Here is the video of Bernie Sanders announcing his candidacy for president. It is a short and powerful speech that hits hard on the key issue that we have become an oligarchy and have to take back control from the wealthy if democracy is to have any hope of surviving.
He says that he is running to take the country away from the millionaires and billionaires who pour money into candidates. He said that he has never run negative campaign ads against his rival candidates and will not do so this time either. He has said he is not interested in attacking Hillary Clinton but of course when he attacks millionaires and billionaires, that is the very class to which she belongs and those people are her close friends and supporters.
The Washington Post says that Bernie Sanders’s campaign has got off to a surprisingly good start. Of course, the only measure they really care about is money and that is the focus of the story.
Advisers to Bernie Sanders have argued that his grassroots network of small-dollar donors could raise him the roughly $50 million the independent senator from Vermont will need to run a credible, competitive campaign in the Democratic presidential primaries.
They may be right.
On Friday, the Sanders campaign announced that it has raised more than $1.5 million online in the 24 hours since he announced his candidacy. It is a surprisingly heavy haul for a candidate whom some in the Democratic chattering class have cast off as a gadfly and viewed as unable to wrest the nomination from the overwhelming favorite, Hillary Rodham Clinton.
The donations came from a broad base of supporters — some 35,000 donors who gave an average of $43.54 a piece, according to the Sanders campaign. The campaign also said it signed up more than 100,000 supporters through its website, building what it calls a “mass movement.”
Clinton has not released any details about her fundraising totals, online or otherwise. But the Sanders haul outpaces the three major Republican candidates who already have announced. In the first 24 hours since launching their campaigns, Sen. Marco Rubio (Fla.) raised $1.25 million and Sens. Rand Paul (Ky.) and Ted Cruz (Texas) raised about $1 million each, according to their campaigns.
The fact that he raised more money than Rubio, Paul, and Cruz won’t stop the media from treating this trio of right wingers as people to be taken seriously while Sanders will be dismissed as a fringe candidate.
I too have contributed to the campaign by going to his website but my contribution would not be part of that total since I gave only yesterday. If you want to know where he stands on the issues, you can go here.
The Daily Show covered Sanders’ announcement.
(This clip aired on April 30, 2015. To get suggestions on how to view clips of The Daily Show and The Nightly Show outside the US, please see this earlier post. If the videos autoplay, please see here for a diagnosis and possible solutions.)
Jon Stewart predicts that despite being a man of consistent and decent principles, Sanders will get crushed by Clinton. But I am not so sure. Sanders will undoubtedly keep hammering away at the dominance of the oligarchy because that is something he passionately cares about and will not be distracted from it. He is aided by the fact that they don’t even bother to hide the fact that they are buying candidates and that there is a quid pro quo. This is an issue that has been simmering for some time and I am hoping that the Sanders spark will set it ablaze.
There is a rough-hewn, unkempt, orneriness about Sanders that gives him an air of authenticity that distinguishes him from the other candidates who are all carefully coiffed and programmed and I think (and hope) that people may be ready for that.