Bernie Sanders: ‘The United States Must…Find the Moral Conviction to Choose…Democratic Socialism’

By CNSNews.com Staff | February 17, 2020 | 4:29pm EST
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(CNSNews.com) - Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, who won the Democratic presidential primary in New Hampshire last week, is arguing that “the United States must find…the moral conviction to choose…democratic socialism.”

“Today,” he said in a June 12, 2019 speech at George Washington University, “we have a demagogue in the White House who, for cheap political gain, is attempting to deflect the attention of the American people away from the real crises that we face and, instead, is doing what demagogues always do--and that is divide people up and legislate hatred.”

“It is my very strong belief that the United States must reject that path of hatred and divisiveness and instead find the moral conviction to choose a different path, a higher path, a path of compassion, justice and love,” said Sanders.

“And that is the path that I call democratic socialism,” he said.

Here is the transcript from that part of Sanders’s speech at George Washington University where he called on America to choose “democratic socialism”:

Bernie Sanders: “Today, we now see a handful of billionaires with unprecedented wealth and power.

“We see huge private monopolies--operating outside of any real democratic oversight and often subsidized by taxpayers--with the power to control almost every aspect of our lives.

“They are the profit-taking gatekeepers of our health care, our technology, our finance system, our food supply and almost all of the other basic necessities of life. And let us name them: They are Wall Street, the insurance companies, the drug companies, the fossil fuel industry, the military industrial complex, the prison industrial complex and giant agribusiness.

“They are the entities with unlimited wealth who surround our nation’s capital with thousands of well-paid lobbyists, who to a very significant degree write the laws that we live under.

“Today, we have a demagogue in the White House who, for cheap political gain, is attempting to deflect the attention of the American people away from the real crises that we face and, instead, is doing what demagogues always do--and that is divide people up and legislate hatred. This is a president who supports brutal family separations, border walls, Muslim bans, anti-LGBT policies, deportations and voter suppression.

“It is my very strong belief that the United States must reject that path of hatred and divisiveness and instead find the moral conviction to choose a different path, a higher path, a path of compassion, justice and love.

“And that is the path that I call democratic socialism.”





 

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