millions of Americans work longer hours for lower wages, and we have the highest childhood poverty rate of nearly any developed country on earth.”
I would say these are pretty damn revolutionary words from a U.S. presidential candidate, the kind of words I’ve been waiting a long time to hear. No matter where you fall, you’ve got to respect a candidate who has the guts to say it like it is and stand up to the establishment. I certainly do.
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