I'm not one to usually talk about politics, especially not on social media, but a friend just shared a speech that Bernie Sanders did this week at Liberty University. I can't help but be a bit moved to share it, and highlight a few quotes that I think are worth considering as you think about the candidates for each party in the coming months.
I'll link the full speech at the bottom (its 27 minutes, but definitely worth listening to), but there were a few quotes by Sanders that I really want to think more about. If you prefer, read the whole speech here.
"I believe in women's rights, and the right of a woman to control her own body. I believe in gay rights and gay marriage. Those are my views, and [they are] no secret. But let me respectfully suggest that there are other issues out there that are of enormous consequence to our country and, in fact, to the entire world. That maybe, just maybe, we do not disagree on them. And maybe, just maybe, we can try to work together to resolve them....I believe from the bottom of my heart that it is vitally important for those of us who hold different views to be able to engage in a civil discourse.”
(thanks to Mic for the image)
"In the United States of America today, there is massive injustice in terms of income and wealth inequality. Injustice is rampant. We live, and I hope all of you know this, in the wealthiest country in the history of the world. But most Americans don't know that. Because almost all of that wealth and income is going to the top 1 percent."
"Do you think it's moral when 20 percent of the children in this country, the wealthiest country in the history of the world, are living in poverty? Do you think it is acceptable that 40 percent of African American children are living in poverty? In my view, there is no justice, and morality suffers when in our wealthy country, millions of children go to bed hungry. That is not morality and that is not in my view ... what America should be about."
"We have in this country sufficient amounts of money to put more people in jail than any other country on earth. The United States has more people in jail than China; a communist authoritarian country. But apparently we do not have enough money to provide jobs and education to our young people. I believe that's wrong."
To be honest, the only thing that really off put me about this speech was the number of people in the audience that didn't seem to support any of the things that Bernie mentioned about making sure that the poor can continue to live healthily (i.e. further healthcare reform) and other necessary things that need done to help the lowest classes in America. I even noticed a few walkouts.
While I know he was giving his speech to an audience that (in general) is very, very different in opinion from Bernie and from myself, I can't believe the number of people that didn't seem to support helping other people. Whether or not they want to support Bernie, the idea of not supporting your fellow human beings just upsets me.
Anyways, any Bernie fans out there?
Or do you guys Clinton should and will keep her lead? I'm really not sure, but I'm curious as to what these next few years will bring us depending on the outcome!