Saturday, February 20, 2016
Outsider in the White House - Bernie Sanders [review]
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The first edition of this book, just Outsider in the House, was written 20 years ago, long before he would ever think of running for president. But amazingly he had many of the same views and goals that he maintains today. Talk about sticking to your guns. Bernie is the guy you want fighting for you.
This book is essentially Bernie's journey in politics, from being a mayor in Vermont to a member of the Senate and House. I wouldn't say it's riveting reading, but I found it interesting and learned quite a bit about what goes into running a campaign.
As a democratic socialist he accepted being called an outsider for decades, but there are a lot of outsiders out there. I've seen him referred to as the little engine that could, and it's a fitting nickname. His grassroots efforts have propelled him into the spotlight - once a huge underdog to Hillary Clinton, he's biting at her heels now.
Hillary is represented by banks and corporations while Bernie's donors are PEOPLE!
Bernie is organizing for a $15 minimum wage, for the reconstruction of infrastructure and creation of millions of jobs, and for reform of a broken and racist criminal justice system.
He's also organizing for free college education, and while I don't envision that ever happening across the board, I think he has the right idea and at the very least will address the rising costs of tuition.
The biggest issue that Bernie is passionate about is the disparity in wealth - "There is something profoundly wrong when the top one tenth of 1 percent owns as much as the bottom 90 percent."
We live in the wealthiest nation in the world, but tens of millions of us struggle to get by. We should all be standing by Bernie Sanders to take back our country from the billionaire class.