by Megan Stoneberger Johnson
The influence of money and corporate interests undermines our democracy. For decades Senator Sanders has avidly argued against this corruption, sponsoring a constitutional amendment that would overturn the devastating Supreme Court ruling, Citizens United. Not only has he pledged to fight for transparent campaign finance reform that would include disclosure of contributions from outside spending groups, he has lived by his ideals by refusing to have a super PAC. Unfortunately, Sanders is the only candidate running a campaign financed “by the people.” In fact, the DNC recently lifted its 8-year ban on lobbyist and PAC contributions, enabling less-principled candidates to further diminish our representative democracy. America deserves a president who will stop our plunge into oligarchy.
The erosion of our democracy is lose-lose for Americans: The current system disempowers those with nothing to line politicians’ pocketbooks; it also enables those who can influence public policy to further amass their own personal wealth. This feedback loop must end. Recognizing that the top .1% of Americans now own as much wealth as the bottom 90% (a.k.a. you and I), Bernie has put income and wealth inequality at the forefront of his campaign, stating, “There is something profoundly wrong when we have a proliferation of millionaires and billionaires at the same time as millions of Americans work longer hours for lower wages and we have the highest childhood poverty rate of nearly any developed country on earth.”
Only a candidate whose primary goal is to see that everyday Americans have their needs met, their children educated, and their government representing the people’s interests is worthy of the office of President of the United States. That candidate is Senator Bernie Sanders.
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