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His speech was not that of a defeated candidate. It was the speech of a political leader who has launched a political revolution that will not be defined by this election but rather its strength to transform this county. It has already transformed the Democratic Platform into picking up many of the Sanders’ campaign issues. Democrats are now echoing Bernie’s “A person who works 40 hours a week should not be living in poverty”; raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour across the board. Before compromising with Sanders, Hillary Clinton did not favor an across the board jump to $15 an hour.
To view the 55-page 2016 Democratic Party Platform, click HERE.
Democrats are now favoring adopting a 21st Century Glass-Steagall Act, eliminating the Citizen’s United travesty that has turned this country into an oligarchy, free public college education for students whose parents make $125,000 or less a year, which Sanders told us is 83 per cent of the country.
Sanders said this struggle to transform issues of social, economic, climate, and criminal justice will continue after this election day has come and gone. Sanders told his followers, “I look forward to being part of that struggle with you.”
He said the election is not about the candidates, himself included, or political gossip, or campaign strategy, fundraising or all the things the media likes to spend so much time discussing. This election is about and must be about the needs of the American people and the kind of future we create for our children and our grandchildren.
He stressed the election is about ending the 40-year decline of the middle class, ending the reality that 47 million men women and children live in poverty and that if we do not transform our economy, our younger generation will have a lower standard of living than their parents.
He added ending grotesque level of income and wealth inequality, the worst it has been since 1928, and it must change.
He recalled that Republicans want us to forget where we were 7½ years ago when trickle down economics took us to the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression.
Sanders said the Republicans have not offered any real solutions, just bombast and fear mongering and divisiveness. This stance, he said, would make any objective observer conclude that the Democrat’s Hillary Clinton, with her ideas and leadership, must become the next President of the US.
The new Democratic platform sounds like a page out of Bernie’s rally speech book, but he does admit that he and Hillary still disagree on some issues. But he added that is all part of democracy.
At the start of his address Sander told his followers that he was looking forward to their vote in the roll call Tuesday night — all 1,846 pledged delegates.
In concluding, Sanders said we need a Democratic House, Senate and President and said he would do all he could to make that happen. Sanders finally said, “Hillary Clinton will make an outstanding President, and I am proud to stand with her here tonight.”
To view a transcript of Sanders’ prepared remarks, click HERE.
— Caroll Lucas
To view the Hill ‘n Hollerstory on other speakers and activities Monday night, click HERE.