30 Years of Speeches

30 Years of Speeches


We live in a world today where there are several hundred million people starving to death. They’re starving to death right now. All over this country today, there is a certain demoralization and the demoralization is that some people believe that what goes on in the White House and what goes on in the Congress reflects the will of the American people. And by assembling here today as the Rainbow Coalition and as other groups from 46 states in America, what we are saying very loud and clear is that Ronald Reagan and his billionaire friends do not represent America, but we do. In some of the largest cities in America, 50 percent of the kids are not graduating high school. The cost cost of college education in this county is zooming up so you have to be a wealthy person to send your kid to college. There was once a dream that my parents had, and many people’s parents had, that if you work hard and go to school you can get a college education. …but what people like this gentlemen do not know, for example, that in Scandinavia, in Sweden, you have had socialist governments for decades, that in fact that country is probably in most regards more democratic than the United States. They have 80 or 90 percent of the people voting. They have strong labor unions. They have a more open media. They have a healthcare system guaranteeing healthcare to all of the people. Not to say that’s a utopia. But at a time when the wealthiest people of this country have seen a tremendous increase in their income, while at the same time the standard of living of working people and poor people has declined, I will be damned if I will vote for a proposal which will stick it to the middle class and the working people. …and Mr. Speaker, I’ve got a problem, I’ve got a problem with a president and a congress which allows 5 million children to go hungry, 2 million people to sleep out on the streets, cities to become breeding grounds for drugs and violence. And they say we’re getting tough on crime. If you want to get tough on crime, let’s deal with the causes of crime. Let’s demand that every man, woman and child in this country have a decent opportunity and a decent standard of living. Let’s not keep putting poor people into jail, and disproportionately punishing blacks. …while our children go hungry and sleep out on the streets, lack adequate healthcare or educational opportunity, the wealthiest people in this country have grown far richer while their tax burden has declined. We have an approach to campaign financing which, to a very large degree, allows wealthy people and major corporations to buy and sell politicians. The rich get richer. The poor get poorer. And ordinary Americans are shut out of the political system. The United States today is one of two nations in the industrialized world that does not have a national health care system. That has to do with campaign finance reform. The United States today, the chief executive officers are seeing their salaries soar, and the gap between the rich and the poor grows wider. 10 million Americans are unemployed. That has to do with campaign finance reform. The system, by and large, is owned and controlled by big money interests and the president of the United States, and much of the Congress does the work of protecting the big corporations and the wealthy people who control the economic and political life of this nation. This country, this great country, this democracy is evolving into an oligarchy. And an oligarchy is a country in which a few people have tremendous wealth and tremendous power and exercise that wealth and that power over all. We have seen a situation where we give huge tax breaks to the wealthy and you have 2 million people sleeping out on the street. Billions of dollars into all kinds of obsolete weapon systems and you have 5 million children who are hungry. Let us give hope to people in America today who have lost hope. Let us provide jobs for the jobless. Housing for the homeless. Food for the hungry. Workers in the United States today are working longer hours, significantly longer hours, taking less vacation time than they used to take. And is there any wonder so many millions of Americans feel stressed out? They need to work longer hours, they need to work overtime in order to compensate for the real decline in their wages. Let’s talk about welfare for the rich and the powerful. Now we start out from a proposition that the wealthiest 1 percent of the population in this country owns more wealth than the bottom 90 percent. When we talk about the growth of the economy, what we should ask ourselves is who is gaining that income? And what is clearly going on is the lion’s share, the overwhelming amount of the growth in income is going to the very very wealthiest people, while the vast majority of the people are seeing a decline in their real incomes. I find it ironic that it is the taxpayers of this countrywhot are going to have to bail out banks that have made billions and billions of dollars investing in Asia. Is it morally right that CEOs of large corporations now make over 500 times what their workers make and seem to make more money to the degree that they lay off American workers. Walmart has replaced General Motors as the major employer in America, paying people starvation wages rather than living wages. We can fight terrorism, protect the American people without undermining the basic constitutional rights which make us a free country. They understand that our trade policies are failing when they note that our trade deficit is huge and growing larger every single year and it seems to me Madam President that before we go forward again in pursuit of a failing trade agenda, we might want to sit back, take a moratorium, understand why our trade policies are failing, and then put together trade agreements that work for working people and the middle class of this country, rather than just the CEOs of large multinational corporations. The wealthiest one tenth of one percent, one tenth of one percent 300 thousand men, women and children now earn more income than do the bottom 150 million Americans. No matter how many children live in poverty, no matter how high the unemployment numbers are, they want more and more and more. And I say, enough is enough. And you want to know why American people are cynical about what goes on in Washington? You want to know why the Congress of the United States has an extremely low level of support, of favorability? It is because the American people know they are getting ripped off. You got millions of people today who are working longer hours and their income is going down. Their wages are going down. This grotesque of inequality is immoral, it is bad economics, it is unsustainable. This type of rigged economy is not what America is supposed to be about. This has got to change. And as your president, together we are going to change it. When we stand together… there is nothing that we cannot accomplish. And I pledge to you that every day I will fight for the public interest, not the corporate interest. I will not abandon any segment of American society,
And I pledge to you that every day I will fight for the public interest, not the corporate interest. I will not abandon any segment of American society, whether you’re gay, or black, or latino, poor, working class, just because it is politically expedient at a given time. So let us go forward together. And let us tell the Republicans that their reaction, their agenda may work for the billionaires, but not for ordinary Americans. And we are going to defeat them. Thank you all, very much.

100 Comments on "30 Years of Speeches"


  1. I just hope he actually stops the insanity if he gets elected! We need laws to take the wealth away from the rich who have stole it from the people! Laws to stop them from raping corporations and using those corporations to rape the people. I really hope he is not just all talk and goes deep in cleaning up the insanity in the government… specially making it criminal for politicians to screw the people and to stop all the police brutality! Make the psychopaths fear once again!

    I just doubt the military industrial complex will let him live long enough to get elected… if they don't rig the voting, that is…

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  2. I want to cry after hearing this and I am not even American. Not to mention that I already have M4A, free college, minimum living wage, guaranteed pension … etc. in The Netherlands. #Bernie2020

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  3. I'm from Canada and I have friends from the United States and I believe they should see this. I'm sharing this right now.

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  4. Why don't you show 30 years of voting records! Bernie says ALL kinds of shit he doesn't believe as is reflected in his voting record! Progressive my ass!

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  5. I love this man. A true Champion of the American people and American workers. America, if you elect Trump over this man you will get exactly what you deserve.

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  6. If we didn’t have Bernie there would be no Andrew Yang! Andrew Yang 2020! Humanity 1st! If you’re still checking out all your options google Andrew Yang2020! He has a lot of well thought out policies and long form interviews! Happy Voting! 😇 whoever you choose!

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  7. If he isn't elected by the average working and middle class America? You deserve what you get. Last time you voted for the awful Hilary and ended up with Trump

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  8. The upvote/downvote ratio of this video is over 100 to 1. That is amazing for Any political video. The establishment is f'd. God speed Bernie:)

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  9. It is sad that this man is fighting for us for so long and in that duration of time, the people are sleeping; dreaming the American Dreams. "You have to be asleep to believe it"

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  10. Why don’t people get it. If you we’re trying desperately for years to warn people that our country is in trouble, but nobody was listening and it continued to get worse, you would start yelling too after awhile. Parents of disruptive or destructive children, especially, should understand this. This man has been trying to tell everyone that our country is heading down a self- destructive path, and every step of the way he tried to show us what was going to happen. Well, here we are, look at the mess we’re in. He should be on that stage yelling “I tried to tell you dumb fuks. Bernie or Bust, and you can be damn sure that without him, we’ll bust.

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  11. 30 years repeating the message to a citizenry that has spent those 3 decades asleep, living inside a bubble.

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  12. Lots of speeches and not a single accomplishment since he began making money on the public dole in 1981.

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  13. this is an excellent video, but the music should be turned down to maybe a quarter of the volume it is now. I want to focus on the Bern, not the sound effects.

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  14. Yang supporter here. Bernie is truly a hero and an inspiring man. If Yang doesn't make it, I'm voting for Bernie.

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  15. God this man is a hero. The world just keeps getting worse and worse, and when it does he just fights harder.

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  16. In 1991 at 1:33, that's Bernie speaking in opposition to Joe Biden's disasterous crime bill. And keep in mind that Liz Warren was even farther to the right, she was a Republican during this time.

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  17. This makes me wanna vomit. Democrats are disgusting. Stupid libtards you live in America, get off your ass get a job. You dont need free shit.

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  18. Problem with Bernie is after like a life sentence of having to watch this babbling idiot he has led or took part in anything that significantly helped American people. If so please tell me. Bernie has no record of creating anything only loud angry communist talk

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  19. Jesus. I'm British but I hope Americans realise that it must be time for this man. Good luck friends and put this fella in the Whitehouse. Gotta change the system.

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  20. Awesome video. Although this music makes me feel like I'm at a Christian church! Bernie is a hero! Voted for him in 2016 primaries, but I'm Yang Gang now <3

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  21. I just cried watching this time laps of Bernie growing old fighting for us. Seeing a man fights for us, grows old fighting for us, spends his whole life fighting for us and nothing happens makes me lose hope in our governemt and our people. When is enough enough?

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  22. If bernie isn't elected into presidency this time around then america is infinitely doomed. #BERNIE2020

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  23. This is what it's all about! Walk the walk and talk the talk. @t Just found a cool mention of the blue wave and a neat break down of last week's debate October 2019. This post also asks Are you part of the Blue Wave? Neat article. Great video!

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  24. This is what it's all about! Walk the walk and talk the talk. @t Just found a cool mention of the blue wave and a neat break down of last week's debate October 2019. This post also asks Are you part of the Blue Wave? Neat article. Great video!

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  25. This is what it's all about! Walk the walk and talk the talk. @t Just found a cool mention of the blue wave and a neat break down of last week's debate October 2019. This post also asks Are you part of the Blue Wave? Neat article. Great video!

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  26. This is what it's all about! Walk the walk and talk the talk.
    Just found a cool mention of the blue wave at the www.therusticdemocrat.com/ and a neat break down of
    last week's debate October 2019. This post also asks Are you part of
    the Blue Wave? Neat article. Great video!

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  27. This is really REALLY great, except the music is really over-the-top… a bit less syrupy would do, yikes.

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  28. For years Bernie was alone in his fight for others, but it never stopped him. Now he has the backing of millions of us and that's gonna be hard to stop. This is a man who is principled and will not waver no matter what. This is what every politician should be doing.

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  29. America needs him to win this time. We all need to do the work. Please talk to people you know, explain why Bernie is the person we can count on to lead us in these challenging times.

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  30. Honestly, this is CRAZY to me! I honestly never imagined someone could exist in the U.S.A. government like Bernie Sanders and not be assassinated…how/why have "the powers that be" allowed him to live? I don't understand but still, I FEEL THE BERN! BERNIE2020 💯👍🏽👍🏽👍🏽👍🏽👍🏽👍🏽

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  31. 5:02 he fucking called it. The greedy fucks on wall street were bailed out by the middle class instead of the millionaires and billionaires who profited from the CDO disaster.

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  32. When are the American people going to wake up to themselves and make this wonderful man PRESIDENT. I am Australian and I want Bernie Sanders to be your next AMERICAN PRESIDENT. Vote Bernie for "2020"

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  33. Why is Bernie Sanders practically the only voice of reason? He has been consistent over his political career in voicing the same things that have been my concerns. Everyone needs to listen to him if we have any hope of restoring the values on which our founding fathers based our freedoms.

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  34. Bernie = Consistency! Going against the ruling elite in the name of justice for 30+ years, that takes a lot of courage. Thank you Bernie.

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  35. Time to share this video again 4 years later. You don't get more consistency than with a genuine person. Bernie holds strong values and understands that a position in government is about serving the people.

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