Bernie Sanders’ web site has the transcript of Remarks by Senator Sanders at the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. His vision for this country is one we should all want to achieve. He closed his speech with the following paragraphs:
I believe the time has come to say loudly and clearly: enough is enough. This great nation and its government belong to all of the people, and not to a handful of billionaires, their Super-PACs and their lobbyists.
Now is not the time for thinking small. Now is not the time for the same-old, same-old establishment politics and stale inside-the-beltway ideas.
Now is the time for millions of working families – black and white, Latino and Native American, gay and straight – to come together, to revitalize American democracy, to end the collapse of the American middle class and to make certain that our children and grandchildren are able to enjoy a quality of life that brings them health, prosperity, security and joy – and that once again makes the United States the leader in the world in the fight for economic and social justice, for environmental sanity and for a world of peace.
America striving to be a “leader in the world in the fight for economic and social justice, for environmental sanity and for a world of peace” is something that inspires. Being first in military power or economic might is not very inspirational as far as I am concerned. There is something to be said for making the world a better place for everyone, not just for me and my family.