When talking about politics this election cycle there is very little need for nuance. There are so many issues facing our nation but two that are absolutely paramount to our survival as a great and prosperous nation. This time the questions are very simple: What are you going to do about climate change? and What are you going to do about money in politics? If they don’t have a sufficient answer for those two questions, the conversation stops right there.
Most candidates on the democratic side (and virtually none on the republican side) can answer at least one of these correctly. “We need to move to a clean energy economy” Hillary will say. Or “We need to move to 90% renewable energy by 2050” Martin O’Malley famously repeated.
Neither of those candidates, however, wanted to talk about the poison that is dark money in our political system. In fact, only one man in the entire race has shown time and time again that he is beholden not to big banks and financial institutions, but to the people. Since the beginning of the race Bernie Sanders has consistently touted a message of economic inequality that is undeniable.
The top 1% now owns more wealth than the bottom 130million people combined. This is a system that is not sustainable and until we get money out of our political system, until we stop letting banks literally write our laws we can never expect to have an economy that works for the many instead of the few.
People always want to talk about “redistribution of wealth” that somehow we should never even dream of redirecting wealth into the hands of regular people. However, its rarely noted that we ALREADY HAVE a system that does this. There is something profoundly wrong when 58 percent of all new income since the Wall Street crash has gone to the top one percent. See we already take money from regular people and “redistribute” it to the wealthiest among us. This cannot continue.
This year lets elect a candidate for the people by the people. Lets elect a candidate beholden to us, not the billionaire class. This year lets take a monumental step in building a system that works for all of us. This year lets elect Bernie Sanders.