Bernie Sanders And Pope Francis Launch Blistering Joint Attack On The 1%

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While some on the right sniff at the efforts of the Occupy Movement, the lasting effects of Occupy Wall Street were evident this week as both Pope Francis and Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders aimed their guns squarely at crony capitalism and the wealthiest 1%.

“Certainly every culture needs economic growth and the creation of wealth,” the Pope told a gathering of civic leaders in Paraguay, in remarks reported by CNN. But he harshly criticized the gap between the wealthy and the impoverished, saying: “I ask them not to yield to an economic model which is idolatrous, which needs to sacrifice human lives on the altar of money and profit.”

In his previous stop in Bolivia, the Pope called for all-out revolution against the “new colonialism” of austerity programs, on the basis that such economic violence removed the “sacred rights” of citizens to housing, work, and land.

“Putting bread on the table, putting a roof over the heads of one’s children, giving them health and an education, these are essential for human dignity,” he said.

“As Christians, we have an additional reason to love and serve the poor; for in them we see the face and the flesh of Christ, who made himself poor so to enrich us with his poverty,” the Pope said, citing the Apostle Paul.

This is a lesson that America’s Christian Conservative dominated Republican Party clearly missed out on in bible class, or have been steadfastly ignoring ever since. But the 1% have not only been under attack by the Pope, but also by the Democrats’ Bernie Sanders, whose Presidential campaign has halved the gap between Sanders and Hillary Clinton in recent weeks.

An estimated 10,000 supporters filled an arena in Madison, Wisconsin, earlier this month to hear the Vermont senator call for “revolution” in American politics in the upcoming 2016 presidential election.

This week, Sanders told CBS host John Dickerson that Pope Francis’ message was right in line with his own. The candidate argued that for himself and the Pope, “enough is enough.”

“Money cannot be the God of life,” Sanders insisted. “We have got to look at our kids, look at those people who are hurting. We’ve got to come together to create a new world. And not a world in which a handful of people have so much wealth and so many other people are suffering.”

While Sanders is no doubt the long shot candidate of the election on the Democratic side of the aisle, he is also the most revolutionary and in touch with an element of U.S political opinion that is yet to be tapped by America’s political elite. He has marked himself a man apart by shunning big donors in favor of popular support. As he put in in Wisconsin:

“Despite what the media thinks, politics is not a baseball game with polls. Politics is not a soap opera. What politics is about in a democratic society is people coming together and improving life,” he said.

“This campaign is not about Bernie Sanders, it is not about Hillary Clinton, it is not about anyone else, it is about you.”

“It is about putting together a grassroots movement of millions of people who stand together and make it clear that we want a fundamental change in the politics of this country so that government works for all of us and not a handful of wealthy campaign contributors,” said Sanders, who appeared in Rochester, Minnesota, on Thursday.

“That is what this campaign is about: creating a political revolution in America.”

Whatever one thinks of the respective efforts of Presidents from the GOP or Democratic party in modern history, there is one thing perhaps we might all agree on.  The reality of a President of the United States that the lobbyists, campaign donors, and media barons of the 1% certainly would constitute a revolution in U.S. politics; one that would be felt not only across the country, but around the world.

 

Reprinted with permission from Addicting Info

 

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