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My Favorite speech and words of MLK

The speech, I believe finally got him assassinated.. (we can’t have a black man speaking out against our wars!)…”Speech by Martin Luther King, Jr. against the “triple evils of racism, economic exploitation, and militarism.”

Please listen on Youtube  on the link below..

Martin Luther King, “Why I Am Opposed to the War in Vietnam”

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On this day after the Blizzard of ’16

“The wealth divide is getting more extreme. The 62 wealthiest people in the world have wealth equal to the poorest 3.5 billion, half the world’s population. Five years ago it took 388 people to match half the population. Huffington Post reports that “The wealth of the richest 62 has increased an astonishing 44 percent since 2010, to $1.76 trillion. Meanwhile, the wealth of the bottom half of the world dropped by 41 percent.” (from Popular Resistance Newsletter — “https://www.popularresistance.org/davos-and-its-threat-to-democracy/”)

I am not afraid of a Davos brand conspiratorial  takeover of the world.. I don’t have to be,, it ‘s common knowledge. its there, its fact….  Bernie Sanders speaks of this constantly and is why I , and millions of others have supported the only non Davos/Corporate backred politician/person running for President.. so in many senses he already is a Revolutionary and we are waging a Revolution as ,we, his supporters, and Bernie have surpassed Hillary the ‘corporate’ backed choice by the DNC and ‘estsablishment’ if you wish, Democratic ‘pick’….no Royal families.. we are tired of Bushes and Clintons. sorry,… or…. not.

 

 

Bernie Sanders defines ‘Democrartic Socialism’

 

“Against the ferocious opposition of the ruling class of his day, people he called economic royalists, Roosevelt implemented a series of programs that put millions of people back to work, took them out of poverty and restored their faith in government,” he said.

“I know that terms like ruling class are probably not talked about too often here at Georgetown, not too often talked about on CBS and NBC, but that is the simple truth,” added the senator as he departed from prepared speech to deliver one of his most detailed explanations of his political philosophy.

Students queued for hours in the rain to see Sanders speak in what was billed as one of the most important speeches of his 2016 campaign.

Yet despite expectations that the speech would also mark the roll-out of new strategy for fighting Isis, the foreign policy portion of the speech was received in virtual silence and proved much less specific and detailed than the more hawkish version delivered by Clinton earlier on Thursday in New York.

“We must create an organization like Nato to confront the security threats of the 21st century – an organisation that emphasizes cooperation and collaboration to defeat the rise of violent extremism and importantly to address the root causes underlying these brutal acts,” said Sanders in perhaps the most specific policy suggestion.

At times, he sounded much more isolationist than most of his presidential rivals.

“I’m not running to pursue reckless adventures abroad, but to rebuild America’s strength at home. I will never hesitate to defend this nation, but I will never send our sons and daughters to war under false pretense or pretenses or into dubious battles with no end in sight,” said Sanders.

“Our response must begin with an understanding of past mistakes and missteps in our previous approaches to foreign policy. It begins with the acknowledgment that unilateral military action should be a last resort, not a first resort,” he added.

But Sanders also echoed criticism made by Clinton of traditional US allies in the Arabian Gulf.

“Countries in the region like Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, UAE — countries of enormous wealth and resources — have contributed far too little in the fight against Isis,” said Sanders. “That must change.”

He also sought to join the dots between his economic principles and a foreign policy that many critics have said is comparatively under-developed during the campaign.

“No one understood better than FDR the connection between American strength at home and our ability to defend America at home and across the world.”

Criticized for focusing almost exclusively on economic inequality and initially neglecting the challenge of racism in America, Sanders argued his politics were consistent too with the tradition of civil rights activism.

“What Roosevelt was stating in 1944, what Martin Luther King Jr stated in similar terms 20 years later and what I believe today, is that true freedom does not occur without economic security,” he said.

“Democratic socialism means that we must create an economy that works for all, not just the very wealthy,” concluded Sanders.

The Vermont senator also pushed back at criticism from Clinton and others that his healthcare proposals would burden the middle class with higher taxes, making a rare appeal to corporate interests too.

“Business owners will not have to spend enormous amounts of time worrying about how they are going to provide healthcare for their employees,” he said.

“Workers will not have to be trapped in jobs they do not like simply because their employers are offering them decent health insurance plans. Instead, they will be able to pursue the jobs and work they love, which could be an enormous boon for the economy.”

Despite the focus on FDR and US history, Sanders compared his policies for America with similar experiences abroad and drew specific links to the recent visit of Pope Francis.

“We need to create a culture which, as Pope Francis reminds us, cannot just be based on the worship of money. We must not accept a nation in which billionaires compete as to the size of their super-yachts, while children in America go hungry and veterans sleep out on the streets,” he said.

“Democratic socialism, to me, does not just mean that we must create a nation of economic and social justice. It also means that we must create a vibrant democracy based on the principle of one person one vote. It is extremely sad that the United States, one of the oldest democracies on earth, has one of the lowest voter turnouts of any major country, and that millions of young and working class people have given up on our political system entirely.”

Above all, much of the unusually long speech was devoted to reinforcing Sanders’ belief that his ambition platform for remaking America is both achievable and realistic.

“All of these problems were caused by bad human decisions but if we stand together … I have no doubt there nothing, nothing, nothing that we cannot accomplish,” he concluded.

The Effect of Rising Inequality on Social Security

Social Security has become a core component of retirement security in the United States: Nearly two-thirds of seniors rely on the program’s benefits for most of their income. Similarly, more than 8 in 10 disabled worker beneficiaries rely on Social Security as their main source of income. For 3 in 10 of those workers, Social Security is the only source of income. Social Security also serves as the largest income security program for children, providing vital benefits to 3.4 million children and their families. Year after year, Social Security serves as our nation’s most effective anti-poverty program; in 2012, it kept more than 22 million Americans out of poverty.
https://www.americanprogress.org/issues/economy/report/2015/02/10/106373/the-effect-of-rising-inequality-on-social-security/