Read this: As a Bernie Sanders advocate, I confess, I am biased. I feel he is so often right on whatever message he is delivering, of course I usually agree with him. Beyond that, I am also impressed that he delivers his messages in a pretty concise packages, which works better considering our steadily diminishing attention spans. I came across his latest speech, which sadly few Americans will probably hear, in an article in The Nation Magazine, by John Nichols. I must say it is one of his best if not the best.
Taking a couple days off of a rather important New York primary, he flew to Italy and after meeting privately with Pope Francis for a “brief encounter at the papal residence, which both the pope and the senator said should not be seen as any kind of political intervention or endorsement”, Sanders took advantage of an opportunity to speak at a Vatican conference that fit perfectly with his message of inequality that is the foundation of his presidential campaign. This conference “that highlighted concerns about capitalism that have long occupied the church but that Pope Francis brought to the forefront by decrying ‘an economic system which leads to this tragedy; an economic system which has at its center an idol called money’.” Bernie definitely found pretty considerate if not sympathetic ears. While emphasizing the extreme disparity of worldwide wealth, Sanders said “the enormous wealth of a few as opposed to the poverty of the many … And let us be clear. That situation is worse today. In the year 2016, the top one percent of the people on this planet own more wealth than the bottom 99 percent, while the wealthiest 60 people—60 people—own more than the bottom half—3 1/2 billion people. At a time when so few have so much, and so many have so little, we must reject the foundations of this contemporary economy as immoral and unsustainable.”
Having heard much of this in previous speeches, I was still shocked by the “60 people” statistic. That is really unbelievable. Read this speech, particularly if you are not sure about Bernie vs. Hillary. I think you will find it time well spent and be glad you did.