Our country has a decision to make, perhaps the most important one it has ever faced. Though we have lost considerable global influence over the last decade-and-a-half, we are still the most dominant country on earth. And with that dominance comes the great responsibility to help our civilization steer a path to a more humane and sustainable world. Given the myopic, parochial, and mean-spirited platform of the Republican Party, it is left to the Democratic Party to select a standard-bearer that by vision, judgment, and experience can best meet the great challenges we face. I believe that individual is Senator Bernie Sanders. On foreign policy: It is routinely concluded that Hillary Clinton has greater experience, but let’s evaluate that assumption. Clinton voted for the Iraq War Resolution, Bernie Sanders voted against it. His speech on the Senate floor explaining his opposition (see video in sidebar) laid out not only the … Continue Reading…..
“Man should not have to work for the achievement of the necessities of life to such an extent that he has neither time nor strength for personal activities. Without this second kind of outward liberty, freedom of expression is useless to him.” These words were written in 1940 by Albert Einstein in his essay, “Freedom, Its Meaning.” Years later, Einstein, in his address on “Human Rights” to the Chicago Decalogue Society in 1954, spoke of the basic human right “to work and to adequate earnings from work.” Many years before, Theodore Roosevelt wrote: “No man can be a good citizen unless he has a wage more than sufficient to cover the bare cost of living, and hours of labor short enough so that after his day’s work is done he will have time and energy to bear his share in the management of the community, to help in carrying the … Continue Reading…..
Bernie Sanders is a remarkably caring public servant who has not deviated from his profound concern for the welfare and life chances of people for over five decades. The first video to the right of this post, “Bernie Sanders – Then and Now (1985-2015)”, is testament to that fact. More than any other presidential candidate for 2016, Bernie Sanders understands how little time remains to boldly unravel the “rigging” of our society that has overwhelmingly benefited the wealthy and well-connected. He understands, more than any other presidential candidate for 2016, that unless there is dramatic change to the status quo, the future of our country is dim, precisely because our future is intertwined with the well-being of all of its people and not just a few. Maximizing the benefit of the national stage that his presidential bid provides, Sanders has taken on the task of educating Americans to the enormous … Continue Reading…..