Bernie Sanders brought his campaign for the US presidency to Portland Oregon and began his speech by saying that his campaign has been about bringing people together. “This is by far the largest crowd, 20,000 people.” Bernie was slightly off the mark, but I’ll get to that in a bit.
He went on to say, “There is no president who will fight harder to end institutional racism in this country and to reform our criminal justice system. In this nation we have the distinction of having more people incarcerated than any other nation in the world.”
Then Bernie went into economic policies calling the current state of the economy the worst since the Great Depression. “We say that this nation belongs to all of us, not just a hand full of billionaires.” He vowed to change the economic system that only benefits the billionaire.
Bernie also called the current state of wealth and income inequality in the USA “the moral issue of our time.” The senator failed to mention that such inequality is also bad economics. Sanders called for a $15 an hour minimum wage, which is way past due since the minimum wage would be well over $18 an hour if it had kept up with productivity growth since 1969.
Bernie didn’t draw 20,000 people, as he claimed at the beginning of his speech. He drew 28,000, 8000 of whom couldn’t jam into the already overflowing MODA Center.
This shows that Americans are beginning to listen, and the grassroots organizing is growing by leaps and bounds, and that the billionaires can be beat.