Bernie Sanders: In His Own Words: 250 Quotes from America's Political Revolutionary

Bernie Sanders: In His Own Words: 250 Quotes from America's Political Revolutionary

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Here is a collection of the most salient hard-hitting, no-nonsense quotes that have made Bernie Sanders the beloved leader of our revolution. The longest-serving independent in US congressional history, Sanders currently serves as US senator from Vermont and is in the race for the Democratic Party’s nomination for president. Hundreds of thousands of people across the country are flocking to Sanders’s events to hear his wisdom on political corruption, distribution of wealth, international relations, immigration, health-care reform, climate change, education, and equality. Now fans and critics alike can hear what Bernie has to say just by picking up this book.

Known for his firm opinions on the economy, health care, and the environment, Bernie Sanders is a self-declared democratic socialist. He has called for free state college and university tuition, spoken out against Wall Street practices, insisted on increasing the minimum wage, and demanded tax reform. He has proposed significant health-care reforms, championed causes for veterans and senior citizens, and urged the government to address climate change in a proactive manner.

“A political revolution,” his campaign slogan, befits his assertion that the country is in need of an overhaul—economically, socially, and politically. As his grassroots campaign continues to explode, his social media presence flourishes and his events are attended in record-breaking numbers. Feel the Bern!


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ISBN-13: 9781510707153
Publisher: Skyhorse
Publication date: 09/29/2015
Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 176
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Chamois Holschuh is a Bernie supporter from Vermont. She has a master of arts degree in English from Texas A&M International University. She lives in southern Vermont.

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CHAPTER 1

Bernie's Campaigns: Past and Present

"This campaign is not simply about electing me, I hope we accomplish that but that isn't the most important thing. The most important thing is building a political movement in which millions of people who have given up on the political process, including a lot of young people, get involved."

— on his grassroots campaign strategy, July 28, 2015

"People should not underestimate me."

— to the Associated Press on his announcement to run for president, April 30, 2015

"This campaign is not a billionaire-funded campaign. It is a people campaign. We don't take money from billionaires. We don't take money from corporations. Yet we have received more individual contributions than any other campaign. We don't have the money but when people stand together there is nothing we can't accomplish."

— on his presidential campaign, August 11, 2015

"The reason why we are doing well in this campaign is because we are telling the truth."

— on his presidential campaign, August 11, 2015

"This campaign is not about Bernie Sanders. It's about a grassroots movement of Americans standing up and saying: 'Enough is enough. This country and our government belong to all of us, not just a handful of billionaires.'"

— on his presidential campaign, April 30, 2015

"When I was a boy and watched presidents and other candidates on television, it became clear what they were saying didn't make sense to my parents or even me. I came to realize it is right and necessary for people to stand up and oppose what is wrong. I have learned that people will respond if you tell them the truth about how you see the world."

— when asked why he was running for governor of Vermont, October 6, 1976

"We need to be an example to America that a grassroots movement fighting for social justice, fighting for economic democracy, for the rights of all people, rather than just for the very rich is an idea that is as American as apple pie."

— on winning his fourth term as mayor of Burlington, Vermont, 1987

"What I'm trying to do in this campaign is raise issues that very few people talk about and are not going to see on TV or in the newspapers."

— Campaign speech in Keene, New Hampshire, June 6, 2015

"I've never run a negative ad in my life. Why not? First of all, in Vermont, they don't work — and, frankly, I think increasingly around this country they don't work. I really do believe that people want a candidate to come up with solutions to America's problems rather than just attacking his or her opponent. ... I don't need to spend my life attacking Hillary Clinton or anyone else. I want to talk about my ideas on the issues."

— Interview, "Bernie Sanders Speaks," The Nation, July 6, 2015

"Let's be clear. This campaign is not about Bernie Sanders. It is not about Hillary Clinton. It is not about Jeb Bush or anyone else. This campaign is about the needs of the American people, and the ideas and proposals that effectively address those needs."

— Announcement of presidential candidacy, "Remarks by Sen. Bernie Sanders," Burlington Free Press, May 26, 2015

"If ordinary people are to survive in the coming years, it is absolutely imperative that we band together in an organized effort to take control of the institutions which influence how we live."

— on his campaign for mayor of Burlington, Vermont, November 9, 1980

"It is better to show up than to give up."

— on his presidential campaign, June 29, 2015

"We can be a nation where everyone no matter race, their religion, their disability or their sexual orientation realizes the full promise of equality that is our birthright as Americans."

Twitter, August 12, 2015

"If you run a decent and intelligent administration, people are not afraid of the word 'socialism.'"

— after winning his second term as mayor of Burlington, Vermont, March 2, 1983

"This campaign for Congress is about hope. It is saying to the people of Vermont, especially the working people, the elderly people, environmentalists, peace activists, people who year after year feel that they've been knocking their heads against Washington: 'Please don't give up.'"

— announcing bid for Vermont seat in the US House of Representatives, March 20, 1990

"It's not easy changing the world."

— after losing race for Vermont seat in the US House of Representatives, November 9, 1988

"The state of Vermont has a history of sending unconventional representatives, mavericks, to Washington. Over forty years ago, we sent George Aiken there."

— on announcing his bid for Vermont seat in the US House of Representatives, March 11, 1988

"They told me: 'Don't you know, Bernie, that Texas is a Republican state?' Well, that's exactly why I'm here."

— on his presidential campaign visit to Texas, July 31, 2015

"Some people told me Louisiana was a conservative state. I guess not."

— on his presidential campaign visit to Louisiana, July 26, 2015

"Our opponents have the billionaires on their side, but we have the people."

— on his presidential campaign, July 27, 2015

"What we showed tonight was that you can take on the leadership of the Democratic party, the Republican party, the big business community, the local newspaper, and all the big money, and you can beat 'em if you stick together, and we did that."

— on winning his third term as mayor of Burlington, Vermont, 1985

"It is very easy for a candidate to speak to people who hold the same views. It's harder but important to reach out to others who look at the world differently."

— on being invited to speak at Liberty University, August 5, 2015

"As for my qualifications, I am not a politician."

— when asked why he was running for the US Senate, November 24, 1971

CHAPTER 2

Economy, Jobs, and Wealthdistribution

"[T]he American people are angry ... Young people who are graduating high school and graduating college, they're going out into the world, they want to become independent, they want to work, and there are no jobs."

— Senate Floor Statement, June 27, 2012

"What the American people are angry about is they understand that they did not cause this recession. Teachers did not cause this recession. Firefighters and police officers who are being attacked daily by governors all over this country did not cause this recession.

Construction workers did not cause this recession. This recession was caused by the greed, the recklessness, and illegal behavior of the people on Wall Street."

— Senate Floor Statement, June 27, 2012

"In the United States today we have the most unequal distribution of wealth and income since the 1920s. Now, you're not going to see what I'm talking about on Fox, you're not going to see it on NBC or CBS, but it is important that we discuss this issue because it's one of the most important issues facing America."

— Senate Floor Statement, June 27, 2012

"The system is rigged for the wealthy. The eighty-five richest people in the world own more wealth than the bottom half of the people. I hope this conference will start a serious discussion of about how to change the international financial rules to expand economic opportunity and reduce income inequality and poverty.

The global economy has simply failed when so few have so much and so many have so little."

— 2015 International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail, and Transportation Workers Conference, July 28, 2015

"In the richest country on the face of the earth, no one who works forty hours a week should be living in poverty."

— Minimum Wage Rally, Washington, DC, July 22, 2015

"In the year 2015, a job has got to lift workers out of poverty, not keep them in it. The $7.25 an hour federal minimum wage is a starvation wage. It has got to be increased to a living wage!"

— Minimum Wage Rally, Washington, DC, July 22, 2015

"When workers don't have to worry about how they are going to feed their families or pay the rent, they become better workers. And when low-wage workers get a raise they spend their money in local businesses and that creates more jobs, not less!"

— Minimum Wage Rally, Washington, DC, July 22, 2015

"A nation is judged by how it cares for its most vulnerable ... American seniors should have the supports available to them to remain in their homes and communities. They deserve to live with dignity and with a sense of security, and the Older Americans Act helps to provide that."

— on the reauthorization of the Older Americans Act, July 16, 2015

"A nation is judged by how it cares for its most vulnerable including the elderly and children. It is not acceptable that millions of elderly in this country are living in poverty and struggling to feed themselves. Instead of giving tax breaks to billionaires we should be expanding nutrition programs and other services for seniors."

— on results of the Government Accountability Office's study on low-income seniors, June 15, 2015

"If an institution is too big to fail, it is too big to exist."

— on the reinstatement of the Glass- Steagall Act, July 17, 2015

"Too many Americans are working longer and harder without anything to show for their efforts in their paychecks ... These long hours are straining middle-class workers and their families. Since the 1970s, average salaries for middle-class individuals have dropped even while salaried workers have increased the hours they spend on the job. Strengthening overtime protections will help millions of middle-class families."

— in his letter with Senator Patty Murray, Fair Overtime Pay Letter to the White House, January 31, 2015

"Hard-working retirees should not ever have to doubt their retirement security. We made a commitment forty years ago to workers in this country that companies will never renege on a pension promise. We need to restore that commitment."

— on his bill to amend the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 and the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, June 18, 2015

"When it comes to basic workplace protections and family benefits, workers in every other major industrialized country in the world get a better deal than workers in the United States. That is wrong ... Last place is no place for America. It is time to join the rest of the industrialized world by showing the people of this country that we are not just a nation that talks about family values but that we are a nation that is prepared to live up to these ideals."

— on the introduction of the Guaranteed Paid Vacation Act, June 11, 2015

"I have a hard time understanding what world Governor Bush and his billionaire backers live in ... At a time when more than half of the American people have less than $10,000 in savings, it would be a disaster to cut Social Security benefits by raising the retirement age. It is unacceptable to ask construction workers, truck drivers, nurses and other working-class Americans to work until they are sixty-eight to seventy years old before qualifying for full Social Security benefits."

— on former Florida Governor Jeb Bush's proposal to raise retirement age to 68 or 70, June 3, 2015

"At a time when almost every major corporation in this country has shut down plants and outsourced millions of American jobs, we should not be providing corporate welfare to multi-national corporations through the Export-Import Bank.

"Instead of providing low-interest loans to multi-national companies that are shipping jobs to China and other low-wage countries, we should be investing in small businesses and worker- owned enterprises that want to create jobs in the United States of America. If the Export-Import Bank cannot be reformed to become a vehicle for real job creation in the United States, it should be eliminated."

— on the US Senate's vote on a five-year reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank, June 10, 2015

"The president at Nike headquarters told us that every trade union in America is wrong, that progressives working for years for working families are wrong and that corporate America, the pharmaceutical industry and Wall Street are right. I respectfully disagree.

"This trade agreement would continue the process by which we have been shipping good-paying American jobs to low-wage countries overseas and continue the race to the bottom for American workers."

— on President Obama's visit to Nike's corporate headquarters in relation to the Trans- Pacific Partnership trade deal, May 8, 2015

"[W]e need to protect ourselves from being at the mercy of giant companies that are 'too big to fail,' that is, companies who are so large that their failure would cause systemic harm to the economy. We need to assess which companies fall into this category and insist they are broken up. Otherwise, the American taxpayer will continue to be on the financial hook for the risky behavior, the mismanagement and even the illegal conduct of these companies' executives."

— in his article "Rescue Wall Street — and the Rest of Us, "The Nation, September 22, 2008

"In America we now have more income and wealth inequality than any other major country on earth, and 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. And we will address it."

— Announcement of presidential candidacy, "Remarks by Sen. Bernie Sanders," Burlington Free Press, May 26, 2015

"This grotesque level of inequality is immoral. It is bad economics.

It is unsustainable. This type of rigged economy is not what America is supposed to be about. This has got to change and ... together we will change it.

— Announcement of presidential candidacy, "Remarks by Sen. Bernie Sanders," Burlington Free Press, May 26, 2015

"[A] message to the billionaire class ... : you can't have it all. You can't get huge tax breaks while children in this country go hungry.

You can't continue sending our jobs to China while millions are looking for work. You can't hide your profits in the Cayman Islands and other tax havens, while there are massive unmet needs on every corner of this nation. Your greed has got to end. You cannot take advantage of all the benefits of America, if you refuse to accept your responsibilities."

— Announcement of presidential candidacy, "Remarks by Sen. Bernie Sanders," Burlington Free Press, May 26, 2015

"I think many people have the mistaken impression that Congress regulates Wall Street. In truth, it is the other way around."

Twitter, August 7, 2015

"When a mother must send her sick child to school because she can't afford to stay home, that is not a family value."

— critiquing Republican domination of the term "family values" in conjunction with their political agendas, "The Middle Class: It's Time to Support Real Family Values, "www.berniesanders.com, June 17, 2015

"American workers are being denied a benefit that workers in every other advanced economy already enjoy. Europe, Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand. ... we are the only nation that doesn't require employers to provide at least ten percent days of paid vacation time.

"There is no reason for that. Our country is every bit as prosperous as theirs — and it is prosperous because the men and women of this country work so hard."

— on his proposal to require ten days of paid vacation, "The Middle Class: It's Time to Support Real Family Values," www.berniesanders.com, June 17, 2015

"Some people say my economic ideas are radical. You should hear what the pope is saying."

— on the pope's visit to the US, July 28, 2015

"We must convince young people that if they vote in large numbers, we can lower the unemployment they experience with a major jobs program."

Twitter, July 25, 2015

"Warren Buffett has pointed out the unfairness of the fact that he, a multibillionaire, pays a lower effective tax rate than his secretary."

Twitter, July 21, 2015

"We are a nation proud of its dedication to family values. Why can't we ensure that new parents have time to bond with their children?"

— on the limited family benefits of the US workforce, July 18, 2015

"The decision to require companies to disclose how much more CEOs are paid than workers is an important step in the fight against income inequality. The average chief executive in America now makes nearly 300 times more than the average worker — and the gap between the people at the top and working families is growing wider and wider. I hope that shining a spotlight on the disparity will help working families."

— on CEO Pay Rule, August 5, 2015

"We live at a time when most Americans don't have $10,000 in savings, and millions of working adults have no idea how they will ever retire in dignity. God forbid, they are confronted with an unforeseen car accident, a medical emergency, or the loss of a job. It would literally send their lives into an economic tailspin."

— Remarks at the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, July 25, 2015

"The American people, in general, want change — they want a better deal. A fairer deal. A new deal. They want an America with laws and policies that truly reward hard work with economic mobility."

— Remarks at the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, July 25, 2015

"[C]ivil rights are not just about voting rights, but economic and social equality — and most importantly, jobs. Fifty years later, it remains the great unfinished business of the civil rights movement."

— Remarks at the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, July 25, 2015

"The benchmark of full-time work in America should be simple and concrete — that no full-time worker should live in poverty."

Twitter, August 2, 2015

"Despite huge increases in productivity, Americans continue to work some of the longest hours of any country on earth."

— Interview with MSNBC's The ED Show, July 9, 2015

"[T]he American consumer does not want the tomatoes they eat to be picked by workers who are grossly mistreated and underpaid."

— while visiting farmers in Immokalee, Florida, 2008

"If the minimum wage had kept pace with productivity, it would be more than $16 per hour today."

— June 16, 2015

"How does it happen that despite huge gains in technology and productivity the average American today is working longer hours for lower wages? How does it happen that median family income today is almost $5,000 less than in 1999, while 99 percent of all new income is going to the top 1 percent?"

— May 4, 2015

CHAPTER 3

Politics, Campaigns, and Voting

"I think the discontent of the American people is far, far greater than the pundits understand."

— Interview, "Bernie Sanders Speaks," The Nation, July 6, 2015

"We must remember that the struggle for our rights is not a struggle for one day, or one year, or one generation — it is the struggle of a lifetime, and one that must be fought by every generation."

— Remarks at the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, July 25, 2015

"Either elected officials respond to the needs and views of an involved electorate, or they don't remain elected."

— June 8, 2015

"Democracy is one person, one vote and a full discussion of the issues that affect us. Oligarchy is billionaires buying elections, voter suppression and a concentrated corporate media determining what we see, hear, and read."

— May 27, 2015

"Today virtually no piece of legislation can get passed unless it has the OK from corporate America."

— May 22, 2015

"Most Americans grew up believing that in America the majority rules. They also believe that this country deserves a Senate that is not dysfunctional and unable to address the needs of the American people. Unfortunately, in recent years the Republican minority has engaged in an unprecedented level of obstructionism. They have used the filibuster hundreds of times to delay or block the president's nominees and to stop legislation from even being considered. Today's decision by the Senate to let the majority rule on votes to confirm judges, cabinet secretaries, and other senior administration officials is a step in the right direction toward ending dysfunction in the Senate."

— Statement on Majority Rule in the Senate, November 21, 2013

"Politics in a democratic society should not be treated like a baseball game, a game show or a soap opera. The times are too serious for that."

— Announcement of presidential candidacy, "Remarks by Sen. Bernie Sanders," Burlington Free Press, May 26, 2015

"In 1936, when Roosevelt ran for reelection, he welcomed the hatred of what he called 'the economic royalists'— today, they're the billionaire class — and I'm prepared to do that as well. That's the kind of language the American people are ready to hear."

— Interview, "Bernie Sanders Speaks," The Nation, July 6, 2015

"It is extremely undemocratic that forty-one percent of the US Senate can thwart the will of the American people, the president, the House of Representatives and a strong majority of the Senate. While individual senators will always have great clout, no one senator should be able to bring the US government to a halt at one of the most perilous periods in American history."

— on the need for Senate reform, in his article "Blueprint for Dems," The Nation, January 14, 2010

"Now, I may not be the greatest political strategist in the world, but I don't know how you win elections by ignoring the ideas of the progressives who have worked hardest at the grassroots level for your victories, or the trade unions that have provided significant financial support and door-to-door volunteers for Democratic campaigns. I don't know how you succeed politically when you insult women, who far more than men consistently provide you with great margins of support. How do you preserve a big majority in Congress when you fail to be aggressive in protecting the interests of seniors, a huge voting bloc in off-presidential-year elections? In other words, it should not surprise anyone that the Democrats are in serious trouble."

— on Democrats' attempt to be bipartisan during Obama's presidency, in his article "Blueprint for Dems," The Nation, January 14, 2010

"When one family spends more money than both parties, that is not democracy, that is oligarchy."

— on the Koch brothers, August 9, 2015

"We can learn from the past. The last time our nation faced economic challenges as great as our own, Franklin Roosevelt embraced progressive social policies and major financial and economic reform. The nation did not ignore or forget his commitment to help American families, provide aid to the disadvantaged and take on the moneyed powers of Wall Street. Roosevelt's greatest political legacy was to build a coalition of Americans from across the country who understood that, if they stood together under a progressive banner, life could be better for the average person. Now is the time to remember that lesson."

— in his article "Blueprint for Dems," The Nation, January 14, 2010

"If you ask me about my views on the environment, on women's rights, on gay rights, I am liberal. I don't have a problem with that at all. Some of my best friends are liberal."

— interview, CNN's Newsroom, 2009

"Today's Supreme Court decision is an important step in the fight against voter suppression. When congressional districts are controlled by partisanship it is bad for voters and our democracy. Allowing non-partisan commissions to draw district lines will help combat the hyper-partisan gerrymandering we have seen in some states. We still must go further — it's time to restore the Voting Rights Act, expand early voting periods and make it easier for people to vote, not harder."

— on the Supreme Court decision in Arizona State Legislature v. Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission, June 29, 2015

"Election Day should be a national holiday so that everyone has the time and opportunity to vote. While this would not be a cure-all, it would indicate a national commitment to create a vibrant democracy."

— on the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, August 6, 2015

"In America, everybody who is eligible to vote is entitled to vote. That is American democracy."

— on the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, August 6, 2015

"If we believe in a vibrant democracy, we want to have the highest voter turnout in the world."

— on the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, August 6, 2015

"The Supreme Court's 2013 decision gutting the Voting Rights Act was a shameful step backward. The critical civil rights law which protected voters in places with a history of discrimination is as necessary today as it was in the era of Jim Crow laws. We should do everything possible to guarantee the right to vote, not make it harder for people to cast ballots. That's why I strongly support the Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2015."

— on restoring the Voting Rights Act, June 24, 2015

"Voter ID laws aren't intended to discourage fraud, they are intended to discourage voting. They have worked."

Twitter, July 25, 2015

"[T]he American people are becoming increasingly alienated from the political process; 63 percent of the American people didn't vote last November. I'm looking for ways to bring them into a serious discussion about serious issues. When we do that, the Republican agenda will be exposed for the disaster it is."

— on wanting to debate with Republican presidential candidates, interview, "Bernie Sanders Speaks," The Nation, July 6, 2015

"These are the last days of the Bush administration, the most dishonest and incompetent in modern American history. It is imperative that, at this important moment, Congress stand up for the middle class and for fiscal integrity. The future of our country is at stake."

— in his article "Rescue Wall Street — and the Rest of Us, "The Nation, September 22, 2008

"The current campaign system is corrupt and amounts to legalized bribery."

Twitter, August 4, 2015

"In my view, a corporation is not a person. ... Corporations should not be able to go into their treasuries and spend millions and millions of dollars on a campaign in order to buy elections."

— "Saving Our Democracy," The Huffington Post, December 8, 2011

"If elected president, I will have a litmus test in terms of my nominee to be a Supreme Court justice. And that nominee will say that we are all going to overturn this disastrous Supreme Court decision on Citizens United because that decision is undermining American democracy."

— Interview, CBS's Face the Nation, May 10, 2015

"Free speech does not equal the ability of people to buy elections."

Twitter, July 31, 2015

"Politics is about people coming together to improve the lives of all Americans, not just wealthy contributors."

Twitter, July 30, 2015

"When congressional districts are controlled by partisanship it is bad for voters and our democracy."

Twitter, June 29, 2015

"In Vermont and at our town meetings we know what American democracy is supposed to be about. It is one person, one vote — with every citizen having an equal say — and no voter suppression. And that's the kind of American political system we have to fight for and will fight for in this campaign."

— Announcement of presidential candidacy, "Remarks by Sen. Bernie Sanders," Burlington Free Press, May 26, 2015

"The right to vote is preservative of all other rights."

— Remarks at the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, July 25, 2015

"The Supreme Court's 2013 decision gutting the Voting Rights Act was a shameful step backward."

Twitter, August 9, 2015

"The very rich get richer, everyone else poorer. And Republicans who take campaign money from billionaires have nothing significant to say."

— on the Republican presidential primary debates, Twitter, August 6, 2015

"In my view, we should learn from history. We should understand that when democracy fails and people cannot get what they voted for because of outside forces it leads to contempt for democracy and people vote for parties like Golden Dawn."

— on the Greek financial crisis, 2015 International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail, and Transportation Workers Conference, July 28, 2015

"Listen to R[epublican]s talk about military funding and remember what Eisenhower said about power of the military-industrial complex."

— on the Republican presidential primary debates, Twitter, August 6, 2015

"Still waiting. Will Fox ask if it's appropriate for billionaires to buy elections?"

— on the Republican presidential primary debates, Twitter, August 6, 2015

"You know how far right the GOP has gone when its so-called 'moderate' candidate Jeb Bush is talking about 'phasing out' Medicare."

Twitter, July 24, 2015

"The ruling has radically changed the nature of our democracy. It has further tilted the balance of power toward the rich and the powerful ... History will record that the Citizens United decision is one of the worst in the history of our country."

—"Saving Our Democracy," The Huffington Post, December 8, 2011

"I will be introducing legislation which calls for public funding of elections, which will enable any candidate, regardless of his or her political views, to run for office without being beholden to powerful special interests."

— August 4, 2015

"... Not one word about economic inequality, climate change, Citizens United or student debt. That's why the Republicans are so out of touch."

— on the Republican presidential debate, Twitter, August 6, 2015

"All across this country people are sick and tired of establishment politics, establishment economics and they want real change. The people of America understand that corporate greed is destroying our country, and that much of the mainstream media is prepared to talk about everything except for what is the most important."

— campaign rally at the University of Washington, August 8, 2015

"The defining principle of American democracy is one person, one vote — with every citizen having an equal say — and no voter suppression. And that's the kind of American political system we have to fight for."

— Remarks at the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, July 25, 2015

"The US is one of the few countries which puts the onus of registration on the voter, not the state. This is ridiculous."

— Remarks at the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, July 25, 2015

"I do not believe that billionaires should be able to buy politicians."

— Interview, CBS's Face the Nation, May 10, 2015

"Freedom of speech does not mean the freedom to buy the United States government."

Twitter, August 12, 2015

"There is a lot of sentiment that enough is enough, that we need fundamental changes, that the establishment — whether it is the economic establishment, the political establishment, or the media establishment — is failing the American people."

— "An Economic Agenda for America: A Conversation with Bernie Sanders," Center for Effective Public Management at Brookings, Feburary 9, 2015

"It is time to end the politics of division in this country of politicians playing one group of people against another."

Twitter, August 12, 2015

"I think we proved something to the country. People with strong differences don't have to kill each other or defame each other, but they can disagree and do their job as best that they can."

— in his farewell address upon leaving the mayoral office of Burlington, Vermont, April 4, 1989

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Table of Contents

Introduction by Robert Reich,
Bernie's Campaigns: Past and Present,
Economy, Jobs, and Wealth Distribution,
Politics, Campaigns, and Voting,
Equality,
Class,
Race,
LGBTQ,
Women,
Environment,
Health Care,
International Relations,
Immigration,
Education,
Criminal Justice,
Domestic Concerns,
Senior Citizens,
Media,
Net Neutrality and the Internet,
Military Services,
Infrastructure,
Gun Rights,
Privacy,
A Political Revolution,

Customer Reviews