Wednesday, June 03, 2015
Socialist Bernie Sanders calls for a political revolution
“Are people in Finland—a beautiful country—are they crazy about saying, as I understand it, that every young person in Finland should have the opportunity to go to college fully and invest in their young people?
“Well, raise your hands! And if they’re not crazy, why isn’t it happening in America? What are you doing about it?
“If you are concerned about the future of this country, the patriotic thing to do, the thing to do in respect to the founding fathers of this country, those people who fought and died in Okinawa in World War II, and all the wars that we have fought, is to get involved. And I know it’s not a cool thing to get involved. Get involved in politics? Hey, there’s a party down the street. Let’s get drunk. Let’s get high. That’s what being young and alive is about.
"Well, if you really want to be patriotic and you really want to be a hero, and you really want to show your concern a few miles away from here who have no opportunity whatsoever, you know what? Have some courage. Do what your friends are not doing.
“The major issue facing our country is the grotesque level of income and wealth inequality.
“In my view, there is something profoundly wrong when the top one-tenth of one percent owns almost as much wealth as the bottom ninety percent. There is something profoundly wrong when ninety-nine percent of all new income generated in this country goes to the top one percent today.
“Are you comfortable with that?
“What I’ve called for in this campaign is what I call a political revolution. You have to go into your heart of hearts. I can’t do that for you. And you gotta look around and say, you know, men and women fought and died to preserve American democracy.
"Are you content with where we are right now?” Sanders said.