Self-described democratic socialist Bernie Sanders is now even closer to causing a political revolution, following a 60 percent win in the New Hampshire primaries.
Shortly after the landslide victory, Sanders responded by saying, “When we stand together, we win.”
Jonothan Olinger directed the goosebump-enducing video below to bring out all the feels and draw attention to an empowering political speech given by Sanders during the Portland campaign.
“Our job is not to divide, our job is to bring people together. If we do not allow them to divide us up by race, by sexual orientation, by gender. By not allowing them to divide us up by whether or not we were born in America, or whether we are immigrants. When we stand together as white and black and hispanic and gay and straight and woman and man. When we stand together and demand that this country works for all of us, rather than the few, we will transform America. And that is what this campaign is about, it’s about bringing people together!”
~ Bernie Sanders
Bernie Sanders has been calling for people to be brought “Together” for decades. His campaign isn’t one of false promises and telling voters what he thinks they want to hear. To the contrary, Sanders speaks to the same issues he has been highlighting for the past 40 years—including putting an end to inequality, separation and segregation.
Sanders’ grassroots fundraising campaign has so far received a record-breaking 3.7 million donations, comprised mostly of small donations from loyal supporters averaging 34 dollars.
Shortly after the polls closed in New Hampshire, Sanders credited his victory to the young supporters who have “enthusiasm and excitement” and energized a record breaking New Hampshire turnout. He then spoke to his supporters in detail about his reasons for standing as a presidential candidate:
“Nine months ago, we began our campaign here in New Hampshire. We had no campaign organization, we had no money and we were taking on the most powerful political organization in the United States of America. And tonight with what appears to be a record-breaking voter turnout, because of a huge voter turnout—and I say huge—we won.
Now, what the American people understand is that our great country was based on a simple principle, and that principle is fairness. Let me be very clear. It is not fair when we have more income and wealth inequality today than almost any major country on Earth and when the top one tenth of one percent now owns almost as much wealth as the bottom 90 percent—that’s not fair. It is not fair when the 20 wealthiest people in this country now own more wealth than the bottom half of the American people.
So are you guys ready for a radical idea? Together we are going to create an economy that works for all of us, not just the one percent. And when millions of our people are working for starvation wages, yep, we’re going to raise the minimum wage to 15 bucks an hour. And we are going to bring pay equity for women. And when we need the best educated workforce in the world, yes, we are going to make public colleges and universities tuition free.
What began last week in Iowa, what voters here in New Hampshire confirmed tonight, is nothing short of the beginning of a political revolution.
It is a political revolution that will bring tens of millions of our people together. It will bring together working people, who have given up on the political process. It will bring together young people who have never participated in the political process. It will bring together blacks and whites, Latinos, Asian-Americans, Native Americans, straight and gay, male and female, people who were born in America, and people who immigrated here…”
Sanders explained his increasing popularity was due to the fact that, “The government of our great country belongs to all of the people, and not just a handful of wealthy campaign contributors.”
Those who maybe once felt that politics didn’t speak directly to them are coming out in droves to vote. People want change, and although many think a socialist can’t make it to the top of the political game, it seems likely that if anyone can, it’s Bernie Sanders, judging by the statistics.
“There is a storm brewing and it is one of the people. A true grassroots whirlwind is taking shape, focusing on joining hands and working together for a better future for all citizens. It has finally begun, but we cannot slow down the momentum or quiet the growing din of our humble call. It is glaringly obvious that we need to stand today and every day to shout loud and proud: “We demand better!””
~ Tracy Johnson, elephant journal
What the world, not just America, needs now is someone who is shouting loud, against the odds, to bring the disenfranchised together.
The Democrats are now traveling to Milwaukee, Wisconsin for their next debate on Thursday evening, February 12th, and then there are 10 days until the next caucus in Nevada on Saturday, February 20th.
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To watch Sander’s full response to his New Hampshire win and find out more about his policies watch the video below:
A comment on the following video by DesapoleEdits, which was liked by 1557 people, reads, “Sometimes I feel as if Bernie’s existence is too good to be true.”
A response by Stephanie Katorski followed: “I get goosebumps every time I hear this man speak. He’s so damn genuine and what this country needs! He’s set a spark in me that I’ve never felt before. I’m feeling the bern!”
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