A nation will not survive morally or economically when so few have so much and so many have so little.— Bernie Sanders
The most unconventional Bernie Sanders quotes you will be delighted to read
What my campaign is about is a political revolution - millions of people standing up and saying, enough is enough. Our government belongs to all of us, and not just the hand full of billionaires.
Finally, let understand that when we stand together, we will always win.
When men and women stand together for justice, we win. When black, white and Hispanic people stand together for justice, we win.
It's time to make our government work for all of us... and not just the 1%.
Real change never occurs from the top on down, [but] always from the bottom on up.
The point is change can come about, but it only comes about when millions of people are actively involved in political struggle, the billionaires may have the money, but we have the people.
What kind of nation are we when we give tax breaks to billionaires, but we can't take care of the elderly and the children.
If you can't afford to take care of your # veterans , then don't go to war.
If the environment were a bank, it would have been saved by now
Let us wage a moral and political war against the billionaires and corporate leaders, on Wall Street and elsewhere, whose policies and greed are destroying the middle class of America.
Today, the top one-tenth of 1% owns nearly as much wealth as the bottom 90%.
The economic game is rigged, and this level of inequality is unsustainable. We need an economy that works for all, not just the powerful.
No president, not the smartest, best human being in the world can do it alone.
You cannot take on this, the power that is in Washington, to billionaires and lobbyist, the military industrial complex, all of this money and power, you can`t do it. You need a mass movement of American who are looking in congress and we say directly.
Brothers and sisters: 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.
A guy named Adolf Hitler won an election in 1932 .
.. and 50 million people died as a result ... what I learned as a little kid is that politics is, in fact, very important.
You know, I think many people have the mistaken impression that Congress regulates Wall Street. In truth that's not the case. The real truth is that Wall Street regulates the Congress.
Student debt is crushing the lives of millions of Americans.
How does it happen that we can get a home mortgage or purchase a car with interest rates half of that being paid for student loans? We must make higher education affordable for all. We must substantially lower interest rates on student loans. This must be a national priority.
Americans' right to free speech should not be proportionate to their bank accounts.
Now is the time to alter our government.
Now is the time to stop the movement toward oligarchy. Now is the time to create a government which represents all Americans and not just the 1%... No more excuses. We must all become involved in the political process.
I am going to do my best to try to create a country in which children are not living in poverty, in which kids can go to college, in which old people have health care. Will I succeed? I can't guarantee you that, but I can tell you that from a human point of view it is better to show up than to give up.
Income and wealth inequality have reached obscene levels, the threat of climate change is more frightening than ever, and the billionaire class is now allowed to spend unlimited amounts of money to buy the candidate they want. And it is up to us to stand up and fight back. If we stand together, there is no limit to what we can accomplish.
I think what the American people are saying is enough is enough.
This country, this great country, belongs to all of us. It cannot continue to be controlled by a handful of billionaires who apparently want it all.
We can have paid family and medical leave.
We can make public colleges and universities tuition-free. These are not revolutionary, radical ideas. They're kind of common sense.
Let us wage a moral and political war against war itself, so that we can cut military spending and use that money for human needs.
I'm not really opposed to people changing their minds.
I'm much more concerned with people who never change their minds no matter what new information is available.
We need to change the power structure in America, we need to end the political oligarchy.
Politics is not a baseball game with winners or losers.
What politics is about is whether we protect the needs of millions of people in this country who are hurting.
...Poverty in America today leads not only to anxiety, unhappiness, discomfort and a lack of material goods. It leads to death. Poverty in America today is a death sentence for tens and tens of thousands of our people.
It is time to tax and regulate marijuana like alcohol.
It is time to end the arrests of so many people and the destruction of so many lives for possessing marijuana.
To be honest with you, I worry about concentration of ownership in media, where you have a handful of media conglomerates largely controlling what we see, hear and read.
Millions are unemployed and our roads are falling apart.
If we can spend $6 trillion sending people to war, we can spend $1 trillion to put Americans to work fixing our nation's crumbling infrastructure. Let's rebuild America and create jobs.
A job should lift workers out of poverty, not keep them in it.
We need a very progressive and strong agenda to bring people into the political process because I worry very much about the future of the American democracy where so many people are giving up.
We have got to change the political culture in America.
We need a political revolution. That means we are working on politics not just three weeks before an election but 365 days a year.
I'm not a Democrat, I'm an Independent, but I caucus with the Democrats.
Trickle down economics is a fraud. Giving tax breaks to the rich and large corporations does not create jobs. It simply makes the rich richer, enlarges the deficit and increases income and wealth inequality. We need economic policies which benefit working families, not the billionaire class.
In my view, we need a massive federal jobs program which puts millions of our people back to work. We must end our disastrous trade policies. We need to raise the minimum wage to a living wage. And we have to fight for pay equity for women.
The Occupy Wall Street protests are shining a national spotlight on the most powerful, dangerous and secretive economic and political force in America.
Instead of talking about cuts in Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, we must end the absurdity of corporations not paying a nickel in federal income taxes.
After all, Wall Street is clearly the most powerful lobbying force on Capitol Hill. From 1998 through 2008, the financial sector spent over $5 billion in lobbying and campaign contributions to deregulate Wall Street.
We need real tax reform which makes the rich and profitable corporations begin to pay their fair share of taxes. We need a tax system which is fair and progressive. Children should not go hungry in this country while profitable corporations and the wealthy avoid their tax responsibilities by stashing their money in the Cayman Islands.
Low-income people, racial or ethnic minorities, pregnant women, seniors, people with special needs, people in rural areas - they all have a much harder time accessing a dentist than other groups of Americans.
During the debate over NAFTA President Clinton said, 'I believe that NAFTA will create a million jobs in the first five years of its impact.' WRONG. According to the Economic Policy Institute, NAFTA has led to the loss of more than 680,000 U.S. jobs. I voted against NAFTA and other bad trade agreements and am fighting to stop the TPP.
What some of us believe is that it is possible that if chemicals are related to Gulf War illness that some of the more severe symptoms may not erupt until 10 or 20 years down the line.
We are the only major country on earth that doesn't guarantee health care to all people as a right and yet we end up spending much more than they do, so I do believe that we have to move toward a Medicare for all, single-payer system.
The Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement is a continuation of other disastrous trade agreements, like NAFTA, CAFTA, and permanent normal trade relations with China.
The disastrous invasion of Iraq, something that I strongly opposed, has unraveled the region.
As president, I will fight to make tuition in public colleges and universities free, as well as substantially lower interest rates on student loans.
We cannot go back to a racist, sexist, homophobic, Islamophobic type of society.
I don't think any sensible person would disagree that the invasion of Iraq led to the massive level of instability that we're seeing right now. I think that was one of the worst foreign policy blunders in the modern history of the United States.
There is far too little discussion in Washington about the collapse of the middle class , almost no discussion at all about the incredible income inequality and wealth inequality in this country, and the fact that we're moving toward an oligarch form of society.