Bernie Sanders wants Americans to know that no matter how much the powers that be attempt to distract the nation away from its internal, domestic issues with fear tactics largely revolving around terrorism and Daesh, formerly known as the Islamic State, he’s not having it. He promises to continue to focus on better pay for workers, funding our infrastructure, sensible gun regulations, rampant police brutality, racism, better schools, healthcare, tax laws – you name it – everything the American people have been clamoring for Washington to do for longer than anyone can remember. The focus of his campaign, he said Saturday, will not waver away from the real concerns of the American people.
Pushing his dedicated populist message the likes of which has not been seen since William Jennings Bryan at two New Hampshire universities, Sanders stated “they” are trying to distract and scare Americans away from the numerous systemic issues the U.S. currently faces via Daesh, especially since the recent attacks in Paris and the mass shooting in San Bernardino, California, last week.
“As a nation and as a people, we have got to understand that our country faces a myriad of very serious problems,” Sanders stated. “If you turn on the TV, what they now say is, ‘Well we’ve got one problem, it’s ISIS.”
Sanders continued, impersonating the politicians, pundits and talking heads pushing the Daesh distraction, “‘We don’t have to worry about old people not having enough to eat. We don’t have to worry about having more people in jail than any other country. We don’t have to worry about the disappearing middle class. We don’t have to worry about economic and wealth inequality… we don’t have to worry about institutional racism, or a broken criminal justice. We don’t have to worry about that. All we should focus on now, 24/7, is ISIS.’”
Then Sanders countered, “Here’s what I say. I say that ISIS must be destroyed and I say that we have got to build a coalition which destroys ISIS. But I say that we are a great enough country and a smart enough country that we can destroy ISIS at the same time as rebuild a disappearing middle class. We can do both.”
Sanders’ message was virtually identical to a speech he delivered last month in Cleveland just after the Paris attacks, and his Saturday campaign schedule proved him to be a man of his word. After a typical Sanders speech in Keene centered on election spending, income inequality, immigration, universal health care, climate change, marijuana decriminalization, criminal justice and America’s “drift toward oligarchy,” the democratic socialist presidential candidate did also, finally, at the end of his speech, address the Daesh issue.
Sanders’ second stop, Saturday, at Plymouth State University, also showcased a stronger focus on gun control when he spoke about the recent mass shooting in San Bernardino. There, too, he managed to talk about Daesh after focusing on America’s rampant systemic issues in dire need of address.
But just in case some are worried that Sanders doesn’t have a strong position on Daesh, rest assured he has a plan for addressing that, too, which includes “shaming Middle Eastern nations like Qatar and Saudi Arabia for not doing more to fight ISIS and vowing not to send large numbers of American troops into the conflict.”
As far as Sanders is concerned, the U.S. shouldn’t get bogged down in the “quagmire in the Middle East” and pointed out that he voted against the Iraq War. However, Sanders also made it clear that neither Daesh, nor gun control, are going to be the focus of his presidential campaign. Instead, the major news Saturday “was the opening rounds of a full-scale carbon emissions reduction policy play rollout that will continue in the coming days.” Sanders pledged a carbon tax and an all-out reduction of carbon emissions by 40 percent by 2030 with an 80 percent reduction by 2050.
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