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Why I Call Myself A Democratic Socialist

Bernie Says: Why I Call Myself A Democratic Socialist

Apparently most of America hasn’t mastered the lingo and get communism confused with socialism with nazism and any other schism -ism. Any time public resources are pooled to handle costs together- that’s socialism, it’s not a religion, it’s a way of paying for shared necessities so we live together, rather than in isolation or selfishness. Bernie spells out the ways this can be made into public policy and legislation.

So here is Bernie to again, to tell you why he calls himself a Democratic Socialist, as do I.

While the Bill of Rights protects us from the tyranny of an oppressive government, many in the establishment would like the American people to submit to the tyranny of oligarchs, multinational corporations, Wall Street banks, and billionaires.

In 1944, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt proposed an economic bill of rights, because he knew that there cannot be true freedom without economic security. He was not able to enact it before his death. Seventy-five years later, that job falls to us.

That is why I am proposing we complete the unfinished work of FDR and the Democratic Party by putting forth a 21st Century Economic Bill of Rights.

Add your name if you believe every person in our country deserves:

  • Quality health care
  • A complete education
  • A good job that pays a living wage
  • Affordable housing
  • A secure retirement
  • A clean environment

ADD YOUR NAME

I am asking for your support for this 21st Century Economic Bill of Rights. Will you add your name to say you endorse these rights?

Please add your name to support our 21st Century Economic Bill of Rights to guarantee a living wage, quality health care, a complete education, affordable housing, a secure retirement, and a clean environment for every person in our country.

These are my values, and that is why I call myself a democratic socialist.

What I believe is that the American people deserve freedom – true freedom. Freedom is an often-used word, but it’s time we took a hard look at what that word actually means.

Ask yourself: what does it actually mean to be free?

Are you truly free if you are unable to go to a doctor when you are sick, or face financial bankruptcy when you leave the hospital?

Are you truly free if you cannot afford the prescription drug you need to stay alive?

Are you truly free when you spend half of your limited income on housing, and are forced to borrow money from a payday lender at 200% interest rates?

Are you truly free if you are 70 years old and forced to work because you lack a pension or enough money to retire?

Are you truly free if you are unable to attend college or a trade school because your family lacks the income?

Are you truly free if you are forced to work 60 or 80 hours a week because you can’t find a job that pays a living wage?

Are you truly free if you are a mother or father with a newborn baby but you are forced to go back to work immediately after the birth because you lack paid family leave?

Are you truly free if you are a small business owner or family farmer who is driven out by the monopolistic practices of big business?

Are you truly free if you are a veteran, who put your life on the line to defend this country, and now sleep out on the streets?

To me, the answer to those questions, in the wealthiest nation on earth, is no, you are not free.

It is time for the American people to stand up and fight for their rights to freedom, human dignity, and security.

Please add your name to endorse our 21st Century Economic Bill of Rights.

Thank you for being a part of our movement.
In solidarity,
Bernie Sanders

Add your name if you believe every person in our country deserves:

  • Quality health care
  • A complete education
  • A good job that pays a living wage
  • Affordable housing
  • A secure retirement
  • A clean environment

ADD YOUR NAME

According to one reporter, when several of our opponents heard Bernie was giving a speech about democratic socialism, they laughed.

And make no mistake about it, they weren’t laughing at Bernie, they were laughing at us.

  • They were laughing at the idea that we should even try to take on the insurance companies to guarantee health care as a right.
  • They were laughing at the idea that we have a moral obligation to take on the fossil fuel industry to save this planet for future generations.
  • They were laughing at the idea that it is possible for all Americans, no matter their economic status, to have the opportunity for higher education.

But while they laugh, they are all envious — they are envious of the size and strength of our grassroots movement. And what they don’t seem to recognize is that the values we share are the source of that strength.

So ahead of our critical FEC fundraising deadline, we have an important request — one more important today than ever before:

Can Bernie count on you to make a $3 contribution to our campaign as a way of saying you are more committed than ever to take on the billionaire class and elect a government that works for all of us, and not just the one percent?

Now some of these people who laugh need three polls and a focus group to tell them how they should talk about fundamental issues like health care. It’s embarrassing.

But not Bernie. Not us. We are going to be honest about what is happening in America today and the steps we need to take to turn things around for everyone who lives here.

And that is why we are going to win.

But Bernie can’t do it alone:

Make a $3 contribution ahead of our critical FEC fundraising deadline:

https://act.berniesanders.com/go/contribute

Thanks for stepping up and chipping in on the heels of Bernie’s big speech. It’s a pretty important day to say we’re all in this together.

All my best,

Faiz Shakir
Campaign Manager

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