Kako naprej: Vizija Bernieja Sandersa

Medtem ko je Hillary Clinton še vedno v šoku nad porazom in v obupu luzerja krivi za svoj poraz direktorja FBI, pa Bernie Sanders zelo jasno kaže, da razume, kaj se je zgodilo, zakaj se je zgodilo in kako naprej. V današnjem komentarju v New York Timesu Sanders zelo jasno zapiše ne samo, zakaj povprečni Američani niso želeli bolj množično voliti za Clintonovo, ampak v katero smer bi se morala razvijati demokratska stranka, če želi zastopati interese ljudi. To je interese konkretnega posameznika nasproti kapitalu in proti dohodkovni, rasni, verski in spolni diskriminaciji. In to pomeni v prvi vrsti ustvarjanje kvalitetnih delovnih mest doma tudi za nižji in srednji sloj ter dostojno plačilo.

Hillary je preteklost, vizija Bernieja Sandersa je prihodnost.

I am saddened, but not surprised, by the outcome. It is no shock to me that millions of people who voted for Mr. Trump did so because they are sick and tired of the economic, political and media status quo.

Working families watch as politicians get campaign financial support from billionaires and corporate interests — and then ignore the needs of ordinary Americans. Over the last 30 years, too many Americans were sold out by their corporate bosses. They work longer hours for lower wages as they see decent paying jobs go to China, Mexico or some other low-wage country. They are tired of having chief executives make 300 times what they do, while 52 percent of all new income goes to the top 1 percent. Many of their once beautiful rural towns have depopulated, their downtown stores are shuttered, and their kids are leaving home because there are no jobs — all while corporations suck the wealth out of their communities and stuff them into offshore accounts.

Working Americans can’t afford decent, quality child care for their children. They can’t send their kids to college, and they have nothing in the bank as they head into retirement. In many parts of the country they can’t find affordable housing, and they find the cost of health insurance much too high. Too many families exist in despair as drugs, alcohol and suicide cut life short for a growing number of people.

Let’s rebuild our crumbling infrastructure and create millions of well-paying jobs. Let’s raise the minimum wage to a living wage, help students afford to go to college, provide paid family and medical leave and expand Social Security. Let’s reform an economic system that enables billionaires like Mr. Trump not to pay a nickel in federal income taxes. And most important, let’s end the ability of wealthy campaign contributors to buy elections.

In the coming days, I will also provide a series of reforms to reinvigorate the Democratic Party. I believe strongly that the party must break loose from its corporate establishment ties and, once again, become a grass-roots party of working people, the elderly and the poor. We must open the doors of the party to welcome in the idealism and energy of young people and all Americans who are fighting for economic, social, racial and environmental justice. We must have the courage to take on the greed and power of Wall Street, the drug companies, the insurance companies and the fossil fuel industry.

When my presidential campaign came to an end, I pledged to my supporters that the political revolution would continue. And now, more than ever, that must happen. We are the wealthiest nation in the history of the world. When we stand together and don’t let demagogues divide us up by race, gender or national origin, there is nothing we cannot accomplish. We must go forward, not backward.

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