I’m with Bernie: ‘A grotesque level of inequality…’

That’s the real issue, isn’t it? I’ve been a political junkie my entire life, but never have I been so afraid for the future of representative democracy in the United States.

Citizens United has made a mockery of any semblance of fairness in politics. Undoubtedly the worst of the Supreme Court’s ubiquitous 5-4 decisions, it allows corporations to act as people.

What does that mean? No holds barred in humongous political donations by the super-duper richest among us.

So last night I went to hear, Bernie (Sanders), the iconoclastic Independent (Socialist) Vermont senator.   I remember hearing about Sanders when I lived in Vermont in the early 1970s. Wow, a socialist/progressive/truth to power guy I could believe in! And I still can.

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Photo: Gwen Russell Harvey

http://www.tucsonweekly.com/TheRange/archives/2015/10/10/bernie-fills-the-reid-park-performance-center

“A grotesque level of inequality”: Republicans aren’t the only rich donors; Democrats have their share, too. But as Bernie said, when the ultra-conservative Koch brothers plow $900 million into the 2016 elections, what happened to one man [person], one vote?

When 1 percent of Americans have more money than 90 percent of the rest of us — yet they oppose raising the minimum wage from a pathetic $7.25 per hour — how can we call ourselves a democracy?

“A grotesque level of equality” is right. Now what are we going to do about it? I wanted to see a woman president in my lifetime, but if there’s a choice I’m going with Bernie.

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4 Responses to I’m with Bernie: ‘A grotesque level of inequality…’

  1. Sheila Lepley says:

    right on. He sounds great. Had tickets for Tony Bennett which I just could not miss.

  2. sheilawill says:

    Right on and Far F***in out, as we said in the ’60s!

  3. Gwen Harvey says:

    Good post! Going there last night felt like being at the grassroots of a movement. Let’s hope so!

  4. sheilawill says:

    After reading this profile in the New Yorker http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2015/10/12/the-populist-prophet, I remember voting for Bernie for governor in Vermont when he ran as the Liberty Union candidate in the early 1970s.

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