Bernie Sanders for President 2016

Bernie Sanders

By Carol Lopes

Bernie Sanders, the Independent Senator from Vermont running as a Democratic Socialist in the 2016 presidential campaign, is gaining ground on Hillary Clinton, the Democratic heir apparent. Bernie is defining the narrative for the election as thousands of supporters of all political persuasions hear his platform for ending wealth inequality. Sick of injustice, he’s challenging Republicans as the populist fever spreads nationwide.

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Occupy SMA
“Bernie Sanders for President 2016”
By Carol Lopes
Mon, Aug 10, 1pm
Quinta Loreto Hotel
Loreto 15
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Bernie’s gaining steam because he’s always fought for middle and working class values and is adamantly against overarching corporate power. An avowed democratic socialist, he’s unambiguously calling for an “anti­austerity”, “political revolution” to change the political and economic landscape that moved the US into an “oligarchy.”

A Princeton study on the influence of the economically powerful on American political policies states…”a genuine American oligarchy has staged a slow coup d’etat over US foreign and domestic policy since the era of Ronald Reagan. This American oligarchy today is the major force for war and dis­order across the planet.”

This crisis isn’t unfolding in a vacuum. Over the last 30 years, the Democratic Party has suffered from problems with identity and vision, specifically on political economy that has left it unable to either articulate or defend the true interests of the middle class. Through both Republican and Democratic administrations alike, corporate America has reaped less regulation, lower taxes, and extraordinary profits, while middle­ class America hasn’t increased its standard of living since the 1970’s.

Bernie declares, “The American people must make a fundamental decision. Do we continue the 40­ year decline of our middle class and the growing gap between the very rich and everyone else, or do we fight for a progressive agenda that creates jobs, raises wages, protects the environment and provides health care for all? Are we prepared to take on the enormous economic and political power of the billionaire class, or do we continue to slide into economic and political oligarchy? These are the most important questions of our time, and how we answer them will determine the future of our country.”

Sanders supports women and gay rights, climate mitigation, tuition free education, a single payer health system, and he opposes TPP trade agreements.

Whether or not Bernie wins, he’s leading a refreshing populist challenge that will either reform the Democratic Party or form a new third party that will counter the status quo. Bernie’s not just a candidate, he’s a much needed phenomenon.
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