stormed the Senate floor with a stunning speech that addressed the deeply embedded corruption of the American political system and voiced loudly and clearly the anger of the American people. Pointing to the reality that the American government is being bought by the Koch brothers, the outrageous corporate loopholes, Citizens United, glaring income inequities, and the heinous and unconscionable attack upon the poor, the unemployed, and the hard working men and women of America, Sanders laid it on the line for Congress.
“The American people are angry. They are angry that the middle class is collapsing because of the Wall Street-caused recession, they are angry that unemployment is sky high, that 50 million people lack health insurance, and that working families can’t afford college for their kids. Meanwhile, the wealthy and the largest corporations are doing phenomenally well and now billionaires and their congressional friends want to balance the budget on the backs of the elderly, the children, the sick and the poor."
The Senator, who stands alone as the one single voice of reason in an American political system that appears to be devoid of sense or sensibility, warned the Congress that it is time to start listening to the people and not to their rich corporate sponsors.
"...it seems to me that what we have got to do is listen to the working people even just a little bit....and it's not just the rebuilding of crumbling infrastructure.. bridges, roads - we need to address our infrastructure crisis - we can't even get a modest transportation bill through the House. We spend $300 billion a year importing oil, we need to move towards energy independence, and transform our energy into sustainable energies, geothermal, wind, solar - and in doing all this will create jobs... we should be investing in education, not laying off those people who are educating our kids."
Sanders went on to address the un-patriotism of the very rich, pointing out that thousands of American kids went to war while the wealthy of America hoard and hide their wealth in the Cayman Islands.
"Two wars, two three trillion dollars, we went to war and at the same time didn't raise the money to pay for it, but at the same time we gave huge tax breaks to the wealthy in the country, then on top of that you add the greed and corruption of Wall Street there you have a deficit crisis."
The fire in the eyes of Sanders was electric when he called out Congress for putting their rich donors ahead of working people. “Now in my view working families all over this country are saying enough is enough. They want this Congress to start standing for them and not just the millionaires the billionaires who are spending unbelievable sums of money in this campaign. So it seems to me Mr. President that what we have got to do is start listening to the needs of working families. The vast majority of our people, and not just the people who make campaign contributions, now I know that’s a very radical idea, I do know that.
"But you know it might be a good idea to try a little bit to reaffirm the faith of the American people in their democratic form of government. Let them know just a little bit that maybe we are hearing their pain, their unemployment, their debt. The fact they are losing their houses, the fact that they don’t have any healthcare. The fact they can’t afford to send their kids to college. Maybe just maybe, we might want to listen to them before we go running out to another fundraising event with millionaires and billionaires.”
Jason Easley of Politicususa:
"The speech is 25 minutes of dynamite that sums up where millions of Americans find themselves today. I wish that we had dozens of representatives and senators flooding the media’s cameras and microphones with this message, but instead our media is dominated by bogus scandals like Fast and Furious while the American people continue to suffer.
It is my hope that every American will talk to the members of Congress who are supposed to representing them and demand that they discuss income inequality and Citizens United. There needs to be a collective groundswell that storms town hall meetings across the country and demands accountability from those that they have elected.
Bernie Sanders has done a great service by giving voice to the voiceless, but every single American who has been devastated by this recession needs to issue an ultimatum to this Congress.
Either speak for us, or get out."