Bernie Sanders: America's 'other radical'
Like great orators such as Dr Martin Luther King, President Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu before him, the longest serving independent member of the United States Congress’ voice echoes against the walls and roof of the highest church in America as he rallies to rouse young Americans to free themselves of a “corrupt political system.”
Sanders elicits the fiercest applause when, in his booming voice and Brooklyn accent, he waxes “radical.”
To wit, he touts ideals and ideas with moral entanglements and a responsibility to the working class; ideals and ideas that encompass a redistribution of power and wealth from the few to the many: A decent living wage instead of a “starvation wage,” for instance. Health care for all. Immigration reform that includes a path toward citizenship.
Arguably, nothing Sanders says to a thundering applause in this church on the edge of Harlem in New York could be conceived of as radical – and yet, it is with the notion of radicalism that political pundits equate his leftist ideologies, as well as discredit him.
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