At yesterday’s official campaign launch, there was a large crowd of thousands as Bernie Sanders called for a ‘revolution’ and hammered away at the issue of how the wealthy are vacuuming up all the wealth. You can see the crowd that gathered and can see his speech below.
The firebrand Vermont Senator vowed Tuesday to wrest back America from the hands of billionaires, formally launching a populist grass roots White House bid that threatens to tug Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton towards the liberal left.
“The gap between the very rich and everyone is wider than at any time since the 1920s. The issue of wealth and income inequality is the great moral issue of our time, it is the great economic issue of our time and it is the great political issue of our time, Sanders roared, before thousands of supporters in Burlington, the liberal city he once served as mayor.
‘Enough is enough,” Sanders said, warning he was putting the “top 1%” — the biggest beneficiaries of what he says is an immoral economy skewed against the poor, on notice.
“To the billionaire class I say your greed has got to end,” he said.
The media keep harping on whether he will attack Hillary Clinton. He replies he has never run negative ads against his political opponents and will not do so now. I think he is right not to do so and it is not necessary. His basic message that the levels of inequality in the US are grotesque and must be reduced is powerful enough to stand on its own and negative ads will only distract from it. By focusing on the issue of inequality and the top 1% taking over the country, I hope that the question of where they stand on the issue of inequality will become the standard question posed to every candidate, like the Iraq war question.
When you look at the platform on which the self-declared independent socialist is running, you are likely to find that majorities of voters support most of them, suggesting that people are far more progressive in their views of specific issues than broad ideological labels might suggest. Very few of them are really socialist in the commonly accepted sense of the term. They are progressive but in the reactionary media climate in the US, anything that is not conservative is branded as socialist.
So if he can shake the media narrative that he cannot win, his message can catch fire.